This hunger

Hello!

I’m Elena North.

The story I’m about to tell is a long one,

so I hope you brought patience.

It takes me back to many years ago,

when I had just arrived in Glassbolt…

… in the nothingness.

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There was literally nothing but unfertile earth, a few stones, and the river.

But there I set up my shelter.

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All I would need the next time was set up on the ground floor.

An inflatable matress, uncomfy to say the least, made for my bed.

A chess table would be my only source of fun.

I had no running water, a few splashes must do in the next years to come.

And there was no way to get something to eat,

than grill the fish from the river.

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But I have still not presented myself.

ME – that is, a young woman who just graduated from the Wonder Child project.

When I was assigned the Glassbolt project, many doubted.

A female, and overmore a blonde. But hey!

I showed them.

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My neighbor Johnny was the first to arrive at my shelter. And I lured him in…

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Of course, cooking was the hardest part for me.

I love to eat good stuff, and I didn’t want to have only fish for the rest of my life.

So I went to the soup kitchen to present myself, and they gave me a job.

Now every day I cooked fish soup for the residents of Glassbolt.

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I liked my job. It was my mission.

And, the days alone in the shelter were long, very long.

Playing chess all by oneself can get rather boring.

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I went fishing every day to get the best I could for me and the others…

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… And then, more of the same. Waiting, playing chess, spending the days.

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And fish it was, every single freakin‘ day.

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But at least I gave it special spice every time.

The days passed… sleep, fish, cook fish, eat, sleep, fish…

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The radiation had its effects. I was scared to go out and meet the zombies.

So I mostly stayed inside my little shelter and only left it for work and for fishing, right behind my home.

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Oh, and then the bills. The local mob took away all the money I earned during the week.

It was senseless. I was really working for nothing.

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But I still loved my job.

It was something good,

giving good food to the community.

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I was „the woman on the grill“.

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Or „the hottie who serves the best fish in town“.

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Until late, I did not have a man in my life.

Only Johnny came over every once in a while to play chess with me.

We were neighbors, so I saw that as normal.

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It was not soon that I managed to go outside on a park bench and „just be there“.

I was too afraid of what might come to get me.

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But it was okay. I met some nice folk. Only I did not find the love of my life.

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Back home to fish.

My little everyday ritual.

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I was getting better and better at turning the fish into a delicious meal…

but still I wanted more.

I expected a life full of good food, and love. And maybe even a family…

… dreams…

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Then one day when Johnny was outside my door and I was only but wearing my nightrobe,

because I had just gotten up… I thought I’d risk it. What could go wrong?

So I planted a kiss on Johnnys soft lips and was too surprised when he responded eagerly.

Then:

THE BREAKTHROUGH AT WORK!!!

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I hosted a superb soup kitchen bigger than life –

and people from outside the region got wind. Now they were helping us, shipping in fresh food and repairing our gas lines and electricity.

 

Finally I could have a kitchenette that deserved its name.

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I was so happy!

Finally I could slice, dice, mix, fry, and do all other things cuisine in my own kitchen.

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Slice and dice!

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Stir and stir again!

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Mmmm, what an aroma! That will taste awesome!

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OH. MY. GOD.

This is heaven in a soup bowl.

So with my one wish for good food come true,

I worked on my other wishes:

love, and a family…

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Johnny was easily convinced.

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I swear to you,

life is different when  you can have good food instead of fish half your life long.

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And of course, it felt great to see my family be able to have good food…

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… but I’m jumping too far forward.

I’ll have a short pause and then go on telling my story.

Until then, I remain

sincerely yours

Elena North

Hot tub and hot stove

Hello!

Vincent Wonder here…

with news from my family in Glassbolt!

[I have to admit, I cheated.

Most probably hot tubs are not allowed.]

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My daughter and Ben loved the tub…

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My son has grown old…

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At least my little love Alexa is doing fine.

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Ben is the repairman of the house…

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Then at work, my daughter had a breakthrough.

She got some fresh ingredients to experiment with.

[This now is quite frankly cheating.]

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[And here I openly cheated.

I just couldn’t stand seeing her at level 9

but without a chance to get to level 10.)

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After cheating,

I didn’t play this family any more.

 

I’m restarting with a new family.

The North Apocalypse will be on here soon.

Struggling on

Sul Sul!

Vincent Wonder here.

I’m dead, a ghost,

but I’m still feeling protective around my family.

They need it…

they’re in midst of post-apocalypse.

My heart goes out to little Alexa, who was newly born into that world…

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Although Ben and my daughter Vanessa are taking good care,

she will have it difficult growing up…

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That’s me.

I made sure before dying that at least Glassbolt has clean-ish running water,

and medical supplies.

But a lot is still to do to restore „normal“ life in Glassbolt…

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Oh, sweet little Alexa.

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Alexa grew soon,

into an adorable child.

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Meanwhile, Vanessa studied cookbooks with no result.

While my son spent his days sleeping and wasting his life.

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My little love Alexa at least had her dollhouse, where Vanessa showed her how life used to be before the Apocalpyse. But Vanessa herself knew that world only from my tales. So, more and more that world was growing into a fairytale story.

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My son prefered playing video games and programming to doing something that would REALLY help the community.

At least little Alexa grew up bright and intelligent,

Vanessa made sure she learned to read and write.

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Vanessa studied my writings about cooking, but found no solution to the problem that these things just not existed in Glassbolt. How to cook without ingredients?

I’m feeling so sorry for little Alexa,

who does not know anything other than grilled fish in all varieties.

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Appearing as a ghost to my son and trying to bring him to reason is of no use.

And my daughter is already growing an elder.

Time is passing flying away.

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At least my family can bathe and feel safe.

I am proud of that.

But – how much more there is to do and un-do to restore „normal“ living conditions?

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My wife Gina also appears sometimes as a ghost. She is sad, very sad.

Just like me, she wishes they would find a way to ensure good food for the community.

At least thanks to Vanessas husband Ben, they can feel safe in their little house.

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My son plays computer games and wastes his life.

I’m ashamed of him, I must admit.

What career path he is following?

Programming?

How is that going to help us?

We need food, not video games!!!

At least in my opinion.

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Vanessa is old, and still she has not found a solution to the food problem. But she has eaten a lot of fish.

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Will they ever have something other than fish to eat?

 

 

 

Death and a new life

Vincent Wonder here.

I’ve had a long, happy life…

It’s time to leave this world

and follow my wife to the glory of heaven…

No use pleading for me, my dear daughter…

I am dying of old age…

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Off I go into the light.

 

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Ben did his best to cry and share the grief with my daughter…

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And after a lot of crying, they slept.

And one day they decided that the best way to meet a death

was in making love and creating new life.

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No one noticed Vanessa’s pregnancy at work, and then she had a long period off work

(her sabbath months)… then she would have the kid. And then back to work.

So she planned.

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Florian is good at taking care of household chores…

well, at least he does the dishes, while Vanessa cooks and Ben cleans.

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„My dear daughter, I am still here on a different plane…

my ghost still cares for you…“

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Vanessas pregnancy went well…

 

Then she gave birth to a girl.

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Welcome to this world, little Alexa.

 

I am still present somehow as a ghost…

and I will keep watching my family…

and my spirit lives on in my daughter and son and little Alexa…

this story will continue…

Zombies gone, love rules

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Vincent Wonder here.

You wonder why I can sit so quietly,

when zombies are outside roaming the streets?

Well, they aren’t any more.

But let me tell you bit by bit.

We were pretty cut-off from the world.

Only some people in the neighborhood were passing by our shelter,

and they were the only ones we could possibly contact.

So my girl’s chances for romance were small, and she knew it.

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So she almost instantly hugged the first young adult she met.

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And proposed to him.

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Now I can understand, times are rough.

Anyway the guy accepted, and so they married on the spot.

Welcome to the family,

Ben Schwarz.

 

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Ben is an alright person.

He’s a perfectionist and a snob, but very likeable.

But the best thing about him is his job.

The guy is a Secret Agent! Go imagine!

And he found out what made the minds of the zombies click.

And then they could send them all to a place where no one would ever miss them.

So we are all at peace now.

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Our little family is very well.

I sleep a lot, Vanessa cooks a lot, and Florian –

Florian decided to go into programming. Don’t ask me what exactly he does.

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I’m old, but still feel somewhat vital.

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Nevertheless I sleep a lot these days and my girl is now the boss at home.

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She studies a lot of my cookbooks.

„Still no real options, eh?“ – „No, sadly.“

LOVE rules in this household now.

Vanessa and Ben are enjoying their married life.

But I heard they’re still waiting with kids.

Vanessa doesn’t want to risk her job,

and is waiting for a time when they’d give her a sabbath year.

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We’re still good.

But we could be so much better.

New Generation

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Vincent Wonder here.

We have been good in the shelter,

even though we’re still living in desolate conditions.

We’ve been eating grilled fish since ages.

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My wife Gina, she’s been working in a soup kitchen, but she felt she was growing old,

and felt like she was not up to continue in the job.

She said we should let the younger generation take control.

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The younger generation are our two brilliant kids, Vanessa and Florian.

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I have to admit, my wife really aged fast now.

Although she is still as foxy as ever.

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And I guess she is right:

Let the new generation take control.

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Vanessa and Florian were reading to each other the wisdom of the cookbooks I wrote down…

recipes from the people I encountered, that I wrote down over the years.

Vanessa started the routine of fishing and cooking…

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Her fish tastes good, just as mine did.

But it’s just the same old, fish every day.

I wish we could have other meals.

So the days pass and while our kids are out working in the soup kitchen,

my wife and I sleep nap after nap, eat the sometimes rotten grilled fish and

play a lot of chess.

Florian also learned how to cook…

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But Vanessa still is the main breadwinner in the household these days.

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Both Florian and Vanessa are trying to find a way to get a beverage you can actually drink…

… but there’s no way to get any drink free of radioactivity.

Vanessa is often very tense these days…

she wishes so hard to be able to serve something else than fish.

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But fish it is.

Day after day after day.

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And sometimes I am still out myself to catch one for my family.

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We’re good.

But we could be so much better.

Clean

Vincent Wonder here.

YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

You’ve read it, right?

You’ve read it as well?!?

Yes you have!!!!!

So yeah, people started getting attention on Glassbolt.

And we started receiving help.

First, medical items were shipped back in. Stuff like medicaments… or contraception pills.

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They also promised to work hard to get running water back to Glassbolt.

But it would took time to repair everything. It wouldn’t be until Sunday we’d get showers and tubs.

Although that was a record time to repair the sewage of a whole city,

I tell you, it never was so hard to wait half a week!!

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The dirt was getting to us even more than before, or so it seemed. We were only hoping for relief from a good shower or bath, with nice, great-smelling soap…

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Then finally the time came. The new bathrooms were installed.

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It was such a luxury to have plenty of clean(ISH) water.

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And all this was MY accomplishment!

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Yeah, I guess I can’t hide it no longer.

I’ve grown old and grey.

But that’s how things go here, you know?

People age.

And hey, just look at my son…

barely a teen, and he is already getting a bald spot.

That must be the radiation.

I’m preoccupied…

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Teen

Vincent Wonder here.

Not much news, to be honest…

… we’re just all growing older.

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Our adorable kiddies…

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Well, Vanessa is not a kid anymore.

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Other than that,

life is still pretty much the same…

… but we keep hope.

Soon I will reveal to the world all that I wrote down.

Soon…

The time is still not right.

The world is still not hearing our call for help.

I need to catch hold of a better megaphone, a better and bigger newspaper.

I need to get published in a newspaper that’s actually read outside of Glassbolt…

Kiddies

Vincent Wonder here.

Family life is great,

although it’s still hell out here in Glassbolt.

But we are building our own little private paradise at home.

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We built our kids a dollhouse to show them how life used to be before the disaster,

and what a world exactly we were trying to restore.

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Florian outgrew the crib.

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We are so proud of our two wonderful children.

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With our help and that of his sister, Florian also learned the essentials to life.

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Our two kids spent hours and hours with the dollhouse.

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There’s nothing better than a happy family.

 

 

 

I have no words to thank my wife.

She is my life, my everything.

She gave me a family.

She gave me a better life.

I love her so much.

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