Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

Free copy left
You can read our best books
theevilsquiddancer would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

I'm With You

By theevilsquiddancer All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Scifi

Chapter 1: Luna

It was like my life shattered. My friends were who knows where and my sister… That little idiot could be dead and the last thing I would’ve said to her was to put away the cereal…

I was walking back home from school when there was the brightest flash of light. A moment later, this wave of heat rolled over me and I heard this huge crashing sound. I could feel my head spinning for a second. I grabbed onto a telephone pole to stop myself from falling over.

After I had collected myself, I looked around. Everything seemed the same, but something was wrong. Very wrong.

I looked up and saw these colors flaring up in the sky. Greens, pinks, blues, purples. It was beautiful. They were the Northern lights… But that wasn't supposed to happen here, in New England.

I remembered a lesson in science last year, when we’d learned that the northern lights appeared where the magnetic field of the Earth was thinner.

“What the heck?” I muttered to myself. Something very big had happened.

Suddenly, an electrical wire above me exploded, sparks flying.

I ran for it. I ran until my breaths started catching in my throat.

Come on, Luna. Think. What happened? What the hell could change the fucking magnetic field of the Earth? I closed my eyes. The phrase CME came to mind. Colossal Mass Ejections. They were solar flares with the power to ruin our world completely. They would cut all the electricity in the world. And then poof we’re left in the dark.

I heard sirens getting closer as an ambulance sped by.

I started to jog, going closer to where people hung around. There, I saw buildings that had collapsed, burned bodies on the ground and electrical wires sparking wildly. I probably just missed the threshold of where the flare had done its destruction.

Then there were these people who were running around screaming their damn heads off. They had no idea of what happened or what to do. They weren’t thinking.

Think, Luna. Be prepared. My mind told me.

I ran into the grocery store and grabbed as many non-perishable items as I could. Apparently, other people had the same idea. Inside was crazy. People were fighting over cans of tomato soup and macaroni.

I ran out of the store, as fast as I could, after getting some cans of food, not feeling like getting attacked

Good. Now you have food and water. I thought. I’d also grabbed a knife which was hanging from one of my belt loops.  Just in case.

I looked around for any familiar faces, but I found none. I just saw people walking around, looking lost, like me. But there were also people being violent.

Two men were attacking each other over who knows what. There were fights like that happening everywhere.

Seriously? We should be banding together! Not fighting!

My heart raced. Go somewhere safe.

My ‘safe’ place was the tiny forest in this city.

I stood on my tip toes and looked around. I could barely see anything through the tree branches. I hopped up and down, hoping that maybe being taller than four eleven for a second would help.

I noticed movement out of the corner of my right eye. I looked over and saw a tall person with a head of curly brown hair, someone easy to spot in a crowd, through the trees.

Is that… I thought.

I walked closer and saw that the boy was my age, sixteen, and was walking with two girls, the same age.

It is!

“Hey! Flint! Clio, Penny!” I called to the trio.

They looked over at me. “Luna!” they all said.

“Oh my goodness! You have no idea how glad I am to see you people!” I said, rushing over to my friends.

“Does anyone know what happened?” asked Penny

“I thought it was solar flares…” I said, not wanting to be right. “All the signs match up.”

“Yeah, I think she’s right,” said Clio. “Honors earth science coming in handy!” She wore that anxious, dimpled smile she had. When she spoke, it always sounded like she was laughing a bit. She had lightly tanned skin and sleek brown hair, which she wore in a ponytail.

“What exactly do we plan on doing?” asked Flint, playing with his rope bracelet.

“We should try to find the rest of our friends,” said Penny. “We should stick together.”

I nodded in agreement.


We spent an hour searching for our friends, but without any luck. We tried calling them, but the cell signal was gone.

“Guys, they take the T. We should check there,” said Penny.

The rest of us nodded in agreement, but Clio was frowning.

“What’s wrong?” I asked., starting to frown with her.

“Shouldn’t the T stations be flooded? They’re underground. So many structures broke and some of the lines go by water…” she said.

“We still need to check. We can’t just leave them there,” said Flint.

“Yeah,” said Penny.

“Let’s go, then…” I said with uncertainty.

We hustled to the station and started to go down the stairs. As we got down a flight, lukewarm water already started to soak our shoes.  After getting to going down another flight, it was up to our knees. In my case, it was almost halfway up my thighs.

When I looked down to the ground level, I saw that the entire place was flooded. But that wasn’t really the bad part. There were bloated bodies floating on the water. There were so many, their hair splayed out around their heads, their mouths still open in a scream.

“There’s no way they survived down there,” said Flint, sounding defeated.

“I bet they found a way out,” said Penny, hopefully. “They’re smart.”

“Yeah,” said Clio, taking Penny’s hand in a comforting gesture, but she didn’t look as certain as Penny did.

I could feel the water quickly rising up my legs. In fact, by now, it was almost to my waist.

“Guys, we need to go to high ground. Now,” I said.

Penny cast a look at the flooded station and nodded.

We trudged up the stairs, through the water and started to go to the Hancock building.

And that’s when it happened.  Another flash of light came over the world and then there was this crashing sound.

None of us had any idea what it was, but we ran as fast as we possibly could.

Water was rushing around our feet after a minute.

“Tsunami,” muttered Clio.

That only caused us to run faster. By the time we reached the Hancock building, it was up to our knees.

We ran to an emergency flight of stairs in the building and sprinted up them. My legs and lungs were burning. My body told me to stop and let it rest, but my mind told me to keep going. DO NOT STOP!  It yelled.

We finally got to the top floor, coughing and gasping for air.

We shoved open the door and looked inside. There were a few businesspeople standing there, along some other adults, along with a few kids and teens.

“You’re here!” a male voice shouted. I looked over and saw that the speaker was Tomas. He was standing with Piers, Alexandria and Alice.

We beamed back at them. But my smile faded when Penny asked, “Where’s Devin?”

Our friends faces fell.

“He’s gone. He got swept away,” said Alexandria. Everyone in the room gave us sympathetic looks.

“Oh,” was all I could say.

“I’m sorry,” said one of the ladies standing there.

“We can’t do anything about it now,” said Alexandria, her eyes downcast, almost looking ashamed.

'We can only stay alive.' I thought. 

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

hypaalicious: This story follows two main characters, Zoey and Derek, on a winding adventure that sucks you in from the beginning. It was easy to get into and get a feel for the world that the author is projecting, as well as all of the warring factions and difference of ideals that would otherwise be very co...

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

FateFellShort: I have read this story and have followed the writers on tumblr from the beginning. Its a wonderful story. Beautifully written with a really nice pace, that makes it enjoyable to read more than once. For me, fairy tail has very good characters but what the writers have done is give them more depth...

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

Steve Lang: I thought this story was imaginative, and well thought out. I also think it was an original piece, and not a rehash of previous scifi stories I've read in the past.Thank you for the effort put into this tale, and I look forward to reading more of your work!

Jean Tryon: As a beta, I found this story outstanding!! Plot, grammar, phraseology, etc Rachel gives us it all. She takes the story into the future from where due South ends. She is an exacting and thoughtful author.

internathunal: I was held captive by your sense of style. I would love to see more from you. I enjoyed this immensely.

_JosephJacobson_: I don't understand why this has such low ratings. I really enjoyed it!I think that the whole idea behind the plot had something very special and that was something that I really enjoyed. It was new, unique. I think that some of the writing was a little strange in places but overall it made sense ...

tyleroakleyfan: this was the perfect ending I loved it. thank you so much I enjoy the relationship that Draco and harry have and their children. im glad Vernon learned his lesson. and Dudley as a wizard did not see that coming but it gives him a way to be closer to harry. very good job with this. if you could ch...

More Recommendations

Meri Amber: The plot is creative, fun and addictive! The writing is superb and the characters are really well put together. Definitely highly recommeded!

Ben Gauger: Kudos to Bryan Laesch, author of Remnants of Chaos:Chaotic Omens for his use of the Gothic style of writing and in addition the footnotes and endnotes at the end of each chapter, a welcome accompaniment to be sure, though his use of grammar could use a little improving, but his use of punctuation...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."