The Outsider (short story - Atomic Wasteland Tales) by Jason Anderson
Approx. 6,600 words.
Published on October 9, 2011.
Jacob Harkins knows that outsiders are forbidden to enter Raventon, but when a dying man collapses at the town gate, he can't turn his back. Little does he know, he's just set off a much larger chain of events...
Atomic Wasteland Tales are set in the ruins of civilization, decades after a devastating global nuclear war. Life is harsh, death is cheap, and hope is a forgotten dream.