Those Who Are Left
Author: Josh Stricklin
An apocalyptic tale that surprises you with humor when it’s not terrifying you with horror, Those Who Are Left follows Derrick as he and two strangers venture through the major cities of the South in search of family and safety. But not all the human factions can be trusted, and if the trio can’t figure out what’s driving the different groups they could end up with enemies on all sides.
But even in a chaotic world of murderous screamers and posturing humans, there’s always time to play a few games of bowling before the slaughter begins…right?
If another survivor walked into this nearly empty collection of walls that person may see a man sitting on a stool in the white glow of a LED electric lantern. The visitor would maybe notice the blue and red pattern carpet, and the two full-sized beds against the wall. The visitor would see the woman lying on the bed across the room attached to an IV drip. What that person wouldn’t see is the story of the past week. Sure, he’d see the bruises and wounds, but that would only be the moment right before the credits roll in the movie—the part when everything has already happened. He’d ask what happened to her, but I would just shut the door with him on the other side. Before that though he’d undoubtedly notice a rusty typewriter sitting on the middle of table, one of the heavy black ones with the circle buttons. He may even make a comment saying he didn’t think they made those anymore. He’d see the little black circles and the metal L-shaped pieces that rise up and slam a letter onto the paper. There’s a chance the visitor would notice the reams of paper sitting under at the foot of the stool, but he wouldn’t be looking that hard. He would only see the constructed metal instrument sitting plainly on the table. But where our visitor sees a square foot of antique keyboard, I only see minefield of letters. I remember hearing of Al Davis once that playing with a clenched fist was encouraged, and at this point that idea is the only thing about which I can think.
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