Six days it took me to get to the house. Walking through mud pits, devastation, overgrown bushes and a bridge… a bridge some 15 miles away upstream that was not completely destroyed. I wish I had gone upstream before trying to find a way in the other direction. It would have saved me 2, maybe 3 days. But what is done is done and I am finally at our home. Or what used to be our home……. if this can still be called a home.
I quickly searched the house…. and there was nothing. I then searched intently for any sign of recent activity, but again nothing! I waited at our home for two days, giving her a chance to show up in case she was out looking for food or water, or just making her way back! But nothing…..One day more just in case. Nothing!
I sat at the front door entrance, pondering what to do? Thinking about all the possibilities. But mainly I just sat there! Just sat. Tired, hungry, weak and with yet the defeat of not being able to find the only thing I went looking for.
Suddenly I realized there is this one spot I did not check. So I went to the TV and the DVR and turned them around, upside down and inside out. We used to spend a good amount of time watching DVR Series and shows. Sitting on the couch or she just laying on me! "Of course she would leave a clue there, she said she was coming home… 1828" – I said to myself! But again it was devastating when I found nothing. Nothing!
I stood in the middle of the living room and tears started rolling from my eyes… under my gas mask. "I am not sure I can handle this any more!"- I thought! I felt a sudden weakness in my knees and not wanting to fall on the nastiness on the floor I let myself plummet to the nastiness on the couch! At least that was a little more comfortable. And as soon as I did that I heard a noise. I juggled and shake my body again, and there was the noise again. I quickly opened the middle compartment of the couch and there was the remote… and in the battery compartment….. a note!
"Couldn't wait any longer PYT! On the move! Follow the Tracks! To the end of Life!"
I wanted to wipe my tears, but I just let them dry instead! I was now smiling. This just keeps me going and I will do whatever it takes.
I rested for one night and then made my way to the station. When I got there I looked left and right and then wondered: What direction should I go? It was then when it hit me. "First Up, Then Down"….. I hope this is what she meant!
I am singing Pretty Young Thing and I am heading North!
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