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Set in a dystopian future, a dirty bomb at the headwaters of the Truckee River flood and render the city of Reno, Nevada unlivable. A generation after the disaster, a part of the mostly-abandoned Reno is converted by the totalitarian government of Continental America into a gulag for political prisoners while a larger area acts as a repository for the "Processed" - the unwanted rejects of government medical experiments that quickly devolve into mindless, subhuman cannibals.

All are bound by the Wall - an elevated light rail line running the entire length of the McCarran loop. Once the mass-transit pride and joy of the city, its rails now support "Vectors" - automated weapons which fire on anything that comes within range.

It is within this prison that Goodson was born. His parents having been killed when he was very little, he grew up without ordinary human contact. While there are other human survivors in the city - descendants of those who stubbornly refused to leave during Reno's appropriation - they see Goodson as a demon and have only ever tried to kill him. Civilization continues unaffected outside the Wall, but savagery is all Goodson has ever known.

When a young woman escapes from the gulag into the larger prison, Goodson's interactions with her changes him, setting him on a path of introspection, exploration, and eventually revolution. Repeated attempts to disrupt the functions of the prison eventually draw the personal ire of the godlike Emperor of Continental America - a being known only as the "Januarian." Through this conflict Goodson eventually comes to realize the true nature of the city, and discovers the deeply disturbing connection he has with all of its inhabitants.

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Submitted: August 06, 2016

Goodson imagined himself a cloud over a mountain range. Swaying side-to-side on his hands and knees, he tried to predict the distortion... Read Chapter


Submitted: August 09, 2016

Back in the present, a storm is approaching. As the toyfulls are drawn to water, rain relieves them of their need to remain by the river, scattering them throughout the city. This forces the local hostile human population, whom Goodson refers to as the "highwaymen," to remain in their camps, providing an opportunity for a scavenging run. Read Chapter


Submitted: August 16, 2016

Toyfulls being more predictable and usually less dangerous than Highwaymen, Goodson uses the storm as an opportunity to perform a salvaging operation. He intends to recover materials to begin
erecting permanent barriers at his home in the university.
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Submitted: September 04, 2016

Goodson drove down a dark road, pitch black and shiny from fresh rain. His jaw felt sore from chewing a mouthful of tasteless gum. He cou... Read Chapter


Submitted: September 06, 2016

It stormed another three days. It took a few more days after that for the dummies to fall all the way back to the river. During the tim... Read Chapter


Submitted: September 19, 2016

The best places to find concrete rails were the remains of the decontamination facilities along all the major arteries leading out of the... Read Chapter


Submitted: September 29, 2016

For only the second time in Goodson’s life that he could remember, he was in shock and didn’t know what to do. He felt his mouth hang... Read Chapter


Submitted: October 26, 2016

Gallina playfully traps Goodson in the cell where he had held her. She releases him almost immediately, then he brings her to his library. Read Chapter


Submitted: November 30, 2016

Downtown, Goodson and Gallina encounter highwaymen. Read Chapter


Submitted: December 09, 2016

As Chicken heals, she and Goodson grow closer. Read Chapter


Submitted: January 17, 2017

Goodson’s heart felt like it was falling down a very long staircase. His organs twisted as they rearranged themselves. He felt nauseous... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 03, 2017

With the dummies gone, whenever Espera needed to be alone Goodson focused on purifying glycerol collected from biodiesel batches. Various... Read Chapter


Submitted: April 13, 2017

Thirteen   Goodson relayed everything he had seen and heard to Espera, who tensed at the mention of the letters “AP.” Cl... Read Chapter

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