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by Tinderbox
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Hey. Sorry for the prolonged absence. In the way of an explanation... My Dad's health took a rapid nosedive last summer and he passed away toward the end of July. The day after the funeral my wife gave me the news about her cancer diagnosis. She'd been keeping it to herself during my Dad's final few...
by Tinderbox
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

The air inside the building was cold but neither of them were up to the task of firing up the shop’s waste oil heater. Neither knew how much noise it would make, anyway, and neither wanted to risk drawing attention to their newfound place of refuge. Lucas had groaned as he’d inserted himself into on...
by Tinderbox
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

When Lucas woke it was dark. Rocks and gravel crunched and popped beneath the tires and he could tell they were moving at a slow pace. He was lying in the back seat, but he couldn’t quite remember how he’d gotten there. He vaguely remembered crawling toward the green car on limbs of jelly. He moved ...
by Tinderbox
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

True felt the need to do one thing before starting off down the highway in the green Toyota. She reached into the back and removed the collection of kid’s toys scattered on the floor. She left them sitting on the edge of the road and regretted the one glance she gave them in the rearview mirror. The...
by Tinderbox
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

“ ’Gone’ ?” True asked between sips of water. “What do you mean ‘gone’ ?” She pressed her palm to her forehead. Hangovers were an old acquaintance of hers, but the apocalypse had put her usual remedies out of reach: no candied ginger, no sleeping until three in the afternoon, no hour-long hot shower...
by Tinderbox
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Sorry about the long, long, long...longlonglonglonglonglong time between updates. Someday I will finish this stupid story - and then start another!!! :clownshoes:
by Tinderbox
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

As night cemented itself over the surrounding hills, Peachey’s rest and recreation came out of an old plastic two liter bottle that still had part of a Sprite label attached to it. He, Lucas and True sat upon upturned buckets padded with patched and mended blankets arranged around a small fire. Othe...
by Tinderbox
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

The urge to retrieve his revolver from the back seat of the Forester was almost irresistible, but responding to the look on True’s face, Lucas clenched his jaw and settled on locking up the vehicle. “I know,” Peachey smiled, reading his unease, “it must be hard to go unarmed after being out there. B...
by Tinderbox
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Once on the far side of the river they had to follow the railroad tracks for half a mile before they came to a ravine cut in the basalt cliffs where a dirt road led up and away from the gorge. When they finally reached the tableland above, the landscape on both sides was scrub grass with an occasion...
by Tinderbox
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Using road maps salvaged from abandoned cars, they charted a route through the basalt cliffs, sagebrush and tinder dry bunchgrass of the Scablands. A line of telephone poles paralleled the road, stretching to the horizon under a pale sun that arced farther south every day. Lightly populated even bef...
by Tinderbox
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

teotwaki wrote:“Posthumous pursuits” indeed!

I do likes me some alliteration. :mrgreen:
by Tinderbox
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

The hayloft was cold and uncomfortable. Liam and Miles took turns waking each other with muttered pleas and muted cries from what seemed like a constant stream of nightmares. Each time he woke, Liam spent the moments trying to get back to sleep thinking about the nice, soft couch in the Nevers’ fami...
by Tinderbox
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

The sound of the dead scuffing, scraping and banging against the outside reached a crescendo and stayed there. For twenty minutes, not a word passed between them. Liam remained where he sat, eyeing the barn door as the corpses jostled for position, their brain stems fixated on the spark of an idea t...
by Tinderbox
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Holy crap, 91Eunozs, take care of yourself!
by Tinderbox
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Miles was exhausted and his clothes had never quite dried out from his plunge into the forest stream, but he couldn’t stop. He hadn’t seen the mob of corpses for a few hours, not since glimpsing them roughly a mile back after he’d rested longer than he should have behind a small highway maintenance ...
by Tinderbox
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Midway through his second day on the road, Liam was nearing the area where he used to live. Gradually, he began to recognize some familiar sights. There was a roadside restaurant where his family had once eaten called Granny Kitka’s Kitchen, now completely gutted with a white Mercedes-Benz rammed in...
by Tinderbox
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Sorry I've been out of action for so long. The flu really kicked my butt this year. But more than that, working nights makes it really hard to write anything. Half the day I'm asleep and the other half I'm walking around in a haze. I do intend to finish this thing. Anyway, for what it's worth, here'...
by Tinderbox
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Liam walked until the sun was halfway up the sky and then slept for three hours in the back of the first vehicle he found that had all its windows intact, a 2004 Dodge Caravan. The inside of the vehicle smelled of stale urine and he found it had sheltered more than one survivor since being abandoned...
by Tinderbox
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

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Liam waited as long as he thought it was humanly possible for him to wait – two whole days. Then, realizing that Miles was never going to help him with his plan, he secretly packed and left the camp, climbing down from the wall where he knew he wouldn’t be seen by the night’s first watch and retriev...
by Tinderbox
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Songs of the Apococlypse
Replies: 18
Views: 1916

Re: Songs of the Apococlypse

I gotta chime in with a golden oldie by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. You don't get the full effect by just reading the lyrics. You have to hear it with that great warbling organ playing in the background. Only Nick Cave could make the end of the world sound like a party worth attending. :) "Straight...
by Tinderbox
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Since Katrina had left the log fort, Liam Weeks had been spending much of his free time standing atop the wall, not that he had as much free time as he used to. With Mr. Kern and Mr. Carstens dead along with Quay and his men, there were fewer people to do what needed to be done around the camp, such...
by Tinderbox
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Wonderful. And a character named Alex Higgins! :clap: A little nod to my country? I had to Google it. I hope I got the right guy. "Alexander Gordon "Alex" Higgins was a Northern Irish professional snooker player, who is remembered as one of the most iconic figures in the game." Purely unintentional...
by Tinderbox
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

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“Hey,” Lux said, surprised to see that she didn’t have the rec room all to herself. She stopped in the doorway and stared at the stranger, unable to think of anything else to say. Three times per day – once after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner – the lock on the door of her private room woul...
by Tinderbox
Thu May 18, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2284
Views: 300657

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

JeeperCreeper wrote:I hope years from now that this story is studied by schools and is listed on mandatory reading lists for universities. Sit down, Shakespeare... Go away, Thoreau... Back off, Charles Dickens... There's a new king in town...

...he goes by.... Tinderbox...

Shakespeare, Thoreau, Dickens: Bums.

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