posted on Jul, 17 2010 @ 01:09 PM
As we came to the bank we cried out for joy while Jess, who was the boy I loved, picked me up and swung me around in his arms.
“This isn’t a sea!” Someone exclaimed, “This is a river!”
“It’s a sea today,” said Jess, “Listen up my fellow citizens and welcome to your new world order. It’s a paradise, really, it’s the best
thing you could ever dream of. Look into the future!” Jess exclaimed. We looked at eachother, then bent down and through the starlight could make
out our own reflections. “Anyone who dares break the illusion will be forced to soak!” Then he grabbed me.
Before I knew it I was being drenched underneath the water with Jess. When I stood up in the water, Jess looked at me. “I guess that’s it. The
leader broke the rules.” They all screamed and laughed before everyone else jumped in and for once splashed away our terrible curse.
We swam until we all had to come in before we would get sick. Everything was fine, we thought, until we reached the ambulance. Inside, someone was
crying. We found Laura and she’d hurt her leg really badly. She was so quiet abo8ut it, and no one had seen her in the dark. Laura had passed out
from the sight of the blood.
It was Anna who was crying because she had sold all her leftover supplies to get food for everyone. Laura’s knee was bleeding really badly. Everyone
was scared and didn’t know what to do. Were we going to have to go back to try and get some bandages?
Some of the boys took off their shirts and the girls brought their blankets in. We poured water on it and held it with the shirts and blankets. It
seemed like we had helped. It was all we had. Anna said we would need more.
The thing that scared me most was her unconsciousness. She just lay there as if she were dead. We had been so happy and careless that we hadn’t
expected anything this bad. Where was God now? Surely he hadn’t planned this; had he? We decided to go back and try to get supplies. It was all we
could do. We couldn’t let her get infected. Laura woke up within the hour and was screaming in pain.
When we had reached the place she was silent. It was so dark outside and the sight of the place sent me shaking. This time I knew I was ready to throw
up. Jess tried to comfort me, but I could see the fear in his eyes.
Anna looked back at us then and said, “Remember. No matter what happens we will always be together. You are my family, after-all, and nothing will
tear us apart in truth.” She got out and ran to the gas station while Laura was lying half unconscious and really pale. I wondered why it was taking
Someone said, “They are probably questioning her about needing bandages at so late at night and why she wasn’t at home with her children.”
“They could be arresting her,” another kid said. “Maybe they know she escaped the war.”
Nobody spoke after that. Even after it was said, the words echoed in the engine. Finally, the silence broke but not by Anna.
“Please get out of the ambulance! All passengers are under arrest for trespassing and violation of safety codes. Get out now and no one will get
No one moved a muscle. We were all so scared. What now? We can’t die, I thought. I ran up and opened the doors. One girl cried out, “NO! SARAH!”
Suddenly, streams of men came charging in with electric clubs. “QUIET!”
They cuffed children’s hands and pulled them away from each other. They were told not to speak and were threatened with weapons. I spun and dodged
and kicked and no one cuffed me. “JESS! I screamed. I’m sorry Jess! I’m so sorry. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt!”
I couldn’t say goodbye to Jess but I saw a longing in his eyes. A tear rolled down his cheek. Then I was caught off guard as a tall man lumbered
I couldn’t think of anything else to do, so I kicked the man right where it hurts most. Then I ran. I was running with the beat of the ocean
crashing behind me.
The cars were zipping by as the men chased me. They could never catch me. I had life inside of me. I had visions of sunlight and wet sand, not dark
streets and flashing lights. Not of screaming headlights and honking horns and angry voices yelling into your ears. Not machines, sending fear to the
very insides of you. Beware of us! We are mad! That was their language. That was the language of the new foundation.
I really was crazy with fear. I knew I couldn’t possibly outrun those men. I kept looking forward but all I could see was the highway, the endless
road to oblivion. I ran faster. Maybe, just maybe, someone could help me. Who could? I mean, how could they?
Then a car came up to the side of the road and a man yelled out the window to “Get in!” I hurried up, and the men were so close behind me. I was
fast enough to make it right as the stranger was forced to slam the door of a big cargo truck before he swerved to the right.
All the police cars were gathering around on us. We sped forward zooming as fast as we could, stalked by our predators like fresh meat. “Who are
you? Little Girl?” He asked me. The police could keep pace it would be impossible for them to reach us in the moving traffic.”I’m Sarah,” I
said. “I have to get to The Wasteland.”
“The Wasteland?” He asked, “why would you want to go there?” I felt like I had so much to explain with so little time. “Because that’s
where everyone is!” I yelled as we quickly swerved to the left and again to the right. We sped up fast and looked like all was clear, then the man
slammed on his breaks. All the lanes were filled with police vehicles.
We looked up to realize the police cars had surrounded us and the men were getting out. I climbed on the back of the truck through the window and
yelled in fear. I felt a jerk when suddenly everything was moving again. The police force had gotten back into their cars…but why? It took me a
minute before I realized the truth. They were going to crush me.
I held on tight in the cargo area as the driver sped up again. There were only a few lanes that citizens were still using. When the driver, who I
didn’t know, swerved too fast, I practically flew in the air and landed on top of another car.
The guy in the truck yelled to me. “What the heck are you doing?” I couldn’t listen this time though. It was the best for all of us. The traffic
jammed again and I leaped onto another worker truck as it honked so loudly I closed my eyes.
The traffic would start again and all I knew was I had to jump. With the slight movement I braced myself, the angry driver sped in all directions
trying to get me away. I stood level and then I leaped as hard as I could to the destination. I was flying, and then I was landing. I landed on the
back of black truck this time. Then it sped up so fast that there was no possible way for me to jump off. It went like this a good long time until
the traffic stopped and the man yelled out. “Do you want me to help you?”
I yelled that I was trying to get to The Wasteland. He told me to stay low and he would take me there. Finally he got out and helped me into a hiding
place in the back of the truck.
The large sun was beautiful. Suddenly it took away my fear and feeling of danger. I had lived. I felt free again and momentary peace. I traveled with
this man who called himself Leonard for so long. Maybe I thought I could trust him but when I got to The Wasteland I felt betrayed.