The Bird Cages (A Novella) by Michael L. Morrison
Approx. 22,730 words.
Published on September 19, 2011.
Facing a bleak, unrelenting world, a small group of survivors take refuge in a hotel. Afraid to go outside, the group of people erect cages on the roof of the hotel to stand watch, prepare, and be the eyes of the people inside. Supplies are limited. Morale is low. Hope is at a standstill. And the danger that lies just outside their walls may have found a way in.