Chapter 21

Chapter 21

Carol shook Denise awake just after sunrise. They were sleeping under a big pine tree about a half-mile from the remains of Deer Creek Reservoir. They had spent the night on the hill because their path was now blocked by mud in seemingly every direction.

Chapter 19

Chapter 19

“America is essentially dead,” Klopov continued. “The United States will never return. Over the years your leaders unwittingly paved the way for a group of nations known as the Coalition to divide up America among themselves,”

Garrett felt sick to his stomach. “That’s not true. The American people will never allow it to happen. They’ll fight back.”

Chapter 18

Chapter 18

The two men yanked open the front door, and the floor creaked as they stepped inside the living room. The earthquake had shifted two couches, a recliner and a coffee table together at the south end of the front room. Then a large entertainment center had toppled on top of everything else, blocking the hallway that led to the basement stairs.

Chapter 17

Chapter 17

banged up by the asphalt.

The initial jolt soon subsided, but as they sat up and looked around, they gasped as they saw the reservoir. It had been calm just two minutes earlier, but now it was filled with large waves racing in all directions and crashing against the shoreline.

“Look at that!” Denise cried as a large landslide gained momentum down a nearby mountain and slammed into the water, causing even more disruption.

Crack!

 They both instinctively ducked as the cliff they had just walked beneath collapsed and buried the highway less than 100 yards behind them. Dust filled the air from other smaller landslides, and the water in the reservoir continued to slosh violently.

Chapter 16

Chapter 16

The red Nissan that had been trailing him now swerved past. The driver was a co-worker named Whitney Vincent, and she was screaming in terror as her car skidded toward a five-foot-wide crack that had opened in the pavement. She tried to turn, but instead her car jolted to a stop with a sickening crunch as the front end dipped into the crevasse.

Chapter 15

Chapter 15

They soon called up Denise’s information, and Garrett was shocked to see the reading, “Asleep/Fugitive” as her chip status. He read the description of how her chip was recovered from a burned-out car that had been owned by Aaron and Carol Shaw.

Chapter 14

Chapter 14

After leaving Carthage, they traveled a few more miles and then slept in a barn for the night. The next morning they reached Nauvoo and could see the temple’s tower in the distance, with the Angel Moroni on top.

“I’m so glad the temple hasn’t been damaged,” Marie said.

Chapter 12

Chapter 12

A few days later in California, Garrett Foster walked along  the Pacific Coast Highway. He was heading south in hopes of finding the group that claimed they had electricity again. It was a long walk to San Diego, but after seeing his friend Layne killed, he just couldn’t stay in Santa Monica anymore. He knew he was going though some form of depression, but he couldn’t shake it. Everything seemed to be combining against him.

Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Aaron liked sitting on the stand so that he could see the current demographics of the ward. By the time the meeting started, there were only about 40 people in the pews—several older ladies, some middle-aged couples, and only a few young people and children.

Chapter 9

Chapter 9

They turned the channel to KSL-TV, where the big story was that the edge of the storm had reached the Utah-Nevada border. The first wave of hailstones pulverized the city of Wendover, turning most of the city’s neon casino signs into shards of falling glass, killing several people who had taken shelter near the casino entrances.

Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Boom! Boom! Boom!

Garrett sat up in fear as a wave of large hailstones hammered down on the roof. It sounded like a herd of horses was galloping above them. Then a window shattered, followed by another. People shrieked and scurried into other rooms. Some panicked and actually ran outside, where they were struck down and severely injured by the falling ice.

Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Nathan jerked awake and saw two men in security uniforms staring down at him. The shorter one was pointing a chip detector at Marie, and then he swung it back toward Nathan. He frowned and said, “Hmm. You two have a lot of explaining to do.”

Nathan reached over and tugged on Marie’s arm. “Hey, wake up. I think we’re in trouble.”

Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Before leaving work for the day, Aaron decided to risk checking Marie’s chip status again. He knew his keystrokes were being monitored, but he just couldn’t resist. He had checked Marie’s chip status during his lunch break, and everything had been normal. She had still been in her apartment, presumably with Nathan.

Chapter 5

Chapter 5

By noon Garrett had reached the Santa Monica city limits, and up ahead he saw some sort of barrier across the freeway. As he got closer he could see that several cars had been pushed together to  form a blockade. Two men stood in the road. They had spotted him, and one of the men pulled a rifle from one of the cars.

Chapter 4

Chapter 4

When they reached the main floor, Marie quickly got situated in the wheelchair with her feet on the suitcase. They put the hats on their heads, then Nathan draped the blanket around her shoulders and propped the sign on her lap.

“I think we’re ready,” Nathan said. “I hope they didn’t leave a lookout behind.”