@Craig I think the rescue team will pick up an old desert rat with mad sniper skills in Northern Africa (this board won’t let me use the country name because it might appear racist) while rescuing Cathy’s parents. Drop this grid coordinate into Google Maps and it will take you right there - 21°57’15.5"N 13°38’55.0"E
Book 2 Intro:
Public Service Announcement
The Z6N6 virus is a global pandemic. It is critical that you receive your flu shot to prevent the spread of this life-changing microbe. Likewise, do not forget that your furry friends require their rabies inoculations.
Sound hygiene will prevent the spread of this ongoing contagion. Kids, do not argue with your parents when it is time to take a bath or shower. Stay clean. If other people can smell you, so can the Thunkers. If you are lucky, your parents are still intact and aren’t running around the countryside trying to eat people. Be thankful for running water, food and a toothbrush. Make sure you brush your teeth after each meal and floss before you go to sleep. Dentists are becoming scarce. Wash your hands, thoroughly, with soap after each restroom break. When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow. Do not pick your nose. This is a very disgusting habit, which can spread diseases like Z6N6. If you are a booger-eater, you will turn into a zombie. Really! Be nice to people. There are so few left. Say your prayers before you go to sleep. The world needs them. Adults must protect those children placed in their care and teach them how to survive and prosper in an unrelenting world.
25% of the world’s population is infected, 35% are dead. That leaves 40% survivors trying to stabilize a greatly diminished civilization. The world as we know it has come to a screeching halt. Technology helps but has limitations. Every life matters. Every minute counts. Eliminate the Thunkers and work hard to provide the basics. Banking has been drastically streamlined. Basic trading commodities such as food, fuel and ammo are now de rigueur. Fuel and power are scarce so make sure you find a place that requires little of either. The bigger the place, the more to defend. GPS and the internet are limited but stable. Services such as water and power are stuttering. A mass migration of remaining survivors has begun from large congested areas to more sustainable regions. There is plenty of elbowroom now. Those that survive are the few with common sense, a sound work ethic and unafraid of change.
Goofy, right? Now I just framed the stage for a new adventure. Took 371 words to do it. Flawed premise? Who cares! Time to work on Taxes. Can’t figure out why I have to justify the government pilfering my paycheck…