Children In Winter
In the aftermath of the nuclear attack that turned the world into a shadow of the global community it had once been, finding shelter held the utmost importance. Cities burned to the ground, radiation killed millions, and even after the immediate danger had passed, the ravaged climate fought back. Snow and ice descended on areas that formerly saw the precipitation only in the absolute depths of winter, while sun blasted the scorched deserts with even more intensity, layers of protecting ozone stripped away.
Homes on the surface were not only dangerous, but foolhardy.
In response, the survivors sought out underground shelter. In many cases, they lucked out, as the barely known tunnel networks under so many areas became prime real estate for all.
Hospitals and college campuses had miles of access tunnels beneath their complexes. Places like the Mayo Clinic, with its entire underground society, became the new hubs of life and commerce in a changed society. Competition for the spaces was fierce, but those who managed to keep their holds found them safe shelters from weather and predators both.
Those who couldn’t take over the old created new, digging down to make sod houses and underground homes of their own, until even the newly made settlements resembled nothing so much as a city inhabited by hobbits.