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Day: April 8, 2021

Smoky Mountains – Chapter 18

Smoky Mountains
Jason Crow

Chapter 18 – Packing
Day 5.

“Take your time. We’ll be waiting. Bye!” and I pressed the red phone on the screen.

We sat there looking at each other with big smiles across our faces. Joel got up and walked toward my bed, consumed in his thoughts.

“It IS a very tempting offer, isn’t it?” Joel said to me.

I got on my feet too, walked over to him, and hugged him. This put him off balance, and we spun a bit on our feet, falling down on my bed. I started giggling about our clumsiness but also noticed Joel’s soft dick pressed against my naked pussy. The way we were lying now was in the traditional missionary position.

I looked at Joel, who was smiling too, but suddenly swallowed hard and looked all serious. Between my legs, I felt his penis growing rapidly. Joel quickly got up and sat down on the bed, looking all flushed.

“I… Uh… It’s…” he stammered.

“Yeah. I, uhh… I’m…” I stammered too, not knowing what to say or do.

This was all very unexpected. There was an undeniable sexual tension between us that moment, but I wasn’t ready for THAT. At least not yet. It did feel awesome feeling his dick poking against my entrance, even if it was very brief.

“Do you think you’re up for it, Mia?” Joel asked seriously. “I mean… It’s a hell of a walk. But there’s no way we’re going to manage it in just one day. Not now.”

“No. It isn’t. We don’t know what we’ll find outside. Roads blocked, people lying around, fire, you name it. I’ve seen enough of these movies to know it won’t be a party out there. But what’s the alternative? If we’re careful, we’ll last another week with our food. And after that?”

“I know. No doubt we need to do something. But there will be dead people lying around everywhere. You do realize that, do you?”

“I do. And I think I’ll manage. It’ll probably take some getting used to. But I know I can.” I smiled.

“And with our luck, we’ll meet the A.W.A. too. So we’ll have to stay clear from main roads and move through the country once outside of the city,” Joel said mostly to himself.

“But our home will be visited by these guys. That’s just a matter of time, and you know that too. And then what? I think we should take our chance and go to that big underground shelter with a food supply for years. And a shower. And…” I sighed.

“Fuck it! You’re right. We won’t get a better option than this. We just need to figure out how we can do this in two or three days,” Joel said.

“I’ve got my backpack in here. We can stuff our canned food in there. We need some spare clothes and a few bottles of water. These things all fit into two backpacks, and we’ve got two bags,” I chuckled.

“I need to go into my room to get it…”

“Oh,” I replied softly.

“But I need clean clothes and my hiking boots anyway. So it’s just something I need to do. I’ll try not to look at dad…”

“We can sleep in houses along the way. There are probably plenty of houses we can use. Every open house means at least one bed.”

“I don’t know… It’s dangerous. What if the A.W.A. check these houses, and we’re in it?”

“Okay… A tent, maybe? That can be hidden in a lot of places.”

“We don’t have a tent,” Joel said blankly, looking all thoughtful. “We need weapons too. We need to be able to defend ourselves.”

“We don’t have weapons,” I said in the same tone as Joel did about the tent, feeling a bit annoyed.

“Uncle Tyrell,” Joel suddenly blurted.

“Uncle Tyrell?” I asked, not sure what Joel meant by it.

“Uncle Tyrell gave me the keys to the shop and the alarm code. He asked me to open the shop Saturday morning, so I could let the supply guy in,” Joel said with a twinkle in his eyes.

“And do you think the shop is still there and not looted by the A.W.A.?”

“I don’t think so, no. Uncle Tyrell had a very secure place there. He needed to, considering the neighborhood and his license to sell hunting rifles. And it’s close. Less than ten minutes by foot. On a normal day.”

“And you know how to get in?”

“I do. The keys are in my room, and the code is on my phone. While we’re there, we can stock up. Backpacks, shoes, clothes, tent, weapons, anything. Even high-energy protein bars and drinks. There’s a lot of useful stuff in that shop. If we go there today, we can sleep inside the storage room tonight. No windows there, so no one will see us, and easy to defend if necessary. Then we’ll have an early start tomorrow so we can make good use of the daylight. We just have to be careful when we’re… uhm… shopping,” he said excitedly.

I had to admit I liked the idea. They had everything we needed in there for our trip to the woods. It was close enough so we could go back here in case it didn’t work. It was almost like a dry-run for the big journey.

“We can ask Ellie to check if the store is still untouched. And it’s a nice way to test if it works with them talking us through,” I said.

“And if it doesn’t work, we can always head back here. It’s close enough to act as a fallback,” Joel mumbled.

“We go today?” I asked.

“Yes. I don’t see why not. It’s not even noon yet, so we’ve got plenty of time to prepare and head over there. Even enough time to head back if necessary.”

“Fuck. We’re doing it,” I whispered.

“Don’t worry, Mia. We’re together. I’ll never let you out of my sight. Together we can do this!”

“Oh my god, we’re doing this,” I whispered again.


As if I snapped out of my trance, I looked Joel in his eyes and smiled. I kissed him on his mouth and hugged him tightly.

“I know you’ll protect me. That’s why I’m confident we’ll make it. And I’ve got your back too. We’re getting out of here! Finally!”

“We are,” Joel laughed.

We sat there in silence for a few minutes, thinking our own thoughts. I mainly thought about the luxury we’d have over there and worried we overlooked something.

“Don’t we need to sleep a night over this?” I asked eventually. “I mean… Aren’t we forgetting something? Or too excited to get out of here, so our judgment is off?”

“I was thinking that too. But I honestly can’t think of anything. And the stop at Uncle Tyrell’s place is a very sensible thing to do. It’ll give us a good idea of what’s out there. We can stock up on important supplies, get weapons and stuff. But most of all, we can go back here if we don’t like it out there or think we can’t make it. Then we’ll be back in the same situation as we are now, only better supplied. So no. I don’t think we should wait another day.”

I looked at my brother and let everything sink in for a moment. I couldn’t argue with the things he said. We couldn’t stay here forever and needed to go out eventually. By doing it now, we had the most significant chance the shop wasn’t looted yet, the weather was still okay, and the A.W.A. still wasn’t fully organized yet.

“I’ll call Ellie,” I simply said, causing Joel to laugh.

It didn’t take us long to explain our plans to them. By the time we hung up, their system had already checked, and it was safe for us to go there. There had been an attempt to enter the shop through the store’s enforced front window. But all the available footage showed there was only a massive dent in the security fence in front of the store and probably a broken window. They had used a truck to run into the fence that was still in front of the store, but the shop still was secure and untouched besides the big dent.

“It looks bad from the outside,” Ellie said, “but we’re convinced the inside is still untouched. The alarm doesn’t sound anymore either.”

According to Joel, this made sense. If the alarm sounded for more than an hour, the system would shut itself down as a precaution. The alarm was probably still armed on the upper floors, so we needed the code anyways.

We figured it was time for us to trust them and gave our address. The system calculated the best route for us to take now, so we wouldn’t have to climb over some freaky traffic accident or something. This route would take us fifteen minutes tops. The only downside was one small blind spot on the course, but we decided to take that risk. The other routes would take us way longer, or we’d have to go over the main road. We didn’t like either option.

“Right. We’ll gather our stuff and be ready in half an hour. Then we’ll call you the moment we head out, okay?” I asked Ellie.

“Right. Uncle Adam and I will be ready. I’ll do the talking, Uncle Adam the scouting on the monitors. Talk to you soon.”

We stood side by side in front of the sheet by my door. We were both hesitant to open it, but we also knew we needed to. Joel didn’t move, so I started pulling at the sheet, slowly peeling open the duct tape as I did this. I kept pulling, and suddenly, it dropped to the floor.

I closed my eyes and held my breath. I noticed Joel taking my hand and him holding his breath too. It seemed like ages but was probably less than a minute before I opened my eyes again. I glanced at Joel, who glanced back at me.

“We’re still alive,” he said as we both stepped out of my room.

I inhaled deeply but regretted it immediately. The stench from our toilet was pretty thick.

“I’m going into my room alone. I don’t want you to see Dad this way. I’ll quickly gather my things and head back to your room. There we’ll pack our stuff. Okay?”

This wasn’t a question, and I knew this was non-negotiable. I simply nodded and picked up the bucket.

“I’ll get rid of this and go to a proper toilet. Be back in a sec,” I said, walking away so Joel could take his time before entering his room.

After I did my business and cleaned the bucket, I went into my room and picked out the clothing to wear and the spare clothes to take with us. I didn’t want to take too much, but fresh underwear, pants, and a sweater were the least I could take. I also gathered the cans of food that were the most decent.

By the time I was done and started to get dressed, Joel came in. He had a blank expression on his face and didn’t say anything. He dropped his stuff on the bed and started getting dressed too. It was difficult to read his thoughts. But after I was done dressing, I walked over to him and hugged him. At first, he gently pushed me away, but I would have none of that and kept hugging. A moment later, I heard him sniff.

“He’s dead, Mia. He really is dead,” and he started crying his eyes out.

I couldn’t hold back my tears and started crying too. I caressed Joel’s hair and pulled him closer to me. His shoulders were shaking as he was sobbing for all he was worth. I let him cry. I cried too, but he saw our dad. I didn’t. I was still hurt, but he SAW him. That needed some processing.

After a few minutes, the sobbing stopped. He didn’t pull back yet, but it was clear he was trying to get himself back together. I kissed him on his cheek again and pulled my face back to look at him. Through his red eyes, I could see him trying to smile.

“I’m sorry. It’s just…” Joel started.

“Shhh. No need to be sorry,” I interrupted him.

He dried his eyes and looked at his clothes on the bed. I looked at it too, and he basically had the same clothes picked out. A few boxers, socks, fresh pants, three shirts, and a sweater. I realized I needed some spare socks too.

“I think this is the best I’ve got for this,” he said, trying to change the subject.

“I think you’ll manage with it. You’ve got the keys too?” I asked, figuring he’d talk about dad when the time was right.

“I do.”

We packed our stuff and divided it equally over the two backpacks. We made sure we got the food, water, clothes, and phone chargers. We both plugged in one earbud and connected the cord to our phones. We triple-checked everything and made sure we got it all. I looked at my room, feeling a slight sting, knowing this might be the very last time I looked at the place I grew up in, and that kept us safe during these dreadful days.

I checked the time and noticed we took a bit longer than we agreed on. It was a little past one, but still plenty of time to get to Uncle Tyrell’s store. Joel softly unlocked our door, and I started calling Ellie.

“Mia?” I heard with a bit of a worry in her voice.

“Hi. Sorry. But it took a bit longer than expected. But now we’re ready. Let me call Joel and merge the call, so we can both hear you.”

A few moments later, we were standing there in our living room with my heart beating out of my chest.

“We’re watching your street. It’s empty, so you’re good to go. Good luck!” Ellie said.

Joel slowly opened the door and crawled out on his hands and feet, waiting outside for me. I followed him and remained next to him until he closed the door.

We were outside for the first time in five days, and I was scared shitless.

End of Chapter eighteen

Copyright 2021 – Jason Crow
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Smoky Mountains – Chapter 17

Smoky Mountains
Jason Crow

Chapter 17 – Convincing
Day 5.

I woke up, noticing Ellie was already up. As I heard the shower turn off, I thought back about last night’s events. I figured I’d feel guilty, maybe a bit dirty about being jacked by Ellie. Both my niece and nephew jacked me off. That must be some personal low. But the expected guilt didn’t come. After all, both Ryan and Ellie initiated it. I let them do it, of course. But it was nice, and there was no way I forced either of them. I just helped them with their curiosity.

I kicked the sheet down, ready to face the day. At almost the same time, the door opened, and Ellie walked in, still drying her hair but naked as the day she was born. Good. Apparently, no remorse for her either.

“Morning, Uncle Adam,” she said, eying my exposed dick.

“Morning. You’re up early.”

“Couldn’t sleep anymore. I kept thinking about last night,” she said, looking me straight in my eyes.

“And that’s bad?” I tried.

“Bad? No! I got horny,” she said, blushing. “But I didn’t want to wake you, so I went to take a shower.

“Good. You got me there, Ellestar. I was afraid you did something you regretted.”

“Oh, no! I liked it. I liked it a lot!” she said, crawling up next to me and kissing me on my cheek. “Can we do it again sometime?”

I felt her breasts against my chest and started boning up. I decided to let it fully come to life and didn’t push it away with bad images. Instead, I thought about her boobs, the action last night, her barely covered slit. Before I knew it, I was stiff as a board.

“How about now?” I giggled.

Ellie glanced down and smiled the moment she saw my boner. She didn’t hesitate and immediately started toying with it. I slid my hand down between our bodies in search of my niece’s slit. The moment I reached my goal, I noticed it was already slippery, and judging by her loud gasp, she didn’t mind my fingers there.

Ellie shifted and spread her legs to give me better access. She never let go of my dick and kept stroking me in a steady motion. The clumsiness was still there, but way less than last night. She was a quick learner as she’d already finetuned her technique. If she continued like this, she’d give expert handjobs in a week or two.

I probed around between her legs. Eventually, I moved my finger up toward the furrow at the top of her slit.

“Ohhh… Hmmm…” she moaned.

The action and movements required on a girl quickly came back to me from my younger years. I almost laughed out loud when the thought it was almost like riding a bike entered my mind. I was rubbing around her slit, not rubbing directly on her clit too much.

In the meantime, Ellie had added another technique to her arsenal. She turned her hand a bit as she moved down and turned it back, going up. This added more friction and more feeling to it. I heard myself moaning too. I never met anyone that learned so quickly in the sack.

We were both moaning heavily, and I felt my orgasm approaching in the distance. I didn’t want to cum yet, so I started paying even more attention to Ellie’s pussy. I rubbed both sides at the same time, using four fingers. I made small circles around her clit. Next, I pressed my finger against her entrance, giving her the illusion I might enter. Each time I did this, her moaning increased.

“Ohh… Uncle… Ahhhhdam! I…”

She was getting close. That much was clear. So now I aimed for her clit, feeling her dampness increase significantly as I did this. The boiling inside my balls was reaching the end too, but I wasn’t there just yet.

“OHHH… I’M CUMM… OHHH!!!” Ellie moaned and gripped my dick firmly.

Her body started shaking, and her eyes were crossed. She looked hot as hell as she came. Knowing I’d make it even better for her, I moved my finger down and slid it inside her in one swift motion.

“AAAHHHHHHHNGNGNG!” she groaned and clamped her legs shut, her body convulsing again.

If I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought she had an epileptic seizure. I was extremely close to cumming myself. But since Ellie was still on her orgasmic high, I gently moved her hand away and started stroking myself. It only took me a few seconds before my balls unloaded themselves, and spurt after spurt coated my chest and hand.

Ellie collapsed and was lying half on me, half on the bed. I glanced down and noticed one spurt hit her on the side of her boob and was sliding down. It was an immensely erotic thing to look at. I was getting a bit worried as Ellie didn’t move at all. So I rubbed her gently over her cheek, softly saying her name.

“Hmmm…” she whispered after a few seconds.

“Ellie? You okay?”

“Huh?” She suddenly said, and her eyes flew open.

“Are you okay?” I asked, more pressing now.

“Oh yeah…” was her dreamy reply. “I guess I blacked out after I came. Everything suddenly was blurry before my eyes after you inserted your finger, and then it turned to black.”

“Wow. That intense, huh?”

“I never felt anything like this before in my life! I masturbated quite a lot, but I never knew it could be like this,” she sighed deeply and laid her head on my chest.

“Thank you.”

We laid there quietly for a few minutes. I felt my sperm cool which I hated. I like cum. I like it a lot! But when it cools off, it becomes yucky, and I want to wash it off as quickly as possible. So I gently maneuvered myself out from under Ellie and started walking toward the door.

“I’ll make us some breakfast in a moment,” I heard Ellie say.

I stopped, turned around to look at her, and smiled the warmest smile I had in me. She looked beautiful, lying there naked as a jaybird, lazily recovering from the best orgasm she ever had.

“No need to rush, Ellestar. Enjoy the good feelings some more if you want to.”

Ellie only nodded, which was my cue to head for the shower. After I was done and walked back into the bedroom to get a clean pair of boxers, she hadn’t moved. The moment she heard me come in, she turned on her back and smiled.

“That was awesome! But now I’m hungry,” she smiled.

The moment Ellie came back into the kitchen after she dressed, the scrambled eggs were done. It wasn’t from real eggs, obviously. I just had to add water to the powder. The bacon and OJ made for a complete breakfast. We were both still in our underwear, discussing the tasks for today. We agreed that I would go for another attempt to fix the Flux Capacitor, and Ellie would try to reach Richard. We decided that contacting Richard was of extreme importance. Especially after hearing what was going on outside with the A.W.A.

We cleaned the dishes and went our separate ways. I started my work on the Flux Capacitor. I tried figuring out what went wrong yesterday, and I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. SHIVR printed all the available schemas for me. But after a while, I just had to admit I wasn’t going to find it this way. I needed to disassemble the whole thing. That would certainly keep me busy for the rest of the day. I pulled the capacitor free from its socket and took it to the storage room. There was a big workbench in there, and the spare bits I needed were also within reach.

As I was setting up shop, I was thinking about how long we would be here. Or how long we needed to be down here. The house was a way better place to live, but this wasn’t an option with the bugs still flying around. And if armed militias started roaming around, the house maybe wasn’t safe enough.

“Uncle Adam,” I heard through the speakers SHIVR usually talked through, “can you please come over here?”

She didn’t sound alarmed or anything, so I finished what I was doing and walked over to Ellie in the control room a minute later.

“What’s up, Ellestar?”

“SHIVR scanned the area with all publicly available security cameras. A few people are walking the streets already. And in Asheville, we saw three armed groups of two or three walking around. I guess the bugs are gone, don’t you?”

“Well… If these people aren’t dropping, I guess they’re gone. Jeez… Armed men?”

“I know. But it looks like the worst with the bugs is behind us. I asked SHIVR to scan the area for signs it isn’t over. She’s still working on that. Next, I’ll start with the radio.”

“That SHIVR is damn useful!” I said, impressed.

“I know. It’s so sophisticated. It’s almost human. Just after we started this morning, I caught myself talking to her like one of my friends from school,” Ellie blushed.

SHIVR’s warm voice spoke up. “I’ve scanned all the videos I can find, Ellie. After analysis, the entire area seems clear from bug-related incidents over the last twenty-four hours.”

“See what I mean?” Ellie smiled.

“That’s great. And I guess this means we can go outside if we want to. Maybe … you know … bury Ryan.” I felt my heart sink as I watched Ellie flinch. “But I’d rather wait a few more days. You know what I mean?”

“I do. And I don’t want to run outside either. Better safe than sorry,” she said, looking serious.

“Alright. We’ll figure that out later. How about that radio?”

“Well… SHIVR pointed me to the secure channel options on this radio. The best chance we have to contact the military is over these channels.”

“Okay…” I said, unsure what she was aiming at.

“With this radio, we can broadcast and receive over four thousand channels. I’ll have to listen to all of them individually. SHIVR can help me with some of the tasks, but she isn’t connected to that part of the radio.”

“And you want me to help you?”

“No. That would be impractical. But four-thousand! That’s a lot.”

“You’re right. How about starting with the bottom twenty-five to thirty? Then You’ll know how much time it takes to scan each channel. After we know that, we can take turns scanning.”

Ellie looked a bit thoughtful. She seemed to be counting in her head. After a few moments, her face lit up, and she smiled at me.

“It sounds like a plan. I’ll let you know when I found something. No need for the both of us to work on this,” Ellie said, gently urging me to go.

“Oh! One more thing. Make sure to scan channel 1999 too! And… let’s say… two above and two below it too? You know… with Uncle Robert’s fascination for that number?”

“Good idea! It’s a special thing between the two of you, isn’t it?” Ellie asked, interested.

“It is. I’ll tell you all about it later. First, we need to get started on making contact with the military.”

Ellie started pushing some buttons, which was my cue to leave. As I turned around and started walking toward the storage room, I froze in my tracks.

“-ut. If you need any help, please respond. If you’re alive and can talk to me, please respond. Over.”

I practically ran back into the room and looked at Ellie, who was staring back at me wide-eyed.

“Who was that?” I asked excitedly.

“I don’t know. I figured I’d start with 1999 when this came out of the speakers,” Ellie said, turning up the volume button.

“Now what?” she asked.

“I don’t know. We wait, I guess. Maybe she’ll start talking again soon,” I responded, a bit confused myself

I figured we’d get some army dude on the radio with all sorts of technical terms coming out of him, like Papa Zulu Charlie or something. Not a young girl offering her help. After what seemed like an eternity, the voice came back.

“Hello? Is there anybody out there? We’re still alive and hiding in our shelter. We saw some people outside and are wondering if it’s safe to go out. If you need any help, please respond. If you’re alive and can talk to me, please respond. Over.”

“This is real,” I heard myself say softly.

“What do I do?” Ellie asked.

“Respond! Maybe they need help. But don’t tell her where we are. For all we know, she’s one of these A.W.A. idiots.”

Ellie picked up the mic, held it close to her mouth, and pressed the button.

“Hello? Over.” was all she said.

It was quiet for a few moments, and the suspense was killing me. I saw Ellie biting her nails, and my foot was tapping impatiently.

“Hi! I’m Mia. Over,” the girl said excitedly.

“Hi Mia, I’m Ellie. Over,” was Ellie’s reply, smiling an ear to ear smile.

“Hi, Ellie. I’m SO glad to hear another person’s voice! My brother and I are locked up for days in my bedroom, and our father is in the room next door. Probably dead because we heard him scream the same way all the other people did. And he didn’t respond after the scream, so he must be dead. We sealed my room with plastic and duct tape, so nothing could get in. But our food supply is getting thin, and we’re only down to canned food. And… Sorry. I guess I’m too excited. Over.”

We both laughed at her sudden realization of how she was blabbering. This wasn’t an act. This was a girl. Alive with her brother. No A.W.A. shit. Just two kids in desperate need of help.

“Don’t worry, Mia. I’m glad to talk to another person than my uncle too,” Ellie started and winked at me. “We’re in an underground shelter. We went there the moment we knew it was trouble. I’m sorry about your father. I lost my brother two days ago. I guess everyone lost someone, don’t you think? Over.”

Ellie did a fantastic job at putting Mia at ease. Heck, even I was feeling relaxed. I took another chair and sat down beside Ellie, wondering what this all would lead to.

“You’ve got enough food down there? We’re down to canned tuna, white beans in tomato sauce, and spam. Luckily we’ve got water in my room, so that isn’t an issue. Over.”

“Yeah. We’ve got more than plenty. We’re inside some fancy fallout shelter. And it’s just my Uncle and me, so we’ve got more than enough. Do you know what’s going on outside? Over.” Ellie said, trying to figure out if they were with A.W.A.

“No! Well… There are flying bugs. When they bite someone, they are killed instantly. And when we looked outside this morning, we noticed the dead are all mummified. But what these bugs are, or who sent them? Not a clue. You? Over.”

“No. Not a clue. Just as you said it. Hey. Have you got a cellphone nearby? That way, no one can listen in, and we can have a two-way conversation. Over.”

That was a great idea. I put my thumb up to Ellie for coming up with this. With a point-to-point connection like a phone call, we didn’t have to be that careful anymore. That’s if the cell network is still working, of course.

“I do. Give me your number, and I’ll call you. Mine is…”

After we wrote down Mia’s number and Ellie gave hers, we ended the connection. Ellie plugged the cable into the control panel to hear them over the speaker and use the central mic.

After a minute or so, nothing happened. Ellie and I looked at each other with worried looks on our faces. I nodded toward the mic, and the moment Ellie picked it up and held it in front of her mouth, her phone rang.

“Mia?” Ellie asked after pressing the green telephone on her screen.

“Ellie? Great! It still works!” we heard over the speakers.

“Hi Mia, I’m Adam. How are you doing out there?” I said in the most comforting voice I had.

“Hi, Adam. We’re ehm, managing. The walls are closing in, but anything better than being bitten, right?” Mia said.

Another voice came over the speaker. “Hi Ellie, Hi Adam, I’m Joel. Nice to meet you two.”

He was obviously a boy, and his voice had dropped. But it wasn’t a man. That much was clear already, so up until now, Mia was telling the truth.

“Nice to meet you too, Joel,” I said. “If you don’t mind me asking, where are you two?”

There was a silence, and we heard muffled voices. I guessed they held their hand over the mic so they could talk about this.

“We’re… uh,” Mia started, “In Asheville.”

It was clear they were hesitant about sharing their location. I didn’t blame them. I felt a lot less reserved than when we started this conversation, but still a bit unsure.

“I see. I get it,” I said warmly, “I wouldn’t share my location with everyone either. You guys got an iPhone?”

“Yeah. Why?” Joel asked.

“Maybe Facetime will work? We know WhatsApp is down, but Facetime might work, and then we can see each other. Then you’ll know we’re not some old, fat potato farmers wanting to drink your blood,” I chuckled.

“One sec. I’ll call you back.”

“Sure. If it doesn’t work, just call regular. Just like we do now, okay?”

“Kay…” and the screen went black.

A few seconds later, Ellie’s phone rang again. We picked it up and saw a handsome, shirtless boy smiling at us. Behind him, we heard some ruffling. Moments later, a girl of pretty much the same age came into view, wearing almost exactly the same top as Ellie did. I noticed they both weren’t Caucasian, which was a good thing. At least they weren’t with the A.W.A.

“Nice to see you two. It’s good to see other faces after all these days,” I smiled.

“It is! We can’t talk too loud because we don’t want to let the people roaming around know we’re here,” Joel said seriously, and the smile on his face was gone.

We made some small talk for a while, and I started to really like these kids. They were kind, open, and really funny. They used many swear words, but considering where they were from, it wasn’t that strange. After talking for almost thirty minutes with them over where we all were when the shit hit the fan and what they did before all this, I figured it was time to bring up the A.W.A.

“I was afraid you might be with the A.W.A. But after seeing you two, I’m pretty confident you’re not,” I said, hoping to put them a bit at ease about that.
“You heard these fucking shitheads too?” Joel asked, obviously relieved we were in his camp.

“We did,” Ellie chipped in, “we got quite scared hearing what they said.”

“So did we,” Mia sighed, “at least you two are white. We, on the other hand…”

“I know. Well… For what it’s worth,” I started, “I’m gay. I usually don’t bring it up in the first conversation I have with people, but in this case, it matters. A lot. It doesn’t show I’m gay, I know. But still. We need to find a way to get you out of there.”

“Out of here?” Joel said, surprised.

Ellie looked at me with a surprised look on her face too. During the phone call, I realized I liked these kids too much to just let them be.

“I thought you didn’t want visitors?” she blurted out.

“Yeah. I know what I said, but we can’t let them be like this? They’re about the same age as you. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do anything about your situation.”

“Well. Ehh…” Joel stammered.

“If you want us to help you, that is,” I quickly added.

“Oh, believe me!” Mia quickly said.

The camera moved slightly, and I wasn’t entirely sure if I saw this correctly, but Mia seemed naked from the waist down, and I thought I caught a glimpse of Joel’s bare hip. I didn’t know anything about their current situation but noticed it was very sexy, even in this setting.

“We’re near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I can text the address. You said you’re in Asheville, so it’s probably around thirty to forty miles from here. A hell of a walk. I think if you find some bikes, so you can manage it in one day,” I said, all excited.

“That’s really close!” Mia said with a twinkle in her eyes.

“Can’t you come and get us?” Joel asked, a bit more apprehensive than his sister.

“I wish I could, Joel. But we need to keep this place up and running. My boyfriend is in the army, and there’s a research lab down here we need to attend to,” I lied.

I knew these kids had much better chances on their own. They were small, fit, and could easily hide. They also knew their way around town, which I didn’t.

“We’ve got a fancy system in here that can monitor all traffic cams, security cams, audio feeds, and everything else we can find. We can stay in touch on the phone and talk you through it,” I offered.

Joel didn’t look convinced. And I didn’t blame him. We were just talking for an hour, and I told him to leave his shelter’s safety for something unknown. Mia wanted to go, which was quite evident. But Joel needed some help in the right direction. He felt he needed to protect his sister in every way possible, of course.

“Why don’t we show you our shelter?” Ellie suddenly said.

She picked up the phone and started walking around, showing every room. I deliberately held back and let Ellie talk to them. Maybe the age difference was in the way, and Ellie could fix that. These kids needed to get out of there, and I needed to find a way for them to do it safely.

After about half an hour, Ellie came back into the control room, and the three of them were laughing. I didn’t know what it was about but figured I’d hear it later.

“That’s an amazing place you’ve got there, Adam,” Joel said. “Mia and I are going to talk about this, and we’ll call you in an hour or so. Okay? It’s an extremely nice offer, don’t get me wrong. But it’s also a challenging journey. So we need to talk about this. I hope you’re not offended.”

“No, no! I’m not offended at all! I’m just glad you’re considering it. You two are more than welcome here, and I get that you’re not running out of your safe shelter.”

“Phew. I’m glad you’re okay with this. I was afraid it was a one-time offer. Thank you! Thank you very much! We’ll get back to you within the hour,” Joel said, smiling.

“Take your time. We’ll be waiting. Bye!”

Ellie ended the call, looked at me, and smiled. She spun around in her chair and seemed really cheerful.

“They seem nice. I hope we can help them,” she said. “And you’re nice too for helping them.”

Ellie got up from her chair and hugged me tightly.

“Thanks! But I do need to fix the Flux Capacitor if they come over. We can’t keep walking around in our underwear with strangers around,” I giggled.

“I don’t know if you noticed, but I think they were wearing even less than us,” Ellie chuckled.

“I did. But we don’t know what their situation is. Maybe it’s even hotter where they are.”

We walked over to the storage room to work on the Flux Capacitor some more. Ellie took her phone with her if Joel and Mia would call and tried to help me with the schemas. That didn’t work too well. Almost an hour later, her phone rang.

“Mia?” Ellie asked as she saw the girl smiling.

“We’re coming. If you can help us over the phone, as you said, we’ll come over there tomorrow.”

End of Chapter seventeen

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