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Day After Disaster: A Letter Home
To whomever finds this letter,
I sit here writing you now, hoping that this letter will be useless. Hopefully I have found my family still alive in this wreck of a world I must now navigate with only my horsey companions, Artaz and Kit. They were gifts given to me by angels. Good people who still exist and cling to a reality we all inhabited just months ago.
When the Great Quake hit I was at work. Just another day and another dollar. Nothing unusual to heading down into an old bunker that existed beneath the restaurant I worked at. Its constant cool temperature made it a perfect place to store the wine that the restaurant boasted from the local wineries. It was my blessing and my curse. The Great Quake trapped me there under the sludge of Sacramento that I could have never imagined existed on top of me. But, that was what the quake created, chaos.
It took me time and desperation but I escaped on a raft that I constructed from leftover materials in the shelter. The outside world I found was shocking. The water that destroyed the city in an instant burned my skin with its chemical makeup. I devised a suit to protect me and tried to paddle home. The horrors that awaited me in the sludge still haunt my dreams. Faces of the bloated dead staring back at me with their cold eyes. Their flesh peeling back from the bone, rotted away by the toxins.
My belief that my best friend (my husband), and my precious son are still out there waiting for me to come home drove me to continue on. Then the unimaginable happened. The water, heated by an unknown source, started to melt my makeshift raft. I was so close. I lost all reason and jumped, thinking I could swim the rest of the way with the protection from my suit. I was wrong.
I woke up to the presence of the most wonderful couple and an unimaginable pain. The people that found me reminded me of my grandparents, God rest their souls. They nursed me and fed me. They cared for me for no reason but to do the right thing. Hard to imagine such selflessness would even exist in this world. When the burns had turned to scabs, I had to leave. I know my family is out there but I don’t know how long they will wait for me. It’s been months now since I left. The Fourth of July has come and gone.
As I sit here, feeling the warm breath of the horses on my face, I have to wonder if I will ever make it. It seems that many people inhabiting this new reality have lost their minds and all sense of hope. They have turned from civilized people to hungry, desperate murderers. But, I have strength and I will do whatever it takes to get home. If you find this letter and you ever encounter Vince and Dexter Moore, please tell them that I tried. I gave it everything I had to make it home and I hope I did.
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the book, Day After Disaster. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in business management, she returned to her passion for a rural existence. She has extensively researched and practiced survival techniques and utilized forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first novel and helping other authors skyrocket their careers to the next level. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.
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