After a good deal of thought, I decided to post a short story I wrote on Amazon today. It’s called ‘The Kid’ and tells the story of a group of people caught unprepared by massive civil unrest during an economic meltdown. Fleeing for their safety, the group of neighbors, not really friends but forced together by circumstance and vicinity, find themselves on the run in a rural area of West Tennessee without the slightest idea how to care for themselves, and with little more than the clothes on their backs.
The story is set in winter time, and the group will be lucky to last through the night. Until, that is, a lone figure approaches from out of the snow to help them build a fire, make a shelter, and provide them with food. The benefactor is a mere teenager, however, and is very economical with his words. In fact, he doesn’t speak a single word when he finds them just short of too late.
Over the next few days he will teach them things to help keep them alive, protect them from predators, and help them find a place to make a new home in a landscape much different from what they are accustomed to.
It’s just a short story, about 8,000 words. But it describes all too clearly how fragile our comfortable lives are, and just how close we as a society are to being much less civil.
The story, novella I think it the right term, (ha, I almost spelled that ‘write’ term,) is available here; http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N589PYQ .