Crossing the road with Tatum

Kids at Bbury CourtBARRIERS

It all started to go wrong on Wednesday morning.  Tatum said we should go for supplies and stuff, we were going to run out if we didn’t.

I was scared, but I went along anyway.

We each had a pack and we climbed up to the surface.  It was foggy up there, and cold.  Colder than underground.  I’d almost forgotten how cold it can get on the surface.

We were both shivering when we reached the road.  We’d been walking a long time already.  Tatum said we needed to cross the road for the supplies.  I wasn’t sure.  The road was wide, maybe more than a hundred feet wide.  It was all cracked and pitted concrete, with a three-foot barrier in the middle.  We’d have to climb over that barrier.

It was dangerous.  I told Tatum we shouldn’t go across it.  He just laughed.  “It’s nothing,” he said.  “It’s just a little barrier, I can hop across it like it wasn’t even there.”

I wasn’t so sure.  Something about that barrier was familiar, something from before I couldn’t quite remember.

But he was out there before I knew it.  He got to the center, turned back and grinned at me.  He was daring me to come along  But I still stayed where I was.

Crack! Just as Tatum topped the barrier, there was a huge flash of light.

And then he was gone.

About this post:  When I read the sign in the image, I thought of a long journey with a barrier to another time or another dimension, a barrier you couldn’t see.  These two characters have to fend for themselves, but the brash one – Tatum – loses out. Or does he?

Caution – Road Ahead

Information Overload

I was lost.  The directions Lisa gave me were wrong, and somehow I ended up at the end of the road.

All the signs pointed to disaster.  My GPS wasn’t working and the map in the car was for the wrong state.

Sitting in my ’97 Subaru at the end of the road, I weighed my options.  Common sense dictated turning around, heading back to civilization.

Yet something about the look of the road seemed compelling.  Something called to me.  I had to find out what was down there.

I put the car in gear and headed past the end of the road.