The War has ravaged Earth for two generations.
Young Walter Marlow and his family struggle to survive, in a world of desperation and death.
When Walter and his loved ones are captured by the enemy, everything turns upside down. Loyalty, friendship, and faith are tried to the utmost. And he will come to discover what is truly valuable, amid the turmoil of revolution, and the birth of a new society.
This short story is a prelude and introduction to the retro-future universe upcoming in my decopunk novel, Ruby Descent. The first scene from the novel is included with this story.
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About the Author
At a young age, Holly began telling stories, dreaming up characters, and creating worlds. She writes speculative fiction, poetry, and children's books. During her school years, she won numerous writing contests and awards and was featured in her high school literary anthology. To date, she has self-published a novel, several short stories, and various poetry. Her current works-in-progress include a decopunk novel, and a weird western trilogy. She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her husband, Stephen, and a facetious tuxedo cat named Vincent. Current work in progress: Ruby Descent--A decopunk novel It's been fifteen years since the end of the War. The world's water supply, poisoned in the aftermath, is strictly rationed and monopolized by the corporation called Everblue. Everblue has just passed its tenth anniversary, of continuously providing mankind with safe drinking water and exciting off-world opportunities. And all of the most important executives and clients, are invited to attend the soiree of the century, baby. A wild, three-day long celebration, happening at the one place to see and be seen. The Royal Crown Orbital Plaza and Resort. The only luxury hotel in space. Five star all the way. And everybody who's anybody will be there. The last twenty hours of the party will be spent of necessity aboard the Ruby lift. One of five space elevators, transporting guests and cargo between Earth and the hotel. As the lift begins its descent, the concierge and director of operations, Walter Marlow, finds himself overwhelmed, as usual. So much to do. So many inept people. And, the robotic staff is malfunctioning. He's near to losing his mind. Two of the most important celebrities in the known universe are along for the descent. They're carrying a secret that will shake the very foundations of society. And Walter's entire world is about to come crashing down.