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The End: Story One - The Sickness By: David K. Montoya

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The End: Story One
The Sickness
By: David K. Montoya


After dinner, we all retired, but I couldn't sleep. My thoughts wandered. What would Haven be like? Would it be better there? Or would all of this be in vain? What if there was no Haven? What if it was all just a myth? Is it really necessary to take this risk, to risk my children for perhaps only a dream?

I have to go. We can't afford to stay here in Appleton any longer. There's nothing left here, really. It was a small town to begin with and everything has been used up that's useful, at all. Oh, we had managed to survive. We could grow fruit--that's what the city was famous for, after all, apples--and we had a few good crops of corn and melons, but the soil here isn't very good and the climate sucks. It's too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to grow any decent crops and it's gotten too hard to maintain ourselves on just canned supplies, alone.

I guess that's what happens when you live in the desert. It's been good in some ways, though. The mountains have kept the Unlucky Survivors from getting too close, until recently. But, water is hard to come by and the supply of bottled water is just about gone. I was lucky enough to get quite a bit of it when this whole thing started. People stopped drinking it, so I was able to stock up and after everyone else was gone, well, there was plenty, for a while.

But, we're down to our last couple of drums of fresh water and we have a long way to go. With six people drinking a couple of liters a day, what we have won't last all that long. And, it seems the Unlucky Survivors have made it to the outskirts of Airepseh. It took them a long time to move up the hill and over the mountains, but in a few months, they will have overrun what's left of that town and will head this way. So, we have to move on, whether we like it or not.

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