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The U.S. of After Chapter 56


Morax I perched on the top rail of the control tower.  This dead president boat once served a mighty nation that fell into our hands.  The ship was ours now.  Americans didn’t need what Americans couldn’t maintain. Long way down was the ocean. It was wide and rolling along as we sailed the path to … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 54


Clayton All of us formed a line leadin’ to a long bridge that went out over the water and onto a large deck.  At first it didn’t resemble a ship, but when I looked closer and actually stood on the pavement I realized it was the loadin’ elevator of an aircraft carrier.  The ship was … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 51


Clayton Once we got on down the river a ways we found that there were boatloads of people with the same idea we had.  I suppose they heard about the same stories around campfires lit in places I had not traveled.  I heard accents from all over, mostly the south, but pretty much from everywhere. … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 50


Kelly The river sent us along, and we just went along with it.  Amy and Clayton sat near each other but they didn’t really speak much.  I suppose she was still pretty upset about all the people she had lost, mainly Ralph. “Hey, Amy,” I said, plopping down next to her.  “I’m Kelly.” “Hey,” she … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 49


Amy Gideon and his two buddies opened up with their rifles into the swarm of dogs that ran into the store, their eyes red with disease and their mouths foaming something awful.  Clayton jumped in front of me to bat a medium sized nearly hairless dog away with his walking stick.  It made a sound … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 48


Howard I followed them up into the city.  At least they waited until dark but that was probably not the wisest choice.  Clayton walked right behind Gideon, and then Amy came right behind him.  Two of Gideon’s men walked to their left, shotguns at the ready.  Amy had been carrying that Winchester since Ralph died … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 47


Gideon About a week after the ambush we started getting closer to a bigger city.  Didn’t know at the time, but it was Shreveport.  We could see the skyscrapers from a ways off and knew that either things would be dangerous or deserted, either one…probably both.  We were also running low on supplies and probably … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 46


Clayton Amy didn’t sleep for about two days after Ralph died.  She just sat in the boat and cried and held little Anya who didn’t really understand what had happened.  We stopped down the river a ways after we was sure them militia guys was gone.  We had ourselves a burial for the ones that … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 45


Ethan When the two boats sailed on down the river and moved out of sight around the bend, I listened to the curses spewing from the lips of Captain Waldeburg.  He had untied me when I convinced him that I was through with the villagers and wanted them dead.  I sort of lied, but was … Continue reading