“This sure is some prime real estate, Jack,” Erin whispered. There was an eerie, yet reverent awe to her voice.
“We’re as far away from the front lines as we could be. It’s safe here.” Jack hoped this was true. The fighting had gotten dangerously close to their home, and he didn’t want the boys to live that way.
“How long?” Erin asked.
Jack noticed a note of worry in her voice. “I’m sorry, Erin.”
“No, don’t be, Jack. This place is beautiful. It is full of imagination. It’s just, the lack of sunlight is going to get to me in a little while, maybe a few weeks. On the plus side, it is cool down here. Much better than it was up top. I just don’t know how long I can stand it. I’ll start getting weird dreams, and after a while, I won’t be able to sleep.”
“How do you know, Erin?”
“Before the fighting started, my dad was Air Force, stationed in Alaska. We lived there with him. You know, they have those months with no sunlight. It got me, bad. Then, when I was fifteen, he went to serve in the war. So Mom and I came back here. He never came home.”
Jack sat down and laid out their provisions, which included a soft cushion for each of them to sleep on. Of course, they wouldn’t be staying here forever. Erin sat beside him.
“How did it come to this?” Erin asked.
Jack put his arm around her. “I’m sorry, Erin. We’ll get out of here as soon as we can. Think of it as a camping adventure. I know we should have evacuated when they first gave the warning. Now our home is in the middle of a battlefield. It’s like the Civil War or World War II out there. I never thought we’d go back to such primitive ways.”
“At least I didn’t lose you to the war,” Erin said, as she took their youngest, Jeremiah, by the hand and changed his shirt. He needed the longer sleeves.
“No, Erin, and you never will. As long as you and the boys can remember what I taught you about survival, we’ll never have to be a part of their evil ways.”
Erin rested her head on his shoulder while Jeremiah ran to catch up with Stephen, who was exploring another tunnel.
“I’m glad we’re so much more civilized. Even if it means living like this,” Erin said. She’d be okay, she decided right then and there. This was a matter of survival. Her fear was dissipating. She’d rise to the occasion and hold it together for her family. It would be alright.
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