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TUGS 2: AftermathTUGS 2: Aftermath
The sounds of sirens and the smell of smoke brought both tug fleets to thier senses. Sunshine coughed and spluttered.
"Aye! I've said it once and i'll say it again. I havn't coughed this bad since I was stuck in that log jam up river!" He choked.
"Oi! Stars! What's going on ere' eh?" Said Zorran, followed by the rest of the Z-Stacks, Zak, Zebedee, Zip and Zug. "If we knew Zorran, we wouldn't be wondering ourselves!" Replied Ten Cents. Warrior noticed somthing.
"The sun's gone!" He exclaimed.
"Warrior's right!." Cried Zug. "Where is it?" Suddenly, the Coast Guard sped towards them.
"There's been a fire. I'm afraid that everything's gone. The barges were cut free and all of the tugs are out in the estuary. Izzy gomez is at the mouth of the river. Please. If you have any valuables in the main port, collect them now." The tugs were horrified! They all sped toward where the Zero and Star mooring were. They arrived. Both buildings were burnt to the ground. Captain Star's me
The TrundlerThe waste land behind the fire station is always silent. No birds sing there, and even the wild rabbits and feral cats avoid it. Weedy wildflowers nod their seasonal heads in the breeze. Lying fallow in the midst of housing developments, shopping malls, the new movie theater — the vacant lot stands out like a knife wound on a woman’s placid face, shocking, brazen, ugly.
It is always empty. Except for one thing: a ragged heap of old trash, all nasty black tar paper and vicious snarls of rusted wire, car parts and broken glass and other junkyard jetsam. The embodiment of injury waiting to happen, an invitation to a tetanus shot... the city never hauled it away. No one ever wants anywhere near it; it radiates an eerie sense of calculating watchfulness.
And at night, it wanders.
When darkness falls, and the last cars heading into the hives of tract housing stop illuminating the asphalt with moving-picture shadows, it… unfolds. Bitter, broken tangles, grotesquely mov
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