Bugout! California Part 159 – The Kiln

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Sid and the others walked through the front gate, heading back to Dodge City from the road.

“Kind of a long walk,” Yvonne said.

“I need the exercise,” Shelly said.

Ted got next to Sid and Sam. “We should take that ballpoint pen down to the intelligence team. Let Robbie investigate it. They’re working in the mine, right?”

“Yeah,” Sam said. “Don’t know if they’re down there yet, though. It’s not even eight.”

“Worth a try,” Ted said.

“I’m pretty sure they’re down there already,” Garrett said.

They continued through the front area, littered by debris and parked battle wagons. They got into town, the mine opening about a block in.

“Shall we?” Sid asked.

“Yeah,” Ted said. “Wait here for a second, folks.”

“What’s going on?” Jules asked.

“We’re gonna get Robbie working on the rental yard,” Sam said.

Jules smiled. “Oh, that’s what you were talking about. Good…

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Bugout! Part 158 – The Pen

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Ivan led the leadership team to the hotel lobby, selecting the group of couches and chairs in the rear.

“Something bad happen, partner?” Tex asked.

“The apps are going wide,” Ivan said. “The enemy is about to get their hands full.”

“Finally,” Sparky said.

“This might not be that good for us, you know,” Ted said.

“And it may make no difference at all,” Sam said. “They hit us in shielded vehicles today, remember? They already knew we could see them.”

“You guys are missing it,” Robbie said, looking like he wanted to take it back after it came out.

“Go ahead, kid,” Ted said.

“Well, as Sam said, they already knew we could see them. Now they have to worry about everybody they get near, anyplace they go. This will put extreme pressure on them.”

“Yes, that’s why I said the enemy is about to have their hands full,”…

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Bugout! Part 157 – For the Fallen

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“Nobody can raise Saladin?” Sam asked, as the group gathered around the bar, Willard getting out glasses.

“That’s what my sources said,” Ivan said, “but that’s about all they said. Jules’s info sounds a little more complete.”

Jules chuckled. “Or mine jumps to more conclusions, no?”

“How do we tell?” Sparky asked.

“Probably doesn’t really matter,” Sam said. “Even if he’s dead, that’s not the end of the war. We’ll just have a change in leadership.”

“Given the mistakes he’s made recently, it might be better for us if these stories aren’t true,” Ivan said.

“He’s dead,” Ted said.

Everybody was silent for a moment.

“Where are you getting that, partner?” Tex asked.

“Part hunch, part educated guess,” Ted said.

Sam chuckled. “Look, several of us have had experience with this cretin. He was feared by all he was close to. Ted might be basing his hunch on the fact…

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Bugout! California Part 156 – Clean Up

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Jorge looked out over the legions of trained Marines, spread out over the entire funnel area along Old Highway 80. Conrad and Doug came over.

“What’s taking them so long, man?” Jorge asked.

“That’s the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question,” Doug said.

“Meyers thinks something is going on with their leadership,” Conrad said.

“What ever happened with Ivan’s folks?” Jorge asked. “Are they coming south from Highway 94 to pick up the western tip?”

Conrad shook his head no. “Not this time. Ivan was afraid to commit his battle wagons here. Said they’d be overrun and destroyed.”

Jorge chuckled. “Hell, most of us are gonna get overrun and destroyed.”

“I’m not mad at him,” Doug said. “I see his point, actually.”

“Me too, but at the time I wasn’t too happy,” Conrad said. “He put me in touch with the commander of the naval aviators. We’re gonna pull away from that area and…

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