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Not Even Light, Chapter 10

Chapter 10 As we entered the campground we ran into another bit of merriment, a loud ruckus in the middle of which was a miserable looking older surrounded by a bunch of jeering dumbasses. Adahy shook his blocky head and gave a grunt of dissatisfaction. He shouldered his way through the circle and sauntered up … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 10

Not Even Light, Chapter 9, Part 3 of 3

Eventually we stopped bolting the stew and slowed down enough to have a talk. Dyani asked Adahy if he’d caught wind of somebody calling himself Marek thereabouts. Adahy shook his head. “Don't remember anybody by that name. If he was here, he musta been on the quiet side.” “How ‘bout Meeks? Any activity around here?” … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 9, Part 3 of 3

Not Even Light, Chapter 9, Part 2 of 3

“You’ve been gone, what, almost a month maybe?” Adahy asked Dyani. “Like that,” she said. “I had a lot of woods trails and old roads to scout. Got mostly done and was heading west home before...before I got sidetracked.” “Sidetracked? You?” Adahy looked surprised. “Can’t think of what’d draw you off the path...unless you got … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 9, Part 2 of 3

Not Even Light, Chapter 9, Part 1 of 3

Chapter 9 It wasn’t until mid-morning the next day that the storm finally exhausted itself, so we had plenty of time to rest up before heading out again. We followed the trail back to where it crossed Old 6, and that's where Marek approached Dyani and held out his hand. I could tell it wasn’t … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 9, Part 1 of 3

Not Even Light, Chapter 8, Part 2 of 2

We all squatted down around the Meek. He was panting shallowly and clutching his side as blood seeped between his fingers. Dyani had done more than just graze him. I haven't yet seen too many more wretched looking human beings. His dirty bramble-torn face, his bloody, shaking hands, his pain-filled eyes--I almost felt sorry for … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 8, Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 8, Part 1 of 2

Chapter 8 We rushed into the hut, guns shouldered and aimed at the goons who were right where Dyani had placed them. She shouted for them to empty their hands and put them in the air. Seeing that they didn't have much choice, they did just that. They weren't much to look at, and there … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 8, Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 7, Part 2 of 2

The rest of the morning was just more sweat and slog. Twice I thought I heard something pacing along behind us in the shadows of the woods, but when I stopped for a look, there was nothing there. Just my imagination, I thought. As we swam along through the mugginess, the sky grew steadily darker … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 7, Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 7, Part 1 of 2

Chapter 7 Come morning we found a rabbit and a possum in our snares. Running trails while hungry is pure misery, so we blessed our luck and dug into one big, tasty breakfast. Afterwards I posed my theory about Dyani to Dunc while we set to breaking camp. Believe me, I was more than a … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 7, Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 6, Part 3 of 3

Bors turned suddenly and strode off. In a few seconds, we saw the top of his head disappear as he descended the path to his cave. Dyani turned to Dunc and me and said, "We don't have a whole day ahead of us to find shelter before sundown, so we'd better get moving fast." He … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 6, Part 3 of 3

Not Even Light, Chapter 6, Part 2 of 3

I snapped. I didn't care if Bors had ten times my strength. I drove myself into him, knocking him over on his back. I grabbed his head and had it twisted nearly halfway to the ground before Bors reacted. His arms shot up through mine and splayed out, flinging my arms to the sides. One … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 6, Part 2 of 3

Not Even Light, Chapter 6, Part 1 of 3

Chapter 6 When I was a kiddie, I was given little jobs like feeding the goats, swabbing the barracks, and pulling weeds. As I grew older I graduated to bigger tasks. Instead of pinching potato bugs or helping tend the beehives, I'd be out with an armed team gathering firewood or wild edibles and medicines. … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 6, Part 1 of 3

Not Even Light, Chapter 5, Part 2 of 2

This was going in as bad a direction as it could. It was starting to sound like the rover was going to flatten us after all. I shot a look at Dunc and thought he looked ready to join me in rushing the rover if it came to that. I'd just opened my mouth to … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 5, Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 5, Part 1 of 2

Chapter 5 We started up early the next day and passed through Wiretown on Old 6 just after dawn, and then we hiked another twenty-five klicks down to Owen Sound where we stocked up on provisions at a small trading center in the western outskirts. Instead of passing through town, we decided to follow a … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 5, Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 4, Part 2 of 2

“Well there, Travis, it could be loony all right," he answered, "but it sure beats fish farming, dunnit?" I had to agree with him. Apparently we shared the same opinion of farm life. “So you couldn't think of anything else to look into? I mean, you're probably not going to live through a meet-up with … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 4, Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 4, Part 1 of 2

Chapter 4 It got way hotter and steamier as we pushed along, but that was no big surprise since it was early May. After a while I heard my new companion start puffing away up ahead, and suddenly he staggered off through the shrubs and brambles lining the path and slumped down against a birch. … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 4, Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 3, Part 2 of 2

His eyes opened wide and he started a little twitchy dance. He must not have really believed I'd kill him straight off. "Whoa! Hold on there, brother," he gasped. "Before you go blowing my head off, you need to know somethin' I know.” I said, “I prob'ly don't, so quit stalling. I already asked what … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 3, Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 3, Part 1 of 2

Chapter 3 There were no snags or surprises my first night on my own in the woods. Once I got myself bedded down and used to the night noises, I slept a lot better than in the barracks which was always full of snoring, farting, dreamtalk, and all those little creaks and squeaks of my … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 3, Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 2, Part 2 of 2

“I know all this. Like I said, I'm ready to go.” “Yep, you know all this,” he said scornfully, “but I'll bet you don't know that Meeks were spotted a few crow's klicks south of here last night, do you?” Shit, I thought. There hadn't been any of them that near the farm for months, … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 2, Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 2, Part 1 of 2

Chapter 2 The rest of that day flew by like one of those big skeeter hawks whizzing all shimmer and zoom along the irrigation ditches after its prey. I couldn't fight down the urge, so I checked my pack a couple more times, cleaned my long gun, and even managed to nod off a bit … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 2, Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 1, Part 2 of 2

As I rummaged through my gear, I started thinking about all the things that could go wrong once I walked off even if I were as well prepared as I could be. Since I was a kiddie, I'd heard all kinds of stories about others who’d left the farm. No one could say for sure … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 1, Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, Chapter 1, Part 1 of 2

Chapter 1 The crow gang that hangs around White Cedars had been racketing away for about an hour before a smudgy blur of sun crawled up over the far treetops of the Big Woods and I finished up my last-ever stretch on the Quaker Hill lookout tower. They sounded crazy-happy and drunk, the way they … Continue reading Not Even Light, Chapter 1, Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light, “First Things,” Part 2 of 2

Teacher Avner told me I was a bright spark and taught me early on to read and write and think. Matter of fact, I first heard the words “not even light” when he and I were shooting the breeze after a numbers lesson. Of all the White Cedars olders, he was the only one who'd … Continue reading Not Even Light, “First Things,” Part 2 of 2

Not Even Light, “First Things,” Part 1 of 2

From a Book in Teacher's Library ...much can come And much can go, And yet abide the world! First Things It puzzles me whenever I run across someone who doesn't know anything about the Long Last Days, but it probably shouldn't. Stories from the times that saw the superbug pandemics, the New Coast Wars and … Continue reading Not Even Light, “First Things,” Part 1 of 2

Not Even Light Chapters 1-10 Serialized

I've been thinking about serializing the  my novel in bite-sized segments for a while now, and that's what I'm going to do beginning tomorrow. The segments will be short as I am well aware of how little time there may be for reading in the midst of a busy life. Of course, if a reader … Continue reading Not Even Light Chapters 1-10 Serialized

A Despicable Human Being?

A new low in American politics has occurred. The future of a livable planet? Meaningful action on the climate crisis? There's someone who really doesn't care. Follow the link and decide for yourself whether he's a poster boy for despicable human beings. Don't worry about hurting his feelings if you think he is. Unless enough … Continue reading A Despicable Human Being?