Five years after a pandemic ravaged the northeast, the small New Hampshire town of Dana seems prized for a comeback. The ski resorts are opening back up, the police force is stable, and longtime residents are rebuilding their lives, it all seem to be pointing the town in the right direction. But the restrictions of reconstruction, accompanied by the poverty it brought with it, have combined to bring a resurgence in the drug trade. The very thing that helped cripple the region in the first place.
I glanced at the bedside clock, quarter past eleven, it had been a long
hard day, and th bed felt like a reward. Picking up my remote, I
clicked on the television and tried to focus on the last fifteen minutes
of the news. A cute young newscaster, who looked to peppy for the late
news, looked intently into the camara as he spoke.
"Next I'm turning it over to Kent Laramore with his look as the next
step of reconstruction. Kent, What's new in the mountains?"
"Thanks, Len. Well it looks like Dana, New Hampshire has a new sheriff.
Cole Erickson has been named sheriff of the town after an official
handover of police powers. Dana was the last town in New Hampshire to be
released to local control by the Federal government. Erickson is a
former Olympic snowboarder, he was just shy of earning a gold medeal in
the men's parallel giant slalomat the Sochi Olympics. He returned to be
head of the Loon rescue team, and was a firefighter called into service
in the first wave of the pandemic. He is no stranger to the mountains,
and the unique challenges faced as New Hampshire transitions out of
reconstruction and back into the union."
"Kent, does this make all of New England back open to the rest of the
"Certinly Len, It has been a long, hard five years for the New England
states, but this is the turning point. The pandemic that brought on the
"Night Walkers", as the disease became known, was almost a death blow,
and Mr. Erickson certinly has his work cut out for him. The biggest
challenge up there now is the drug trade. Most cities have a task
forceto contend with the invasion of Meth and Heroin left behind in the
wake of the pandemic, but the small towns have not really been immune.
The trade is spreading."
Len gave a knowing nod and glanced down at his notes. then back up at
his co-anchor. "But luckily Dana has a thriving tourist comunity, and as
they head into winter, the ski resorts will be bustling."
"That's both good and bad Len. Let's hope tourists bring the needed
commerce back to Dana, and Erickson can run a tight ship. The area needs
some positives to cement tham back into the country."
Picking up the remote, I clicked the television off. I was sick of
reconstruction and all the restrictions it had brought with it. Screw
the goddamned pandemic. REconstruction had been ten times worse. With a
heavy sigh I thought about Cole. Cole Erickson back in town. This was
going to be interesting.
Excerpted from "Evasion" by Becca Boucher. Copyright © 2017 by Becca Boucher. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Becca Boucher is New England born and bred. She resides in central Massachusetts with her two sons, two cats, and maybe a farm animal or two. After getting her associates degree in criminal justice she decided it wasn’t really the field for her, so she spent sixteen years working in the healthcare industry, before deciding writing full time was a lot more fun. And she never looked back. You can find her on Amazon and Facebook.
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