"Love and War" Chapter 3 Part 4

Nancy Czerwinski By Nancy Czerwinski, 14th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/hpd4zqrz/
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Max has just recovered from a bad case of the flu. He's been researching a way to reach the old homestead. There's a blizzard outside with high winds, snow drifts and icy roads. This storm will go down in history. The temperatures are below zero with very little visibility.

Special Delivery

Max was standing at the top of the stairway. At the bottom of the stairs were some army guys talking to Miss Renee. They had never been here before. It seemed very odd to Max. From what he could hear they were dropping off some supplies for the rooming house. They had a list with names and addresses of rooming houses and shelters housing people during the war. Max heard Miss Renee tell them to bring the supplies in through the back door. Max waited until they left to get the supplies and walked down the stairs. He looked out the living room window at the large army truck outside. He saw the men unloading boxes of food. He saw the boxes were stamped. He could see one that said cheese and one that said flour. Each one of the guys carried a box to the back door. They had a dolly for the bigger boxes. They brought the dolly down a ramp. Max could see it was filled with boxes.

The Supplies

After the army guys delivered the supplies Max went in the kitchen and helped Miss Renee put the supplies away. It was a God send that they received so many supplies. Max put big blocks of cheese in the larger refrigerator along with butter and eggs. He placed the powdered milk in the pantry. That came in handy in the place of milk for scrambled eggs. The supplies did include several gallons of whole milk which Max placed in the front fridge. He placed peanut butter, jelly and honey on the back shelf. It was a good thing the supply truck had stopped at the rooming house because they were running low on several items. One box contained coffee and another one contained tea. There was even a box of hot chocolate. Everyone would like that.

Dinner at the rooming house

Miss Renee made dinner every night for the people that didn't want to go to the food pantry. Because of the weather she would have a full house. There wasn't one person that wanted to venture out in the cold. Max was still gaining his strength from the flu so he was thankful for Miss Renee and her famous dinner. She could make a gourmet meal from whatever she had and make it taste delicious. Max helped her set the table. She had a long table with a place for everyone. The chairs didn't all match but that was okay. Everyone was happy to be in the warm rooming house on a cold night like tonight.

Sitting around the fire

After dinner Max went in the living room and added some wood to the fire. A few people went to their rooms but Max went into the living room to sit with Miss Renee. The heat from the fire felt good. He could hear the wind howling outside. He was so thankful to be in the house where it was warm. He didn't get a chance to look over the map today. He'd helped Miss Renee with the supplies and cooking dinner. Tomorrow he would take his map into the den and study the roads to the old homestead. Max prayed that the weather would let up and he would get his strength back. He had to build himself back up to make the trip. The flu had definitely sidelined him. He thought about his friends Randal and Joe. Hopefully they were okay. He knew Joe was helping Miss Jane at the food pantry. That was one less worry off his mind.

Restful night

Every evening Miss Renee had candles lit in the living room. It was so peaceful that Max felt himself nodding off to sleep. He forced himself to get up off the couch and go to his room. He said goodnight to everyone and walked up the stairs. He was tired and was looking forward to a good night's sleep. The wind was blowing but he could hear the generators humming in the quiet of the night. Tomorrow would be a new day.


To be continued...

All pictures from Wikimedia Commons

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Army Supply Truck, Blizzard, Ice, Snow, Snowflakes, Storm, Wind

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
I'm a mother and a grandmother. I love to write and be creative. If I can make one person smile I've done what I set out to do.

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author avatar sarosh
15th Mar 2015 (#)

world war term itself brings fear in me.it is so sad

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Sarosh, yes war is sad and does bring fear but I'm trying to show how people come together when survival depends on it. There's a love story on the horizon.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you so much Mark for the moderation and for the star. Thanks for your tips along the way. I think they have made me a better writer.

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author avatar Retired
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Thumbs up. Good chapter!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Jessica, thank you so much for following along with my story. I'm so glad you liked this part.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Good share.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Randhir, thank you so much for following along with my story.

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author avatar Shamarie
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Excellent part, Nancy! And congrats on the star page!!!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

My dear friend Shamarie, thank you so much for stopping by to read my story and thank you for following along. I'm so glad you liked it.

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author avatar Retired
15th Mar 2015 (#)

I am so glad, Max is well again, wow, what an awesome part! The story and the Photo images are so vivid!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Carmen, thank you so much for stopping by to read this part. I'm so glad you liked it. I really thought these photos went well with the story. Smiles to you.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Max appears to be recovering and it great to know that he has such a great place to rest while he recovers. Keep up the good work. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for following along and the great advice. You are the best.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Mar 2015 (#)

I can put myself in Max's shoes, the anxiety to get well to get along with life. Love the camaraderie - tough times bring people closer. Great ride, thanks Nancy - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Siva, I'm so glad that you see life's lessons in this story. That is what I'm trying to portray for everyone. Thank you so much. Blessings to you!

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