After the dust had settled and the shaking had stopped Pete and Chris ventured outside to see if any damage had been done to the outside of their house.
“That was quite the rumble. What would you say it was, a 5 or 6 on the Richter scale?”, Pete asked Chris as they were looking at the huge cracks on the backside of the house.
“I’d say it was at least a six, the damage done to those bricks will have to be fixed soon. Do you know of any brick masons?”
“Well since the quake knocked out the internet and our cell phones are not working; how do we find one?” asked Pete.
Chris sighed, “Didn’t we have one of those phone books, I think it was called the … something or other pages.”
“Don’t you remember telling me to throw it out? You said it was useless. It might have come in handy to find addresses right now and maybe even a person that could repair the bricks. It was probably the last book on earth!” Pete said with sarcasm.
© Susan Zutautas 2020
This short story was written for a challenge over at Reena’s called Reena’s Exploration Challenge.