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    JDY Fiction - Cosmic Buckshot

    Cosmic Buckshot - Chapter 1

    Don Hastings started the big bike and grinned when it rumbled into life. Unlike most, the powerful engine sported a pair of super quiet mufflers that did nothing to degrade performance of the engine, but kept it almost as quiet as your normal car.

    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Working through the gears, Don slipped into low gear and eased up on the clutch. The bike began to move and he twisted the throttle slightly, and he was off. It was as big a thrill as he
    Jerry D Young

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    There was a quick lockdown of the airport, stranding Don there until it was determined that it was a natural phenomena and not a terrorist attack. But before Don got home from the airport, news reports began to come in about additional impacts across the entire face of the earth turned away from the sun.

    Tired from the trip and the waiting at the airport, Don simply dumped his bag on the sofa, took a short shower, and went to bed. He woke to the sound of his cell phone ringing and vibrating on the bedside stand.

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    It took some time to decide on what was going and what was staying, but finally both bikes were loaded up with the equipment and supplies to make the trip to the Ozarks and everything else put away and the secret room locked and concealed again.

    When they moved the bikes outside the garage, ready to hit the road, they saw one of the fiery paths created by an incoming object. It went well past them, but the two looked at one another and then put the bikes back into the garage.

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  4. #4
    Fearful of the rising aggression of those they were meeting, the possibility of the biker gang catching up with them, and the possibility of being stopped by local officials for their weapons, Don and Patricia decided to loop west and then north of Tulsa to avoid the problems in the city, and hopefully throw off the bikers by not following the most direct map.

    And there was at least a slightly less chance of getting stopped by would-be bandits on the state and country roads they would be taking. The primary disadvantages were the extra time it would probably take, though that was problematical with the chance for delays in Tulsa, and the fact that there would be no overpasses to spend the night under, for the little protection they did provide.

    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]They would be staying out in the open, but it was a risk they were willing to take, since the overpasses weren
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Don didn
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    Don just looked at her.

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  7. #7
    Good story. Thanks for sharing.

  8. #8
    Great story the whole way through JDY!!!

  9. #9
    Very good story, and very well written. The device of seeing through the eyes of a (competent) newbie makes for a better piece of fiction than most such writings (including Patriots), in which the protagonist is a complete expert prepper and the story is simply one of revealing all the preps he's made and how well they work. You obey the "show don't tell" rule very well.

    One thing that was a bit over the top (or under-explained) was the MZB gang's suicidal obsession with finding Patricia. Yeah, they were p.o.'d, but with literally tens of millions of people between L.A. and the Ozarks to terrorize and exploit (which must have included many comely women), why the great chase?

    Don't get me wrong, without it there would have been little or no human drama.

    I thought you were going to reveal a different justification at the end, which it seemed like you hinted at upfront. The gang clearly knew Trenton had made some preps. If after the shop encounter, they went to Trenton's house (having found the address somewhere on a piece of mail at the shop or something), then they found the room, and therein found some documentation, and maps, etc about the significant retreat (Don was a newbie, recall, and didn't think to take or destroy those before leaving), they might have been primarily looking for the retreat.

    Don and Patricia would have understood none of this (nor would the reader) until Don's return to LA and finding Trenton's place compromised and other clues, figured it out and explained this loose end.

    Don't get me wrong, loved the story as it is. Hope you write more. Now that you've set up the "world" of Cosmic Buckshot, you could tell other tales of individuals. Some could be quite short, others could be full adventures like this one.

    I hope you take the tone of this comment as both applauding and encouraging.

  10. #10
    Jerry is a prolific writer of both short and long stories. If you look on the right side of the column you can see some of his past works.

    http://jerrydyoung.com/news.php

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