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We Were Like Brothers – A Dystopian Short Story

In 2038, the civil war had stalled. Fighting contained to border skirmishes between what remained of the United States of America and the Union of Reformed States. Corporal Caleb Thompson, 111th Mortuary Affairs, URSA, faced the hardest decision of his young life. Searching for deceased soldiers after a recent battle, he found himself in a situation he never expected. Would he help his lifelong friend or follow the orders of God and Country?


Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming … “Wow! What a Ride!”

~ Hunter S. Thompson

Thank you for visiting my website and following my journey to become a published author. I am writing my debut novel, book one of a dystopian thriller trilogy, set in near-future Portland, OR. Book one will follow Alejandro “Alex” Sosa and Sinead Gallagher as they struggle to survive the day the America collapses into civil war. Guided by those at the highest levels of government, the boot of authoritarianism stomps on democracy, fracturing the United States.


Alex’s begins his day worried about an afternoon interview for promotion to art director. By lunch, he realizes that he may not survive to get home to his family.

If I die, who will take over as dungeon master,” Alex thought. “Really? I might not see my kids again and I’m concerned about D&D?

Sinead completed her first year in one of Portland’s top-rated trauma hospitals as a registered nurse. Quite an achievement for a punk girl whose high school teachers described as a wasted opportunity. She was ready to leave on a two-week vacation to Ireland to celebrate the accomplishment. Now she is spending her vacation in the middle of society collapsing.

“This wouldn’t be happening if women were in charge,” said Sinead, gesturing below to the burning cars and clashing protestors.


I enjoy many creative outlets. Writing a novel is a new and exciting endeavor I am ready to learn and conquer. Where this adventure will take me, I don’t know. It’s not the destination I seek. It is the journey I want to experience. With gratitude, I hope you join me.