"Love and War"

Nancy CzerwinskiStarred Page By Nancy Czerwinski, 18th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1mze0y6z/
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This is a fictional story of World War 3 and the chaos that will descend on the people of America. I will divide this story into chapters and parts. Each Chapter will have 4 parts.

A town in America

World War 3 has begun. It's a time of complete chaos. Cities are war zones and the streets are barely passable. People have survived by becoming self-sufficient. Groups have banded together because there is strength in numbers. Safe zones have been established around the city. There are a few safe zones in the suburbs but it is hard to find them. Traveling on the roads is dangerous at best and deadly at worst. There are food lines for everyone. At the edge of the city there's an old railroad station where a food pantry has been set up. Once a day government trucks deliver boxes of food for anyone that can get to the food line. They provide fresh cheese, milk, crusty bread and soup. A lot of days the soup is potato but some days they provide vegetable soup. All in all the food is good on an empty stomach. One day a week they serve hot dogs which is like a gourmet meal under these conditions. The lines are long and the winter temperatures are very cold. If the temperatures dip below zero they hand out hot chocolate to the people in line. It is a blessing to drink a hot sweet beverage in such frigid temperatures. There is a food kitchen in the back of the train station but it fills up fast. It is warm and it is a place of safety. When the tables and chairs fill up people stand by the walls to enjoy the heat of the room. Times are tough there is no doubt.

An introduction to Maximillan

Maximillan, also known as Max is an ordinary guy. To describe him would be to describe the average guy on the street. He's got brown hair and blue eyes. Max stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and is muscular in a rugged sort of way. As far as his personality goes he's not fond of people. He will help when needed but he's not a trusting type of guy. Max likes to travel alone and light. He carries his gear on his back. Since the war broke out Max fends for himself the best he can. He stays near the food pantry for meals. It's not the best food he's ever had but it keeps him somewhat full and gives him energy. The grocery stores have been gone for a long time. They were looted and the shelves were cleaned out. The windows and doors were busted and now all that's left is just wide open empty buildings. The train station that houses the food pantry has a well with fresh water. Max favors water over all other beverages. For that reason alone he never strays far from the building.

Days spent under the radar

Max had made a few new friends since the war began. His best buddy's name was Randal. He lived in one of the old abandoned buildings on East 61st street. Max thought about that and maybe it wasn't really a street anymore. It was in the area where a street used to be. Randal stayed there with his wife and daughter. Randal's wife Mercy always wore a holster with a gun and was ready to use it at a minute's notice. According to Randal she was a very good shot and was respected on the street. Randal and Mercy's daughter Merry looked like Randal but acted like Mercy. Max liked the family. They were what you would call the new family unit. There was no 9 to 5 work hours anymore or family dinners. It was strictly all about survival now. Max had met Randal one rainy day. Three guys were trying to rob him. He didn't have much but they wanted what he had. Max came along and saved the day. He was getting a name for himself as the protector. Max kind of liked that title. It worked for him.

Timing is everything

In the midst of war a person may think that time is of no importance. That would not be exactly true. The food lines started filling up early in the morning. The doors to the pantry opened at 6:00 a.m. The earlier a person got in line the sooner they would get through the doors to a warm room and hot food. The food pantry opened three times a day. Once early in the morning and again at noon and at 5:00 p.m. The building shut down for the night at 8:00 p.m. The kitchen aide workers locked the doors until the following morning. Max had become friends with some of the workers. He helped them when he could. Sometimes he would take the garbage outside and sweep the kitchen floor. The one lady in particular was very nice to him. Her name was Jane. She always had a smile on her face and made people feel at home. She was like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Some days when Max was in the food pantry he could hear explosions going off in the distance. Life was so different since the beginning of the war. There was no place to call home. There were make shift camps. They weren't cozy little bungalows. The one good thing about the camps is that there was safety in numbers. They used barrels to burn wood. It wasn't a furnace but it kept everyone warm. They would stand around the fire and keep the cold at bay.

How the war began

There had been rumors that war was imminent. The stock market took a dive and then the market shut down. It never opened again. All of Europe was in turmoil and soon the United States was being blamed for everything from oil production to genetically modified foods. They were blamed for nuclear power along with weapons of mass destruction. The rivers and lakes were drying up and there was talk of global warming. It seemed like the powers that be had planned every last maneuver to destroy the world.

Winter months

This had been an exceptionally cold winter. The temperatures were dropping to 16 below zero at night. People were getting frost bite and a few of the older people were coming down with pneumonia. The hospitals were gone and the only thing left was few make shift clinics with a small staff. The clinics had a few beds for the really sick but most people had to depend on family and friends for help. The government supply trucks would bring antibiotics once a week. From what Max had heard from people traveling through the area it was the same in all the major cities.

Part 1 to be continued

All pictures are from Wikimedia commons.

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Abandoned Buildings, Camps, Chaos, Explosions, Fighting, Food Lines, Safety Zones, Survival

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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 Retired
20th Feb 2015 (#)

Educational and excellent article! War is so sad!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Carmen for reading my story. I can only hope that the world becomes a peaceful place for all of us.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Mark, thank you for moderating my story. I appreciate it so much.

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author avatar Retired
20th Feb 2015 (#)

I surely hope this is fiction. Americans living today never knew war in the homeland. It is not pretty, and probably worse than you describe. I am almost afraid to read your next chapter. (No worries. I will.)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Feb 2015 (#)

LeRain, I know exactly what you are saying. I was almost afraid to write the story but for some reason I thought I should. It's actually going to be a love story but I do hope for peace in the world. Thank you so much for stopping by to read my fictional story.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Feb 2015 (#)

For sure this is not a future I would welcome, we need to figure out a peaceful future. Good story though.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Mark, thank you for commenting on my story. I keep hoping and praying for a peaceful world.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Feb 2015 (#)

I hate war and pray that such a war as you speak of never occurs. I'm convinced that there can be no future for mankind on this planet without peace. I like your story though and intend to follow it. I'm sure that you want to see peace as much as anyone. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Kingwell, thank you so much for stopping by to read my story. I'm praying for peace and hoping that it comes sooner than later.

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author avatar Carol Roach
21st Feb 2015 (#)

I can't wait until the next part comes out

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Carol, thank you for reading my story. I believe that everyone wants peace and I pray that it comes to all of us.

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author avatar viewgreen
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Great article and full of story about world war 3 surviving. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Viewgreen, thank you so much for reading my fictional story. I'm afraid if the world doesn't change this could be a reality.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Hopefully this will never happen, I do praise your work and story out of this world my dear Nancy, my best wishes and take care, une embrace!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Fern, thank you so very much for the kind and wonderful comment. You are truly a good friend. I'm hoping and praying for peace, love and tranquility for everyone around the world.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Feb 2015 (#)

I am reminded of two things. One is a casual news caption - Putin is not looking for a war! Another a quote of Einstein - “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

We have seen enough of wars to know how they will play out between major powers. Thanks for thinking about the reality of wars Nancy, and driving home, home truths! siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Siva, you are such a dear friend. Thank you for reading my fictional story. My hope is that all the wars are behind us and peace prevails.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Interesting page.Well written.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Randhir, thank you so much for stopping by to read my story. It's fictional but there is a lesson to be learned.

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author avatar Shamarie
21st Feb 2015 (#)

I like this, Nancy! I cannot wait to read the next chapters!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Shamarie, thank you so much for reading my story. You are such a good friend. I can always count on you to give me a wonderful comment. Blessings to you today and always.

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author avatar snerfu
22nd Feb 2015 (#)

Nice plot and lovely characters there Nancy. I am looking forward to the next few chapters, I can see you smiling. Keep them coming.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Feb 2015 (#)

Snerfu, thank you so much for stopping by to read my story. It's so cold here and I've been staying in the house where it is warm. That means I start writing stories to entertain everyone. This will be a love story in the end. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Dawn143
22nd Feb 2015 (#)

Wow, what an intriguing story. You are so detailed and descriptive, I'm in awe! Lovely lovely write

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Feb 2015 (#)

Dawn143, thank you so much for taking the time to read my fictional story. I'm so glad that you liked it. Smiles to you!

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author avatar spirited
23rd Feb 2015 (#)

Riveting fiction piece Nancy.

I wonder if it would get that bad. Comradeship, friendship, strength in numbers, hopefully will be enough to get the good people through the bad times of a war such as this.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Feb 2015 (#)

Spirited, you are so wonderful to stop by to read my fictional story. When I saw your name It came to mind that if all of us from Wikinut were together during really bad times we would survive just fine. I think this is one of the finest groups anywhere. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Rama devi nina
24th Feb 2015 (#)

Praying for World Peace. Love and Blessings, rd

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
24th Feb 2015 (#)

Rama, thank you so much for reading the beginning of my story. I too hope and pray for world peace. Blessings to you too!

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author avatar Brenda Nelson
25th Feb 2015 (#)

The future could go many ways, we have to hope it goes the right way.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Feb 2015 (#)

Brenda, I hope we can turn everything around and we all have peace. Thank you so much for stopping by to read my article.

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author avatar Utah Jay
27th Feb 2015 (#)

Oh I can see this is going to be good...Can't stop now...There is more to read than meets the eye here.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Feb 2015 (#)

Utah Jay, you are the best! You are a very dear friend that I hold in highest regard. Thank you for reading my story and blessings to you.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
20th Mar 2015 (#)

Max is a real hunk! Love and war is a wonderful combination when it is combined in a story.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Sherri you are wonderful!

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