The U.S. of After Chapter 37

Amy It’s so strange how stressful stuff can make two people come together.  Here I was in the semi-darkness, feeling like one of those helpless maidens in the stories my Dad used to read to me, laying in the bottom of this boat while Ralph and all the other men crouched near the edges withContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 37”

The U.S. of After Chapter 36

Clayton That’s two prayers answered. I stood on the bow of the boat and watched as several children gathered ‘round me.  Them militia guys hadn’t followed us down river and that was a miracle. The kids sat in perfect silence.  I think they was mostly scared out of their minds from the mess we justContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 36”

The U.S. of After Chapter 35

Ethan A pecking crow was my alarm clock. Actually several crows.  I opened my eyes and craned my head around to see one pecking at the wound on my leg. “Get off me, you bird!”  I screamed, and I guess he figured I wasn’t dead, so he flew off along with all his other buddies.Continue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 35”

The U.S. of After Chapter 34

Ralph I watched the barrels of the guns rise up and level off at their targets after that fat Captain, got nailed.  Everybody started pulling triggers.  I watched those automatics shoot flames out of their black metal barrels and people started falling down who stood in front of them.  I felt as if I wasContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 34”

The U.S. of After Chapter 33

Ethan My leg hurt so bad. I didn’t really see that kid at all but then he was on top of me.  I just wanted to get out of there as quick as I could before I ended up on the menu.  I was done with the soldier boy routine, but now I was tiedContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 33”

The U.S. of After Chapter 32

Howard Prayer, especially fervent prayer, is fascinating to watch. Clayton knelt in the sand next to Amy.  Ralph stood still, watching the both of them.  The Spirit within Clayton and Amy, a piece and persona of the Living God, translated their meager prayers into a song of beautiful light that danced above their heads, puttingContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 32”

U.S. of After Chapter 31

Gideon I lay in the bush under my Dad’s ghillie suit, listening to the whole thing. All my friends were in boy scouts, but not me.  Dad was a SEAL.  I hardly ever saw him, but when I did we were running around in the woods out here learning all kinds of crazy stuff.  Dad’sContinue reading “U.S. of After Chapter 31”

The U.S. of After Chapter 30

Amy Standing a few feet behind Ethan in the crowd, waiting for access to the water that somehow poured out of the large boulder, I couldn’t breathe knowing what that liar had just told that poor woman.  Other people had heard it, too, and were moving toward him, all of them looking sour.  I wasContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 30”

The U.S. of After Chapter 29

Kelly I felt like killing him. I had to know why he wore my husband’s uniform, but the words wouldn’t form in my mouth.  I just stood there next to him as he waited in line for water and glared at him.  He finally turned around to see me and smiled a bit.  It wasContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 29”

The U.S. of After Chapter 28

Ethan That lady knew something about me. I could see it on her face when she looked at my shirt. I knew that I had to put as much distance between myself and these people as possible and I had to do it soon.  I thought I’d wait until nightfall, see what I could findContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 28”