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Expensive Diary, It is Me, Jessica: Half 10

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Expensive Diary,

It’s me, Jessica.

With the hotter climate and to preserve our propane, we’ve been utilizing the charcoal grill however utilizing wooden to burn for our scorching meals.  To maintain everybody from having to construct a fireplace individually, we collect at somebody’s residence for dinner, bringing one thing already made or to cook dinner.  Everybody takes turns internet hosting. Even HAM man joins in.  It’s numerous enjoyable!  We speak, joke round, and play card video games, board video games, or corn gap.  If Mother’s laptop computer has a cost, generally we sing and dance.  Rae and, surprisingly, HAM man are instructing us easy methods to sq. dance.

Whereas we had been consuming, and I used to be slipping Samson a little bit of my dinner beneath the picnic desk when Jack was not trying, Dad was speaking about constructing a wooden burning out of doors oven and range. He mentioned the issue was ‘supplies.’  Jack mentioned the town might need what Dad wanted, however and not using a automobile, it might be practically unattainable to convey again issues like firebrick, or cement on foot.  There was the small ironmongery shop within the small city to the East that was a full day’s stroll.  If they may get some horses and perhaps a cart, Jack mentioned it may be doable.  The HAM man mentioned he would ask round on the subsequent morning’s radio meet-up.  

Rae requested if the HAM man had heard something extra on the radio nets about different types of ‘authorities.’ He shook his head and mentioned it was all a scorching mess of rumor, conflicting info, and wild hypothesis. He did hear extra about individuals forming their very own native governments. Some had elected a single chief, whereas others had some type of council. He thought it was promising as a brand new type of regular society was being established.  

Mother requested in regards to the native governance assembly.  

Dad mentioned Mr. Miller rode out to the opposite farms previous his.  As Mr. Miller was closest to our neighborhood and had horses, it solely made sense they picked him to be their ‘consultant.’  

After a pause, Jack mentioned he would put out the phrase locally for a proper assembly at his place at midday in two days.  Throughout his final journey to the market, Jack talked to Sean and the sheriff.  He advised them of what our neighborhood was doing, and so they would possibly think about one thing much like give the market path.  Sean and the sheriff thought it was a good suggestion and would maintain their very own assembly with the ‘denizens’ of the market.

With that, everybody completed their dinner.  All of us stood as much as begin clear up when Jack checked out me and mentioned,

“Jessica, you retain feeding Samson beneath the desk like that, he’s going to get fats.”

“Sure, Jack,” I responded. “However he doesn’t appear to thoughts.” I seemed down on the huge canine.  

Samson answered, trying up at me, with enthusiastic tail wags.

Entry two

The subsequent day, Jack, Rae, and I made the journey to the market.  Mrs. Miller requested if I might see about buying and selling flour for salt.

Dad was going to the Millers’ place to debate constructing a cart and utilizing it with the Millers’ horses to go to the ironmongery shop to see what they may salvage to construct the out of doors oven.  

This may be my third journey to the market.  This time, various individuals appeared to recollect me.  One thing about being a ‘pal’ of Jack obtained me recognition.  I made it some extent of smiling or speaking with them, studying their names and faces.  As normal, most everybody out there was pleasant.  Diary, there was one thing about interacting with others that appeared extra essential than earlier than the ability went out.  I’m not positive what it’s.  I feel it has to do with one thing with the time throughout COVID and the ‘isolation,’ and now, with the ability out, individuals appear to have an actual must work together with others.

Jack was speaking with Yellow Tooth Bob a couple of stalls down, and Rae was haggling with somebody within the stall subsequent to Bob’s once I spied Savannah about twenty yards away in a grassy clearing behind a rundown RV with a man. The look on her face, the best way she was standing, the best way he was standing, and the best way he had one hand on Savannah’s higher arm, I knew one thing was ‘off.’

Diary, I didn’t suppose.  I simply did.

I lined the space shortly, walked proper up behind the man and mentioned, “Hey, Savannah,” faking a smile.

He rotated. He was tall however very skinny, not that that was uncommon as of late, however I feel I weighed greater than he did. He wore a unclean T-shirt and soiled denims with a gap in a single knee. And he smelled badly of physique odor. He should have been my age or so. He didn’t have whiskers or a beard like most males did.  

He was nonetheless a boy.  However a bully.

“We had been simply speaking,” he mentioned.

“I don’t suppose she is considering what it’s a must to say.”

“Oh, she shall be,” he sneered.  “And perhaps you too.”

Jack taught me to hold my rifle within the ‘Mozambique’ carry.  Rifle slung on my weak aspect, muzzle down, my left hand on the foregrip.  Simply utilizing my left hand on the foregrip, I might unsling my rifle, rotate my wrist and lift my forearm to convey the rifle in entrance of me and seize the grip with my proper hand in a single fast and fluid motion.

Diary, I’m nonetheless in shock at what I did subsequent.

I gave him a ‘butt stroke’ proper between the eyes.  

It was not a ‘mighty’ butt stroke, as Jack taught me.  I didn’t need to harm him too badly, however sufficient he went down like a sack of potatoes.  

Instantly, I seemed round to see if he had any ‘pals’ like Jack had taught me.  

He didn’t. 

However a couple of individuals of their stalls and within the street stopped to witness what occurred.  After a second, they went again to their enterprise.  Two males in a stall throughout the street from us, stared.  The one man then gave me a smile and nod.  He then turned to his pal and mentioned, “There’s one thing you don’t see on a regular basis.”

I returned my consideration to Savannah.

“Is he lifeless,” she requested. 

Prepared to offer him one other butt stroke if I wanted to, I leaned over to examine. “Nope.  He’s nonetheless respiratory.  Simply knocked out.”

“You have got modified.”

I straightened up and shouldered my rifle.

“We’ve all modified.  The world has modified.”

Simply then, Jack ran up one hand on his pistol and mentioned he heard there was ‘hassle.’  Information traveled quick out there.  He seemed down on the boy and mentioned, “I assume not.”

Yellow Tooth Bob had advised Jack a couple of group that had confirmed up two days in the past. They had been asking odd questions and a few had been threatening individuals.  

Savannah nodded.  The unconscious boy on the bottom was one among them.  She mentioned he advised her she wanted safety, and e was going to offer it to her, however she needed to pay.  

“Safety racket,” Jack sighed. 

Rae then jogged as much as us trying involved.  Jack assured her the whole lot was wonderful, gave me a uncommon grin and advised her that I had the whole lot beneath management. Jack mentioned we would have liked to speak to Sean.  I advised Savannah to come back with us.  We left the boy the place he was.

Sean was at his log on the 4 corners with the sheriff and his two deputies.  Sean mentioned one phrase, however that was all it took.


Jack nodded.  He then requested Savannah to inform them what the boy had mentioned.  When she was carried out, Jack mentioned this was not simply any group of thugs.  This was an organized gang.  They had been doing recon, unarmed to not look harmful however they had been.  Someplace that they had a base of operations.  And sure weapons.  

Sean mentioned they all the time are available in from Outdated River Street to the North. A number of miles up that method, there have been some huge, costly houses constructed on the cliffs overlooking the river. Sean then took a stick and drew within the grime at his toes a tough map of the river, Outdated River Street, surrounding hills, and squares representing the houses.  

The sheriff and his deputies had been former law enforcement officials.  They weren’t former army.  They didn’t have the talents or the manpower to tackle an organized gang.  Jack nodded, then seemed off into the space, his eyes considering.  After a second he mentioned,

“I want my eyes on track to evaluate the scenario.” He then checked out me. Your father can be very upset with me if he knew what I used to be about to do.”

“Jack,” Rae warned very sternly with a glance that mentioned she would hit him.

“I’ve skilled her, I belief her, and he or she is the one one that may sustain with me.  Jessica, it’s as much as you, however I must see what we’re up towards.  I want you with me as an additional set of eyes and if one thing occurs to me, to report again to Sean and the sheriff.  It’s your resolution.”

Diary, I shocked myself for a second time at present.  I merely mentioned, “I’m in.”

“Jack,” Rae mentioned much more sternly.

“Rae, she made her resolution.  Jessica, rifle and ammo solely.  Depart the backpack with Rae.”

Rae seemed like she was going to protest once more however took my pack and simply glared at Jack.  Jack ignored her and mentioned,  “Jessica, to me,” and walked off heading up Outdated River Street Northward.  I shortly caught as much as him.

Once we got here to the clearing the place I discovered Savannah and the boy, the boy was gone.  

“That isn’t good, is it?” I requested Jack.

“Doesn’t matter now,” he replied.  

As soon as we cleared the market, Jack took up a simple jog that I matched.  After practically an hour, we caught as much as the boy simply as he got here to the bend within the street the place Sean’s grime map confirmed we had been developing on the houses.  Jack stopped after which led us into the woods on the opposite aspect of the street from the houses, up a steep hill.  The boy didn’t hear or see us.  We had to make use of the bushes to stand up the final thirty or so yards to the highest of the hill.  As soon as on the high, by way of some bushes, Jack used a monocular to look down on the houses.  After a minute, he handed me the monocular and requested what I noticed.  

“I see six very giant houses on good-sized heaps. I depend thirty-eight males sitting at picnic tables, camp chairs, or standing within the driveway of 1 residence. Most are muscular. I can see a few of them have tattoos on their arms or necks. A few of them have rifles. A couple of have pistols. There are . . . I depend seven ladies. They’re grilling one thing.”

“There are probably different women and men we aren’t seeing.  What else?”

“There.  That one.  He’s the chief.”

“What makes you suppose that?”

“He’s sitting in a giant plush chair.  He has two ladies . . . ready on him.  He has gold chains round his neck and gold rings on his fingers.  And he’s fats.”

I seemed over at Jack, who gave me a smile.   I returned, trying by way of the monocular.

“He has a tattoo on his face, seems like half a cranium on half of his face.  The boy I hit simply walked up.  He’s telling the chief what occurred.”

“Good.  What else?”

“All their rifles are these black rifles.  Magazines inserted.  A couple of of them have one thing beneath the barrels of their rifles.”

“Grenade launchers.  Army-grade weapons.”

“That’s dangerous, proper?”

“Sure.  Sure, it’s.  We have to get again to the market.”

The jog again was slower, however I used to be nonetheless feeling it by the point we returned. Seeing Jack and me jogging by way of the market, individuals within the street shortly obtained out of our method, sensing one thing was up. A lot of them adopted us at a fast stroll to the 4 corners.  

Sean, the sheriff, his deputies, and Rae had been nonetheless there, ready for our return.  We took a second to catch our breath and had some water.  A big group of individuals from the market gathered round Sean’s log to listen to what was happening.  Sean stood up on his log and mentioned, “Dispell the rumors with info.  Jack and Jessica went about to do some trying into it.  Jack, what did you discover?”

Jack un-slung and handed me his rifle, then stepped up subsequent to Sean on his log to deal with the now giant crowd.  In a loud however clear and commanding voice, Jack described what had been happening the previous two days, giving each Yellow Tooth Bob and Savannah credit score for his or her accounts.  A number of others within the crowd known as out their affirmation of them, too, being threatened.  Jack then described what he and I noticed.  He made some extent of the army grade weapons. 

Jack then mentioned, “A lot of you understand me. Others know me by fame. The actual fact is there may be an organized gang with the intent of both taking up the market or utilizing the safety racket for his or her achieve at your expense. It’s not a lot totally different from Andy and his personal gang and their taxes.”

A wave of disgust rolled by way of the group on the point out of Andy and the ‘taxes’ he had imposed in the marketplace.  

Jack held up a hand for quiet and continued, “It’s essential to perceive what we face.  This can be a vicious, organized gang with critical firepower.  And sure, they will come into the market tomorrow, use their brutality, their firepower to attempt to take the market or put you all beneath their energy and management.  Appears to me the very best protection is an effective offense.  I can convey quite a few our militia members however we’re going to want extra.  I want these of you who’ve coaching and expertise to combat.  We additionally want individuals who can assist in medical or different methods.  Individuals will die.  Others will get wounded.”  

Jack then gave Sean a nod and hopped down from Sean’s log.  

Sean seemed over the group gathered and mentioned in his heavy Irish accent, 

“This, shouldn’t be a choice to be taken evenly.  Every of us must determine our personal path.  Stand and combat.  Or stay beneath the yoke of tyranny.  To a level we’ve already skilled that with Andy and his thugs.  This shall be worse.  What says ye?”

Diary, there was an extended pause that appear to final ceaselessly.  Then, it got here to a sudden finish.  They, the denizens of the market, raised their voices and plenty of with raised fists,


Diary, I have no idea how I really feel about that.

About 1stMarineJarHead

1stMarineJarHead shouldn’t be solely a former Marine, but in addition a former EMT-B, Wilderness EMT (courtesy of NOLS), and volunteer firefighter.

He at the moment resides within the nice white (i.e. snowy) Northeast along with his spouse and canine. He raises chickens, rabbits, goats, sometimes hogs, cows and generally geese. He grows varied veggies and has a bizarre fondness for rutabagas. He enjoys studying, writing, cooking from scratch, making charcuterie, goal capturing, and is at the moment increasing his woodworking abilities.


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