Renewal 2 - Echoes of the Breakdown
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The young Reclamation Engineer, Terry, has new problems to solve as he learns how Bill's family managed to survive the sudden breakdown of the lives they had once known, and as he prepares to tackle a future that has the potential to be much brighter and much tougher than the one he was expecting.
head.” “Well, at least it didn’t break any of your cute freckles when you fell.” The smile fell away from her face as her mouth dropped open and her cheeks turned bright red. Insults, she could handle. Compliments were another thing altogether. “Ok, well... you... have big feet,” she said, knowing it was weak. Now Terry was grinning at her, amazed that his conversational victory came so easily. “All the better to run when I see you coming, my dear.” “Don’t call me that. I’m not your dear!
watch platforms. There was a time when we actually lived on platforms like these, for safety. My dad figured out ways to make them hard to spot from the ground. You can see the inside is organized, flat and square, and pretty well protected from gunfire, but the main trick is that we cover the outside with limbs and twigs and anything else we can find that makes cheap, easy camouflage. It’s easy to see out in all directions, but it’s hard to see us until you know what to look for. Even then, it’s
like in there.” He pointed toward the schoolyard with his chin. “Yeah, I can imagine from the sound of things. I wish we had a better view. Anyway, sorry about the gun. I had no idea who might come out of the bushes. My name is David.” Dad set the rifle down and held out his hand to the man. “Arturo, and this is my boy Jimmy.” Arturo shook Dad’s hand and let little Jimmy take Dad’s hand as well. “This is my family. Beth, my wife, Lucy, Kirk, Bill, and Tommy.” Dad pointed to each of us in turn.
Chinese shit that I only need because of the goddamn Chinese!” Dad realized he was yelling, and closed his mouth as well. “Yeah, David,” Arturo said cautiously, “But at least you have Chinese shit. All I have is a wallet, a lighter, a half pack of stupid cigarettes, the clothes on my back, and this big freaking knife.” The two men sat in silence for a minute. During that minute, we were wide awake in the tent, trying to wrap our little heads around the idea that Dad was worried, really worried,
getting to sleep anytime soon,” Dad said with a snort. “Me neither. Wide awake on the chubby Mexican side of the tree.” Chapter 2 – 3 It was gray daylight when I woke again. I think it was the sound of someone taking a leak that did it. I unzipped the tent flaps, and stood up outside. Dad was asleep against the tree, and Arturo was walking back from his ‘nature’s call’ in the woods. “Good morning, Bill.” “Good morning, Mr. Arturo” “Aww, it’s just Arturo.” “Ok, Arturo. What happened last