The House Down the Street

      Nigel Dueller
The House Down the Street

Steve and Sally are in love. Close neighbors, they live in the only two houses on the street enshrouded in blast-proof, toxic-atmosphere-blocking tiles - the only houses on the block left. Having survived Armageddon, the two young lovers must now survive a feud that threatens not only their relationship but their very lives.The Jones and Wochowski clans were early adopters of Replicator technology, a technology that both precipitated the destruction of the world and allowed a few to survive. The patriarchs of the two clans helped develop the technology but a dispute has their progenitors precariously existing in a real-life situation of "people living glass houses needing to not throw stones". This dispute between the two neighbors is especially poignant for the respective children of the clans, Steve and Sally, who find themselves in love. Under the noses of their restrictive and vindictive parents they communicate via discrete means such as texting using Replicator-made cell phones, stolen binocular glances across the blasted earth between their two homes, and even tapping in Morse-code on the steel door that connected their two homes in pre-feud days. Ultimately the young couple's love demands they try and find a way out.

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