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    What the three man team found beyond the confines of the compound; was puzzling. They might as well, have been in the United States before it was settled by humans. People were gone, the signs of buildings had been erased, there were no roads. The land was forest, prairies, canyons, rivers were the natural barriers they had once been before bridges.

    Natural sounds were the only noises. It was surreal and frightening; to the point the brothers were joking about being caught in a time machine. If they hadn't been carrying modern battle weapons with high-tec gear, it would have been hard to have a point of reference.

    Venturing out further and further, it was during the middle of the fourth day before they saw their first game. A flock of wild turkeys strutted through the tall grass, stopping to pick up fallen seeds.

    Milo was going to take one of the turkeys for food; when he lowered the rifle. "Why am I thinking it might not be a good idea to shoot? That perhaps we shouldn't advertise that we have this type of item, or allow that kind of noise? That is such a strange thought for me to have, what do you guys think?"

    "I for one am totally spooked by what we see and especially by what we don't see." Toby was standing with his back to Gary and Milo, as when they paused or stopped, they formed a circle looking outward as a safety precaution. "According to my calculations, and using fifteen to twenty miles a day, we should be in the heart of downtown Raleigh. And there is simply, freaking nothing here."

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    Thank you Pac.

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    Oh wonderful, incredible, a civilization do-over. I can hardly wait for the exciting adventures ahead.
    Pac, you are amazing - - Thank you.

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    Thank you Mrs. PAC

    Not a do over, a second chance maybe


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    Thank you Pac! Its a gift to read your stories again/

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    Oh awesome! Maybe they will have the opportunity to build a brand new society with God at the helm, much like Noah and his family.
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    Thank you!!
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    The grassy meadow held no sign there had once been a city of over five million people situated there. Then the breeze brought the beginning, faint sounds of something. Slowly, the screeching came ever closer as it rose and feel with an intensity that made grown men shiver.

    "Good Lord, what is that?" Milo checked the rifle, taking the caps off the scope and going down on one knee, for steadiness.

    "It sounds like a dying rhinoceros," Gary got his weapon ready, "do you suppose the zoo's were opened up and the animals let loose?" That was a thought none of them had contemplated.

    The terrible, wheezing and torturous sounds were coming closer, when Toby started laughing. Pointing to the tree line across the vast expanse of open grass, a man appeared.

    A startlingly large man of color in a kilt, playing the bagpipe with enthusiasm and gusto. The bagpipe was protesting as his large hands manipulated the pipes and his mighty breath filled the bellows.

    "I believe he is playing, Amazing Grace," Toby was choking with laughter. "Or maybe that is his funeral dirge, I can't tell."

    Seamus MacCleary played himself over to the scouting party, jovially wheezing the red Tarlatan bag that matched his kilt and the tab on his knee socks. His Tam-'O-Shanter was dusty and smudged, but his wide grin was non threatening. His shirt had once been a white one, now streaked with blood, soot and mud.

    Toby was the shortest of the Linderman men at 6'2". Then it was Gary and then Milo at a good 6'5". They all looked up to the dark skinned man that must have stood a good solid 6'8".

    "Top 'O the morn, too ya, I'm Seamus MacCleary, late of Glasgow, Scotland. Come here to the US to play 'me bagpipes in the band. There seems to have been a fair bit of wind, come upon us. Did you gentleman happen to see it?"

    Toby, Milo and Gary introduced themselves, and gave up their hands in a bone crushing shake. Obviously, Seamus didn't know his own strength.

    The Linderman's shared a sandwich with Seamus when he declared he was near faint with hunger. "There's nothing east of here towards the ocean, I've been 'a pipe'in meself inland hoping to meet up with people. I figured 'me pipes would let them know I was meaning no harm."

    Gary muttered something under his breath, and Seamus roared with laughter. The Scotsman evidently had excellent hearing, which was a wonder, considering his choice of musical instruments.

    "Your right mon," the burly pipe player agreed, "she does sound like a dying rhinoceros. Me little pipes sound worse." he chuckled, and all three Linderman men shivered.

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    very interesting twist!

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    Hummmm...

    thanks Mrs. PAC

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    I am glad you are here to lead us as I am lost. LOL! Either that or that last corner snapped my head off.

    Thank you Mrs Pac.
    The word Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. George Carlin

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    Thanks Pac I am amazed at how you connect every part of your story never leaving anyone out or any part unanswered.

    Wayne

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    I love bagpipes always have. I loved the parades in Milwaukee WI when I was a girl with the large group of bagpipers playing as they walked.

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    Haha Seamus found people to play for, and a sandwich.
    This is great, thank you Pac!

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    looks like the boys just found a lonely nurse a husband.... God is good
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    Thank you Mrs. Pac.

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    "Now, I fair be warning ya, yer the first people I've seen to me eyes . Do ya have a notion of what went on here?" Seamus took in the sight of the three well armed men, and cocked his head sideways, giving them a better vetting than he had done the first time.

    "Seamus, do you believe in the devil?" Toby asked the oversized man.

    "Aye, I've been skirtin around him for many a year. Why?" he suddenly challenged.

    "Our Mother, thinks the devil was in the big wind and he gathered up the souls he had bargained for and took them to burn in hell. And I can tell you, we have no other logical explanation,.......for this." and Toby swept his arm wide.

    "I've danced a time or two with the old Sod," Seamus admitted. "I took me religion, when me Mum was on her deathbed. I promised," he said simply.

    Milo looked at Seamus, "If I'm reading correctly between the lines here, we three have danced the same dance with the devil. In fact we have a housefull of those that have."

    "Humm," was all Seamus said. "Where are ye laddies headed, and would ya be needin company?"

    "We'd be proud to have ya come with us," Toby looked at his brothers and got their approval. "But not making so much noise. We travel light, fast and as soundless as possible. We're scouting for people, game and answers."

    "Fair enough," Seamus nodded, "I'll throw in with ya."

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    Thank you Pac I pray you and yours are well.

    Wayne

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    "I kin nae leave me pipes," Seamus spoke up, "They go with me for life. But I can be a stow'in in me bag." he offered, "Ye know sometimes they will groan a little, that's the soul in the pipes."

    "I'll shoot them, if that's what it takes to keep them quiet," Gary muttered.

    Seamus looked up at him and then let out a roar of laughter. "So your the funny brother," he said jovially. "Always did like a joking man."

    Gary walked away without replying. He hadn't been kidding.

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    Thank ye kindly lady. Sounds like he may be one to ride the river with.
    The word Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. George Carlin

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    Thank You Mrs. PAC

    Always did enjoy a good piping. Keep telling my kids I want amazing Grace played on pipes when I pass over.

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    Thank you Pac.

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    * When the People become scared of the government it's called Tyranny. When the government becomes scared of the people it's called LIBERTY!!*
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    Amazing Grace on the pipes never fails to give me the shivers, when I hear it.
    Where I used to live, two law enforcement officers were killed and the whole county was involved in the funerals.
    There is a pipe band that performs at all LE, 1st responder, fire and public service Funerals. They were the most fantastic people I've ever met. Given that they never play at 'happy' events, I don't know how they were so positive.

    Pipe'in a soul home is a long standing tradition. I don't blame you Dosadi, that's good music to meet the Lord.

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    For such a big man, Seamus was fast and quiet when he wanted to be. The group of four moved through the area full of grass and trees, where the city should have been.

    The only discord between them, was the fact that Gary refused any position but rear guard. He turned a bland and blank look to Milo and Toby, a mostly fake smile when questioned. It was two days before Milo had a chance to question Gary about his puzzling attitude.

    "What gives man, you're acting berky and as leader, you need to tell me now. We all have to be 300% here. Spill."

    Gary gave him an oblique look. "Tell me Milo, why do we all look like we do? The Linderman's."

    "Because of the fact there hasn't been a lot of food, the physical work is manually more difficult, you exercised the hell out of us." Milo narrowed his eyes. "What are you getting at?"

    "Have you noticed Seamus is practically rolling fat? Where is he getting that much food?" Gary was on watch, his eyes constantly darting around the vast meadow in front of them.

    "He didn't have any food with him," Milo mused. "He said he was starving, yet one sandwich made him happy. Humm, that is a little curious."

    "I don't dislike him," Gary spoke low, "but I don't trust him. Have you noticed he seems to have extraordinary hearing? Despite playing one of the most high pitched 'musical' instruments available."

    "There is that also." Milo conceded slowly.

    "He doesn't seem to need much sleep. When I'm on guard duty, he's awake as much as I am." Gary mentioned again.

    "Well, he may not be totally comfortable with us. After all, there's no people around, and then suddenly we show up, and we are heavily armed." Milo contemplated Gary's observations. "I'll pay better attention, thanks for noticing, and reporting."

    Gary simply nodded. He was the down and dirty soldier in the group; and he wanted to stay alive.

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    Thank you Mam,

    Now I'm wondering who seemus works for, and in fact what he may be? Just because ol' scratch got his souls wouldn't stop him if he could still work on the ones he didn't have.

    Course The Good Lord could send help or someone to keep an eye on things or even come himself if he wanted to.

    Puzzles in puzzles.

    No matter it is real real good to hear more from you and your writing

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    Different light, different shadows. Hmmm. You seem to have a point Gary and Dosadi.

    Thank you Pac.
    The word Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. George Carlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dosadi View Post
    Thank you Mam,

    Now I'm wondering who seemus works for, and in fact what he may be? Just because ol' scratch got his souls wouldn't stop him if he could still work on the ones he didn't have.

    Course The Good Lord could send help or someone to keep an eye on things or even come himself if he wanted to.

    Puzzles in puzzles.

    No matter it is real real good to hear more from you and your writing

    Dosadi
    I was wondering along the same lines. Is he an angle sent from God to look after things or is he a soldier from the devil looking for more fallen souls.


    Great chapter Pac, looking forward to see where you take us with this one.

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    Wow Pac thank you for more of your fantastic story, always appreciated. Have a great day Pac.

    Wayne

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    Thank you very much!

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    Just when we didn't think it could get any better, it did!
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    Thank you Pac.

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    Now that Gary had called Milo's attention to the fact that Seamus was a very large, well fed man with extraordinary hearing, Milo kept a little better track of the puzzling man.

    Every instance Gary had noted was true, and a couple of other things Milo picked up on. Every morning when the men had silent prayer before eating the meager rations they had allotted themselves, Seamus never closed his eyes and bowed his head.

    Milo and Toby exchanged glances and Toby finally asked Seamus to lead the night prayer.

    Seamus looked at him with a steady gaze and started quoting from memory. "This be the last half of Joshua 1:1-9. " his deep voice spoke out over the small encampment. "... then thou shalt make thy way prosperous...and have good success..Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whitherso-ever thou goest." Seamus took his face and turned it to the setting sun. "Tis fitting, is it not?"

    "Very much so," Toby praised, "I hadn't thought of that passage in a long time, thank you for bringing it to mind." Seamus nodded and continued to look at the sunset.

    Milo would have exchanged a glance with Gary, but now, he was certain the big man was keeping close track of the interactions the Lindermans shared between themselves.

    "We each have one more meal of the dehydrated cooked beans with protein power," Milo was thinking aloud, "so we really need to watch for game tomorrow. We've traveled far enough we should be close to Virginia, hopefully in the hills, we night find rabbits and perhaps deer.."

    Gary spoke up, "Don't count on it, I'm not even finding any tracks." The men glumly agreed. "We may have to turn back and get more provisions."

    They had generously shared the food with Seamus, but now they were in a pinch.

    The next morning when Seamus came back into camp from his 'personal business' walk, he had four rabbits in a brace hanging from his hand.

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    thank you Mrs. PAC

    Humm : Mana from Heaven in the form of rabbits?

    I'm still puzzling out how seamus fits into things, but I"m kinda hoping a fellow who plays the bagpipes turns out to be someone I can like.

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    God is with them? Jehovah-jireh... He is our provider... Only thing that makes sense to me, along with the blessed pipes, which make a joyful noise... Of course, I'm a very, very, simple man... I'm ready to be corrected when wrong...

    God Bless You and Yours, Mrs. Pac! Thank-You for continuing this wonderful saga of the Linderman's!

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    Thank you Pac, I am glad you are here to guide us through this maze.
    The word Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. George Carlin

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    So glad you are back Be Blesssed !
    I've got my duck taped now what???
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    Pac thank you for more of your story.

    Wayne

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    Seamus entered camp with a solemn expression. "I got lucky, the wee hoppers came right too me." his brogue burred all the 'r's', "I think they were attracted to me growling belly."

    Toby laughed and Gary hid a half smile. Milo, hidden in the brush on guard duty more than casually inspected Seamus.
    Perhaps the man was telling the truth, but it wasn't very plausible. Milo also kept track of the fact that Seamus watched both Toby and Gary's reaction out of the corner of his eye, while it appeared he was concentrating something else.

    To a man, the Linderman's felt that Seamus was most definitely something more than he appeared to be, but for the moment, were accepting him at face value. Besides, no matter how he had procured them, the rabbits were welcome food.

    Promptly cleaned and put on to cook, the rabbit chunks simmered with wild onion and garlic in the only cook pot. The slow fire would take most of the day to sufficiently tenderize the rabbit, but they would have good eating for supper.

    Hungry bellies responded by growling as loud as Seamus said his had rumbled, and despite the large amounts of water the men consumed, they were cranky and hungry.

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