#5 Intruders and Neighbors

I lay still for what seemed too long and then gently reached for Molly. In the quiet, the rapping noise repeated. I checked the chamber and headed quietly to the front door. All the blinds were down, between the double-pained glass, so I couldn’t see anything. This...

#4 Where to Begin

My biggest concern was drinking water. I had a drinking straw that filtered the water, but I knew it had a limited filter. It would last me a while, though, and this would give me time to figure out how to manage this need. I could see home when I finally had to stop...

#3 The Walk Home

As I headed down the stairs by the light of my flashlight, I fought back tears. “This is it,” I thought. “What is life going to be like now?” By the time I reached the street, I was determined to get home by dark. No more tears-there was no time. I chose a fast pace,...

#2 The First Sleep

I slept amazingly well, in spite of the hard floor. I did, however, wake before the morning light. I had to pee so I quietly crept out the office door, into the hall, and to the bathroom. My flashlight revealed that all the toilet bowls had been flushed. “Shoot!” It...
#1 The First Day of After

#1 The First Day of After

It happened at 4:36 pm. I know this because I had tasks to complete by 5:00 pm and I was pushing the clock. Right after I checked the time, everything went dark. For a moment, no one thought about it. Just a power outage. But I knew. Somehow, I knew. I checked my...