posted on Apr, 30 2009 @ 03:14 PM
Chapter Four: Unity
Revan was ecstatic to finally see Saul. It is impossible for a golden Retriever to hide its emotions and Saul nearly started crying.
Saul walked through his kitchen and could both hear and feel the water droplets hit the linoleum. He was shivering after having fallen in the stream,
but Revan faithfully nudged him along to her kibble cabinet.
Saul filled her bowl and sat the bag down on the floor as he made his way to the bed room. After a quick change into dry clothes he walked back into
the kitchen and started to open the fridge. Even with the ambient room temperature hovering around 40 degrees, he could smell the spoiled food after
barely cracking open the door. without the light he could only make out rough shapes of the food so he decided he would just have a bowl of cereal.
He sat at his impromptu kitchen table, which was really a large fractured cable spool and he glanced through his letters in between shoving food into
When he finally got to his power bill he stopped. He slowly opened the letter and and stopped on the line concerning the dates that the invoice
covered. December 15th, through January 15, 2013. Without a thought, Saul swept the bowl off the table and flung it full force into the wall, leaving
the pieces to cascade down in a porcelain explosion.
Revan gave Saul a quick perplexed look, then continued eating as if nothing had happened.
"Guess I wont be paying that bill", Saul said to Revan, but the dog was transfixed on her food dish.
Saul thumbed through the rest of the letters and stopped once again on the last letter. It was post marked on December 25th.
(Saul; I don't know how to say this. I really wanted to see you today but my car wont start, NOBODIES car will start. People we leaving the city
on foot, and if you weren't 150 miles away, i would do the same. I have something to tell you, I really wanted to tell you in person, but after what
happened last night, I don't know if i will ever see you again. I , well, i Guess We, are pregnant. I found out about four weeks ago. Saul, im
scarred, I tried to listen to the news, but everyone is saying that It might be gone for ever. Everything is changing. I heard that the postal service
and the police force are the only people who went into work today, well the firemen are busy down the block, but they don't even have a truck, they
are using buckets of water from the cape fear river! I don't know if they can even deliver this to you, but please Saul, I need you here. I will stay
here for as long as I can, and If you receive this letter, please write back. I love you,
Sauls hands trembled and fumbled as he reached for a sheet of paper. His hands flew like mad as he scribbled his experiences and thoughts into a semi
coherent letter. He at last wrote; "I am coming to see you, be patient. I love you"
He ran outside and put the letter in the mailbox and raised the flag. He stopped dead in his tracks as he looked towards a house down the street. He
could see at least twenty people milling around, some were even laughing. He could see smoke from the chimney and even a the flicker of candle lights
through the windows.
He decided to approach the group.
As he got closer he could see a few familiar faces. Saul approached his neighbor, who called out, "hey everybody, its my good friend Saul!". Saul
was thrown by this response. In his four years living here he had never talked to Jim for more than two minutes, but he was still at ease enough to
give a half lopsided smile. the others gave similar, boasted greetings and Saul shook hands and hugged necks.
"Haven't seen you around the past few days", Jim finally said to Saul after a few guests had migrated inside. Saul laughed as he retold key points
from his journey and finally Jim let out a laugh and said, "haha, I guess they wont need you at the station for a while"
"Who knows, maybe the electronics wont be out much longer", and let out a weak laugh.
Jim's smile dissolved into a stern look and said, "Saul, I dont know about that. follow me"
Saul walked carefully behind Jim as they walked around the side of his house and entered the cellar door. The room was quite hot and he noticed
Candles all around the room that washed the walls in a warm light and saul sniffed the air, which smelled strikingly like distilled alcohol.
"how did you get the room so warm?" Saul asked Jim.
Well, Ill let you in on a little secret. You know that moonshine I get from a friend? well, Id like you to meet that friend."
Jim opened a small door that Saul Hadn't even noticed and he could see into a room that contained a rather large Still
"I can take the heat and redistribute it all through the house, plus, it gives people a reason to come over and discuss solutions to our shared
"you mean the electronics..." saul said.
Jim's eyes narrowed once more. and he walked to a table in the center of the room and picked up two small metallic objects.
"here, try to put these next to each other"
Saul completed the task, and gave a puzzling look.
"those are two very strong magnets. they cost me about 200 a piece a few years ago, and now, they don't even work. Ha, who would have thought that
was even possible" Jim said almost bitterly.
Jim told him to go up stairs and talk with some of the other people. as they walked up the flight of old wooden stairs Jim explained that he liked
having people over because he considered his nightly meeting to be a new sort of community congress.
Saul soon saw why.
Everyone at the party had an idea, a theory, as to what exactly happened. Some had horror stories of loved ones over seas, some had jokes, and others
had questions for Saul.
There were no strangers, everyone was united.
One elderly woman even confused Saul with her long dead husband and nearly demanded they leave for home right then and there.
eventually the guests thinned out and Saul finally approached Jim and and told him about Sarah's letter.
After careful consideration Jim told Saul the greatest news of his life, " Ive heard a few people talking about seeing a steam locomotive pass
through town around three in the morning, it goes down the line all the way to Wilmington."
Nearly seven hours later Saul was woken by the loud whistle and the train lurching to a stop. He looked out the window and smiled at what he saw. He
saw no anger, no hate, just happy people, helping one another, in Unity.
[edit on 30-4-2009 by drsmooth23]