A Lion or a Lamb

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I will continue on with my series of character descriptions from my books.

A Gathering of Lions and Lambs

A Gathering of Lions and Lambs has a large cast of characters, each unique and likable (and maybe a few unlikable) in his/her own way.  Jacob Trimble is the main character and my favorite one from all my stories so far.  His story begins when he is a sophomore in high school.  He’s a typical teenager.  He plays high school baseball, makes decent grades but doesn’t put a great amount of effort into studying, has a girlfriend.  There are no problems at home (except that his younger sister is a brat).  He looks forward to a typical future career and life.  He’s not perfect, of course.  Jacob has anxiety issues.  He has had them as long as he can remember, but he has learned how to cope with them.

Then Jacob’s world is blown away.  Not literally, and not immediately.  An ebola-like virus becomes airborne and spreads across continents, uncontrollable and deadly.  When it comes to his quiet Nashville suburb, Jacob witnesses first-hand the end of the world.  Everyone he knows dies, and he expects to die with them.

But he doesn’t.  Unlike everyone else, he recovers from the disease, and that puts him over the edge.  His anxiety and fear push him into depression.  Only his memories of his family keep him from committing suicide.  Jacob is alone, but he survives.

He then finds other survivors.  They are young, like him; all under the age of twenty-one.  There aren’t many, but as time passes, he finds enough to make a difference.  Humanity may not have to become extinct.  Jacob now becomes a leader, a quality he had not put much faith in before this; and he finds out that leadership is a heavy burden.  He is torn between his responsibility to help others and his desire to meet his own needs.  His anxiety issues return.  Fear, guilt, and self-doubt fill his days and nights.  He is lonely and forlorn, but Jacob battles his personal demons to become the best leader that he can be, no matter the cost to himself.

And the cost is high.

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