Noah Parie, Hope Abrahms, Harry Buttershaw, Jadelyn Parie
It was a random school day when things started going wrong. Armed policemen started patrolling all the streets in Barfield and Lebeaux without any explanation. This continued for about two months (while everyone kept going to school and going about their daily lives, just with policemen everywhere) until finally there was an explanation on the television about what was going on. This would have been great, except that at that exact time, all media connections such as radio and television were completely cut off and no one ever heard about what was going on. The internet kept working for a day or so, and it was flooding with conspiracy theories of unemployed middle aged men and teenagers with nothing better to think about, but then it was cut off too.
After these two months, students kept going to school and most people kept going to work. All television, radio stations and anything of the kind were promptly shut down and all the people that worked at them became unemployed. Ellie kept going to school because, in the whole ordeal, cheerleading and her friends were the two things keeping her sane.
By September, 2014, all schools were shut down, as well as supermarkets, shopping centres, small businesses, hospitals and many other workplaces. Families rapidly lost everything they needed to survive and by November many families were living on the streets. Once houses weren’t being occupied anymore, they would be demolished. People living on the streets and even those lucky to still have houses got sick with new diseases and had no means of getting better, with hospitals closed down. Diseases spread and soon people on the street started dying. The bodies would be taken away by the policeman with no chance for loved ones to even say goodbye.
By halfway through February 2015, Ellie’s family were on the street. Her mother killed herself because the stress was too much. A boy from her school called Noah was also living on the streets near her and they teamed up and went searching food and anything they could find to help them survive.
By halfway through March, there really weren’t that many people left in the area. There were only about fifty people left in Barfield. Things actually got just a little bit better than that because less people to feed and cater for meant more food for each person. Ellie and Noah witnessed dead bodies being taken away by the policemen and, on occasion, dying bodies being shot to put the person out of their misery. Ellie’s grandmother died. Noah and his sister moved in with Ellie, her sister and her grandfather. Being together made things easier. Ellie fell in love with Noah. She was very taken aback when he said he had feelings for her before she even said anything. They were soon in a relationship.
Ellie is quite unhopeful when it comes to the future. Life has disappointed her before and she isn’t hopeful that an ending world will turn out better than her parents’ marriage. Noah is optimistic and tells her to have hope, but she knows she never will.