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Jerry D. Young •

It’s A Nice Place To Visit, But…
Copyright 2012 by Jerry D Young All Rights Reserved
The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual names, persons, businesses, and incidents is strictly coincidental. Locations are used only in the general sense and do not represent the real place in actuality.

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It’s A Nice Place To Visit, But… “Give a guy a break!” yelled Adam Williams, his New York City accent quite obvious. “I’m walking here!” Adam ignored the honking horn and cursing coming from the taxi that had almost hit him and his companion. “I can’t believe you said that!” Heather Jean Kirkpatrick said, her accent equally thick, but deep southern Georgia. “That is so corny!” “Well, the idiot almost hit us. You gotta be tough if you’re going to live here in the Big Apple. Lot’s to offer, but the streets can be mean.” “I wish I could have brought my guns,” Heather Jean said, her head almost like it was on a swivel. She was trying to see the sites of Times Square, not get run over, not run over someone else and not get mugged. She felt naked without even the little Beretta Tomcat .32 ACP she wore under dresses and skirts in a Galco Leather Thigh Holster. Her regular carry pistol was a Glock 30SF .45 ACP in an inside the waistband holster in the small of her back when she wore a jacket, or in the Galco Carry Purse she used when she couldn’t use either of the other two holsters. But you didn’t carry in New York. Not unless you were somebody or the authorities. She’d just have to get used to it, she told herself. She’d slowed to look up at the huge electronic billboards selling anything and everything, mostly using sex in the ad in some way. Adam took her arm and hurried her along. “We’re going to be late. I’ll get us a taxi.” “But taxis are so expensive!” lamented Heather Jean. “I don’t mind riding the subway. It can’t be as bad as people have told me.”

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“Taxis are often cheaper than keeping a car in the city,” Adam said, an arm out and up, and the fingers of his other hand to his lips to let out a shrill whistle. Amid several honks and more cursing, a taxi swerved over two lanes and pulled to a stop. “And the subway is okay some of the time and others I wouldn’t go down there for love nor money.” Adam grabbed the door and opened it for Heather Jean. She gathered her skirt tightly against her legs and slid into the taxi. She liked Adam, but she wasn’t going to give him a show. She’d read Miss Manners and knew how to enter and exit cars demurely. Of course, with her legs, she wasn’t adverse to showing a little, in appropriate circumstances. Adam gave the driver the address and leaned back in the seat. Heather Jean was fastening her seatbelt and Adam hurriedly did the same as the taxi juked back and forth with the fast moving traffic. Usually able to keep track of where she was down in Georgia, the fast taxi ride, with turn after turn, all at high speed, had her confused. They could be a block away from the Square again and she wouldn’t know it. But things finally calmed down, and the driver took it much more slowly in one of the many brownstone residential districts in the city. It wasn’t an affluent neighborhood, but in the growing darkness, it didn’t look too bad. “Here we are,” Adam said. He was taking money out of his wallet and gave it to the driver through the little slot in the protective glass between him and the passengers. It was Adam’s head on a swivel now. He was scanning the darkness, broken here and there by the light from a front room window. With his left hand under Heather Jean’s right elbow, Adam hurried her

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across the sidewalk and up the stairs to the front door of his parents’ narrow three story brownstone. He was the fourth generation to be living there. His great grandfather had helped build the unit and was able to purchase it not long after the block was finished. Adam used his keys, on three locks, to get them inside. He worked the keypad of the fire and alarm system, telling Heather Jean what the codes were as he punched them in. “Adam? Is that you?” came a quivering voice from down the hall. “Yes, Mom! It’s me and I have Heather Jean Kirkpatrick with me. Heather Jean followed Adam down the short hall and into the living room. “Mom, Dad, this is Heather Jean. And these are my parents, June and Bert Williams.” “Hello, Mrs. Williams. Mr. Williams,” Heather Jean said, nodding to the elderly man and woman. June Williams looked as frail as her voice had sounded. And Mr. Williams seemed to be struggling to stay awake. He had the look of a large, heavy man that had lost much weight after retirement. Adam had told her that he’d retired three years ago, with fifty years in at the factory where he’d started at eighteen. June, Adam had said, was a stay at home mom and wife, taking care of the family, two sisters and three brothers, of whom Adam was the youngest, and only surviving child. The other four, all born with serious health conditions, had not survived past three years old. But Adam, to June and Bert, had been a redemption in their eyes, being born healthy and with a good mind, especially considering how late he’d come into the world. “Heather Jean,” Adam said, “Is the one I was telling you about working with this winter at school.”

a little bit of Alzheimer’s in both of them. and then his attention was back on the television.” “No hanky panky in my house. And it is okay. “I wouldn’t and Heather Jean isn’t that kind of woman.” June said. sir.” Adam said. they are nice. Like my little Mary and Vanessa would have been. when they are lucid. “You are pretty. but the captions were on. But Adam saw her discomfort and quickly said.” .Page 5 of 42 “She’s a pretty little thing. More Dad than Mom. I miss them so. which is really most of the time. The sound was down. I’ll show you the room.” Bert said. no matter which one has to first. That way she doesn’t have to spring for a motel or come all the way back to the airport to pick them up. Mom.” Heather Jean chewed a lip a bit. his eyes going back to the television. and have made arrangements for the rest of their years. “She’ll only be staying tonight. young man. “Oh. They’ll be going in together.” “I know. dear.” Bert said quietly. “Yes.” “That sounds like a good plan. trying to come up with something to say. Come on. but both to a degree. The airline lost her luggage and I told her she could stay here until she picked it up in the morning. They both realize it. and not to put too fine of a point on it. anyway. coloring slightly.” “You’re parents seem nice. Adam! I didn’t know. “No. Very old fashioned.” “I’m so sorry. when they can’t take care of themselves any more. Heather Jean.” Heather Jean told Adam.

” . You don’t have to worry about me. I’m pretty sure an old pair of mine will fit you. no. June finally let Heather Jean help with getting things ready.” “Thanks. she heard June tell Adam.” Heather Jean chuckled. After they’d eaten and Heather Jean was stepping out of the kitchen to go change. You’re off the hook. Just that everyone has to watch out. I used to have sleep overs when I was little and she kept everything needed that usually was forgotten. You really didn’t have to do this. but I know how hard it is for women in this city when they are on their own.” It had been a long flight. “She’s a good girl. There are clean towels in the bathroom and I’ll get you a pair of sweats for tonight. Always an early riser. Reluctant at first. Heather Jean was tired and turned in as soon as she’d showered and changed into the sweats and had a slice of pizza that Adam had ordered. Heather Jean. And there are always a couple of new toothbrushes and stuff. And I appreciate you being comfortable with the situation. no! I didn’t mean it that way. but women even more. from her first six years of childhood on a farm.Page 6 of 42 “Here you go. “Okay. Heather Jean was up and in the kitchen. Good enough. You could do worse. and then more time spent trying to find out about her luggage.” “I know. Adam. still in the sweats when June came in and began to start breakfast. too.” “You don’t think they can handle things themselves?” “No. Bert and Adam drifted in and got coffee and then went to the living room to watch the news while breakfast was being prepared.

With the joint project now a twelve person team. but with a genius level intelligence. She was here to work. though he could do it well. That is where she’d met Adam. since for all practical purposes. was more of the hands on the hardware R&D type person. she didn’t last long at any of them. . to move the project to their oldest and smallest facility. too. had decided to combine the two efforts.” Heather Jean thought that she could do worse than Adam.Page 7 of 42 “Mom. the research of both teams had come to mostly the same conclusions. Well. Adam was another project manager. But it was too early to really tell for sure. Heather Jean as project manager for an eight person team working on a long range space exploration craft for the time when someone developed a star drive system. and very long range. soon we’ll be coworkers. we’re just friends. the one in New York. She’d been in various foster homes. again by Corporate. Corporate. Heather Jean had no family ties in Atlanta. They were both assigned to the Future Products Development Team. Though Adam was a year older. At least for her. where Adam. Heather Jean had been with the company a year longer. it was decided. and was senior to Adam in the combined project. That wasn’t why she was in New York. More immediately potentially profitable projects would continue at the facilities in Atlanta. She was smarter than all of her foster parents starting at about age twelve and was well versed in the way the system worked. at work in Atlanta. And coworkers. at the yearly project analysis meeting. working on a similar project from a different perspective. So the move was a no brainer. having lost her parents when she was only six years old. Heather Jean was well suited to the Project Management position. and an overwhelming curiosity.

If my things already on the way aren’t here today. So Heather Jean turned inward and was ready to go out on her own at sixteen. living in a supervised dorm at college and went the full four years. Heather Jean was ready to head for the airport to pick up her suitcase. “They shipped the bags home. she was told that they’d been expressed to the address on her luggage tag. “Oh. and the less attention they paid to each child. but wound up with degrees in three subjects and was nearly to the end of the process of getting her first doctorate.” . so they are going back to my old address. Everything else she’d wanted from her old apartment had been shipped and should arrive sometime that day or the next. Shortly after breakfast. I’m going to have to buy a couple more outfits just to have clean clothes for work.” “And every one is probably charges three times what I paid for the same items in Atlanta.” Heather Jean said. When she called to verify that her bags had made it to the airport. I didn’t change the ID tags. the more money the fosters made. the less hassles they had to deal with. that is just lovely. there are plenty of places to shop in New York City. I’m going to have to get someone to ship them to me here. The more kids you took in. closing her phone and dropping it into her purse. She managed to get into an advanced program. wearing the clean blouse and underwear that she always travelled with in her carryon bag. “What’s the matter?” Adam asked.Page 8 of 42 The point of fostering children seemed to be money. having completed high school two years early.” “Well.

I guess I’d better call a cab and get to the new place and start getting things ready to move in. “No.Page 9 of 42 “Come on.” “I’d be glad to help. So I’m a cheapskate. There isn’t that much coming and I don’t want to get started off on the wrong foot. I am putting away everything I don’t need for day to day living into my retirement program. So. I want to be able to retire at fifty and develop a few interests I have. and I know how much I make. They seemed to think that they should get part of what I made because they were taking care of me.” “You make more than I do. “Don’t really need any.” Adam challenged with a grin. I only spend money when I absolutely have to. Don’t tell me Atlanta was a cheap place to live. It was a simple comment. hiding his eagerness. Well. but no. It’s okay. I’m not hurting financially. and I simply cannot let it be seen as taking advantage of a .” “Heather Jean! I’m sorry! I was way out of line.” “I see. I am truly sorry. Adam.” “Okay. “Okay.” Adam said. I had some bad experiences with foster parents when I started working part time in high school.” “Not that it is any of your business. but I’ve been very… well… secretive about my financial situation ever since. I won’t pry like that again. so you can’t be hurting financially. Heather Jean shook her head. It didn’t last long. don’t worry about me doing something stupid like that again.” Heather Jean sighed. I’m your boss.

He grinned. Heather Jean was more than a little annoyed with the airline. and New York City in general. Next Monday then. if I can find the place. “Just getting into the habit. “Okay. just before three in the afternoon. was more than adequate for her needs. I’d just as soon it didn’t get around. as the property had an excellent website with virtual tours of most of the facility. the moving company.” Heather Jean dialed the number Adam gave her for the taxi company he usually used. Heather Jean spent most of the rest of Saturday and all of Sunday unpacking and putting things away in the new apartment she’d fortunately had the foresight to arrange prior to her moving.” Heather Jean gave Adam a sharp look. the shipping company. Not a great view.” “Thanks. everything showed up on Saturday. Boss. But the apartment. Not quite sight unseen. When she closed the phone she said. That’s good.” Hard pressed to get everything done before the first day at the facility in New York. but she was on the top floor and could look out over most of the closest buildings.” “Okay. it was the one thing that went the way it was supposed to during the move. Mum’s the word. “No need to pay for empty space. I will see you at work next Monday. Adam.” “Don’t worry. though small. “It’ll only be a few minutes. Staying here last night probably wasn’t a good idea. I’d better get my carryon and purse and get out there.” Heather Jean smiled.Page 10 of 42 subordinate co-worker. But with a dozen phone calls.” .

Adam was the first of the others to arrive. It was one of three adjacent buildings the company owned. they got everyone familiar with the building and then began to sort out who would work where in the old converted brick building. So. There were several tables with chairs and a couple of sofas and easy chairs. He’d been to the site a couple of times in the two months he’d been back home. microwave oven. . and already knew his way around. ushered everyone from the break room to the main meeting room. She was early and able to get a good look around before the rest of the team began to wander in.Page 11 of 42 had been her thought when looking on-line for apartments in the City from Atlanta. sink. and there were four others that had migrated from their home towns to Atlanta and then followed the work to New York. I’ve gone by Heather Jean since I was a baby. tired. The caretaker of the building had been quite helpful in showing her around the place. Except for one item. “Okay. I think we all know one another. Between the two of them.” There were several laughs. Corporate considered property as an asset and held onto whatever they bought for whatever reason. Heather Jean. refrigerator. most from Atlanta or the surrounding area. The Corporate office set up team had been at work since the last time Adam had been there and the telephones. including a fully stocked break room with coffee maker. so we’ll skip the introductions. Most of the group were natives of the south. and other parts of the facility were up and ready for use. computer systems. but now settled in as a New Yorker with a strange accent. I think I can drop the Jean from constant use and you can just call me Heather. and vending machines. But no longer being in the south. the other two mothballed for future projects. Heather Jean showed up at the new jobsite. even if the initial use was over. Adam was the only one from New York.

I guess your Corporate arranged it and didn’t tell you. can I help you?” Heather asked. all of whom were women. good.” “Oh. “Office staff.” Heather said when there were no negatives expressed. No mention was made of an office staff. “Yes. Everyone knows their work space. so I believe we can get started. “Jim.” Before anyone rose there was a knock on the open door of the meeting room.” .” Heather hurried to her office and called her boss in Atlanta. At least that was the way the guy put it.” “Staff?” Heather asked. “I’m looking for Heather Jean Kirkpatrick. if you’ll wait in the break room… Adam. muttered. Well.Page 12 of 42 “Everyone get settled in okay? We ready to get to work?” There were nods and people looked around at each other. I’d just planned to answer the phones and take care of the office. would you show them where? And I’ll make a call and find out the details. “Left hand don’t know what the right hand is doing.” Two more people stepped up to the door. “Okay.” One of the three. We were hired through a temp service to handle the office chores so you guys can work your magic. rather annoyed that someone had just walked into the place. I’ve got three temps here that say they are our office staff. Why are you looking for me?” “You don’t know? We’re the staff. “I’m Miss Kirkpatrick.

” “Thank you.” “That’s what I like to hear. office manager position. I wasn’t looking forward to the secretarial duties. but they are supposed to be there. It was old when I was there. You can tell your prep team they did a good job. I’m supposed to be office manager. I’ll make a note in your file. receptionist. . Let me check. A Linda Mendoza. Mr.” “Very good. How is the facility? I haven’t been there in years. yes.” “But it is good to know you were prepared and willing to do so.” “Linda?” Heather asked the woman that had asked for Heather. Heather Jean. But they still are not to be privy to the actual work. They are support staff only. and Rebecca Rice as secretary. I’m not sure who slipped up and didn’t get you the information. Sir.” “Well. You can be sure I will put them to work. “They came highly recommended from the Temporary agency. thank you. Linda Mendoza. Still in good shape?” “From what I’ve seen. Sir.” It was more question than statement. Clark. but this one is clean and well decorated and equipped. They met our security clearance requirements. and Carly Smith. “Yes.” “Yes. I will go get the new staff lined out and we’ll be at work in just a few more minutes. Sir!” “No problem.Page 13 of 42 “Your time is too valuable for that. Good-bye. Two of the buildings are mothballed. Here we go.

” Adam disappeared and Heather put her computer to sleep.” “That is what we’re here for. Heather was finally able to get to work. “But I didn’t think to bring anything. I knew the prep team was scheduled in to get the place ready. She realized she really needed to go to the bathroom. She turned on her laptop. but it is a nice sentiment.” Linda said.” Linda shook Heather’s hand and then the other two introduced themselves and shook hands.Page 14 of 42 “Yes. No one was there yet.” “Chinese okay?” “Sure. with the new people introduced and familiar with the place. “Don’t know about that. I’m Heather Kirkpatrick. obviously still working. It will make my life much easier. “A burger.” Finally. so let me introduce you around and you can then get familiar with the place and we can all get to work. After that trip she went to the break room.” Heather chuckled. Of course. though. . “We do the mundane while you guys create the wonders.” “Okay. Or something from the same place you are getting food for the others.” “I have no idea what is around here…” Heather said. I guess. waiting for the food. “You want something for lunch? I’m going to make a food run. I’m glad you are here. I’ll make a point. “I have a feeling you know how to do the job. they just failed to tell me it was coming with a staff. Nothing too spicy. connected to the wireless network with a couple of strokes of the keys and then was more or less oblivious of the surroundings until Adam knocked on her open office door and said.

as she learned about this or that establishment. She turned to leave and the others began to trickle in. but Corporate had a good team of trouble shooters and fix-it people. And the working relationships developed as Heather had hoped. The fact that they both came up with the same idea was simply coincidental. As project manager. she knew a great deal about the work. and the small area she was in had what she needed.Page 15 of 42 She looked at her watch. Twelve fifteen. But she was cleared for a higher level of security than they were. and Heather wanting to do the same with the employees from Adam’s former team. Carly. and the microwave no longer turned anything cooked over twelve seconds into ash. and showed no inclination to inquire about the team’s work. She was engaged in conversation. but the actual design work was the realm of those working for her. Heather was frugal. not unreasonable. The conversation quickly turned to work and Heather was drawn into the discussion. the others wanting to get to know their new boss. and Rebecca turned out to be more than expected. The first week brought a few technical difficulties. The taxis were good. The recalcitrant three dimensional printer was finally working properly with the network. so they loved to bounce ideas off of her. Time to get a bit more work done. Linda. with the former rivalry between the two teams now directed toward getting the job done. but the sheer variety of eating and entertainment possibilities in the Bowery and SoHo districts of New York City had her eating out almost every night. other than what they needed to know to make sure the team had everything it needed to do the job. getting some of the best ideas for the project from her responses and the questions she asked. without need to deal with parking and . She bit the bullet and decided against getting a car. There’d not been much contact between the two sets of people to avoid influences of one on the other.

Heather had seen the Doomsday information and reality shows on TV. And Heather’s first time for anything other than going to a shelter in Atlanta during hurricanes. It quickly became apparent that she should have paid more attention to them. Prepare to evacuate! Prepare to evacuate!” There was silence for a moment and then the sounds of a struggle. “You can’t tell people that! No evacuation has been ordered!” The speaker squealed and it was the DJ again. Things happen. bad things. “Tsunami! Tsunami! There is a tsunami headed for us. And everyone is subject to one or more of them at any point in time. The radio in the break room was tuned to a mellow oldies station. turned down low when a loud buzz sounded. That all came to a screeching halt one morning just their arrival at nine in the morning. and her life. from the radio came the now panicking DJ. the movies at the theater. After four months she considered herself at home. both physical and verbal. Big. Then. From… from… from… I can’t pronounce it! And island in the eastern Atlantic. it was New York City’s turn once again. but had no real connection to any of it. It is a big one. “But we’ll all die! I saw it on Discovery! We’re all going to die!” . Like millions of others in the city and elsewhere. her job.Page 16 of 42 everything else owning a vehicle in the city put in the way. and the messages they were sending to the population. Flying high on the praise of her bosses for the steady string of advancements she was turning in to Corporate HQ had her feeling good about herself. And this time. If she needed to travel any distance she would just rent a car.

Two more people bolted. “That’s it.” said someone.” A song started and everyone in the break room was looking around at each other. Steven left. “I’m a prepper. just as fast as you can. “I’ll get the manual.” Steven stopped and turned around to face the room. “We need to decide what we can do until the authorities announce the procedures. . you guys.” “What station?” Heather asked.” “I don’t think there is a plan. “I’m out of here!” just as Linda rushed into the room.” Heather called to him. the one that had said he was leaving. followed by Steven Jenkins. What is the tsunami plan? Our safety meetings haven’t covered anything like it.” Adam said. “I just heard on the radio there is a tsunami headed this way. Good luck. Linda told Heather the station. and then white noise. Find some way to get over to Jersey any way you can. There were frightened murmurs as the other discussed the situation. and finally the somewhat more calm voice of the station manager came from the speaker. “That’s two with the same information. “Steven! Wait.” Spinning on his heel as the others looked at each other. He has no authority to order an evacuation.” Adam hurried out. You won’t have a chance here! I wish… I wish I could take you with us… But it is just me and my family. Take my advice. “Please disregard Mellow Bob Bastion.Page 17 of 42 Another squeal. Please stand by for future announcements. You know I’m new here. gone before Heather could call for calm and that no one panic.

There was a list of types of emergencies listed. “We just need to not panic. “What is the plan?” Heather asked quietly. one of Heather’s team members from way back. ready to run after her to stop her. Instead of a page number the words “In development” were glaring up at her.” . The header bar was “Emergency Procedures”. and then another. was Tsunami. Until Adam came into the room.” Her voice was quivering and Heather moved over to her. “Can’t afford to have a hysterical person on the team in something like this.” Julie seemed to calm down slightly. “What’s it say?” asked one. It has emergency procedures in it. Adam handed the plan book to Heather. “Let her go.Page 18 of 42 “Maybe Steven is right. Adam is getting the operations manual. He looked grim. Gently Heather said.” Heather said. open to a page near the end. holding one of the facility operations plan books in his right hand.” offered up Julie Makin. if you remember. Beneath Terrorist attack. “Maybe we should get out of here. “Wait! Julie! Wait. “Jersey! Jersey! Steven said to get to high ground in Jersey!” She headed for the door of the break room. “In development. his index finger separating pages. We’ve even practiced some here.” Julie gasped and let out a little scream. “There is no plan ready for a tsunami. with a page number.” Heather said quietly.” someone said softly.

Page 19 of 42 Heather whirled around. Wanda!” Wanda looked at Heather. and she were left. Hanna Lemons. Jake Wannamaker. “Please. including two of the temps.” “See! See!” Julie half screamed. “Someone mentioned a TV show about it. And he’s lived here forever!” She pulled her arm free from her best friend. but all the others were looking at Kevin James. the office manager. “Adam says we should go. “I’m leaving… But a car… who has a car…” “I do. What have people been required to do before during tsunamis?” “Heather… We haven’t had a tsunami in living memory. Wanda. “Adam. “You can ride with me.” Heather suddenly said.” Gregory Laurence said. Let’s go!” Julie looked at Wanda. at a run. who was trying to calm her down. Only Linda.” “We’re not leaving anyone behind!” Heather said. And when it became obvious that she wouldn’t. it is true! We have to work together to get out of this. “The program. begging with her eyes. And if someone can’t function… well they’ll just have to be left behind. you live here. “Well. Anyone see it and remember anything from it?” . The TV shows… they showed people trying to get to high ground. four more left. “Who said that?” No one spoke.” It was half apology and half simple statement of fact. Adam. He flushed. Perhaps we should take a lead from Steven. “She’ll never make it without me. throwing off the shock she’d felt at the disappearance of most of the team. Heather didn’t try to stop them.

now standing in the doorway.” Heather said. “We have to do so something.” The rest followed Heather out and to the reception desk on the first floor. thankfully. Linda. “I saw one of those doomsday shows and it isn’t good. “If you ain’t already in Jersey.” “So we have some time. I think it was. People carrying suitcases and all sorts of odd objects were passing the cars in droves.” said Warren Yates. Finally Adam spoke. What could she say? “I understand. “There just isn’t anything close taller than this building. the building caretaker. The bridges and tunnels are probably already blocked. I’m not going to just lie down and die. was to let loose the tsunami could be here in a few hours. There were cars all over the street.” Warren was shaking his head. I don’t remember seeing much…” Adam was shaking his head and Linda looked thoughtful. you and Adam. Is there anything I can do to help?” . “My parents! What am I going to do about my parents! Heather… Heather.” Adam suddenly stiffened. you ain’t going to get to Jersey. and hit the beach at better than two hundred fifty feet high.Page 20 of 42 “Yeah. moving very slowly. I have to try…” Heather bit her lip. They said if something like the big volcano on La Palma. “We have to do something. “Ready for what? Take a look out in the street. be travelling five hundred miles an hour. But I don’t know the area. then? Time to get ready?” Heather asked. She felt herself about ready to panic and toned down her voice when she continued. please understand. what are the tallest buildings around here.

Before she could speak.” Warren muttered. “Okay. Warren did. “Look around. “Sorry. We do things right up here. I think everyone knows what happened in Katrina. Kill two birds with one stone. “And it is in the right direction. Away from the ocean.” “You guys are out of your minds. “We need to get every foot higher we can.” Heather looked over at Linda.” Adam had looked a little fearful when Heather was speaking.” She didn’t look at Adam.” So did the others. who looked down at the floor for a moment and then apologized. but when she had added the fact that they would get his parents he relaxed a little. she straightened her spine and told the others. three stories. Linda replied. “But I guess I’m in…” “We don’t want to just rush off. and after thinking about it for a few seconds. “That was Katrina. “My house… My parents’ house! It is three stories and built like you wouldn’t believe! We can go there. “Two stories. “Wait a minute!” Adam said loudly. This is New York City. Rather sharply. We’ll head that way and if we find something better we’ll get Adam’s parents and hole up wherever we find the tallest building. I’m just kind of proud of the city.Page 21 of 42 Linda spoke up then. It’s not enough.” It disappointed Heather.” Heather said.” He looked hopefully at Heather.” . Then let’s get going. I’ll get the car started. you know. “It might be and might not be. That wave could be two hundred fifty feet high they say. Don’t make no never mind.

He reached into one of the voluminous pockets of his work cargo pants and pulled out a slim pry bar. But I have something that will. Now everyone check a room and have someone else double check it for usable items. The buckets had more tools and other items. Wasn’t much there except some more condiments. “Check the cabinets. one of which was a heavy sledgehammer. A couple of people had day packs. The two went through the storage units over and under the sink and found mostly coffee makings. And water. coffee lightener. It took him a couple of tries before he admitted failure. sugar. mimicking a Mexican Spanish accent. and Hanna had her huge purse and was putting a brown paper bag into it. Warren hurried out. They set everything they wanted on the counter. But there were also tea bags. This isn’t going to do it. “No big deal. carrying a pair of large buckets with Duluth Trading Company bucket organizers. “I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. heavily laden tool belt with suspenders. and sugar substitute.” With that. “My lunch” she said when everyone looked at her. “We have food and water here!” Jake said. . I remember they said there wasn’t enough water during Katrina. Warren marched into the room. Then they looked at one another as if a light switch had been flipped and the same thing came to all of them. wearing a large. Who has change?” “We don’ need no stinkin’ change!” Warren said.” Heather suggested to Linda and Hanna. Adam and Jake were going through the refrigerator. Be back up from the basement in a minute and we’ll get what we want out of the machines.Page 22 of 42 Heather shrugged. “Okay.” It was a disappointed looking group that met up again in the break room.

Warren had been careful not to damage any of the food. “Well. Warren. “The store room. This place may not even survive.Page 23 of 42 It was the matter of a few whacks with the hammer and the vending machines were spread around in parts. but it is… was… full of pop.” Turning her attention to Jake and Adam. While Warren went through the other bucket and his tool belt. looking at the demolished can and bottle dispenser. Jake.” Warren said. There were only four bottles of water left in the machine. but there’re enough sweets in the sweets machine for that. Heather asked.” Jake leaned down and started to pick up several of the cans of soda. He began taking items out of the tool buckets and when one was empty he pushed it over to Hanna and Linda to start loading. My bad. “Don’t worry about it.” “Yep. I was thinking for a sugar boost for energy if we needed one. looking around at the group. “I don’t know.” Adam said. “Might be better off with the water. Heather said. exchanging a few things on the belt and emptying the bucket. . I take it?” “The vendors aren’t supposed to store things in there!” Linda said angrily. “Oops.” Heather said. “Yeah.” “What else?” Heather asked. Adam and Jake seemed to share some epiphany and ran out of the room. They came back each carrying a case of bottled water. lucky for us they did.

” “I’ll go with you. “Coats.” Heather was shaking her head. let’s go. but it could be a long time before we will have a chance to eat. “A couple more buckets and something to make them easier to carry if we have to leave the cars.” “You’ll be all right. But Hanna was already on the move. hands full. While we . Just a few more minutes. “I’ll help.” “Give me just another minute or two in the basement.” Linda replied.” Adam suddenly said. “I know it isn’t cold now… but if we get wet or something…” “Yes.” said Jake. intending to go with him. “Thank heavens you thought of that!” Linda said. “I just can’t think straight. too.” Heather let out a loud “Oh!” and hurried out of the room. They repacked the buckets to suit Warren. Gloves and scarves. Warren said.Page 24 of 42 Linda looked at her watch. She was back in a couple of minutes with two four packs of toilet tissue and a box of trash bags. “Anything else?” Heather asked. “No.” The others were back. “Okay. We all will. “It never entered my mind. “I know it is early. No need to waste all the food we are leaving behind.” Heather said. Very good idea.” he said when he straightened back up.” Linda was looking at Heather. “It’s been an hour… Maybe we should get going. “I’m scared and I don’t function well under stress.

everyone headed for the bathrooms and then met in the reception area. Horns were blaring and people were shouting. “Madhouse” he said softly. She took one of the buckets and headed down the steps. Adam looked back and saw that Hanna was having a great deal . either.” Heather was thinking the same thing. “Yeah. but it wasn’t much. Warren moved over to the window and looked out.” There were murmurs both ways. and banging on the cars. “I’ll ride with Hanna. After the meal. They did make progress.” Jake said. It took almost ten minutes to get out of the little parking lot and onto the street. the others moved to choose something for themselves. “Wish I had a gun.Page 25 of 42 still have power and the microwave works.” Adam opened the passenger side doors and climbed in the front seat. a very large one.” Linda said. knowing it could be their last for a while. “As I’m going to get. The rest of us will fit into Warren’s Chevy. The others followed suit. Three streets past the facility. crying. but when Heather picked up a roast beef hoagie and put it in the microwave. I say we heat some things up and have a hot brunch before we go. They loaded three buckets into Warren’s car. “We ready?” asked Heather. and three into Hanna’s Prius. The break room faced to one side of the street. Best not to load down the Prius too much. Linda and Heather took the rear seats and Warren closed the trunk and got into the driver’s seat. The other four said nothing.

the mob had the Prius rocking side to side. Then she turned and threw them with all her might. Adam grabbed the other two and headed the same way as Warren backed up slowly. showering her legs with the broken glass. Linda and Heather hurriedly hopped out. There were yells for her to give up the keys.” Warren said and began to get out of the Malibu. In only those few seconds of no movement. She had the presence of mind to grab the lightest of the buckets and head for Warren’s Malibu. Many of the crowd surged that way and Warren and the others went into . Adam jumped out of his side of the car and ran back to help Jake. Someone tried to pull him out further.Page 26 of 42 of trouble keeping up. They got her almost free.” he bellowed over the sounds of the mob. but she leaned back and grabbed the keys just as the window broke. “Stay in the car. but Warren reached down his leg and pulled a roofing hammer free of its loop. A threatening move with the sharp bladed portion of the hammer had the man backing up. shaking so hard she almost couldn’t work the remote. opened the rear hatch. “Hanna! Throw your keys! Throw… your… keys. One man was on his back while Jake was trying to pull Hanna across the console and out of the Prius on his side. Linda and Heather looked through the back windshield. “I think we’d better do something about Hanna and Jake.” Warren checked his mirrors and muttered something under his breath. but Warren with his deadly roofing hammer kept everyone at bay as Hanna. Hanna finally got the idea and held up the keys so those close by could see them. Two men were hammering on the driver’s side door glass. The crowd had the Malibu almost surrounded.

” Warren said. Warren then handed out a pair of jersey gloves to each of the others and pulled on a pair himself. “We’ll never make it in the car. but it did slow down some. held in place by his left hand enough to get moving in the crowd as people scrambled to get into the Malibu. . the three teams headed down the sidewalk. He almost decided to just hand the three buckets out. Adam was running the third long pole through the handles of the last two buckets. on each end of the two poles. with the majority of people more intent on getting away from the ocean than trying to stop Heather and the others. With a stout closet pole run through the handles of two of the buckets. “Let’s grab the buckets and run for it. and then the heaviest for himself and Jake. Finding what he wanted he stood up and began Gorilla taping two shop towels. still running. Warren carried his key fob remote separately from his keys and hadn’t thought to kill the engine and pull the keys. but decided to take the extra few seconds to get the carrying sticks arranged. The roofing hammer still in his right hand. Warren immediately stopped and the buckets were set down. Warren worked the key fob in his left to open the trunk. Warren did the two lightest buckets for Hanna and Linda. it was easier for two people to carry them rather than carry one each against their side. The crowd didn’t seem to thin out much.Page 27 of 42 a quick huddle. Warren’s imposing figure of the roofing hammer in his right hand and the bucket pole on his left shoulder. folded together. He checked one bucket and then another. Hanna. but even with the crowd pressing in. Everyone grunted some when they hoisted the poles onto a shoulder.” The others looked around and quickly nodded. They would act as pads. the smallest and lightest of the six called for a break.

Let me know when we can take off again. Warren said.” came a commanding voice from behind the two men. “Easier on the shoulders and hands. about to cry. hefting the roofing hammer again. they decided they’d best not risk it. Linda and you. take the lead. ominous looking men began to sidle over toward them on the side walk. Heather. Adam. caught in a family group. Miss. You take the time you need. yelled. They didn’t rest too long. “What do you have in there?” the officer asked. You all go about your business of getting somewhere higher up. The two hesitated. At the moment. “What you have in those buckets.Page 28 of 42 “Should help with the carrying.” he added when Jake and Adam chuckled. “I’m asking officially.” Hanna nodded and Jake handed her his handkerchief to dry her eyes. but it was a uniformed police officer. “Ain’t no time for this.” Warren said when he came up to the six of them. one of the men. next.” The two men turned around to brace the man. . “We’d better move. When Adam started off in a fast shuffle. “Thank you. but when the officer’s hand when to his handgun.” “I’m sorry. Hanna. Jake you go in front of me. When two rather large. I just want to keep an eye on things. “I just…” “I wasn’t pushing you. Man? What’s in those buckets?” “You really want to find out?” Warren asked. Officer. “Okay people.” he explained.” Hanna said.” All had seen the two men and didn’t hesitate.

After a quick look through the buckets the officer nodded and said. He was just about to tell the others to turn and run when one of the men bumped into someone. when. . hygiene. “It is real and it is coming and it is big. It happened so fast that Warren could not be for sure who did what. Hanna?” Heather asked. The sound of breaking glass and yells and screams had the officer moving down a side street. stuff like that. keeping a watch for the two men. too. She nodded. safe and sound.” So far there hadn’t been much looting. some food. But you be careful. but I’d sure try to find a ride out of here. And saw Warren. “Take off. “You okay to continue. “Dang!” Warren muttered.” The officer shrugged. We’ll get you there. Warren tried to look away. But that changed in an instant. The officer made a setting down motion and the six lowered the poles from their shoulders. You’re a target with all that stuff. “Can’t say more than that. Someone he shouldn’t have.” “Any word on the tsunami?” asked Heather. but one of the men must have felt the stare for he looked back. again with Warren in the rear.” “You just do the best you can. as well as the one that had been bumped. “I am so scared! He said it was real and to get a ride. He caught a glimpse of them further ahead. little lady. He was looking around for a way past them.Page 29 of 42 “Water.” Heather said.” So they lifted their cargo again and kept going. but there was a flurry of gunshots and both the men went down.

Hanna asked Adam.” Linda said. “Just five more blocks. For one thing.” Warren urged the others. he said. They wound up trying five more places before they found an abandoned shop. “I think the water may be off. Linda. One was a bank. they wouldn’t be walking. Adam?” “Five blocks. they would be eating. It was a lost cause.” The others were thankful of Warren’s suggesting a stop. “Time to go. and the third thing. Let’s move on a little and stop to eat. No more shots were fired. He shot the other shooter in the back three times. the buckets would be somewhat lighter after they ate and drank two bottles of water apiece. the people inside the bank would not open the locked doors. They were able to get past the mob and a full street past it before Hanna asked for another rest. the last one to go. They were at a small cubby hole in the buildings. but a real riot broke out. “I need to go to the bathroom. All residential. Before they headed out again. I think we may be out of the worst of it.” Heather suggested. They took turns in the employee bathroom. trying to make a path through the crowd. “About how much further. Didn’t flush right. No matter what Linda tried.” Adam replied. Someone in the crowd didn’t like it much and either already had a gun or had picked up one of the dropped guns.” . for a second thing. “Try the bank. When Warren came out.Page 30 of 42 Warren was tempted to try and get one of the guns but decided to just push on when someone already had one or more of them and was shooting into the air.

There was a surge as those behind pushed on those ahead. He’d been watching their back trail. leapfrogging. Heather tried to stop and help. “Run!” Warren said.Page 31 of 42 “Don’t be too sure. “At least three groups are working the houses. There was the sound of shooting every now and then. Which wasn’t very fast. They were making perhaps ten steps to the crowd’s nine. Others just to rest out of the stream of people. mostly two story. the pole sliding off her shoulder. but Adam hadn’t seen Hanna go down and was moving faster. The buckets Linda and Hanna were carrying slid down the pole when Hanna’s end hit the ground. and moving to another. as best as he could. Then they started to hear screams.” Adam said. The impact knocked the pole off Linda’s shoulder and she turned part way around to see what was wrong. pulling her along with the pole between them. in the lead again. Some to loot. some to stop and get as high as they could. her screams fading down as others screamed in like manner as they went down. The sidewalks and the street were crowded with people rushing as fast as they could. pushing through the crowd. the fear in his voice palpable. More people began to enter buildings. more and more people going down. Heather felt the grim reality of the situation when Hanna stumbled and then fell. on top of her huge purse and cried out in pain. Jake kept up. She landed on her side. He nodded his head back down the street. .” Jake said. increasing his pace dramatically. Warren kept the pace up. and Heather and Adam began to draw even with Hanna and Linda. Hanna disappeared. It wasn’t fast enough. She saw Hanna go down and screamed. And the crowd behind just kept pushing. bulling his way through without thought to anyone but himself and the group.” “I hope my parents are okay. one at a time. The least provocation set off fights.

Adam. Heather could tell that Adam wanted to stop and help. The screams were louder behind them now and there was a dull roar. the way he shifted over and tried to get to her. “There! The green one. his quick glance back from the way they had come panicked him. She went down the same as Hanna. let the pole down and pointed. Heather dropped her end of the pole and headed after him. “Leave it!” Adam yelled. eyes open. gaining on them. but were still well behind. “The wave!” He started running toward the house hopping over the low fence to run on the narrow front yards of the row houses. They were over on the sidewalk. head twisted back. Warren and Jake were well ahead now. getting inexorably closer. but suddenly saw them. “Which house. braced to avoid going down. with the buckets down at Adam’s end. no longer encumbered with the pole and bucket. she turned back to continue up the street. but lifeless. he could tell it was too late. She was trying to shrug out of her backpack to be able to move better and faster. “Drop it and let’s go!” He dropped his end of the pole and was trying to run and take off his pack at the same time. When the pack swung down and around on one shoulder it threw her off balance.Page 32 of 42 Almost knocked off her feet when she turned. Too many people stepping on her and a couple falling across her and she was done. She heard Jake scream. Like . Adam?” Warren yelled over the sound of the mob and the approaching wave. Heather and Adam lost track of Warren and Jake. They’d gained on those in the lead. two down!” Heather was still holding her end of the pole. with Linda. gasping for breath. But when Adam reached her.

it threw him off balance and he fell over the low fence onto the sidewalk where he was immediately buried beneath the mob. knocking people out of the way with no mercy. and debris caught up to him. engulfing him in an instant. He managed to cross the fence. Heather joined Adam on the front steps of his parents’ house and turned around. headed for the stairs to the second level with Heather on his heels. Fearful it wouldn’t stop she straightened up and backed away from the stair case. They might be okay. “They aren’t here! I can’t find them! Where could they be?” He looked at Heather with tears in his eyes when she grabbed his arms. The water was on the steps and climbing as Adam fumbled with the keys. Adam cupped his hands around his mouth and yelled at Warren. Adam! Stop.Page 33 of 42 Linda. cars. “Stop. Adam was breathing too heavily to say anything. Heather was leaning over. Adam was now frantically looking around the third floor of the house. Both Adam and Heather staggered as the rising water rushed into the house. gasping for breath. He looked panicked again. watching the water now just creeping higher. The rising water pushed the door open as soon as he turned the knob.” . “Drop them! Drop Them!” But Warren was determined to keep at least two of the buckets. They may have received the warning and left early. people. dragging one bucket over. “Mom! Dad!” There was no other sounds except the rushing water and debris battering the inside of the house. They were able to outrun the water halfway up the stairs to the third floor. now with people trying to get away from the wave anyway they could. “Mom! Dad!” Adam yelled. As he tried to get the other bucket up and over the fence a mixture of water.

Not only was the water not rising. He was standing in almost a foot of water. “At least the water didn’t get high enough to get the paper wet. Adam. “Yeah.” “We need to find some fresh water and maybe some food. “Ladies first. but it had stopped rising. Yeah. too. do you?” “I won’t lie.” Heather looked at the bathroom door and asked Adam. Ten minutes later the water was draining down the stairs from the third floor. I guess we just wait until the helicopters start showing up.” “Maybe some bottled water or something survived in the fridge or a cabinet in the kitchen. I wish we could get some information. “I doubt they made it.” .Page 34 of 42 Adam took a deep breath and sighed. They might be. “And I need to go to the bathroom. Is there possibly a radio up here?” They’d been in the small hall way that separated the two bedrooms and bath.” he added. Heather joined him and the two looked out over the devastation.” Adam replied. “What do we do?” Adam asked Heather. “That’s true. it was slowly beginning to drop in level. opening the door and looking in. With your mother using a walker…” There were tears in Adams eyes and his shoulders slumped. “We’ll never make it through all that debris. But you don’t think they are. You saw how it was out there.” Adam speculated hopefully. “Do you think it would be alright to use it?” “I don’t see much choice. “I wish I’d said good bye this morning…” “There is still a chance…” Heather said. too. but Adam turned away and walked over to the dormer window.

. I hope.” she said. but slipped and went into the water head first. I guess. As soon as she came out. debris hammering and bumping loudly. “The water does drain back.” Heather grimaced but entered the bathroom and shut the door. We just have to wait. right? It’s not like Katrina where we’re actually below sea level?” “No. leaning over to look at the flooded room below. Adam! I am so sorry!” Adam’s mother and farther. Adam finally broke loose from Heather. Heather refused to let Adam go. his right arm tied to her left. Suddenly Adam took a step down to try and grab them. The water was now down below the second floor level and Adam and Heather could hear the water rushing out of the house. Adam used it. Lord. “Oh. their fingers clasped. while he was still trying to reach his parents. Heather was trying to help him back up onto the stairs. floated past.” Heather felt Adam suddenly stiffen and cry out.Page 35 of 42 “Yeah. When he joined Heather afterwards. as he fought the debris to get to them. she was down the second floor to third floor steps about half way. “Oh. “Shouldn’t be too much longer. It drains back. no! No! No!” Heather’s eyes followed Adam rigid stare. The water was dropping rapidly now. But the water was falling almost as fast as it had come in. but his parents floated out of the front door when he stepped on something in the water and went down again. Thank you. The bodies disappeared down the first floor to second floor stairs.

the two decided to just die together rather than try to get away.” Adam sighed. but the cabinet doors had stayed closed. but both wound up falling on the way to the kitchen.” “That is what you have to hang on to. with the help of the morphine. “I guess… I guess… At least they are together and didn’t suffer. Heather and Adam were sitting on some debris in the front yard. the calm expressions on their faces and the fact that they were roped together. There were two six packs of bottled water in one of the cabinets. Heather lifted her head. but let’s try to find some drinking water and food. deciding to keep the lone can of roast beef in gravy for later. The kitchen was a total mess. Adam? What could we do for them? They are dead. They shared a can of cream corn.” They were cautious.” Adam said. Heather? Why? I could have caught them…” “And done what. looking like a pair of wet cats. and one of sweet peas. They’d seen no one else alive. Adam . and a few items of canned goods. We’re lucky to be alive. It took a long time to find a can opener and then clean off the cans so they could open them without getting contaminants into the food. And from the looks of it. The floor was slimy with mud and layered with debris. along with a can of peaches and one of spinach. sitting on one of the steps. though there were bodies galore in the debris. Adam. “He always said… if Mom went first he’d be right after her. but it is true. And I picked up a month’s worth just yesterday. But they were lucky when they got to their destination. “Why didn’t you let me go. knowing they’d never manage.” “Pop’s morphine. I’m sorry.Page 36 of 42 Heather finally got him up out of the water. even if the refrigerator hadn’t. I know it is hard. That they went on their own terms and didn’t suffer.

. right?” “I don’t know. She was standing next to the dormer window. too. getting up himself. “I don’t know! I don’t know.Page 37 of 42 suddenly did. “Oh my Lord! There’s another one!” Heather said. yeah. “We have to get on the roof!” Heather said and turned to the window. “Adam?” Heather asked. Adam had barely heard her and turned to look at her. “No.” “Well. wrapping her arms around herself. They ran. They barely made it to the third floor and even then the water kept rising.” Heather replied. back into the house and up the stairs. “I think sometimes the aftershock can be bigger than the first one. “Oh. scrambling to her feet. when they suddenly noticed a sound in the air. best they could.” His words faded as the water reached waist level and was still climbing. They stopped on the second floor. “I didn’t feel another earthquake!” Adam yelled. It was almost dark and it was starting to cool off. no!” Heather said. More than one wave! There can be more than one and often…” The water and debris slammed into the house like a runaway bulldozer. “What?” “Tsunamis… I think I remember something about them coming in waves. Tsunamis are waves…” He just couldn’t see what she was getting at. She tried to lift the double pane window but it was painted shut. “Surely an aftershock won’t be as bad as the first one.

Page 38 of 42 Adam picked up the side chair by the bed and motioned for Heather to move. The alley was filled with fiery debris. “We have to get out of here!” . But that hope was dashed when the first house ablaze collapsed. The water isn’t rising anymore.” “I think you are right. Suddenly the house and then the ones on each side were ablaze. With all his might. Heather’s nose twitched. look. “I do not need this!” Adam wailed.” she told Adam. She backed up. “I smell smoke. Adam threw the chair at the window. It cracked but didn’t break.” Both watched the level of the water for two tense minutes. The fire spread rapidly up and down the houses across the alley. looking fearfully behind her. They ran back to the window and looked out. “It can’t possibly spread over here. In that time the water fell below the level of the window again. The water was still pouring in through the door and it was above the bottom of the window outside. “Everything is too wet.” “Are you sure… Wait… Adam. Hastily Adam used the chair to knock away fragments of the window so they could get out without cutting themselves to pieces. Then the fire burst through a window. “Get on top of the dormer and help you out. but there was floating debris with flames still showing. Another swing and the glass gave way and water began to pour into the room from outside as well as coming up the stairs.” Heather agreed. They saw smoke drifting out of a house across the alley and up several. Most of the flames did go out. “I’ll go out first.” Adam said hopefully. They couldn’t see past the edge of the roof but smoke was starting to billow up over the edge. They were shivering again by the time the water cleared the steps.” Adam said.

“Will there be another wave?” Adam asked. headed for the most open area they could see. Maybe. More were burning. “Yeah. to a scene out of a disaster movie. “I think I know. The fire had broken through into the kitchen. The explosion knocked Adam and Heather off their feet. “I don’t know. throwing shrapnel in a wide circle. trepidation in his voice. Scrambling back up they heard several more explosions. There were gaps in the lines of buildings where several had their foundations washed from under them. Heather pointed down the street. They saw flames outside the second story windows and hurried down into the waist high water still in the first floor. The water had been faster and higher the second time. I think so. ever so slowly. But probably not as high. too.Page 39 of 42 The water level was slowly falling so they followed it down. drifted close to the bubbles. They finally made it outside again. “How can they burn like that with all this water?” Adam asked. Fire reached an overturned car and within a minute the fuel tank exploded. . some close. “I think that might be a gas line leaking.” She barely had the words out of her mouth when a section of wooden house wall.” Heather’s answer didn’t reassure him. with flames dancing all over it. barely missing the two.” Adam took the lead. “We’d better find another place…” Heather was hesitant. It dawned on both of them that there was an awful lot of fire all around them. The intense heat was drying some of the burnable debris out and the street was on fire in several places. All I remember from the show I saw was that the second could be worse than the first. some in the distance. See the water bubbling there in the middle of the street.

not wanting to fall and get a major injury after surviving what they had. “There will be another one soon. It.” Adam said before he fell asleep. They were careful going down the stairs. Even most of the debris had drifted out with the last wave.Page 40 of 42 They cleared the nearest fires and slowed down. But being on the corner of the streets it had suffered more damage. The building had once had many windows. It was too dark to see now. too. Well away from the fires they stopped and found another building they could get into. but the helicopter kept going. I think so. “Sure wish we hadn’t lost that food and water. They were all gone. . wet and miserable. “We made it through the night!” “Yeah. Yeah. fearful of yet another wave. but it didn’t come this far in. the floors swept clean of the original contents. It was only a few minutes before another helicopter went past. They were both still there the next morning when Heather woke. too. The helicopter was long gone when they managed to get out in the middle of the intersection so they could be seen. was a three story residence. They found a place to hunker down and spent the rest of the night. They waved their arms and jumped up and down. I didn’t hear another wave? Did you?” “I don’t know. She poked Adam and he woke.” Adam said hopefully.” The two scrambled to their feet at the unmistakable sound of a helicopter flying past at high speed. He sat down on the crushed remains of a car that was just the right height to make a chair. I guess we did. but was the only building they could see that might provide succor. shivering together.

though numbers as high as ten trillion dollars were bandied about. except for a series of museums and monuments. ready even for another tsunami. many of them in the New York area. The helicopter didn’t land. Georgia. It was less than a year later that she had morphed into a true prepper. It would be decades before all the signs of the four tsunami waves were eradicated. but was only a foot above the debris on the street when Adam and Heather made their way over to it and were helped aboard. The next helicopter they heard wasn’t going as fast and when it came into sight was flying a lot lower than the others had been. relishing the warm on their cold skin. and went back to work. End******** Copyright 2012 . During reconstruction. obvious survivors. huddled together under a pair of blankets. Heather and Adam were handed blankets and wrapped up in them. A total dollar cost was never really given. There were four others. The east coast lost over twenty million people. When the two waved madly the Coast Guardsman in the door gave a thumps up and motioned them to get back. Heather went back to Atlanta. The company landed a contract to design tidal surge and tsunami defenses. Adam decided to leave the company and became a part of the planning commission for the rebuilding of the city.Page 41 of 42 Heather sat down beside him. wide escape streets were built into the plan to provide for easier and much faster evacuation in the event of another tsunami.

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