The Well

The Well

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The Well

Fifteen generations before, the horror of Surface chased Singer’s desperate ancestors into the vast underground bunker of the Well. In a moment of darkest despair, Singer unsuccessfully attempts to breach the long-obstructed hatch that leads outside – to certain death, as everyone knows! In punishment, he is cast down from the most privileged level of Seven into the hell of the Well’s lowest layer – the damp, crowded, and stinking Pit. Despite the bleak turn of events, Singer’s harsh new surroundings begin opening his eyes to the truth of the Well and of humanity, his revelations helped along by the wise old Tech and his too-forward, too-unconventional, too-maddening daughter.

Resigned to his prison far from Seven, Singer’s hope rekindles with the discovery of a means to climb the central shaft that leads back to Seven – and to the outer hatch. He joins uneasily with the Tech’s daughter in a lunatic plan to ascend the shaft and escape the Well. But can they dare hope to succeed? And if so, will they find a livable world outside on Surface? Or will the terror that propelled their ancestors underground have final dominion? These questions seem unanswerable, for no resident of the Well is equipped to imagine what lies above … especially not Singer!

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The Well 2 – Falling

After escaping the Well, the underground bunker that has sheltered his people for fifteen generations from the horrors of Surface, Singer and his three cohorts find themselves falling from the frying pan and into the fire! The world outside the Well could not be more hostile – a place of barren desolation and airless death. However, the blue and white orb hanging in a black sky beckons them toward the true path to Surface.

The escapees promptly run afoul of others that occupy the desolation, and land in confinement with death or return to the Well as the only viable options. Faced with the puzzle of finding a third option – one that takes him to Surface – Singer works to keep his small crew alive long enough to convince his captors to spare them. When the moment of epiphany occurs, Singer’s existence becomes more endangered still, for it requires a return to the Well – which has descended into madness. Even success of his plan may not save his life, let alone take him to mythical Surface. And even a journey to Surface to face the menacing mystery of The Darkness may result in certain death!

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The Well 3 – Surface

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a forbidden inter-tribal encounter between Jenn and Micah leads to a virtual death sentence for both. Bound wrist to wrist by a cable of ancient technology, the two must survive on the run for thirteen days with bands of tribal members vying for their capture in order to obtain a position of power at the next tribal parley. During their desperate flight across a fallen landscape, the pair encounters friend and foe alike, but none more unexpected than a group of new arrivals from a mythical place – the moon. Jenn and Micah join the group and their leader, Singer, in a secondary quest to find the mysterious Lucy on the far side of a barren salt plain, all the while hoping to escape tribal pursuit. The competing groups and missions come into violent collision, laying bare revelations of the fall of civilization and of the Darkness, with ramifications that will forever alter the fate of humanity.

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David’s Note: I had been thinking about this story (or something like it) since I first became hooked on post-apocalyptic stories as an adolescent. I finally got around to the writing of it, oh, forty years later. Better late than never.