We’ve burned

Geist - - Literal Literary - TODD BE­SANT Todd Be­sant works in book pub­lish­ing in Winnipeg, Man­i­toba. He’s had sto­ries pub­lished by sub­ter­rain and Prairie Fire.

We’ve burned the fur­ni­ture and started on the books. Luck­ily there’s a small li­brary within our pal­isade. The fuel trucks are still smoul­der­ing in what the map calls terra nul­lius. The UN is no help. We were able to clear the or­phan­age. The tod­dlers thought it a big game but the in­fants are not okay. Yes­ter­day we had to re­pel a scav­enger group near the East Gate—i think they were Aus­tralians—and one woman was he­li­coptered out in the night. Some­thing’s not right, but the agent of­fered coupon codes for our trou­ble. So glad we chose the tinned goods and wild game op­tion. The pool was not as ad­ver­tised. We’ll be home Tues­day af­ter­noon. So sorry you couldn’t come with. Next year we’ll do some­thing fam­ily friendly—maybe Guer­nica or Sara­jevo.

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