After the EMP there were a few industrious souls who had planned ahead and owned hot air balloons. Soon they were soaring high above their stranded neighbors!! They relaxed above their stranded neighbors. Celeste watched and thought if a quote by Ricky Gervais she’d read, “Relax. No one else knows what they are doing either.” It sure became real as those in the ground shit at the only transport available and brought down many balloons!!
As food grew more and more scarce those capable of gardening set up roadside stands in the hopes of sales or barter. Many lost their lives to the mistake of advertising their fields if fresh food.
Celeste learned early that it was smart to either barter it simply take what she needed in the middle of the night. Not a choice she liked but a necessity.