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Yellowstone_Survival_A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by Bobby Akart

Yellowstone_Survival_A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by Bobby Akart

Author:Bobby Akart [Akart, Bobby]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2018-11-26T16:00:00+00:00


Chapter 31

The Pacific Ocean

Isla Socorro

Ashby wiped the tears from her eyes. She’d taken a couple of steps toward the young boy, but he darted out of sight. By the time she reached the corner of the building, they had disappeared like ghosts. Ashby started toward the courtyard, and she saw that Jake was still kneeling in the grass. Concerned, she ran down the stairs and raced toward him.

“Jake, are you all right?” she yelled as she ran. Apprehension overcame her body. Was he shot by the escaping gunman? Did one of the wild shots he took found Jake?

He didn’t respond.

Ashby approached him cautiously, scanning his body for evidence of blood and then studying the grass beneath him as well.

Nothing.

“Jake, honey, are you okay?” she asked again.

His body was shaking, so she put her arm around his shoulders. She gently removed his rifle from his hands and whispered in his ear, “It’s over. We’re both okay.”

He nodded his head and then buried it in his hands. He began to sob.

Ashby wasn’t sure what to do. Jake had killed a lot of people since their first encounter at Pressley Farm. Too many to count. She couldn’t understand why these three bothered him so much. They deserved it. Ashby would’ve gladly done it herself.

No, this was something else.

She stood and looked around to make sure they were alone. It was an eerie feeling. Other than the three dead bodies lying around the courtyard, the entire complex was devoid of other human beings. She looked at the soccer balls and managed a chuckle despite the stressful situation. There they were—Jake and Ashby’s Wilsons, the equivalent of Tom Hanks’s volleyball.

But they weren’t alone, were they. There were children, and probably adults to go with them. There was another settlement on the island.

She turned her attention back to Jake, who’d stopped crying. “Jake, please talk to me.”

He finally responded, “I shot the guy in the back. I didn’t even hesitate. I shot him in the back while he ran away.”

“Hey, he was shooting at you, too, you know. You had every—”

“I heard the clicks. I knew he was out of ammo. I chased him down and executed him.”

Ashby tried to console him. She’d never seen him this distraught except after Rita’s death. He’d taken that hard and personal. This thug didn’t deserve anyone’s anguish.

Jake continued. “I couldn’t let him live. He had to be eliminated. He couldn’t live to fight another day.”

Ashby placed her arms under Jake’s and forced him to stand. For a minute, they held each other tight without saying a word. The rules of life, and the standards of morality, had been blurred after Yellowstone. As lawlessness spread, a simple rule trumped all others—survival of the fittest.

Jake recovered emotionally, at least enough to get his head together. He and Ashby worked together to move the bodies from the open courtyard and into a thicket near the road that descended toward the south shore of the island. They spoke very little, but Jake seemed to brighten his spirits when Ashby told him about the young boy returning to thank her.



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