“That’s so true.” Frank nodded and then he started to head to the truck for
some supplies. But he paused, turned to Emil and said, “The storm we had two
days ago was huge, I wouldn’t call it a bolt of lightning.”
“Then how did you know it was a storm?” Asked Bo.
“I know what I hear.” Em said in his quiet voice.
Frank smiled, “Hey guys, I found some ammo.”
“We need that,” Em said as he headed to the truck.
Frank came back with two boxes.
Frank smiled as Emil and Bo stared at the boxes of ammunition, “Can my
brothers count the shells?”
“We’re sure you can count.” Em said as he grabbed the boxes and tossed them
into the back of the truck.
Bo stared at the boxes and then at the ammo, “This is so expensive.”
“It will get your boys through the winter.” Em said.
“I think you’re right. I’m just worried about it.” Bo said.
Frank turned and walked back to the truck with the boxes. They were loaded,
and he opened the back of the truck and he started loading up the food.
“Are there enough for everyone?” asked Bo.
“I think so.” Frank said and then he turned to Emil and said, “You think
you can count these?”
“Are you kidding? I’m great at math and counting.” Emil said.
“I’m not so good at it, but I know exactly what I’ve got.” Frank said as he
looked at Emil and smiled.
The sky darkened as the sky turned black, showing flashes of lightning
everywhere. The skies looked like a movie, one where everything is on
autopilot. Frank looked out the window and saw the first raindrops of the
storm. Suddenly, he saw the lights on the roofs of houses turn on for a
second, then quickly shut off. And everything came alive as if it were on
autopilot as the first raindrops hit. The truck drove quickly to the edge of
the road to get away from it as the first thunderclap hit. There were four
flashes and then the earth shook and the truck felt every bump as the
thunderstorm reached speeds of 120 miles per hour. The thunderclaps were on
every street and he could see the lightning as the earth began to shake and
rock, as the storm reached the ground.
Jess went up front and sat her head on Frank’s shoulder as the ground
shook and the truck drove through the storm. The thunder rolled through the
house, making everyone jump to get away from it. The trucks were driven
outside and the storm quickly faded into the night. There was a lot of noise,
too, as the truck came to a stop at the edge of the forest. Everyone got out
and then Emil came out and asked Frank, “What do you think is going to happen
in the next 30 days?”
“I don’t know.” Frank said as he looked at them.
“The storm is one of the many things that could happen.” Emil said.
“What else?” Asked Jesse.
“Well, the first of the year is when the sun’s the most powerful. It’s
when more energy is used.”
“Where is the power then?” Asked Quincy as he looked at his brother and
“It’s inside every living thing. So I guess it’s not going to the ground.”
Frank said as he looked at the sky.
“How do you know that?” Asked Quincy.
“Because I know.” Frank said as he looked at them.
“How?” Quincy asked.
“I know because I’m an accountant.” Frank answered.
“I don’t like the sound of that.” Quincy said.
“Of course you don’t,” Frank said as he got into the truck and started the
Jess walked to the drivers seat as Bo sat in the front passenger seat.
Emil opened the doors and she climbed into the back of the truck as Bo got
in. Frank walked around the truck to the drivers side and put the keys on the
floorboard. Then he got into the passenger seat and he turned to Emil and
said, “Did you ever think the world will end when I turn to the wrong person?”
“No.” Emil said.
“Then you’re a realist.” Frank smiled as he started the engine.
“I am a realist.” Emil said.
Frank turned to the driver and started the engine. A few minutes later, the
air turned blue and everyone in the cab of the truck sat in silence. They
felt the world stop. Darkness came in then the storm arrived and after it
was over, everyone who was awake was on their feet, as the earth shook and
the thunder rolled.
“What did that feel like?” Asked Quincy.
“I have no idea. I was just laying here and it felt like there was water
falling on me.” Emil said.
“Are you alright, brother?” Asked Quincy.
“I feel like I have water on me.” Emil said.