Here’s the next episode of Bugout! California.
“About time you got here,” Emma said, getting up off the porch step she was sitting on as Seth walked up. It was dusk.
“What’s wrong?” Seth asked. “Why are you outside?”
“Had a big fight with my step-dad,” she said. “Mom wants me to stay, and he tried to be the enforcer. I wish she would believe me.” She caught herself and looked away, pausing for a moment. “There’s been bad things happening at checkpoints.”
Seth took her hand. “What did you mean? About your step-dad?”
“Never mind, I’m just mad,” she said as they walked to the Four-Runner.
Seth helped her into the car and got into the driver’s seat. “Something did happen with him. Before you moved out.”
“I don’t want to talk about that,” she said. “Let’s just get to my apartment, okay?”
Seth bit his tongue and started the car. They made it to the…
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