Bug Out! California Part 147 – Pool Pickup

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Ben ran out of the dark industrial area, heart pounding. His whole team, gone in an instant. He had to contact Ivan, but was afraid to stop. Sirens approached, probably coming to check out the gunfire and the burning truck. He ran towards the opening in back, which went into a vacant lot, hiding in trees about fifty yards out, then hit Ivan’s contact on his phone and put it to his hear.

“Ben, you left yet?” Ivan asked.

“They’re gone,” he said, trying to catch his breath. “All of them.”

“What happened?” Ivan asked.

“One of our new recruits was a plant,” he said. “I figured that out. Was questioning him in the office when UN commandos attacked the group outside.”

“Did they get the computers?” Ivan asked.

“I used the self-destruct. I’ll never doubt you again about that kind of thing. Sorry.”

“Don’t,” Ivan said. “You’re learning faster…

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Bugout! California Part 146 – The Wire

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Sid, Yvonne, and Clem rolled into the back parking area, a block outside of Dodge City’s main street.

“What now?” Yvonne asked.

“I could use a snort and some conversation about what just happened,” Clem said. “Going to the saloon.”

“Sounds kinda good to me,” Sid said.

“Mind if I go back to our rig?” Yvonne asked. “I’m tired.”

“Sure, no problem,” Sid said. “I’ll walk you there, change my clothes, and meet Clem back in town. That okay?”

“Sure, but don’t get too trashed. We’re seeing too much enemy activity around here.”

“I think we ought to have the battle wagons in siege mode,” Clem said.

“Me too,” Yvonne said. “You gonna take one of the new rigs we got?”

“Nope,” he said. “I kinda like living in the Dodge City Hotel. Reminds me of a vacation in Westworld.’

Sid chuckled. “Oh, really. Got any dance hall girls, I…

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Bugout! California Part 145 – Three Roads

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Sid drove the Jeep towards the break in the fence, Clem next to him with the surveillance equipment.

“We’ll have to hurry,” Sid said. “It’ll be dark soon.”

“Yeah, I’d like to be out of here before then,” Yvonne said from the back seat, her rifle cradled in her lap. “I feel like our butts are hanging out on the line. There could be snipers on any of those ridges up there.”

“Garrett’s men are still patrolling,” Sid said.

“That’s what they’re saying, but have you seen one out here yet?” Yvonne asked.

“They’re probably on the other side of the ridges,” Sid said.

“Don’t worry,” Clem said. “This won’t take long. There’s the spot. Got here faster than I expected.”

“Helps to know where you can go fast,” Sid said, “and helps not to be worried about looking for tracks.”

“True, that slowed us way down the first time…

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Bugout! California Part 144 – Clackers

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Tex woke up next to Karen before it was light, not able to sleep anymore. The plans they agreed to last night were spinning through his head like a North-Texas twister.

“Hey,” Karen said, turning to face him. “It’s early. You okay?”

“Nerves,” he said. “I’m fine, though. You can sleep some more. I’m getting up.”

“I’ve got a better idea,” she said, sitting up and pulling her short nightgown over her head. Tex smiled as she covered him. “My breath might be a little rotten.”

“I don’t care,” he said, his arms going around her. They made love quietly but passionately, ending up on their backs, Tex’s right hand intertwined with her left.

“What are we gonna do after the war?” Karen asked, turning her head towards his.

“I haven’t had time to give it much thought,” he said. “You have some ideas?”

“Do you think we’ll last together…

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