A student skipping class, Jimmy, looked to the lake as he saw yet another mushroom cloud billow over the horizon from thousands of miles away. Was it another attack in the direction of Michigan or did some wayward mad scientist Clayfan have an accident, he wondered.
Just under the horizon, a new site caught Jimmy's eye as he chomped on a strand of prarie grass that was mutated into a cigarette. In the distance coming from the east he saw the most curious sight! It was a dude.
"Hello?" Jimmy croaked as the stranger came closer. Jimmy shook in fear as he was feel trepidation of the fact this dude was from the outside. Worse yet, as the dude grew closer, Jimmy realised he was not one of the townfolk of Jericho. It wasn't Benny the stablekeeper or Kevin the blacksmith. It wasn't Mr. Rogers which was this scary Quagmiresque (only from Kansas and not Rhode Island) character that made all the farmers of Kansas hide their adolescent daughters.
Jimmy gasped as the guy got closer almost crawling from where he had been. The clothes were all torn, but Jimmy was quick to note it was not just one layer BUT TWENTY layers that were all torn! Also, the beard was at least 5 feet long of auburn hair burying the face.
(*producers note: DRAMATIC Emmy award performace here!!!!*)
"Ahm..." The stranger started as he almost collapsed in front of Jimmy. In a moment of compassion, Jimmy gave the stranger a sip from his canteen of water drug from the town well that somehow was unaffected by the nuclear fallout. Dude, it was like there was a bubble over Jericho or something...
"Don't talk." Jimmy said quietly as the stranger took a sip. As the stranger gathered strength, Jimmy noticed the starnger's backpack which was still on his lean frame with BOTH straps. From inside there were hints of Kispy Kreme, Mac N Cheese and old McDonalds wrappers. So that is how he survived Jimmy noted.
"Ah have to warn y'all..." The stanger determined to make his point said. "They are coming to Jericho... Raleigh is no more. All 800000 rumored wives I have are all gone." Tears began to form as Jimmy realised that the man that was probably once vibrant, youthful, carefree, and VERY Southern man was on his last leg.
"Stranger, please join us in Jericho. We can help you." Jimmy said as he knew his words were empty and echoed like the crater that was once Seattle.
"Take this." The starnger handed Jimmy a copy of ATDW. "Play it and remember love before the world had ended...goodbye."
(Producer's note: "Broken Wings" plays and is very very DRAMATIC.)
The stanger died just then (not real death - tv death so you know) as Jimmy screamed, "NOOOOO take me! Take me!!!!"
*screen fades to black and credits roll*
"And the emmy for best dramatic death in a postapoclytic show is...Clay Aiken in 'I am a nuked rockstar - a very special episode' for 'Jericho.'"