SCAVENGER #6

During all their decades of searching, the Gatherers hadn’t ever discovered any signs of another settlement. Martha had explained to him that the early Scholars had emphasised the importance of the technology because they had believed it would be a means of communication, a way of reaching out and connecting with others. But they hadContinue reading “SCAVENGER #6”

SCAVENGER #5

Nate began to move again as the man stood stock still.  Despite the oppressive heat, a cold chill ran through his body and he shivered.  Nate was moving quickly now, the distance between them closing, less than half a kilometre now.  Suddenly, the man turned and stepped back inside re-emerging seconds later with his backpack. Continue reading “SCAVENGER #5”

SCAVENGER #4

As Nate drew nearer to this particular way-station he began to search for the road in earnest. The plains were doing their very best to reclaim them, covering them with dust and shale and the high winds and heavy rains were helping.  He kicked at the earth, exposing a tiny patch of tarmac. Martha hadContinue reading “SCAVENGER #4”

THE INFANTRY

The final sweep is hard, for many reasons, but not least because as we move out across the battlefield, we are in mortal danger.  The Infantry are sitting ducks and each and every one of us is terrified because no matter how extensive and heavy the air strike has been there are always survivors. WhateverContinue reading “THE INFANTRY”

SCAVENGER #3

Nate was still undecided as to just how beneficial a pair of binoculars might prove to be out on the Plain. He raised his head and spied the ruin. It was a low-level structure but on the flat, even at a distance, it stood out. It was almost certainly an old service station or tavern.Continue reading “SCAVENGER #3”

CONFINEMENT

There are exemptions of course but if you are able to work and can contribute then the Confinement is compulsory. It begins at age twenty-one and for me back then it wasn’t so difficult. I didn’t find it much of a task. It was just seven hours and, like most, I chose to use theContinue reading “CONFINEMENT”

SCAVENGER #2

Head down, Nate scanned the ground in front of his feet as he walked.  He was moving quickly, kicking at the shale and loose rocks.  It was highly possible that he was leaving scrap in his wake but he didn’t care.  He wanted to cross a road or a creek and get this particular plainContinue reading “SCAVENGER #2”

SCAVENGER #1

Nate lifted his right hand and clamped it against his forehead, forming a peak.  He should have brought a hat, a baseball cap or something newly fashioned – it didn’t matter which and he had been remiss to venture out so far without one.  But he hadn’t expected the sun to be so high or so bright.  The terrain was featureless andContinue reading “SCAVENGER #1”

THE CARRIAGE

image by christine renney Cooper recognised the man on the other side of the carriage.  He couldn’t place him, wasn’t sure from where or when, but he was sure that he and the man had met before. Shuffling across in his seat, he moved closer until he and the man were sitting directly opposite each other.  Glancing aroundContinue reading “THE CARRIAGE”