“The sooner you move the better. We’ll meet you guys at the next village
and then we’ll make the run to the next one.” Quincy said to them and headed
off with the diesel truck.
“Do you have the directions?”
“I do, just give them a look and I’ll see what I can do about getting you out of
town as quick as possible.” With that he turned the wheel and gunned the diesel
“Where are we going?” Bo yelled out.
“Just get out of here quickly. I’ll find a better place to get you out of town.”
“That’s not going to work.”
“If there were an earthquake, you’d be out of here in a few minutes.”
“Oh, I guess so. I just wanted you to have options.”
“I’m not leaving without you Bo.”
“You’re going to leave me here?”
“I said I’d make sure you stayed with me or you can’t be part of my gang.”
“What? Why not?”
“To be honest I’m not sure but I’ll figure something out. And I just want you
to be safe. If I do go, I’ll make sure you stay safe once I’m back.”
“Wait, back to the beginning again. Are you coming back or what?” Bo asked him.
“No, I’m not coming back.”
“So you’re just going to leave us here and then get the heck out of town?”
Crazy Bo shook his head. “You’re being very dramatic right now Emil.” Emil
shifted in his seat and looked at him. “I know, I know. I’m being dramatic. I
just think you need to relax and listen to what I have to say.”
“You’re not going to be able to protect us, you’re just going to leave us here.
There’s nothing you can do.”
“Yeah, there is. If I leave, you can come with me, can’t you?”
“Are you crazy?” Quincy asked as he took off.
“What? C’mon there’s not a single person here I can’t ask to help me or we don’t
have enough supplies to make it through the storm.”
“I’m not leaving without you.”
“There’s only one way to find out.” Emil pointed out the window. “I think we’ll
all just follow the storm.” Frank, Bo, and a few others, including Quincy,
all agreed to the idea.
Emil turned the truck around, pulled back out of the driveway, and headed up
the road. Bo looked back at the house. The man in it was now just a shadow in
the snow. Bo’s house, the car, and the boat were gone. Quincy’s house was left
unharmed; that was the important thing.
The group drove for four hours all told, until after sundown and into the
night. The storm had been quiet up till then. The group saw several other car
accidents happen, one of them was the truck and the other a little boat just
below the road. They only saw a few other people as well as the locals that
would stop traffic to warn them of the impending storm. The truck and boat
were both totaled as they tried to stop for the lightning bolts and the
thunder. Even with all the warnings, the group had made it almost twenty
minutes before they could see the last of the signs of the storm. The road was
clear, but the rain and snow was still coming down.
“You guys going to stop for food?” Asked Bo.
“No, this has been a wild ride so far.”
The group followed the road out of town. They hit a small town with a main
entrance similar to the one in the first town they came to. The road was only
a little better and then they hit another small town with a similar entrance
as the one in the first town. This time, a man stood by the road and told them
there was a town not three miles away, but it was only a short drive. He
pointed to the side of the road for them to turn and left for the town.
In the town, the main building was the only building left standing. There was
not much else but buildings on either side of the road. There were a handful
of houses here and there, some of them were small, some of them were quite
large. The people were mostly the same as the first town, except that the
rain from the storms had turned them into a sea of water.
“It looks like we’re running out of choices,” Bo said to the others.
“I have an idea.”
“We’ll stay here for the night and then take the bikes and head back to the
first town in the morning.”
“What about the boat?” asked Bo.
“We can leave it here and it’ll be waiting for us the next day.”
“Why not just go back to that town and wait for the storm to pass?” asked Bo.
“There’s a storm there too…”