End of Times – Search

Before I could turn around to check what this noise was, another noise, louder than the first one struck again. I identified it this time, it was a cracking sound. I have never heard it before. Then there was another, and another one. Before I could move to safety, as I figured out what was going on, the floor collapsed and the the balcony I was hiding on, plummeted to the ground.

I don't know how long I was out, but it was now dark and cold. The light of the sun was no more and I was just surrounded and covered in rubble and debris. I felt no pain. Is that good or bad? I asked myself. What happened to me? I was out of it and it took me about 5 minutes to remember what had happened. I was afraid to move, hoping I did not find any major injuries or broken bones. I didn't want to move, but I had to. I tried to pick myself up and during that effort the pain I felt was REAL. It hurt all over, but despite all of it I was still able to move and crawled out of all the rubbish and litter that surrounded me. I did not see major signs of blood or areas of unbearable pain, so I figured I dodged a bullet. Except for my pinkie finger, it was dislocated. I figured that one was a quick fix. And some rags would do for the cut on my right thigh. The limping while walking will take a couple days.

It was at this point I realized I had no idea what happened to the group I was following. Did they come over and check the noise of the collapsed balcony? Did they ignore and kept on their way? Are they close or far away? I had so many questions and many decisions to make, but was too tired to think clearly. I found myself the safest place to spend the night, considering the circumstances, and forced myself to sleep with my axe in hand.

I was up bright and early the next morning, with the first orange-pink lights from the sun. These days you really don't know what color the sky will be. The pain was considerably higher now, but I had to keep on going. I figured I would follow whatever seemed like a logical path for the small group ahead of me to follow. If they also slept at some point in the night they might just be a couple hours ahead of me. That is, if they didn't find me in the rubble, waited and are now following me. Or maybe they saw me and left me for dead? Although still possessing my tools was a quick assurance I could dispatch that last idea. They either saw me and left me to see what happens or didn't see me at all. I am counting on the second choice.

After a couple hours I found what could have possibly been their rest spot. Some empty cans, a place where a fire was burning, and some clean spots on the ground where people could have laid to rest. The fire coals were not close to warm, it had been a while since they were last there. I also found a piece of crumbled up paper under a rock.. it had some notes and scribbles. At the bottom it had a drawing and two words: "The Ship"

This was too obvious, why would they leave so many clues. Something is not right. Unless they want people to know this, to search, to follow… but why? Are they unto me? Is this a trap? I swiftly looked over my shoulder and all around a 360 degree angle, up and down, to see if I spotted anything, anyone watching.


I guess if I want to know the answer to my questions, there is only one way to find out.


Background image found on the internet from http://hdwallpaperhub.net/forsaken-jonasdero-abandoned-children-city-post-apocalyptic-wallpaper-89073/

This will be a series of composites that will span over several weeks.


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  30 comments for “End of Times – Search

  1. Paul Howard
    July 24, 2015 at 10:39 am

    The photos AND the story just keep getting better and better, my brother!!

  2. Janice Hackney
    July 24, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I agre with Paul, this is getting to be awesome!

  3. Ricardo Williams
    July 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

    +Paul Howard Thank you very much…. I am going to wrap it up pretty soon though… the finale of season 1 is getting close… I dont want to get people tired/bored of the story.
    +Janice Hackney thank you so much 2 more episodes this season! 🙂

  4. Paul Howard
    July 24, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Actually, I think that doing this in "seasons" is a fantastic idea +Ricardo Williams!!

  5. Debbie DeBaeremaeker
    July 24, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Ohhhh! I'm excited for the rest of the story

  6. Elizabeth Hahn
    July 24, 2015 at 11:27 am

    +Ricardo Williams bored is the last thing on my mind! Love the story!

  7. Kathleen Milks
    July 24, 2015 at 11:31 am

    A message in a bottle… Or under a rock. An attempt to reach out?
    Just awesome +Ricardo Williams​, love the idea of seasons for this… Does that mean we're in shot for a cliff hanger bigger than those already?

  8. Ricardo Williams
    July 24, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Thanks +Paul Howard I think that would work nicely too! 🙂 I hope.
    +Debbie DeBaeremaeker it is coming…. in 7 days…
    +Elizabeth Hahn thank you so much…. those are great words of encouragement.
    +Kathleen Milks I am still not sure of their intentions with the message….. oh and the season finale +Kathleen Milks …. you just wait for it!

  9. Leslie Lina Sigala
    July 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Wow! Luv it.

  10. Eve “Bubbles” Aebi
    July 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Awesome like always!

  11. Shelly Gunderson
    July 24, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Another great installment! I want to know more about why the note! Looking forward to the next part!

  12. Art through the Apeture Photography
    July 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Getting better and better each time +Ricardo Williams I'm still on the edge of my seat with anticipation for each new post. Awesome job.

  13. Isabelle Cardinal
    July 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Wow.. sooo cool……… (and you survived this??) hehe Awesome montage, Ricardo!

  14. Lerato Majikfaerie
    July 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    And still your shirt is so white ;p

  15. Cathy Custer Donohoue
    July 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    OMG. I'm telling you there is an ebook in here at the very least. Graphic novel? This one really rocks.

  16. Ricardo Williams
    July 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you very much +Leslie Lina Sigala
    I am glad you enjoy it +Eve Aebi
    +Shelly Gunderson we will find out more about why in the next installment.
    +Art through the Apeture Photography I am glad you like it my friend… 2 more installments to go!
    It was only a one story fall +Isabelle Cardinal I did dislocate my pinkie LOL … thank you! 🙂
    LOL +Lerato Majikfaerie the rain washes it ….I like to be as clean as possible 🙂
    Thank you so much for your support +Cathy Custer Donohoue … maybe I have to look more into that ebook idea! 🙂

  17. Cora Triton
    July 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    This is so thrilling!

  18. Ellie Kennard
    July 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Excellently told and illustrated to keep the tension high!

  19. Ricardo Williams
    July 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Glad you like it +Cora Triton
    +Ellie Kennard I just want to keep you guys interested…. hope I am doing well with that!

  20. steve defeo
    July 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    is there gonna be a big season finale party?!?
    This pic is so cool. Love how you brought the light from the background onto your selfie… keep em comin.

  21. Ricardo Williams
    July 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    +steve defeo …. some kinda party.. .maybe…. but not the one with cakes and music…

  22. Yvette van Teeffelen
    July 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Love it love it love it !!!

  23. Sharon Stone
    July 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    +Ricardo Williams, you are definitely doing a fabulous job keeping us interested and in suspense. I look forward to your weekly installments. So after the season finale, how long do we have to wait for season two? Not too long, I hope 😊

  24. Carla McMahon
    July 25, 2015 at 12:25 am


  25. Jim Migliore
    July 25, 2015 at 3:45 am

    So many clues, yet so many unanswered questions. I can only imagine what the sketches look like and where they will bring us. A "Boat" where is that vessel gonna take us. And who are these guys? Love the composite work you are doing in this series +Ricardo Williams Tapping Fingers waiting for next week

  26. Ricardo Williams
    July 27, 2015 at 11:32 am

    +Yvette van Teeffelen 2 more installments …. 🙂
    I am not sure yet +Sharon Stone … it depends on where I want to take the story…. so it could be a while but hopefully not too long 🙂
    I am glad you are enjoying it +Carla McMahon
    +Jim Migliore …. next week should be epic…. it should answer at least a couple questions!! Stay tuned!

  27. Gary Paakkonen
    July 31, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    head for the ship brother, right behind ya

  28. Ricardo Williams
    July 31, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I found the ship +Gary Paakkonen …. good to see you are catching up! 🙂

  29. Sherrie von Sternberg
    August 3, 2015 at 5:55 am

    So brave. Every time I think it's going to be your demise there is another clue,more hope to spur you on. A lesser man would have given up by now!
    I continue to be enthralled; excellent twist +Ricardo Williams

  30. Ricardo Williams
    August 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you so very much +Sherrie von Sternberg …. Those are difficult times and we need to find something to hold on …. so we can carry on!!

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