End of Times – The Last City – (Season 1 Finale)

It's been almost two months now; two months of heading West. I am not sure how much longer I am supposed to go or how much longer I will be able to go. Heading in only one direction, without a spot-on destination is tough. Sometimes you wonder if you passed it, if you missed it, or if you will ever get to it. But in this age and time what else do I have to lose? Nothing! I shall continue going. What I can gain is much more important than dying without trying.

I have noticed, though, that during the last couple of days, there is more of a presence of people in the area. There are more foot tracks on the ground, more areas used as gathering places, more put out fire pits. It is like they are more people all around. Now don't be confused; when I mean more is not like I find these every couple of hundred yards. I mean I find these every couple of miles, whereas before I could go days without noticing anything. This discovery has to mean something. I must be close, but close to what? What will I encounter.

One night, after a couple more days of travelling, just before I set camp to sleep, I noticed this faint glare at a distance… this faint orange kinda hovering light at afar. Like one you would see at night from the lights of a baseball stadium from miles away. Similar to that but different. I could notice it only because it was a dark night, one without moon. One with no haze or smog or fog… a clear dark night. I checked my compass and the glimmer was effectively West! I had found my destination. I was eager and anxious. I wanted to run toward it just then and there, but I had to get my rest. I needed to conserve my energy and plan my approach. I can't get so close to my goal and just let it all go to hell because of lack of planning, triggered by pure desperation and excitement. I went to sleep!

The next morning I started my journey bright and early. It would take me at least a whole new day to get to my destination if I travel at a fast pace. So I packed up and started fast. Still careful of my surroundings and attentive to every noise. After about 16 hours I was close enough to asses the area, but far enough, at least in my mind, to not be detected if they had any kind of patrol. I was at the top of a hill, still miles away. I checked my surroundings, searched for a good spot, much like a sniper would do, and waited there to observe. I took my monocular out of my bag and began observing…… Impressive!

This looks like the last civilization standing. They are running on some sort of energy, that either emanates from the ground or from the sky. It is like a huge bolt. It is surrounded by these huge birds, or at least some kind of animal that flies. I had never seen those before, but hell, I have never being in this situation before either. The city is in a valley, surrounded by hills, with what seems as only one main entrance road. For now that is all I can see, still I continue watching.

After a couple hours of surveillance, and after being up for almost 24 hours, which is not uncommon in these end of times circumstances, I noticed movement. The road is patrolled. Very diligently and very stealthy. As one would say: "You can't just walk into Mordor". From this distance I can't quite see, but I am sure there has to be some kind of huge gate security and more before you get into this remnant of civilization. Also as noticed earlier, you seem to not be able to just walk in, you need to be taken in. I guess I need to start working on finding other ways to get into the city. But now is time to rest. I went to sleep!

The following couple of days I moved closer… slowly and vigilantly. I wanted to be able to monitor the area better without being detected and at the same time, try to pick up any pattern that I could use to my advantage. How do they move, how do they operate. It is clear by now: people that are not careful are captured and taken into the city. They are stripped of their belongings and just taken in by armed guards. Guards………. Guards! That is my in, I need to be a Guard! By hook or by crook!

I started monitoring dutifully the movement of the guards. Everything, every step, every hour, every minute. Tracked downtime, alone time, changing of shifts and even bathroom time. How they operate and how they communicate. This took me a couple more days. I wanted to make no mistakes. I think I figured it out.

I made my way down to the road…… I am determined, I am prepared, and I am ready.

It is time to enter the gates of hell…… into the Last City!


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  46 comments for “End of Times – The Last City – (Season 1 Finale)

  1. Steve Boyko
    August 7, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Fantastic- reading with anticipation.

  2. Paul Howard
    August 7, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhh man!!!!!

  3. Natosha Davis
    August 7, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Omega Man.

  4. Elizabeth Hahn
    August 7, 2015 at 10:07 am

    oooooh! Still on the edge of my seat!

  5. Sherrie von Sternberg
    August 7, 2015 at 10:10 am

    So effing awesome my friend!! You killed it!!! I am waiting for the book and I will buy it 🙂

  6. Sherrie von Sternberg
    August 7, 2015 at 10:11 am

    P.S. bitchin pictorial

  7. Ricardo Williams
    August 7, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Thank you +Steve Boyko … you will have to wait a little… this is the season finale of season 1… there might be a season 2.
    +Paul Howard …. man man …. was this end good enough?
    +Natosha Davis …. Omega man… I guess 🙂
    +Elizabeth Hahn … you just cant walk into mordor.
    Thank you for your support +Sherrie von Sternberg …. it may take me a while to get that book done. 🙂

  8. Paul Howard
    August 7, 2015 at 10:23 am

    You kidding, +Ricardo Williams? Oh yeah!
    If this were a TV series, I can see the final shot ending the season widening out over your shoulder to show the city……… oh yeah!!!

  9. Matthew Shuey
    August 7, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Be careful, who knows what devilry lies in that city.

  10. Tisha Scurich
    August 7, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Very cool image ! Be safe +Ricardo Williams Looking forward to the next chapter with anticipation

  11. Marilyn Benham
    August 7, 2015 at 11:04 am

    a clif hanger… outstanding easy flowing read.. incredible photoart!! : ) ♥

  12. Laura McLeod
    August 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Love this book, can't wait to see what happens…sitting on pins and needles. Way to go +Ricardo Williams Love the graphics also.

  13. Ricardo Williams
    August 7, 2015 at 11:16 am

    You have some cinematography skills +Paul Howard 🙂
    +Matthew Shuey if you were there… I would walk in with you … for sure.
    +Tisha Scurich thank you…. the next chapter will be a while from now… this is the season 1 finale 🙂
    Thank you so much +Marilyn Benham I am glad you like it.
    +Laura McLeod thank you so much, I appreciate your support and comments…. 🙂

  14. Cathy Custer Donohoue
    August 7, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Wow. Stellar. What can I say except that I want to see you enter the gates of Hell!

  15. Lerato Majikfaerie
    August 7, 2015 at 11:30 am

    another brilliant chapter!

  16. Ricardo Williams
    August 7, 2015 at 11:30 am

    +Cathy Custer Donohoue … I need to plan that correctly … it will be happening…. soon!
    Thank you so much +Lerato Majikfaerie

  17. Christina Lihani
    August 7, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Oh, this just looks so terribly frightening!

  18. Ricardo Williams
    August 7, 2015 at 11:37 am

    +Christina Lihani I know Right…. still have to go in!! My answers might be in there!

  19. Eve “Bubbles” Aebi
    August 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Bookmarked for later

  20. Cathy Custer Donohoue
    August 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

    +Ricardo Williams I am so glad to hear you say that. You really need to think publishing.

  21. kat Folland
    August 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Whaddaya mean season finale? Are you taking a break?

  22. Sho
    August 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Fantastic photo as always.

  23. Ricardo Williams
    August 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    +Eve Aebi I hope you like it when you get back.
    +Cathy Custer Donohoue .. I have heard different people a couple times mention it… I figured all those people cant be wrong… right?
    +kat Folland Yes… I do need a break my friend…. get geared up for the other chapters…. if they come…
    Thank you very much +Sho' Nuff I hope you have been enjoying the series.

  24. Yvette van Teeffelen
    August 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    huh.. what.. season finale???….. that's not what we signed up for here……
    I seriously can't wait for season 2, sure hope there will be one +Ricardo Williams !!!

  25. J. Henry Goins
    August 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I love the serialization of your work.

  26. Art through the Apeture Photography
    August 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Really impressive +Ricardo Williams I have loved this whole season, kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Can't wait for the next season. Kudo's to you my friend.

  27. kat Folland
    August 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    +Ricardo Williams​ well then, we shall wait…

  28. Pat Kight
    August 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Oooh, way to end the season with a cliff-hanger!

    Maybe by next season you will find a new shirt! 🙂

  29. Eve “Bubbles” Aebi
    August 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    A great finale, leaving open what adventures are there to await the hero and us, the readers. Well done! Enjoy the break 🙂

  30. Cora Triton
    August 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Incredible image and I love the story!

  31. steve defeo
    August 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    so cool… a whole new story… on a cliffhanger?!?

  32. Lon W.
    August 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Use caution, this entry you are planning may have been done before. At least there is some power. Maybe that means home cooking, without smoke flavouring, hey?

  33. Ricardo Williams
    August 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    +Yvette van Teeffelen that is the plan.. to have another season… I hope!
    +J. Henry Goins Thank you very much.
    +Art through the Apeture Photography thank you so much for the support and the great comments… looking forward to next season.
    +kat Folland and I hope the wait is not long.
    +Pat Kight That is in the works for next season… but I do feel the shirt is already an intricate part of the story. Isn't it?
    Thank you +Eve Aebi … thank you so much for your comments and for all your support. The break is needed.
    Thank you so much +Cora Triton
    Isn't that they way it is supposed to end +steve defeo ?
    You know … I am all game for some good home cooking +Lon W. …. 🙂

  34. Ellie Kennard
    August 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    End of Season 1?? You are going to leave us hanging in the air like those large flying things?? How cruel, but at the same time… how sweet will be the anticipation.
    +Ricardo Williams

  35. Ricardo Williams
    August 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you so much for all the support +Ellie Kennard … need to reassess and regroup!! 🙂

  36. Amélie Berton
    August 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    we want more!! thank you for sharing your creativity!! I wish i could write that well… abrazos desde Bélgica! (I saw you are from Panama! supping que nablas español tambien? que rico!)

  37. Ricardo Williams
    August 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Hola +Amélie Berton … muchisimas gracias por tu apoyo y comentarios. I am pretty sure you can write wonders to accompany your artistic mastery! Love your work. I am already thinking about season 2. Un abrazo inmenso!

  38. Kathleen Milks
    August 8, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Incredible finale my friend. Hope you find what your heart seeks behind those gates, hope and her and the knowledge that you aren't alone.
    Looking forward to next season.

  39. Gary Paakkonen
    August 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Be careful my friend.. ciies are noy always great places to be. Great cliffhanger!

  40. Don Spenner
    August 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Stunning story and series, +Ricardo Williams you are a very brave man to approach the gates of hell. I wish you only the best.

  41. Shelly Gunderson
    August 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Another interesting installment. Can't wait to see how you get in and what you find once you do.

  42. Ricardo Williams
    August 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you so much +Kathleen Milks …. we will find out what are behind those gates for sure!!
    I will be as careful as I possibly can +Gary Paakkonen .. thank you.
    +Don Spenner in that age and time there is not much to lose …Thank you for your support and well wishes in this crazy adventure.
    +Shelly Gunderson I am going to work hard to get in there…. and find all the answers!

  43. Carla McMahon
    August 12, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I finally got to this. Fantastic as always +Ricardo Williams

  44. Ricardo Williams
    August 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you very much +Carla McMahon … glad you like it.

  45. Anna Ryndak
    August 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Amazing! Happy Birthday! +Ricardo Williams Have a wonderful day!:-)

  46. Ricardo Williams
    August 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you very much +Anna Ryndak 🙂

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