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.I lost both of my parents!”John hung his head in his hands.“I didn’t want this for you.I tried to get away from all of this to protect you and your mom.But it backfired in my face.I got too comfortable.Relaxed too much.I should have been ready.I should have been prepared.” Tears streamed down his face.Jake could see he was utterly lost.Nathan’s words echoed in his head.When you see your old man again don’t be so hard on him.It’s not easy losing the woman you love.Jake got up out of bed and wrapped his arms around his father and the two cried together.“I’m sorry Jake.I’m so sorry I wasn’t there for you.It’s just.I don’t think I can live without her.”“It’s okay Dad.It’s okay.” Jake comforted him.“I’ve killed dozens of them Jake.Done things I never dreamed I would do, just looking for one shred of information that would lead me to her.Every time I thought I was close I ran into another dead end.”“Come back Dad.Please.” Jake pleaded.“I can’t Jake.She needs me.”“Mom’s dead!” Jake screamed pulling away from him.“I’ve dealt with it why can’t you?” He had never said, it aloud before, had never even let himself think it.But he knew as he said, it, it was the truth.He had to let her go.John had to let her go.“Mom wouldn’t have wanted this Dad.She wouldn’t want you to kill yourself for her.She would want us to be happy.Together.I’ve had to grieve for her alone for a year.For both of you!”John grew quiet for a long time.After several minutes of sitting in silence he finally spoke.“You’re a smart boy Jake.You remind me a lot of your mom.She’d be so proud of you.You know that don’t you?” He patted Jake on his leg then wiped his eyes.“I’ll stop.But this isn’t something we can run away from.You know that don’t you?”“I know Dad.”“This isn’t the life I wanted for you.But we’re stuck with it.They won’t stop coming.Not ever.What happened at Riker’s was proof of that.If they don’t get me, they’ll get you.If they don’t get you they will get your children or grandchildren.Our family has been fighting them for what seems like forever.”“What can we do Dad?”“All I can do is promise that I’ll never leave you alone again.I’ll always be there for you.All we can do now is try and survive.But at least we’ll be together.”“What if I don’t want to just survive? What if I want to kill every single one of them?”“Then I’ll help you do just that son.”Author's Note:I’d really like to take the time to thank you for reading my book.This has been a real pleasure to write.Honestly, I can’t tell you how many times I just wanted to toss this thing out the window, but alas the threat of divorce from my loving wife kept me from it.Seriously though, I hope you enjoyed Jake’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.He’s developed from so much more than that young kid I’d envisioned storming into a farmhouse trying to make his family proud.I plan on writing MANY more books based in this universe, tying up Jake’s tale and possibly delving more into Tiberius or Nathan’s history.I’d like to take the time to thank those that helped me trudge through the late nights, long days, and countless days of editing.First and foremost I have to thank my wonderful wife Natasha.Thank you baby for your counsel, encouragement, and kind and sometimes much needed harsh words.Not to mention your hours of editing.None of this would have ever made it onto paper without your support.You are my rock in this world.The single greatest thing that ever happened to me, was meeting you.Next I’d like to thank my family for ALWAYS encouraging my imagination.Their excitement to read my work helped me through many a days.Thanks Mom and Dad, Mimi, Lin, Aunt Paula, and Uncle Danny (the greatest storyteller I know) for getting me into reading so many years ago with his copy of The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour.I love you guys, thanks for the support!I’d like to thank Mark Clodi.(Author of The Zombie Chronicles Novels) Mark pointed me in the right direction when it came to self-publishing and gave me a helping hand when I needed it most.I’d still be lost in the woods without his help.If you get a chance and you enjoy Zombies, check out some of his books.And of course my hard working editor Doree Anne Colon who took the time to give my book a once over and fix all of my MANY mistakes [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]