Day 240 

 

The extra week of basic has molded some of the lesser troops into model soldiers. It has given Sgt. Major Miller the time he need to fix them. Plus it has given the military a chance to better organize the assault on Canson to secure it. Tomorrow all 23 of us will graduate from basic and will be headed to the front lines. We will be broken up into 4 groups of 6-5 man squads. My squad will be Lily as Co, Will as second in command, Beth, Ronin and I. Our task will be to secure building 4 of the route into Canson. (more…)

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Day 138

Still on  Brooke duty for the next few days. Thankfully I am prepared for babysitting activities.  In the beast a while ago I found something I have been saving just for this. There was whole pouch full of Data packs of kids shows for my slate. Also Beth took pity on me gave  me a 64 count box of crayons and a coloring book. Now before you think Brooke duty is great and I just get to sit around all day it is not. Babysitting also comes with a list of chores.  Laundry for one and there is a lot it. Dad and Mom’s laundry is the worst out of everyone’s.  It is like they roll around in dirt all day.Lily and Courtney get all sorts of mad if you don’t wash their clothes just right. Plus according to Mom there is a right way to fold a towel. Then there is dishes, preparing dinner, sweeping, mopping, dusting, and battery maintenance. Dinner is not as fun as it once was. Everyone gave up half of their food storage to go into the community pool. For  all the new people here. Even the easy days are full of busy work. Chores may not seem that hard, but add a 4 year old into the mix and it gets interesting. Like after you mop the floor and Brooke helps you. By tipping the water bucket over into the living room. Don’t get my started on potty training either. It is like she knows I just finished her laundry, so she goes out of her way to make more. It is no wonder Mom quit her job after taking care of kids it is  hard work. (more…)

Day 100

Courtney spotted the signal flare first. The bright orange glow lingered in the sky for all us to see. Camp security was running around to secure all the entrance to the compound. After an hour  there was another flare this time closer to us. Mom had Beth take Brooke into the shelter under the cabin with Will. Even though we could use the the help to defend Will and Beth have not completed the proper training to handle a firearm. The worst thing you can do is give someone a weapon that doesn’t understand the dangers of using it. Barricades were set up around the choke points to limit the amount of things that could get in. The compounds security detail start to pull out the heavier weapons. While this could just be someone in need of help it could also be bandits marking the path to get to us. The medical staff coordinated to setup up a triage center in case of wounded. Mom joined the medical team to help treat the injured. Most people don’t understand that a veterinarian is capable on working on almost all animals humans included. Lily and I had the honor of joining the front gate team. (more…)

Day 99

It was late when the alarms when off.  Mom did a surprise Emergency Disaster Drill or E.D.D. No one played around this time.  I think we set a new all time record for quickest entry into the cabins underground shelter.  We beat Mom into the shelter and almost locked her out. The best part was when Will and Lily came out of Lily’s bedroom together.  Mom didn’t see that part but the rest sure did. You could see from a mile away that Lily and Will were trying to hide something. After the drill was over we got to go back to bed.  Mom was happy with the results. Though she did stop Will as everyone was heading back to their rooms for the night. She wanted to take a closer look at the large purple bruise on his neck. Will told mom that he tripped and hit the door knob during the drill.  I covered for Lily and told Mom that is what happened. Pretty sure Mom didn’t believe it. Also to prevent another door knob related injury she took my door away! You know the room Will is supposed to be staying in. This almost puts the debt I owe Lily to even in my books.

Mom is merciless when it comes to sleep.  You would think after waking us all up for a E.D.D we would get to sleep in.  Nope she just got us up even earlier. The sun wasn’t even up yet why should I!  She sent us to the farm to go tend to the animals. Milk the few cows, feed the chickens and clean out the stalls.  Yeah she knew where that bruise on Wills neck came from. Mr.Meza came by a little later to tell us another round of those bugs attacked during the night.  He chased them down and followed them to their hive by himself. Have to make a note of never getting on this guys bad side. Then Courtney and I went got the task of fixing the chicken coop.  While in the tool shed a shadowy figure jumped out at us. Courtney screamed and ran away while it had me dead to rights. Thankfully It was just a ranch cat that was sleeping. We woke it up and it had to take some sort of revenge. The guards on duty had a good laugh about that. It seems like this cat does this to people on a regular basis. Courtney did not think that was funny. The coop was easy to fix and Mom gave Courtney, Beth and I the rest of the day off. Will and Lily on the other hand had a special work detail with Mom inside the Medical station.

Courtney, Beth and I had already started making dinner for everyone when Lily and Will came home. Mom made them watch a old navy film about the horrors of STDs. Lily watched it before, but it was new for Will. He was as white as a ghost and looked like he just got done throwing up his lunch. Yep Mom did know how he got that bruise. Which mean if I ever get the courage to ask Beth out Mom might make me watch that video to. Before everyone went to bed Mom tried to reach Dad on the radio again. He still has not checked in. This is two days in a row. What is going to happen if the rescue party needs to be rescued? Tomorrow is the earliest they should be back from their trip to save the Gonzales. Maybe the radio got busted or they are in stealth mode trying to be as quiet as possible. What I find strange is all the other radio channels are quiet to.

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For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. . .

Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.

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Settings

Modern Fantasy is one of my favorite settings when done right. This book did it right. It took the things we enjoy in the modern world and put them in a cabin like setting. The grounds of Fablehaven feel like that park you visited as a kid and always found something new about it. There was the safe area you parents told you to play in and when they were distracted had the fun adventurous parts. Brandon Mull does a excellent job  of world building while letting the reader still imagine what the world could look like. It feels like you could spend your whole life in Fablehaven and never see it all.

Main Characters

There are two Main characters and a host of support characters. Even though the story is around Seth Sorenson and his sister Kendra all the supporting characters are well done and relevant to the over all plot. If you have a high energy little boy in your life you can relate to Seth character easily. Kendra is a little dry, but will grow on you. She is the kid that never leaves the safe zone of the playground unless she knows for sure can get away with it. I feel like all the mistakes Seth makes in this book I would have made them too.

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The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years. (more…)

Day 94

I guess  getting back to a normal life will have to wait again.  The charred attack a last night. They injured two people bad enough that surgery was needed.  I don’t know the people that were attacked, but Dad seems upset about it. Where do these things keep coming from?  To make things worse the Gonzales have still not checked in and a search party is being formed to go look for them. The beast is back to running shape again and Dad volunteered to drive.  Mom was not happy with that. I didn’t think a person face could turn that color when she found out. In total six people will be leaving to try and track them down. Dad, Mr and Mr.s Robinson, Fremont, Miller and Mr.Jack.  Miller is a retired US marine and one of the nicest people in the world. Mr.jack is the second in command of security and is not a fan of kids.

 

The plan is to go where the Gonzalez last checked in and try to track them down.    Their route was the back road that I am really really thankful we didn’t take. It is way to windy for my stomach.  The trip there and back should only take a week, so Mom will be incharge while Dad is gone. Which isn’t she always incharges anyways?  Cars have been know to break down on that route, so I hope that is all that happened. Though that was before the charred. When we broke down the longer we stay put the more we were attacked.  Will and Beth will be staying with us while the Robinsons are gone. At least there was that good news. Though having Beth stay the night might be a bit challenging. I still don’t know who read my journal, but I am sure my crush on her will be brought up sometime this week.  Courtney is going to start a D&D campaign tomorrow night. Can you believe both Will and Beth have never played before. Megan and Olivia are going to join us to! At least there will be something to take my mind off Dad being gone. For their first campaign Courtney is going to run Ravenloft.  Will and Beth are in for a treat! Now to get some rest. Because even though Dad is leaving doesn’t mean I will get to sleep in tomorrow.