True Understanding

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: church mouse productions
The famous streets of Las Vegas have gone quiet: the crowds of eager visitors replaced by darkness, silence, and dust. When the Visitors arrived, unheralded and unfamiliar, they met with world leaders and held press conferences: assuring everyone of great things to come. But — for some reason — Noah Webster didn't believe a word of it. He found a hiding place in the mountains secure enough to protect him, and has worked his way back into the city to discover that he might possibly be the only person remaining in Las Vegas — possibly the only person in America — possibly the only person in the world.

This is knowledge he does his best to cope with until ... someone else turns up. But certainly not kind of person he'd hoped for — just as she's not very impressed with him, in the beginning.

A record of human survival. A tale of religious faith coping with disaster. An unusual kind of love story. A road trip into the unknown.

"True Understanding" — the Great American Novel revisited.

Table of Contents

In the Present Time - Arrival

Submitted: December 01, 2018

Noah is expecting to see the encampment on higher ground: the better to see danger, and easier to defend. So he’s not at all surp... Read Chapter

In Vegas - The Darkness Primeval

Submitted: December 02, 2018

Noah understood, as the weeks went by, that late night hours contained more and more danger for him. Even though he went everywhere wel... Read Chapter

In the Present Time - Fabric Walls

Submitted: December 03, 2018

Scott and Westover take charge of getting the new arrivals settled in. Since there is no formal “tour”, and only occasional intro... Read Chapter

In Vegas - Living Arrangements

Submitted: December 04, 2018

Noah’s assumptions, in the days after he first came down from his hiding place in the mountains, had been consistent with his assumpt... Read Chapter

In the Present Time - New Faces

Submitted: December 05, 2018

Although not a particularly attractive or charismatic man, Scott has three women (not four, as Noah suggested) sitting with him as Miri... Read Chapter

In Vegas - A Bolt of Lightning

Submitted: December 06, 2018

Roughly twelve weeks after his return to the city proper, Noah stopped driving randomly around with the objective of seeing someone cam... Read Chapter

In the Present Time - Holy Meadow

Submitted: December 07, 2018

Scott has told Noah and Miriam that the Council will meet with them directly after breakfast. After some fitful attempts to sleep, Miri... Read Chapter

In Vegas - Sanctuary

Submitted: December 08, 2018

Noah broke in several doors of shops—looking for the kind of printed map he could work with—then, back at home, cleared a large ope... Read Chapter

In the Present Time - The Council of Twelve

Submitted: December 09, 2018

The Council of Twelve is actually thirteen: possibly an arrangement to avoid tie votes. They meet in a square military-style tent, unde... Read Chapter

In Vegas - Radio Waves

Submitted: December 10, 2018

With no particular deadlines looming in his life, Noah began returning to the Church of the Revealed Lamb every morning: according to t... Read Chapter

In the Present Time - Dissent

Submitted: December 11, 2018

Noah is caught up in the planning for the mapping expedition, and happy that he has his own living space, after the evening’s big arg... Read Chapter

In Vegas - Alone, Here, Is Alone

Submitted: December 12, 2018

Feeling offended and stubborn, Miriam resumed her old habits in the basement of the Church of the Revealed Lamb: determined that Noah w... Read Chapter

In the Present Time - The Footsteps of Christ

Submitted: December 13, 2018

Word is passing rapidly through the camp that one of Wayne’s wives—Consuelo—has been ordered on bed rest, since the women of the ... Read Chapter

In Vegas - Ambush

Submitted: December 14, 2018

To Noah, the task seemed simple enough: to fill the box truck with the kind of supplies they would need for weeks on the road they woul... Read Chapter

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