Bugout Part 16 – Watch the Perimeter


A new chapter of Bugout! from my Short Story Blog

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:


“Wonder who is taking this video feed?” asked Frank. Jane sat down next to him on the couch, looking at the image of the ICBM with steam coming out around it. She was trembling.

“This is too soon. Sarah is probably sitting on the freeway in creeping traffic right now. She might still be in the city center.”

“If we’ve got video like that, chances are pretty good that the Air Force already knows where this is.”

Suddenly there was a bright flash on the screen, and then the video feed went dead.

“We just got it,” Frank said. “Probably one of our stealth bombers. I’ll bet they’ve been cruising around that area for the last day or so.”

The commentator was back on the screen.

“Although we don’t have confirmation yet, it appears that we have taken out that missile facility. We also have unconfirmed reports that there are…

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Bugout Part 15 – TV Night


The next chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

Everybody in the room was silent, starting at the TV screens, listening to the pundits discuss the threat from North Korea. Then a man in the middle of the room broke the silence.

“C’mon, folks, the North Korean ICBMs can’t get to us. We’re too far inland.”

“Some of us have family on the west coast,” shouted a woman close to where Frank and Jane were sitting.

Jane stood up.

“Yes, both of our kids are on the west coast,” Jane said.

“One of mine is in Hawaii,” said another person.

“My son is stationed in South Korea,” said another woman. She was crying. That hushed the crowd. Another woman walked over and hugged her.

“Well, folks, I suggest we try to calm ourselves down,” Hilda said, standing up.

“I agree,” Jeb said, also standing up. “There’s nothing we can do about this now, and besides, those idiots running North…

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Bugout Part 14 – Special Bulletin


The next episode of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:


“Oh, no,” Jane cried.

“We don’t know what happened yet, honey. Don’t jump to any conclusions. Those flashes can be seen for a long distance,” Frank said.

“It’s our little boy,” Jane said, sobbing. That was too much for Frank. He broke down and cried too. He got up and hugged Jane.

“If it wasn’t real close like Marina Del Rey, he’s probably going to be OK, honey. The wind is going to blow the fallout to the east,” Frank said, looking at her face almost nose to nose, holding her head. She stared at him with wet red eyes.

“It will be on the radio soon. Let’s turn it up,” Jane said.

Frank nodded and turned up the radio. It was on a commercial.

“Maybe we ought to have another drink,” Jane said.

“No,” Frank replied. He pulled his chair right next to Jane’s and sat down, putting his…

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Bugout Part 13 – No Safe Harbor


Another chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:


“Oh, no, are they talking about what I think they are talking about?” asked Jane. She had a horrified look on her face.

Frank glanced over at her, eyes wide open, shocked.

The radio announcer continued with the story.

“Seattle police are working out a way to evacuate as many people as possible. Prevailing winds will probably blow the fallout east, which is going to make evacuations more difficult.”

“How close is Portland to Seattle?” Jane asked.

“Too close for comfort, but Sarah will probably be alright. The fallout is blowing to the east, and she’s south.”

“Should I try to call her?”

“Yes, but I’ll bet you won’t get through,” Frank said. He felt numb.

Jane tried to call on her cell phone as the radio announcer continued.

“The blast in New York harbor has caused tremendous damage in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Jersey City. There are no estimates…

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