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Abandoned - Portage - Story 58
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:11:54 AM »
Intro


  This is the 58th Story in the Smallville Series and tell the tale of 8 families who abandoned their village in the southwest because of the heat and drought back in year 36 SVT.  They wanted to go north to Smallville where it was cooler.  Their first stop was the Mountain Mission (story 2).  The Mission was not accepting evacuees at that time because of food shortages.  The families were given some supplies and advised to go the Refugee Camp (story 10) that was set up to help flood victims.  Flood!  What flood they wondered.  There was a drought.   The group headed northeast towards Smallville but did not get far before discovering "what flood". 


The map seed is # 244651197   Lake,  Small,  No Snow,  disasters Off,  Easy Start -8 Families


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  Yes, weary traveler, our jetty system is quite impressive.  The flood waters never did recede much, but they didn't rise either.  Our lakes are much the same as they were when we arrived.  We get enough rain to sustain the water level except in midsummer.  We did not make it to Smallville but we escaped the heat and the drought which was our goal.  It was a rough trip but we were glad we settled here, let me tell you.

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Re: Abandoned - Portage - Story 58
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 08:21:33 AM »
Chapter 1

    We had been farmers in the south until the drought had us near starving.  We did not know at the time that there had been flooding or that Smallville was sending out expeditions to ease food shortages and overcrowding.  One of our families actually had ancestors from the same village as the founders of Smallville.  But we did not get anywhere near Smallville before we came across the first flooded out village.  The trip already was rough enough, there were 35 of us, 16 adults with 19 children and we had 3 carts of supplies.  We met with one obstacle after another.  We found 2 boats that we used to ferry our carts and families across flooded areas and lakes.  We often carried the boats from one lake to another.  But this valley of flooded lakes we saw from the surrounding high hills was more than we could navigate, we were exhausted.  We would have to turn back or stay.  We chose to stay and named our new settlement Portage.

    The area we chose to settle had several severely damaged abandoned buildings, a stockpile with some resources, 2 hedgerows, and on slightly higher ground was a cemetery.  We immediately cleared the area of scattered debris and add it to the stockpile.  Two of the men did some hunting, there was a herd of deer by one of the hedgerow.  We gathered wild foods and branches.  We were eager to start building houses, for weeks we had been sleeping under the supply carts and overturned boats.

  My name is Tessi, and my husband is Wavery.  We were married at the Mission Church.  Wavery was the oldest male of the group and was put in charge.   Our small house by the lake was one of the first 3 built.  We hoped we would not be in danger from flood waters, the other 2 houses were tree toppers.   There was little usable land and few trees, Wavery suggested we start building out on the water.  A jetty and 3 houses were built next.  One of the houses was for my brother, Adon, and his family who I had been living with.  He married a widow who had 2 children.  They named their daughter after me because I had been such a big help to them.  Another house was built along that jetty, a cabin and fishing pier were built farther out on the water.  By summer of that first year we all had homes and a school had been built.  We were short of food and logs but we had homes. 

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Re: Abandoned - Portage - Story 58
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2020, 09:22:27 AM »
Chapter 2


  We brought some seed with us that were planted in a small farmyard along with a small apple tree sprout that Wavery dug up from the hedgerow.  I was tending the hedgerow and Waverly was staying close to home, we'd just had a baby girl. Our Tracelin was the first child born in Portage.  Furmando and Londa from the tree topper would tend the farmyard and cut some firewood.  The corn and beans had barely sprouted before a small flock of chickens came out of the forest.  They probably lived on the property before the flood.  We were told at the Mission that an Animal Refuge had been established further north to aid all the farm animal that had been abandoned. 

  My brother told us that the folks living on the jetty had little more than fish and potatoes in their pantries.  We build a market out on the jetty and assigned a worker to stock it with a variety of good and supplies.  By spring of year 2 we built a small town hall next to our house.  Waverly and I would keep the town records.  Portage now had 2 newborns and 2 students.  It took us a while to compile inventory records.  We needed coats, firewood, grain, and herbs.  The laborers took to the woods to gather branches and wild foods and what few herbs they could find.  West of town they discovered another ruined house, a duck pond, and along shore hidden in the reeds was a boat with crab traps.  We could put those to good use.  In fact, one of the 7 new arrivals in town said he and his daughter had experience catching crabs.  We welcomed the 7 adult evacuees to stay here with us.

  The jetty dwelling laborers were impressed with the wildflowers they saw coming up around town now.  Wavery built some pots out of old barrels that were scavenged from the ruins in town.  He filled them with dirt and  I began transplanting some berries, herbs, flax, and flowers into them for the jetty.  The flax would be needed by the tailor in town to make cool linen clothes.  One of the wagons would be used to bring textiles closer to his workplace.  The first rain storm brought a request for a workplace covering.

  A new section of jetty with a house, storage unit, and crab catcher workplace was built where the boat was found.  It must be a good place to catch crabs.  A house was built on the main jetty by the market for a young single male.  His mother and sister helped him settle in, his sister said if he were old enough to have a house of his own he was old enough to do his own cleaning and laundry.  The pots of herbs and flax on the platform next door were doing well.  A treetopper was built for the young man's family near the new jetty.  They would tend another farmyard of corn and beans with some of the chickens from the first farmyard.  They would cut more firewood too.

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Re: Abandoned - Portage - Story 58
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 08:16:58 AM »
Chapter 3


  In late winter of year 2 we finally spotted another herd of deer.  We needed venison and  hides.  The jetty garden was provided herbs and flax for linen clothes but our winter temperatures drop to the mid 40Fs and it felt even colder out on those jetties.  We now had duck down and our tailor could make warm coats.   A tool smith was set up next to the tailor and a cover was added.  We were trying to make the best use of what land we had. 

  We needed firewood.  We collected branches from our small forest areas and the hedgerows but they burned more like kindling than firewood.  The 2 farmyards managed to cut enough firewood for their own use and share a bit with neighbors, they had their children and chickens to tend and crops to weed and harvest.  They were not fulltime woodcutters.  We thought it time Portage had one, so one was built as close to the stockpile as possible.  We may need to use a cart to bring logs closer, and to provide more logs, we built a garden shed forester just over the small hill to the east.  A jetty bridge was built across the small creek.

  We had a nice supply of herbs from the jetty plant garden but our overall health was still a little low.  Wavery had another small platform built next to the market and took 4 of the berry pots out to the jetty.  Hopefully more fruit would improve the diet of the jetty dwellers and hopefully, the jetty walkway that was built between the 2 jetties would help the market vendor bring goods from the other storage units.

 

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