What Once Was Home
By B.K. Bass
When his world is torn apart, one man must learn to survive in
What Once Was Home.
Jace Cox’s life is changed when an overwhelming alien force invades the Earth with no warning or provocation. In the years that follow, he must not only fight to survive; but also learn what it means to be a man and a leader. As the situation grows more dire, he realizes that his greatest challenge isn’t the alien invaders or even his fellow man; it is holding onto his own humanity despite living in a world gone mad.
He looked up at her, his cold eyes piercing everything he gazed upon. “What’s wrong, mom?”
She thought for a moment, then said, “We’ve lost so much. And there doesn’t seem to be any hope. They’ve been here for eight years, Jace. They still haven’t even tried to talk to us.”
Jace held an old radio, turning it over as if pondering whether it could be salvaged. That was another sign that he had changed. He no longer looked upon anything with joy or curiosity. He only saw what was practical. Every time he looked at something—or someone—he was only evaluating for usefulness. He tossed the radio onto the table in frustration. “Did we talk to ants when we put poison on the mound? How is this any different?”
“How can you say that?” she gasped.
“How is it any different?” he repeated. “It’s obvious they simply thought that we were a nuisance and wanted to get rid of us. Now that there’s so few of us left, we’re not in the way anymore.” Jace looked around the cabin where he had spent the only quality time with his father one last time. “Let’s go, Mom. There’s nothing for us here.”
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B.K. Bass is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror inspired by the pulp fiction magazines of the early 20th century and classic speculative fiction. He is a student of history with a particular focus on the ancient, classical, and medieval eras. He has a lifetime of experience with a specialization in business management and human relations and served in the U.S. Army. B.K. is also the Acquisitions Director for Kyanite Publishing, the Editor-in-Chief of the Kyanite Press journal of speculative fiction, and the Writing Department Chair for Worldbuilding Magazine.