Maybe there is some hope and light beyond the safety of your own backyard.
The decision of going for help and answers rather than staying put made more sense than anything else.
The feeling of dread and anticipation for the worst wavers on and off as you step onto the ash covered ground.
You grab a backpack with basic supplies for the outdoors, thankfully you were a very outdoorsy person.
At first there was nothing but ash, black sticky mud, and loose parts from fences, windows, and cars scattered all over the place.
The fog and ash dissipates as you walk deeper through the trees.
There’s still clear signs of life here.
Gentle sounds of wildlife and the partially intact trees gives you a tiny glimmer of hope.
The occasional loud SNAP from twigs breaking around you makes it quite clear that you’re not alone.
Your left foot slips to the left and you fall down a small bump of land onto the side of a railroad.
You’ve seldom gone this way before.
You wonder if it’s safe to go any further.
There’s only one way to find out.
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