I skulked towards the cinder block wall. There was a rustle inside, and then maybe a whisper. Even with all the noise here I was too loud.

I stood next to the wall. It had been so long since I had seen them. They wouldn’t recognize me. The younger, I couldn’t even recall their names now, would be scared. He would see me the same as a bear or a wolf, or something more frightening.

I had come all this way. I needed to see them. I needed to know their faces. As they got older their faces faded from my wounded brain.


Slow day today. No one came. I had the whole place to myself. I read a lot, I wasted a lot of time. I did clean the some but really didn’t do a whole lot.

Slow day today. A few people came today. Not a whole lot. I had time to clean but I didn’t. I feel so tired, sluggish. Like I’m between to glassy hills.

Slow day today. My shift is only a couple hours but it took up so much of my day. I’m stressed about what I haven’t done yet. Dead lines are coming.


I should have had a plan for when I got here. What am I going to tell the boys. Can I even talk with them? I’m not what they know anymore.

I should have built a stronger perimeter. Something big got in and its scaring Tompa now.

I should have dug the trash heap deeper. Onkai said the smells would get out.

I wish I started earlier. I should have known I wouldn’t be productive. I should keep pressing.


“Hey.” Tompa whispered “there’s something outside.”

The continuous growls of the New Gods echoed across the dark mountains, but I could heat the low rumbles of something through the thin wall. It made heavy foot prints. It sounded big, easily large enough to break the wall.

“Hush,” I said “it will pass.”

We pressed our ears to the wall, and tried to hear through the existential growls and chirps. The thing outside seemed to do the same. There was faint sniffing.

“Onkai? I’m scared”

“It’ll be okay. It doesn’t know where here.”