August, A.K.A. Frida and Cal’s ‘trading partner,’ has even more to his story than we could have ever imagined. He has always been someone who listens to other peoples’ problems before he explains his own story.
August grew up in a family in which everyone did everything for themselves. He basically taught himself everything he knows. His father and grandfather were always away working while his mother was busy taking care of his other siblings. He was the quiet kid in school who people picked on because he was “too smart for his own good” and he would spend time alone outside during recess at school trying to figure out different math equations and other algorithms.
As he grew up, he continued to teach himself basic skills such as how to start a fire, how to cook, how to have manners, and how to protect himself.
When the apocalypse began, a large military truck came rumbling down his street in which as many people that could fit were riding along trying to escape this monster. His parents, siblings, grandparents, and he all boarded this truck, which was more like a ship on wheels. He was separated from his family on that day. He realized that he needed to put all his survival skills to good use. He was going to get through this and he would see his family again at some point.
Everyone was crammed in the truck for hours. Finally, after about four hours, the truck came to a hard stop. August looked out, and they were in the middle of nowhere. There were no houses, buildings, cars, restaurants, etc. around. Did he die and go to heaven and this is what it looked like? Nope. Many people piled out of the truck and were told to get as far away as they could. However, as the doors of the truck closed, August realized his family were still in the truck. They would be taken to another location in which they would have to survive. August tried to see as far as he could as to see what direction the truck was driving so that he could possibly be reunited in the future.
August travelled into the dense forest while trying to find supplies around him in order to build a fort and fire for the night. Before night hit, he had built a lean-to type of hut to keep him safe for the night. He opened up his backpack in which he had a few blankets, food, water, changes of clothes, and soap. He pulled a blanket out and settled down by the fire, and just stared ahead.
As time went on, August figured that his family must’ve died because he hadn’t seen anyone in quite a long time. However, he had built a wagon/cart thing from abandoned car parts and wood from trees in which he carried different items such as soap, food, etc. that he could trade to other survivors for other valuable items.
After figuring out that he had created a very profitable “business,” he met two people who really stood out to him. Their names were Cal and Frida.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
As my apocalyptic novel, I read the book California by Edan Lepucki. One of the “background” (but also important) characters in the novel is August. He becomes ‘friends’ with Frida as he also helps them out by providing them with different items such as food, clothing, soap, etc.
I was intrigued by this character, and I knew I wanted to write a backstory for him for this assignment. Even the information that we were given about him, I just erased it from my memory and started over completely.