Day 821: 5 Minute Freewrite: Sunday - Prompt: fresh air
5:00 a.m. Brody was already woke when the alarm went off. It was time to rise. His mom quickly packed their small picnic basket while he helped the four younger kids dress. How he wished the younger ones could remainat home while he and his mom make the 10-mile trip to the station.
8:00 a.m. Mandatory cut-off time to be present in line at the junction. So, Brody and his family, together with every other person in Desopolov, must make the rugged trip to the junction for their monthly ration of food, water, and new masks given only to those who can produce their punched card.
Notice was posted that train #D002 was scheduled to remain in Desopolov for 8 hours in order to service 5,000 residents.
Brody sighed, thinking we have no car. If so, we could get there quicker and roll up the windows. Instead, we must hurry from the house to the rugged path, turn west onto the winding dirt road, and begin our 10-mile journey. It will be hard on the younger ones.
And, we must not look on either side of the road. We must forge ahead and try not to think about the decaying bodies lining the ditches. We have a mission, and a deadline we must keep so that one of us won't be lying on either side of the road next month, having succumbed to the conditions in which we now live. Somehow, I feel even the younger ones sense this. So we move along quickly.
I nestle half the younger ones close to me, while mom, the other half, in an attempt to help them hold their masks in place. The air quality is dangerously unsafe, from both the extremely dense pollution that fills the air, and the stench eminating from the above-ground corpses of neighbors, friends, and family.
Each step brings us closer to the station. Please pray we make it in time.
Happy rest of the week everyone with whatever your endeavors.
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