The Union Creek Journal

A Chronicle of Survival

April 25, 2015: Addressing Issues

I addressed the breach of protocol with Ariela today.  She knew she was wrong and really had no explanation as to why she chose to go unarmed and alone.  No one knows better than she does that her actions put her and the rest of us at risk.  There’s no need to belabor the subject with her.  She’s a professional.

I also sat the Schmidts down and outlined the situation to them.  They seemed to understand that their arrival at almost precisely the same moment as the attackers at Pete’s farm raised suspicions.  They also understood that their presence at our farm was a breach in our security – whether or not it was related to the attack on Pete’s place.  They seem sufficiently worried.  My internal lie detector says they are not related to the raiders at Pete’s place, but we can’t take any chances.  We’re starting to rack up something of a body count and I have to believe that word has spread about our weapons and supplies.

Another issue that needs to be addressed is our dwindling supply of ammunition.  I have a sneaking suspicion that we’re going to need more of it in the not-too-distant future.  We seem to be burning through the .50 caliber ammo faster than anything else.  Unfortunately, that will most likely prove to be the hardest to replace.  We have no means of reloading .50 cal.  Terry has a single-stage press, but no dies or bullets for .50 caliber.

We also need to decide what to do with the Schmidts.  Like I said, they’re worried.  They probably aren’t sure whether we’ll simply execute them or not.  Obviously, it’s not in my nature to execute a family simply because they wandered onto our farm.  On the other hand, if they’re collaborating with a larger group attempting to infiltrate Union Creek … if they’re the Trojan Horse that I suspect … it’s a different world in the new normal.  I’m not entirely sure I have the stomach for a task like that, but it may need to be done.

On a happier note, the garden is coming along nicely.  No issues to address there … unless we get a late-season frost.  We’re about to start planting crops.  Despite all the craziness, we’ve managed to prepare the fields.

It’s time for another community meeting.  Everyone needs to hear the facts related to the attack on Pete’s place.  They need to know about the Schmidts showing up at our place.  We need to know if anything similar has happened anywhere else.  Then … we need to decide how we’re going to defend ourselves.

My sense is that the Schmidts and the attackers at Pete’s are just the tip of the sword, so to speak.  We’ve known all along that it was inevitable.  It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that the cities will empty what’s left of the masses on the countryside.  Union Creek is far enough distant from a city of any size that it’s taken a while for the masses to begin to trickle in, but now that the trickle has started the flood can’t be far behind.

Another attack, like the one on Pete’s place, will leave us in a bad position.  We started out with a little more than 8000 rounds of .50 caliber ammo if you count the 1000 rounds of SLAP.  We haven’t used any of the armor-piercing stuff yet.  My guess is we’ve burned through about 1000 – 1500 rounds of the standard ball ammo between our various forays with the HMMWV’s.  If we get into any kind of sustained battle … 6500 rounds will go fast.  It’d be good to have some heavier stuff too – maybe some anti-tank weapons ….

I wonder what happened to all the guard and reserve units around here.  Picked clean, I would imagine.  Ft. Riley is probably the closest place that would have had any significant amount of weapons and ammunition.  That’s a long trip if we come up empty.

Maybe it’s time to send up a signal of some sort for like-minded groups.  There are lots of rumors of militias on some of the less-used short-wave channels.  Of course, the term “militia” can mean a lot of things.  It might mean a group of people with hunting rifles that have banded together to survive or it might mean a well-armed group with a tight command and control structure prepared to fight even some of the most daunting of enemies.  Philosophically, these groups are all over the place too.  Heck, the group that attacked Pete might have called themselves a militia.  They may have justified their attack on Pete’s farm the way we justified taking supplies from the National Guard center when we hit it.

The lines are pretty darn blurry.

Just took a radio call from Pete.  He and his sons finished cleaning up about an hour ago.  They’ve patched up the house.  They stripped the corpses of anything of value – every one of them had a semi-automatic long gun as well as a side arm.  They also had some fairly nice packs and other gear.  The rifles and side arms weren’t standardized but these guys weren’t scraping the bottom of the barrel by any means.  Along with some fairly run-of-the-mill AR’s and AK’s, there were a few high-dollar rifles as well as some pretty nice custom 1911’s and a handful of German SIG’s.

So far, they haven’t located any attack team support vehicles.  That doesn’t mean the vehicles aren’t out there, but it could mean that the attack teams were based pretty close by.  It could also mean that the vehicles are just really well hidden … which would be in keeping with the rest of the group’s top-drawer tactics … or it could mean that the vehicles are hidden a good distance away.  Pete said they covered about two sections, looking in all the likely places.

It’s a puzzle.

More issues to address.

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14 thoughts on “April 25, 2015: Addressing Issues

  1. Duhg on said:

    From the First Wave:
    Ariela thumbed the talk switch and reported in to the Yard Guard and Remote Guard.

    “Ariela. I’ve spotted movement out by the barn. Going to investigate.”

    “Roger. Got it,” came the dual response.

    She didn’t fail to notify the guards of her activities.

  2. Good entry.

    Unless they can come up with some supplies soon, Union Creek is infor some serious times, that is unless the army / government should make an apperance out of the blue. You say Dave is trying to be fare and not hoard from every place they go, but they will become quite desperate themselves if they don’t restock soon too.
    As you have already said, Dave is sure trouble is coming and they aren’t sure how big it will be. Some covert scouting missions are not an option, they are manditory at this point if they plan on surviving any length of time.

    P.S. 5 entries a week is fine for a long term blog / journal as this one, IMO. I can see this running into a after the shtf recovery column even. Could be interesting.

  3. armedandsafe on said:

    Don’t forget to vote, folks. We are sitting at third, just now.

  4. notahack on said:

    I always wondered why Union Creek didn’t do hardly any scavenging especially since they wiped out the most organized local drug gang. In a lot of stories they freaking load up semis with stuff and bring it back to base. Almost like winning the lottery and grabbing anything they want with a few gun battles to remind readers it isn’t just your normal credit card spree.

    Maybe they could do some recon and identify the more violent threats and turn the info over to the Chicoms to handle? Sounds far fetched but they are the most organized and heavily armed gang on the ground fighting for supremacy plus you have already demonstrated some of their commanders are ego driven glory hounds.

    • I think (hope) what you’ve seen from the Union Creek folks is a willingness to give and to share. David is obviously very concerned about losing his soul, his humanity, to the apocalypse. As a result, he, and those around him, have been reluctant to load up on supplies when others might need them more desperately.

      However, as some have noted, times are getting tougher. The Union Creek crew has run out of toilet paper. .50 caliber ammunition is dwindling. Fuel supplies are aging and being used up.

      As a wise man once said, “Something’s gotta give.”

      ETA: I also hope no one views this like “a lot of stories”. Although it is an experiment, I also wanted to write something that was anything but formulaic. The world doesn’t need another A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 post-apocalypse work of fiction. 😀

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  9. That explains the 50 cal ammo stores question I raised yesterday.

    Reloading 50 was never really an option without forethought. Having a press and dies wouldn’t matter if you don’t have the components, particulalry primers and bullets. Not sure if a 50 would use same powder as smaller cartridges or not. Assuming they could collect all the brass, not bullets and primers is a deal killer. So if the mil bases have been looted where do you get more 50? Hmmm, how about from the folks who took it from the bases?

    Btw Toby, I think you need to put out a poll of readers as to whether they find the weekday-only distribution method adequate or whether a 7-day a week distribution would be preferred? I would vote for every day because I need something like this to read over my coffee on the weekends as well.

    • Spot on, Tom. I had to chuckle when I got your e-mail about the .50 cal. You’re obviously inside my head at least a little bit.

      As far as releasing entries on weekends goes … you’re going to have to wait for the sequel. I MIGHT do it then. 🙂 Until this gig pays the bills, I still have a day job M-F. That means most of my writing gets done on the weekend. Of course, the rest of life marches merrily onward so there’s the Honey-do list, family trips, etc. that take up weekend time too.

      If someone drops a $100,000 donation in the tip jar … that might change my mind. 😀

      • Just don’t stint on the family time. The rest us us can be patient. Shoot, this is almost like anticipating the old serials at the movie theater when some of us were kids. Keep up the great work.

  10. Love it. Lots of questions, very few answers.
    Keep it up!

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