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…..”

      

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last People on Earth VII – The Harbor

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Driving into downtown Boston was a mistake, but they didn’t realize it, until it was too late. It was like driving through a cemetery, only worse. There were hundreds – no thousands – of piles of clothing, where once there had been living, breathing, human beings. There were shirts, jackets, belts, shoes, some hats here and there, and women’s purses scattered. A baby’s stroller was on the sidewalk, empty. Several large groups of clothing indicated entire families, dropped and perished, where they stood. Jeremiah drove the blue minivan very slowly, in order to not hit any of them. It was sacred ground, a final resting place of so many.

He wanted to turn around and go back, but Miriam said, “Can we go to the harbor area?” “Maybe it will be better there”. It was better, and they were able to walk around. As they walked towards some old sailing ships, Jeremiah said, “Miriam I don’t ever want to come to the city again, unless we have to.” She agreed and said, “Come, let’s go on this old ship, I have something I want to share.” She was trying to be lighter in spirit, and he was thankful for it.

Once they looked around the ship, Miriam leaned her long frame over the railing of the starboard side, and he joined her. He could see that she was thinking of what to say, like preparing a speech, so he waited. Looking out over the water, she said, “Jeremiah we can do this.” “Do what?”, he asked. “We can start again, and grow our own food”. She was smiling now, and said, “I’ve been studying organic farming for years, I know we can do this, and raise a family”. There it was, she let the part about raising a family slip out, but it was too late now.

It was his turn now, and he was beaming. “Well before we talk about…….reproducing, and multiplying”……. (They both started laughing, and Miriam began to howl, stomping her foot, while covering her mouth, trying not to be too loud). “We should give ourselves some time.” As soon as he said that, he regretted it. Maybe now was the right time! So he said, “Let’s take one week, to know each other more first.” Miriam jumped in with, “….and when we are married, we should have a ceremony on top of a mountain!!” Was she reading his mind? That’s what he thought too……..and he told her.

On the walk back to the minivan, he asked her if she wanted pizza for dinner and she said “Yes!” in a hurry. Once they were out of the downtown area, Miriam said she had a confession to make. He waited, and she said, “I know I’m very thin, too thin.” “I wasn’t eating before I met you…….I wanted to die…….it seemed better than living alone”. “But now I want to live…….the future is much brighter”.

“I’m glad you’re alive”, was all he could say, as tears welled up in his eyes…….The truth was, they were both very excited about the future now……..

To be continued.

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

The Last Man on Planet Earth

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He hid in a cave for three weeks. Fortunately, with this last biological plague, there was no more screaming coming from the valley below. Besides the water he had stockpiled, his most valued possession was his wind up radio, which didn’t need any batteries. The news had all stopped now, and he wasn’t sure how many people had died. But before the broadcasts had ended, he heard that there were a few people, known to have an immunity to the virus. Was he one of them? He wasn’t sure.

Should he go down to look around? The closest buildings were some houses, and further down the mountain, a small shopping center. After waiting two more days, he decided to give it a try, and spend no more than thirty minutes in the area, after which he would quickly retreat back to the cave. He was terrified he would catch whatever it was that had swept through the area so quickly, but his food had run out days ago. He started down the mountain, on foot.

As he walked past the houses that dotted the mountain, there was no one around. Were they all gone now? He stuck to the road as he walked, believing that if he went too close, or knocked on their doors, he would get a pistol or shotgun in his face. Nothing moved. There was only the wind, rustling through the trees.

Several miles later he made his way to the shopping center. He knew there was a 7-11, and a few small stores. Maybe he could get a sandwich at the deli. As he got closer, he could see something wasn’t right. There were clumps of something laying on the ground, he could make out a purse, next to a car with an open door. They were dead bodies!! His mind started racing, he wanted to run. But wait – there was no smell, and they weren’t quite dead bodies. What was going on here?

He noticed there was no sound here either, and the silence was heavy. He managed to calm himself down, as he carefully walked closer. His heart started pounding.

They were clothes, different piles of clothes, without anyone in them! People had fallen right where they were, shoes, belts, hats, all in a mostly neat row, making the outline of a person, but there was no body. Chill bumps ran up and down his spine.

It was very clear that whatever killed these people, dried them up so badly, that it turned their remains into dust, which then blew away in the wind. Would he catch the infection? He didn’t care anymore, he needed food, so he rummaged through the 7-11, and then the deli, loading up his backpack with as much as he could. He took off again, running up the mountain.

He felt horrible taking things that he hadn’t paid for, but he had no choice…….

 

To be continued.

 

 

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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