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Saturday, November 29, 2014


Catherine was awakened by her secure phone’s soft ringing.  She looked at the clock on the nightstand seeing 3:00 am.  The voice on the other end said only one word “lightning”.  Cat went into her secure study to access her computer.  The website came up after the correct codes were inputted.  The Secretary of State logo came up on the screen.  She read for a short time and then logged off of the site.  Cat opened her safe secured in the wall which was covered with an abstract print.  She opened the safe with her eye recognition and thumbprint.  Cat removed the secure radio and began the process of going through the list to make her contacts. 
Catherine dressed and headed to the office.  She was the undersecretary of State having held the position through two administrations one Republican and the other Democrat.  She greeted her staff and then gave all their assignments to gather the information that would be needed to present to the Secretary of State.  The new Secretary was a true politician which worked out very well for Cat.  He the honorable John Duncan Rice from the great state of Louisiana who would not have a clue what was going on or how to manage the aftermath.  JD as he liked to be called by his friends but not by his workers.
Before the end of the day JD will have had a fatal accident on the way home leaving Catherine as the temp Secretary of State. The planning for this day would go down in history as the day that the true government of the United States would emerge.  The government that was formed by real founding fathers The Unity Templers, they were there to make sure that everything went as planned in the beginning.  Cat thought the plan was foolproof, but she did not know about the Savoy or the Haven Helpers.  The next years would be struggle all over the world as the electric power was out, or going out all over the World.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Cassandra checked her little red dress and liked what she saw.  Her lean and lithe five foot ten frame made the dress look good along with her red hair.  Sunday was about the only time she was able to show her female side.  The majority of the time in her job as an electrical engineer required that she wear jeans and the co-op logoed blouse with her work boots. 
The organ in the church was beginning to play the closing song for the service at Our Savior Light Church when all the power went out.  Pastor Tom greeted all the members of the congregation as they filed out of the sanctuary.  He asked Casey: “what do you think happened to the power?” She answered: I don’t know, but I will find out and get back to you Pastor.” She reached the parking lot and retrieved her cell phone from the consol of her Nissan Pathfinder.  Casey already had ten messages and twice as many text messages.  She put the SUV into drive and headed to her ranch to change clothes.  The app on her smart phone told her that her ranch was on her genset.  She pushed the button and the gate opened as she drove into her home.  She changed and did a quick look at her messages on her phone.  All had to do with no powers in the Rusty River Co-Op service territory.  She went out of her way a section so she could take a look at the switchyard which was only two miles from her home.
The scene at the switchyard was a picture of destruction.  The familiar hum of the substation was replaced with smoke, silence, and the smell of burnt oil.  Casey turned around and drove within a mile of her home.  She reached under the passenger seat and pulled out a faraday cage containing a ham radio.    
The information she received with her calls to key operators confirmed her worse fears.  She made the thirteen calls to the Haven Helpers.  Casey raced back to ranch to pack for her new life in a new World.