I am having some issues with my scanner so these next few posts will be taken from an iphone. This follows after the family finds out that their neighbor may be having some trouble and so decide to go there. I am skipping a scene where it shows the family driving over there-as I am still building up information on how much of that context is useful to include. Why does that matter? I would like to use that scene to show the family’s homestead and what their neighbor looks like. It is sufficient to assume that if our characters are on a homestead, then their neighbor will be in a similar environment albeit they may not be as self-sufficient as is shown in this story. So that scene I am still working on-so I jumped to this one to post about.
So our heroes get to their neighbors home and after a quick discussion on what the situation is, the initial plan they have is to bail out as much water as they can. As a background, the big issue is that their neighbor’s home is flooding and with their power gone their sump pump is not doing anything for them. The grown ups are taking to the task and are advising the children to stay at a safe distance from the flooding. The dad on the scene (Joey’s dad) is named Jerry and is shown here a little bit sulking as he has already taken some damage.
The following scenes will need to help me to set the stage so that the children will be using some skills they did from the early portion of the book-but be suited in scale that they can execute on it by themselves. I plan on letting the twins do some heavy work that will significantly solve the problem to the flooding but in a scale that has some sense to it. By this I mean they will be sand bagging a portion of the home-by themselves-but somehow I have to set up the stage so that they are not building an entire dam wall along the property.