Day One Thousand Sixteen #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Situations like this made me wish that Tomas was still with us, out front scouting. But that worry passed when I heard that gentle rebuke, and I realized I was transferring my trust off of where it should be.

I found Quasimo in the same dilemma. He was still hesitant about ordering us forward, thinking it perhaps too soon.

I believed his recent dreams were  robbing him of his confidence. I sent him to confer with Elijah, and  took up the task of moving us on.

Elijah sent his new pupils to assist me, and together we had everyone up and over the next hill in short order.

From the summit Quasimo saw that the next stopping point was free.

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Day One Thousand Fifteen #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

We passed the night in the second relay station set up by Mei. Quasimo said we will have one more before the hiding place. And he fears we are now too close behind the next group ahead. Therefore he has called a halt for the day so that we don’t overcrowd there.

So while Elijah sat teaching some new pupils, I sat across the way wondering how Tomas and Jezer were faring, trying to fathom why they had not abandoned the tanker truck. Surely we don’t need it for the hiding place, we have deep springs there.

That’s when Quasimo interrupted me. He explained about having unsettling dreams about his old life as an assassin, since dealing with the traitors.

Day One Thousand Eleven #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

All remained mute as Quasimo set us on the path out of the city. Jezer and Tomas stayed behind with a promise to catch up soon. They saw to the needs of the traitor to sustain him until such time as he can break his bonds.

And to take care of the problem, as they framed it, of the tanker truck.

On the rise outside of the city, Reuben fell in beside me and shared something gleaned from the prisoner. If we can believe his tale, he had been sent to investigate the explosion. They, the world government, had no idea who was responsible.

From the top I saw the tanker truck on the goat tracks far to the south.

Day One Thousand Eight #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Things around here are moving fast and furious. Quasimo and one of his team took the first two groups out last night. Two more will follow them this morning if Mei approves.

The Purser will hold out until the last group goes with Mei which by our calculation should fall on the day after tomorrow.

Elijah and I are at odds about when we should leave. He wants to depart this afternoon with the third group. I think we should head up to the ruined city and see if the tribal issues have been resolved.  I find myself burdened for them again.

Tomas and Jezer are not quite resigned to abandoning the tanker truck. Tomas may yet find a way.

Day One Thousand Seven #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Mei has brought blessings to everyone, but especially to those suffering in their confidence. It was my honor to introduce her to the Purser and his people.

Her team arrived this morning and immediately set to work organizing our exodus. Each one will take a small group through to the hiding place.

She informed us that the way north is fraught with many dangers – many new security measures have been put in place by the world government.

She has already conferred with Jezer and Tomas to advise them to abandon the tanker truck down here as it would be neither necessary nor practical to take with them.

For the moment I can only imagine what their reaction was to that.

Day One Thousand Five #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Tomas and Jezer passed through on their last trip from the well. The last until the drought ends or a miracle intervenes – it would take one in Tomas’s estimation.

Jezer thinks it may recover before then.

But now it is apparent we shall need to move on as soon as possible.

Malawi and I met with his father to calculate how long our water will last. We concluded that we must begin to ration.

The matter had me thinking back to that snowfall in the desert. It had not been what I prayed for, but it was what we needed.

I was kept so busy over these issues that I forgot to discuss my suspicions with Elijah about the drone.

Day One Thousand Three #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

The matter of the tribal discord weighed heavily upon me. So I made it a point of intercession all the way back to the second village and on through half the night, taking it up again upon waking.

All the while, Elijah kept a respectful silence, breaking into it only as necessary when attention was demanded elsewhere.

The situation dictated the topic as the Purser saw it. Everyone has now arrived at this second stage and are settled in. His thinking calls for a longer stay to prepare for a longer transit around the ruined city.

And two further complications were added when Jezer and Tomas reported that the well at the crossroads was failing and a drone was sighted.

Day One Thousand Two #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Elijah avoided meeting with the recovered townspeople, who were begging for an audience. Instead he kept council with Reuben, going over future plans.

I met with them in his place. They reiterated their desire to accompany us, and would submit to anyone in order to do so.

In pondering their request it seemed to me that Reuben would be the obvious choice, and I was curious as to why they had not mentioned him. I could not but conclude they were not sincere in saying they would follow “anyone.”

Elijah and I talked with Reuben about them before catching a ride back with Jezer and Tomas. Though thankful, he explained they were from different tribes, a circumstance difficult to surmount.

Day One Thousand One #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

My mind is at ease. Jezer and Tomas arrived this morning. They had a breakdown just south of the first village and it took all of the Purser’s people to drag it into a place with the right equipment for Tomas to attempt a fix.

Tomas is happy with the results and believes his repair should last. And Jezer reported that the Purser’s people should be on the way.

I relayed the good news to Elijah. He nodded with a smile and an arch of his brow. Then took me by the arm and walked me to his meeting with his “pupils.”

He wanted me there as he commissioned them and sent them out once again.

It was a special moment.

Day One Thousand #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

I was wary about leaving before the arrival of the Purser and the second group, especially since no word has come from them.  And the fact that Jezer and Tomas had not returned from their latest run only heightened that concern.

Elijah, however, was insistent that we pay a visit to Reuben. I was about to protest – when he gave me that look – and I knew I was not to worry.

It was an easy trek to Reuben’s hometown. It’s a forlorn place, not much standing. We shall have to bypass it with the larger groups.

Reuben and Elijah’s pupils greeted us and so did most of the surviving citizens of the village. They all desire to come with us.