Trapped in a ditch, his beloved Jonas wounded at his side, surrounded by vicious wilders intent on death and destruction, things are not looking well for ranger William Evers. His one hope, that help will be brought by Gabby, the third member of the group, hinges on the possibility that she made it out of the ambush alive. Will refuses to think about Gabby’s demise, a thought too painful to contemplate. Unwilling to accept defeat in the face of insurmountable odds, Will Evers braces for one final stance, a fight for life and love he intends to win!
In a future world devoid of technology, a world pristine and thriving, three friends and lovers roam the wilderness in search of a future none of them can foresee. Join them as they battle to survive the wild lands of the east coast of North America, 200 years in the future!
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They were under attack from every side. William dived into the ditch just as an arrow whizzed by so close, it left a bloody track along his temple as if an angry cat had slashed him. Next to him was Jonas, crouching and cradling his broken arm as he tried, with one hand, to bind it tighter to his side. William reached over to help him. “We need to get out of here now, or we will never make it out alive.”
“Gabby will be here soon. You know she will,” answered Jonas between clenched teeth, sweat beading on his forehead as he struggled against the pain.
“Yes, she will,” Will lied, not wanting to acknowledge the possibility that Gabby was dead. The thought was unbearable.
“Where the hell do all these wilders come from?” Jonas choked as his friend and commander did the final knot. Normally, they were found in small groups of four or five scattered over the vast spaces, but here, at the eastern edge of the continent, it had proven differently. As they got closer to the mega ruins, they began to see signs of higher numbers of wilders. For the last three days, they had been under siege, and things went from bad to worse when Jonas was hurt.
“I bet they are nesting in the underground tunnel, the one we thought was caved in. It’s most likely only partially collapsed. There is probably another hidden stairwell to it. The old underground stations often had several entrances.”
Suddenly, a body hurtled through the air to land heavily on Will, knocking him backwards, followed by another and another. Vicious, deadly killers snarled as they jumped in for the kill. William kicked viciously, the audible crack of his attacker’s knee a satisfying crunch to his ears. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Jonas rise above his pain to thrust his sharp, foot-long, thin blade up through the jaw and into the back of the brain of the wilder rising over him. But there was another savage behind, and God only knew how many more were coming.
William realized that if he didn’t dispatch his man instantly, his friend would die. He grabbed at the cracked knee and pulled, almost ripping it off, gambling that extreme pain is universally disarming. As the wilder opened his mouth on the scream, William shoved his own knife into it. He then pulled the blade with all his might, flipped it in his hand, and threw it to sink point blank into the temple of the man rising over Jonas.
Without losing a second, Jonas grabbed the blade as the man fell, pulled it out, and tossed it back to his friend. Outside, a sudden quiet had fallen. “Are they getting ready for another try?” Will wondered aloud.
“Feels like the calm before the storm,” answered Jonas, his usually golden hair matted brown with old blood, his beautiful golden eyes dark with pain. At once, the buzz of fletching vibrated in the air, and a wilder, filthy and reeking of old sweat, tumbled into the ditch, almost at their feet, his unseeing eyes open to the sky above. William’s heart soared. Help was here; Gabby had made it.
5 Star review at Amazom
I’m not clear on whether this story is a prequel or part of the ‘Daniel’s Fork’ series. I do know that this is the best ‘cast and hook method’ I’ve ever read for catching new readers. ‘Edge of the World’ certainly caught my attention for this exceptionally talented writer. It takes great skill to consistently show story events with little to no extraneous words that otherwise drag the story into a telling mode that’s ultimately boring.
Ms. Lugo writes tight, action-packed prose that is compelling in style and content. The sex scenes are especially noteworthy for their simplistic, alluring style that is neither crude nor pornographically penned. Exquisite writing comes to mind. Her characters literally explode onto the scene in a story line that is irresistible. Highly recommended, I’m off to buy Daniel’s Fork!
This short story is a fun insight into the earlier lives of characters I grew to love in Daniels Fork. I sits perfectly as a prequel, tying in various parts of the other books. There are hints of the cultures that form when the world is devastated by the pandemic.
The thing I loved most about this book is it features my second most favorite character of the series quite prominently. I love Gabby. She’s like a china doll, that can rip a guy’s head off and s*** down his neck. You gain a little insight to her background here as well, and it’s clear the author has plans for her future.
All in all, a great addition to the Daniel’s Fork series. Bring it on Ms Lugo, I love this stuff!
It’s got action. It’s got sex. It’s got intrigue. All in twenty-seven pages! This short will keep your eyes scurrying across the page and your heartbeat ramped up. Gabby is a warrior and a submissive – what a combination. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Gabby, Will and Jason are a “family,” they protect each other, care for one another and see to the others needs – whatever those needs may be.
Great little story, only recommended to those that don’t mind a little sex in the mix!