The Last People XXX (30) – We Stick Together

Mountains and Rivers 155

They talked late into evening. It was the first time really, that they had made a big decision, together as a group. Miriam was the one that was most afraid of guns, and Cathy was the one most afraid, to not have one. After a lot of talking, and after sending Cory to bed, they voted. Each person said yes, but they needed restrictions.

Any guns they had, were not to be used against people, unless for some reason, they were attacked, and even then they should talk about it, if possible. It had to be a life threatening situation. The same was true of any bears, or other animals in the area, that would be harmful. Jeremiah gave the example of a dog having rabies, trying to bite them. They would simply have no choice. A bear being in the vicinity, was not a sufficient reason to shoot the animal. No one wanted that.

They all noticed though how Cathy could not wait to get her hands on the .357 magnum. It was strange really, and her face even changed, once she had it in her hands. Miriam asked her though, to please keep it in the kitchen, on top of the refrigerator.

Over the next week, Miriam, Jennifer, and Jeremiah all noticed a continued change in Cathy’s behavior. She was more jumpy, and actually carried the pistol in a holster, on her belt. Any sudden noise outside made her jump. Late one night, Miriam and Jeremiah were talking in bed, when the topic came up. They both agreed, that Cathy was still very much afraid, and that they would talk to her about it the morning.

After breakfast Jeremiah asked to speak to Cathy outside. Suddenly Jacob vomited all over the kitchen floor, and Miriam and Jennifer were busy cleaning it up, so Jeremiah had no choice but to tackle the issue by himself.

Outside Jeremiah said, “Cathy you’ve changed over the past week, you seem very afraid.” She said nothing but sighed, and looked down at the ground. “The gun has made your fear worse, much worse……instead of you being more confident.” Gathering courage he continued, “We should go down to Kentucky, together Cathy, and face Lance – Miriam and I……well…… we can go with you.” Cathy panicked and stuttered, “No! I….. I…… cannot do that…..there’s no way!”

“Cathy do you always want to live with the fear, that Lance is after you, waiting behind every bush, ready to jump out at you?” There was a long pause, and Cathy continued to look down. She said, “No, I don’t.” He knew he was being too pushy, and was about to apologize, when she burst into tears, and ran into the house.

It was almost midnight when Cathy knocked lightly on the Miriam and Jeremiah’s bedroom door. Miriam was asleep, but Jeremiah was up with a light on, reading The Prophet, by Gibran. He put on his robe, and saw Cathy, when he opened the door.

She said, “Can we leave in the morning?” “I’m tired of being a victim!” Jeremiah shook his head yes, and said, “And we will be right there with you…….you’ll see……we stick together.” “Is 4:00 too early?”, he asked. “No, the sooner the better.” And she went back to bed.

Just before falling asleep, Cathy thought of Jeremiah’s words, “We stick together.” Her mother used to say that…….especially during the tough times…….. Cathy slept soundly for a few hours, until the alarm went off.

To be continued.

       

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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