The Last People on Earth XXV – Crossing Oceans

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In the foothills of Kentucky, Lance was forgetting things. At first he wondered where Cathy was, and the little girl she had. What was her name? But within hours their memory was gone, as he drifted further, into the corridors of his own mind. He spent most of his time on the front porch, dreaming of castles, and walking down the hallways of spaceships, admired by the aliens, to the point of them crowning him king. He drank a lot of whiskey, but he forgot to eat.

In Pennsylvania, it was the day after the baby was born, and they were all sitting at the breakfast table, except for Cathy. Cory had come down, when she smelled the food, but they decided not to wake her Mom. Jennifer was there too, holding the baby up to her shoulder, burping him.

Jeremiah had gone all out today, fixing one of his best breakfast meals ever. He made omelets, with fresh vegetables, and cheese tucked inside, as well as his now famous blueberry pancakes. And of course, there were small bowls fresh fruit on the side. It felt like a celebration. Jeremiah and Miriam bowed their heads and paused, then they all dug in.

The atmosphere changed some though, when 8 year old Cory began telling them how she was not scared anymore, of the bad man, who had been so mean to them. Miriam, Jeremiah, and Jennifer all looked at each other. Their hearts were breaking, but they knew Cory needed to talk about it, so they let her get the flood of emotion out. It was then that Cathy came down the steps, looking worn out still, and disheveled. She stood listening, until Cory noticed her. “I’m sorry Mommy.”, was all Cory could say. “Don’t be sweetheart”, “We’ve both had it rough.” Cathy went to her daughter, sat next to her, and put her arms around her.

Cory broke down in tears, Cathy began shaking, and with tears in her eyes, she asked, “Miriam, and Jeremiah, can we stay here?” “It’s the only place we will feel safe….….” Miriam and Jeremiah looked at each other. He had wanted Cathy to live at the farm next door, but Miriam pleaded with her eyes, so Jeremiah shook his head yes, it was the right thing to do, and he knew it.

Miriam said, “Cathy you have oceans to cross.” Cathy looked confused, and said, “Oceans?” Miriam continued, “Where I am from, that’s what we say, when there is a long healing process, that is needed…..” “It will take time.” Cathy shook her head yes, and understood completely.

By the end of the meal, there was a sense of relief, and peace. Cathy and Cory were smiling now. Jeremiah never knew, an 8 year old could eat so many pancakes. Cathy slowed her down though, not wanting any stomach aches later.

To be continued.

      

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XXIV – A Time to Rest

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Cathy and Cory didn’t bother with eating, until after the baby was born. They both watched from the doorway of Jennifer’s room, and saw Jacob (from the side) make his grand entrance. It was the most beautiful event Cathy had ever seen, besides Cory being born. Everyone was in tears.

She took Cory and backed away, having long since put the gun back in her purse. They retreated to the kitchen where they found some fresh fruit, and cheese in the fridge. There were also some left over blueberry pancakes. A little butter, and maple syrup, topped off their feast.

When Jeremiah did pass through, Cathy stood up and tried to apologize, but he was still too busy, and put up his hand to say he couldn’t talk. She was still kicking herself, and was wondering how she could fix this. She needed to stay here, for her sake and for Cory’s. Emotionally she was near a collapse, and all she wanted, was to retreat to a bed.

It was Miriam that first made the move. She came into the kitchen to introduce herself, and Cathy simply couldn’t believe how tall she was! After talking just a few minutes, and exchanging names, and handshakes, Miriam said, “Cathy you do not look well…..” “Would you like to lie down?” Cathy jumped, at the chance, “Yes, that would be wonderful, I’m exhausted”.

The house had five bedrooms, two downstairs and three upstairs. Downstairs, there was Jennifer’s room, and a room they used for storage. So Miriam took Cathy and Cory upstairs, to a beautiful spare bedroom, that had a desk and chair, near a window. “The sheets are clean.”, Miriam said. Cathy asked Miriam quietly, “Can I hand you this, (it was her purse) I don’t want anything to do with guns anymore.” Miriam understood and shook her head yes. Cathy didn’t wait to change her clothes, she plopped across the top of the bed, and was out like a light. Cory said, “Mommy’s plain worn out!”

Later that night, the house was quiet, except for Miriam and Jeremiah talking in whispers, in their favorite place, bed. They loved to stare at each other, lying on their sides, face to face. Miriam was thinking about kissing his freckles again, when Jeremiah said, “It’s getting kind of crowded, in the house now Miriam”. He was saying it with a smile. Miriam, smiled and shook her head yes, as she leaned over and kissed his cheek.

He continued with, “And you know, it will be difficult……..well you know…….to make……..to make a lot of noise……” Miriam covered her mouth, holding back a laugh, and said, “Shhhh!” When she knew she would not burst out laughing, she managed to say, “I’ll meet you in the lab building……upstairs tomorrow…..shhhh!.” He was laughing now, and he knew there were some really nice, comfy chairs in the room. He started grinning from ear to ear. “Cool!” was all he could say.

At about 4:00 am, Miriam woke up, hearing the baby crying downstairs. She tiptoed down in her slippers and pajamas, to help Jennifer. After Jennifer fed the baby, Miriam put another log on the fire, pulled a rocking chair close to the warmth, and began rocking Jacob, back and forth. Jennifer was grateful, and fell back, sound asleep. Miriam thought about her own baby girl, growing inside of her, and began singing a beautiful lullaby to the both of them……….in Amharic.

To be continued.

      

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XXIII – A New Life

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“Mommy I’m hungry.” As Cathy drove through the beautiful farm county of Central Pennsylvania, her 8 year old daughter, had just about reached her limits. “Eat another cracker sweetheart, we’re almost there”, Cathy reassured her. “They’re gone Mommy!” “The crackers are gone!”. Cathy had no words after that.

She was in the right town, if you could call it that, and she was even on the right road. But Stevenson Lane, was not just a lane. It was a road that was more than seven miles long, and all the farms looked the same to her. She stopped in the middle of the road, put the car in park, and held her head. She was exhausted, from getting just three hours of sleep, and the hunger was starting to take her strength. “Mommy, are you ok?” Cory looked worried, as if she was carrying the burden, for the both of them.

“Yes….I’m…..” Her words trailed off because she saw something moving on her left. It was way in the distance, in front of the farm house. Was that a person? It was moving, and it did look like a person! She put the car in drive, and headed straight for the driveway. This had to be it! It just had to be.

She drove slowly through two sets of gates. She wasn’t sure what to expect, so she felt for the pistol in her purse and took it out. It was a farm for sure, a beautiful place. She decided to park the car about a 100 yards away, and to be quiet as they approached. As she took Cory out of the car, Cathy whispered, “Let’s be quiet as we go up, ok?” “We don’t know these people yet.”

Inside the house the labor was in full swing. Another wave of contractions was hitting, and Miriam was right next to Jennifer saying, “Ok breathe!!” “Breathe Jennifer”. “Ahhhhhheeeeeeooeee” was Jennifer’s response. Jeremiah wasn’t used to delivering babies, let alone in a house, instead of a hospital. But he was doing the best that he could. They were so close now.

Miriam said in her French-African accent, “Jeremiah, I am certain I saw a vehicle, I mean a car, on the road.” “Not now Miriam, I’m busy…..go and check if you want”, Jeremiah said, as he attempted to see where the baby’s head was. Miriam left in a hurry, and went outside. As she opened the door, she saw Cathy and Cory, walking up. They were about 20 yards away. Then Jennifer let out another scream, Cathy heard it, and stopped dead in her tracks.

Horrified, she reached for her purse, and pulled out the .357 magnum. She didn’t know what was taking place, and there was a human being inside screaming, maybe she was being tortured. Cory hid behind her mother. Cathy pointed the pistol directly at Miriam, and yelled, “Stop where you are!” “Are you a machine or a human?” Miriam was so shocked she couldn’t speak. Cathy heard another scream, from inside, “Ahhhhheeeeeeoooooeee”. It was unbearable and Cathy wanted to pull the trigger. Cory yelled “Mommy!”

Just then Jeremiah, jumped out of the front door, saw Cathy and the gun. He instinctively stood in front of Miriam. He yelled, “Lady I don’t know who you are, or what you want, but if you want food, there is plenty in the fridge!!”. “Right now I cannot stay and talk, there is a lady in here having a BABY!!” With that he and Miriam went inside, and left the front door open.

Cathy lowered the pistol. Her face went from ten shades of red, to ashen white, as she realized she had almost killed a person, because of her own fear. She felt awful.

Jacob Wong was born at exactly 8:26 am, straight into the arms of Jeremiah, who cleaned off his face, and made sure he began to breathe. He handed him over to Jennifer who cried with great tears of joy, “I have a son, I have a son!!!”

Mother and Son

      

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XXII – Almost There

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“Is Lance gone now Mommy? Little 8 year old Cory was in the back seat, waking up from her nap. She didn’t wait for a response, but added, “I need the bathroom!” Cathy was driving on I-75, heading north, looking now for a place to stop. “Yes sweetheart Lance is gone, we don’t ever have to worry about him again.” She was telling a lie here, she was concerned that he would follow them, but she didn’t want to worry her daughter about it.

A few minutes later she pulled over at a rest stop, but right away the place gave her the creeps. It was a large rest stop, the type that would have restaurants inside. Cathy told herself they would be quick, then grab a few maps on the way out, but there were piles of clothing all over the place, where people had been. “I don’t like this place Mommy!”, Cory said. As they got out, Cathy told her daughter to be fast when she went to potty. She also placed the .357 magnum in her purse. “Mommy, everyone is dead.”, Cory was getting more concerned, as she saw the clothing. “That’s just their clothing honey, the people are gone now…”

They couldn’t go in. Before they even made it to the door, the stench was unbearable, from spoiled food. Peering through the glass doors, Cathy could see some rats scattering in different directions, inside. She took her daughter’s hand, and backed away. They found some bushes near the car, and then headed north again, straight up, towards Ohio. Cathy’s main concern now was hunger. They were not able to pack any food, and they were living on crackers and potato chips, from vending machines.

In Pennsylvania there was a thunderstorm brewing, and Jennifer was increasingly uncomfortable. She did a lot of walking around the house, holding her belly. Miriam took her outside after lunch, until the lightning got too close, and the clouds burst with a downpour.

It wasn’t until that night though, that things started to heat up. Jennifer went to bed early, and fell asleep at about 8:00. At 1:10 in the morning, she woke up with excruciating pain. She curled up in a ball, and turned on her side, yelling, “Ahhhhhheeeeeeeeeuuuuh”. They were contractions for sure. She tried not to bother anyone, because of what time it was, but by 2:00 am the pains were getting closer together, and suddenly she felt a bursting inside. Oh no! It was her water breaking, and she yelled, “Help! I need help!” “Oh God, I need help here!”. Jennifer was not a religious person at all, but when terrible things happened, she always said “Oh God!”, and it made her feel better. Miriam and Jeremiah came running down the stairs, in their pajamas.

At this point Cathy had just crossed over, into the state of Pennsylvania, from Ohio. She was exhausted, but felt a wonderful sense of relief. She knew they still had another, 2-3 hours of driving to do, but she needed to pull over. In the rear view mirror she looked at her daughter sleeping, using her sweater as a pillow.

Once Cathy stopped, she got into the back seat with Cory. She unbuckled her, and held her close. She said softly, “I sure hope this works out, and we get some food!” Tears filled her eyes, and ran down her cheeks. She looked up at the sky, and said, “Can we get some encouragement down here??” She locked the doors, and fell fast asleep.

      

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XXI – Freedom

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Cathy lay awake planning their escape. She kept asking herself the question, should she kill the man? Not only was he insane, he was a despicable person. He had attacked her several times, and he was right now, passed out in living room, so they could leave if they wanted. He always kept a loaded .357 magnum pistol, next to him though. And then she was afraid of the drones.

Unable to sleep much, she got up very early the next morning, and went to the kitchen for some water. He was snoring on the living room floor, smelling of alcohol, and urine. She found a letter on the kitchen counter, that would change everything. It was from the United States Congress…….which explained the drone program, and spoke about the survivors. She was stunned, but a sense of relief came over her. “So much for that fear.”, she whispered. She was reading a few lines about a farm in Pennsylvania, when he came up behind yelling, “What the hell are you doing!!” She turned around just in time to receive a backhanded slap to her face, which knocked her to the floor. She was so angry, she wanted to run for the pistol, but she sat up and said nothing.

Lance took the letter, lit it with a cigarette lighter, and threw it, into the unlit fireplace. Cathy didn’t care though, she had what she needed. As she held a hand to her bleeding nose, she knew now, that she and her daughter would be leaving, and it would be tonight. She was not afraid anymore.

At the farm in Pennsylvania that morning Jeremiah, was at the kitchen counter, fixing breakfast while the two ladies were at the table, talking about Jennifer’s baby jumping inside. Jennifer took Miriam’s hand and placed it on her stomach, saying, “See, right here”. “Oh I felt the baby jump!”, Miriam was excited now, and turned to Jeremiah, “Jeremiah!” “I felt the baby jump inside!”, she said. Jeremiah turned and smiled, and said “I heard sweetheart…”

Suddenly the phone rang, for only the second time since they had lived there. Jeremiah quickly turned off the stove, and reached for it. It was his turn now, and he said, “Hello?” a man’s voice on the other end said, “Hello my good man!” “Whoever you are, it is certainly good to hear your voice!” “My name is Roger Preston, and I’m calling from England!”

In Kentucky, Cathy purposely came back late, hoping Lance would be asleep, or passed out, and he was. She wanted to at least pack a couple of suitcases for her and Cory. She and her daughter got dressed for bed. She put her daughter in, but stayed by her side, waiting, making every move in her mind beforehand, so it would go well, and they could escape unhindered.

One hour later she picked up her daughter, now soundly sleeping, walked out of the house, leaving the door open. She gently placed her in the car, and buckled her seatbelt. She tiptoed back in the house. Would he wake up? She picked up the two suitcases from the bedroom, and continued walking through the house on tiptoes. Lance was snoring loudly.

She put the suitcases in the car, and went back to the house one more time. From the doorway, she could see the .357 magnum lying on the table next to him. She gently walked over and took it, walked out the door, and without a sound closed the door behind her.

Running to the car now, she hopped in, put it in neutral, and drifted down the hill, with the gun at her side. At the bottom of the hill she turned the car on and took off. She looked down at the pistol on the seat, and realized that if he followed her, she would kill him for sure.

She was heading for Pennsylvania…….and nothing was going to stop her.

To be continued.

     

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XX – She Wanted Peace

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More than anything she wanted peace. Cathy and her 8 year old daughter, Cory, were riding in a pickup, somewhere in Kentucky, with a lunatic. His name was Lance, and not only did he have a truck load of guns, he was convinced the drones were killing Americans, and that a foreign government was behind it all.

Cathy hated him, Cory was terrified, but the only reason they stayed with him, was that there was no one else. They were terrified of the drones, and thought Lance was protecting them. The worst of it though, was when Lance said he had special “visions”, of space ships. The “visions” were usually preceded by fits of ranting and raving, involving delusions of him being a king, and stronger than anyone else.

They eventually made it to a hideout that he had known, up in the mountains. He was fond of yelling at Cathy and slapping her around, while Cory cowered in a corner. “Go get some food, that’s your job now!” “But leave the girl here!” he yelled one morning. “Not on your life!”, she yelled back. She would die first, and on the look on her face told him that, so he let it be.

This went on for days, each day the same. She was to go out and run errands, while he stayed at home and drank, and played video games. She tried telling him most of the food was no good now, that they could only eat food from out of a can, and what would they do when that was gone?  He wouldn’t listen. She realized more every day, that she and Cory would not be staying here long. She didn’t care much about herself, but she would protect her daughter no matter what. Staying here was too risky, and she needed to make another plan. But what?

At the farm in Pennsylvania, the atmosphere was much different. It was Friday again, and both Jeremiah and Miriam were preparing a Sabbath meal. Miriam was finding great joy in making some injera bread (a bread from Ethiopia and East Africa). Jeremiah had taken out some frozen chicken, and was grilling it with olive oil, and onions. He was also making his famous salad with spinach, walnuts, and pieces of tangerines. Fresh peaches would be the dessert, with some whipped cream on top.

Jennifer walked slowly around the living room, grateful for the smells coming from the kitchen, but worried. She was holding her tummy, and rubbing it gently. She whispered to the baby, how much she loved him or her. It was her first child, and she had no idea what to expect, other than a lot of pain. She also thought of her boyfriend Jacob, and how happy he would have been to see her now.

Miriam placed the candles in the holders, and the scarf on her head. Lighting the candles, she began reciting the prayers in Amharic, while Jennifer sat wide-eyed, stunned at the beauty of the moment. She had never seen anything like it. Jeremiah smiled knowingly. He loved the voice of his beautiful queen. Now came the Hebrew, and he joined in “Baruch atah Adonai, Eluhenu melech ha olam…….” (In English the words mean: Blessed are You, Lord our God, the King of the universe).

Jeremiah had a strange feeling after this prayer. It was like…well there was a tingling on the back of his neck. He said he felt like they should pray, for the people that had been in Illinois, the man, woman, and the 8 year old girl….……that they would be safe……..…and have peace……….So they did pray.

To be continued.

    

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XIX – Coming Home

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Jennifer had never been so happy to see two people in her entire life. Miriam was sooo very tall, but she walked up to Jennifer, in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn where they met, and gave her the most wonderful hug. Holding each other, they both lost it, and broke down crying. Jeremiah was on the sidelines, looking away, and trying to hold back the flood of tears he was feeling.

Miriam and Jennifer sat in the back seat and talked almost the entire way, back home. They were not only becoming the best of friends, it was like they were sisters. Were they kindred spirits? The only things different about them was their appearance, and their backgrounds. Jennifer was a petite and beautiful, Chinese-American, with long, flowing black hair.

They had met Jennifer in Abilene, Kansas, and on their way back, they stayed in motels for two nights. They had to, because even though they were just driving, the trip was getting to be difficult for Jennifer. Jeremiah already knew that Jennifer was further along than 8 months, he could tell by looking at her, but he hadn’t said anything yet. She also looked uncomfortable most of the time, and she often rubbed her tummy gently. He wanted to get everyone back home, before the baby was born.

One morning in Ohio, Miriam and Jeremiah were in one room of a Comfort Inn, and Jennifer was in another, when Jennifer knocked on their room door. “Can you examine me Jeremiah?” “I’m experiencing some pain.”, Jennifer asked with a concerned look on her face. Jeremiah went to the SUV to get his medical kit, and told Jennifer and Miriam to meet him in Jennifer’s room.

Miriam struggled as she waited outside of the room, with the door open. She realized Jeremiah was doing the right thing, the needed thing, but still……he was examining her. She was jealous and worried. Jennifer was so beautiful, would Jeremiah want her as a second wife, after the baby was born? It was that old fear of polygamy again. She pushed the thoughts out of her mind, telling herself, nothing could come between her, and her love.

He must have read her mind, because the first words out of his mouth, when he came out of the room were, “Miriam you’re the only one I want.” He could read her like a book, she thought. Relief spread over her face. She leaned over, with a smile, and whispered in his ear, “I’ll see you later….my prince!” They both chuckled. He said, “The good news is, she is not in labor, not yet anyway.”

The next day Jennifer woke up from her nap, when they were a few minutes away from the farm. She was stunned at the beauty of the countryside, the peacefulness of the area. Farms filled with green, gave her a wonderful sense of relief. There was even a deer. She felt safe with this unusual couple, although she did giggle sometimes, thinking of what they were like when they got romantic.

It was their gentleness, their great love for each other, and this beautiful country, that filled her with hope for the future. They had saved her life too. She whispered softly to herself, as Jeremiah pulled up to the first gate, “And the food will all be organic…..”

      

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

Behind the Scenes of the Last People

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So what would you do, if you were the last person on earth? After the initial shock and horror of it all, you would want to find other people! You probably wouldn’t care about the big issues, you would be more concerned I think, about your own sanity.

These are just some of the thoughts I had in writing the series. I wanted to make Miriam and Jeremiah as different as possible. This is my attempt to have racial reconciliation within the story. Her being very tall, makes them even more unique. The neat thing about fiction is that it allows you to create a world that is better than the one we live in. I wanted to show love between people of different backgrounds. This allows me to explore culture, and how it would work in a new world.

From the beginning, I knew there would be a need for other people, instead of just the two. Adam and Eve can only go so far. And they needed people, not just to make the story interesting, but for humanity to continue. In upcoming segments we will see some other characters, including the good and bad within them. For me, a good story is about people. When I admire great literature of the past, it is always the characters, so wonderfully written about, that keeps me interested.

Thanks for reading!

      

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XVIII – Survivors

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“Are you nervous about delivering the baby?”, Miriam asked as they drove westbound on I-80. “Yes…”, was all he could say. He didn’t want to think about it right now, and he got out their laptop instead. Miriam was driving their brand new Mazda SUV, that she had picked out. She said she always wanted a blue one.

It had been Jennifer’s baby that Miriam was asking about. Part of the reason Jennifer had been so emotional over the phone, was not only was she alone, but she was also 8 months pregnant. She was convinced that she, and her baby, would die if she had to give birth alone. She was ecstatic that Jeremiah had gone to medical school, and so it was a win, win situation for her, to come and live with them, in Pennsylvania.

Jeremiah logged into the satellite software that the drones had given them access codes for. Miriam said, “Do you think you can find that couple, and their daughter in Illinois?” “I’ve been trying, and it’s like they’ve disappeared”. The software was amazing and could locate any heat source that appeared to be human. It could even tell the difference between a cow and a human, by giving a rough image of the source. “I think they could be running Miriam, not understanding what the drones were attempting to do.” Miriam shook her head yes, that she understood, and she said, “Like us.”

They had been searching for days with the satellites for this couple, not far from Chicago. The letter they received explained there were a few other people, but in some cases the information was sketchy or only partially there. Jeremiah picked up the letter again, as Miriam drove. He read the words once more, still shocked, and excited at the same time, even though he had read it many times, after picking it up in the front yard.

It said:

“If you are receiving this letter then you have gone through hell, and are coming out of it again, to the other side. I am the last remaining member of our government, and I will be dead in a few hours. Once it was clear that humanity would be exterminated, or nearly so, our government began to work on ways to connect survivors, and to bring them together. The drones you have been seeing are preprogrammed to identify human beings, and to report the information to a database located in Washington D.C. Additional drones have been assigned the duty of delivering data to survivors, about each other, as much as is possible. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or anything else that can be found.”

The letter said only six people were discovered in the United States, they were Jennifer, Miriam, Jeremiah, and a couple in Illinois, with a daughter of about 8 years old. There was also a confirmed sighting of a male in England, and there was a fair amount of data available on him, including a phone number. There were some Inuit people, as well in Northern Canada. There may be more people out there, but that was all that was found.

The letter ended with:

“The only known damage to the environment has been to cows, which have been found to be slightly contaminated. Perhaps in about 10 generations they will be safe again.”

“You have been given a unique opportunity to start all over again. Please make sure you do all that you can, to help humanity survive, and to get it right this time. I wish you Godspeed, and the best of luck.”

                                                                 Sincerely,

Representative Thomas Byrnes

    

As Miriam continued to drive, Jeremiah closed his eyes, and thought of those haunting words, “….to get it right this time…..”

      

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth XVII – The Package

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It rained that night. Miriam and Jeremiah, didn’t hear a thing as the drone came by, at about 2:00 in the morning. They were sound asleep, as lovers usually are when it rains, listening to the rain, playing its soulful song on their roof. It was great sleeping weather. The drone had come by to see if the package was still there, and it was, soaked, untouched, on the front lawn.

In the morning, the sun came out, and peered through their bedroom window, waking them both up. After stretching, and saying good morning, Miriam headed for the shower, while Jeremiah headed downstairs to cook them some breakfast. It would be turkey sausage, toast, and eggs.

At the table, they paused and then dug in. The topic of discussion was still the library, because Jeremiah realized they needed to include languages. He said, “Miriam you need to write down everything you know about Amharic, and place it in the format of teaching it, otherwise the language will become extinct.” She nodded and said, “Yes I can see that”. He continued with, “And then work on Hebrew, and French, and….” “Whoa!” Miriam interrupted him and said, “Jeremiah…….wait, one language at a time!” “Plus I’ll be having a baby!” He smiled a sheepish smile, and said, “Yeah, you’re right.”

It was right when they were getting up from the table, that they heard a strange noise. It was vaguely familiar like an alarm, and they looked around. Then Miriam yelled, “Jeremiah!” “The phone!” Sure enough, there it was on the wall, plain as day, and it was ringing. It was the first time in months they had heard the sound. They looked at each other, and a thousand thoughts raced through their minds, within seconds. Would the drones kill them today?

They jumped up at the same time, but Miriam beat him to it. She hesitated, picked it up, then said, “Hello?” A voice on the other end, yelled in her ear, “Oh my God!” “A person!” “Are you a person or a computer??” Miriam was shocked and hesitated once again, but said, “Yes, I’m…..I’m a real person.” What ensued next was some of the fastest, and most emotional talking, and yelling they had ever heard. Miriam placed the call on speaker.

“Oooohhh thank you God!!” “Oh God thank you!” “I can’t believe it!” “I found your number on the internet —- Oh God, I can’t believe it!” There was some screaming, very loud screaming, and Miriam and Jeremiah could both tell the screams were coming from joy. Chills ran up and down their spines. It was another person! The voice on the phone continued, “Your names and address were given to me by the drones….…they left a package..…..did you get a package?” “My name is Jennifer Wong and I’m calling from San Francisco!” “I found people!” She was crying now, and with huge sobs, she kept repeating, “I found people!” “I found peeeeeople!”

It took a while to calm Jennifer down, so that they could understand better what she meant about the drones, and a package. “Please go outside and look around”, she said. “You should have one too!”

While Miriam stayed on the phone with her, Jeremiah went out to look around. Sure enough, about 30 feet from the front door, there was something. It was a small package, a shipping envelope really, with what appeared to be bubble packaging inside. He got the shock of his life when he saw Miriam’s name and his, on a printed label, with their address. He picked it up, it was wet but readable. Even more shocking, was the label for the return address.

The packaged was marked, as coming from, “The United States Congress……”

To be continued.

       

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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