Kesha McDermott: Dassa asked us all to document our stories for posterity, you know. Seems like a fine idea. So hi, I'm Kesha McDermott.
When the bombs fell, I was in Watoga coordinating a state-wide science fair for that year's high school kids. The theme was, "the Future of Energy!"After the bombs, everything was pretty chaotic. Scavenging for food, fighting off rabid survivors, just a bad time all around.I found a couple of surviving kids from the high school whose parents didn't make it, and we holed up in an old house in town for a while.After a bit, I was able to solder the circuitry in an old radio and we tuned in to a broadcast from the Responders. We were overjoyed!
The trip from Watoga to Flatwoods was rough, mind you. The kids and I ran into a group of assholes in the mountains who stole our food and water.I can't tell you how happy I was to find the Responders in Flatwoods. Tents for everyone, open kitchens, medical supplies, protection - we were safe.They had a problem though: their water sources were contaminated heavily. People were boiling water, but not long enough to make it safe.
So I stepped up, I said: "I'll build a testing kit to monitor the contamination, and I'll teach folks how to properly boil water." And I did.The world is getting better, but slowly. We need to make sure it doesn't relapse, too. It's going to take time and care, that's all. Well -- time, care, and science!