Macavity (omn_macavity) wrote in apocalypsetales,

The Other End

I just heard from Sci. He's been offline for a while. Now I know why.

It was that meteor storm a few days back. I'm lucky - I live in a clear area. So do my buddies. But others . . . . they weren't so lucky.

It's started snowing here. Snow in June - you'd think that's some kind of joke, yeah? Well, the joke's on us - those meteors kicked up a hell of a lot of dust and water vapor. Clouds have been forming around the world - mostly it's just overcast, but some places there have been torrential downpours, tornadoes, hurricanes, you name it.

The shortwave band was full of chatter after the first strikes, but it started dropping off as the meteors kept hitting. There's been dead air on most bands for about a week now. There are a few die-hards: I've picked up a couple numbers stations, and a handful of hams, but CRI is gone. So's Radio Marti, WBCQ, the German shortwave stations . . . almost everything on shortwave is gone.

I'm packing up my kit. I've been able to get in touch with my four friends in Kingston, we're going to be meeting at the Budget 19 on Route 28. I don't know where we'll go after that, but I know I want to get out of here as soon as possible. There's going to be trouble once people start coming in, so we're packing up all our gear and loading it into Serenity. We may grab some bicycles and strap them to the roof rack for when we run out of gas.

It kinda hurts to think of just abandoning Serenity on the side of the road somewhere - I put a lot of work into her. I care about what happens to her, I really do. But there comes a time when you've just got to say good-bye. I'll try to hide her as best I can - hopefully nobody will find her, but I'm not going to count on it.

I don't know if we'll be able to make it out to England - all of the aircraft are grounded because of the weather, and I doubt we'd be able to get a ship capable of traveling that far. A sailboat, maybe, but I don't know if any of us are capable of managing one. And it would take a hell of a long time for a sailboat to cross the Atlantic, too - I don't know how long Sci will survive out there.

If we can find a way out to England, Sci, we'll come. We'll do whatever we can to help you if you survive until we get there. We'll try to get our hands on some portable shortwave transceivers or something like them, and I've got a couple of old Realistic CB handsets. I don't know if you've got anything like that, Sci, but if you can get your hands on a CB radio, tune it to channel 19 and listen for an Orson Welles reference. (You'll know it when you hear it, trust me - it'll be from the radio play that inspired Shadow over Long Island.)

I have to go offline for now. It's time to head out and meet up with my buddies at the Budget 19. This may be the last post for a long time. I'm going to keep an offline log of what happens, and if I get a chance to get back on, I'll upload the data here.

I've got my gear together and loaded into Serenity. Happy Bob just called - he's leaving Kingston now. Phil, Dana and Chris are already at the Budget 19.

Wish us luck. We're going to need it if we're going to get through this alive.
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