Lost Boys of the Cascades
is an original work published on FictionPress.com, about a group of children, led by Barry Jameson, living in the Cascade Mountains in southern Oregon about a year after a global pandemic destroyed almost all of the world's adult population. Now they face the prospect of growing up.
This story has examples of the following tropes.
- After the End
- Disney Villain Death: Inverted with Jennie, who fell into a canyon after being shot by Barry, and who was not a villain.
- Averted with Barry, who was stabbed with a broken wine bottle.
- Inferred Holocaust: In the wake of the pandemic, most of the babies and small children across the world would have died from starvation due to no adults around being able to feed them. In addition, many more children would die in the battles over dwindling food and water supplies. It is likely that at the time of the story, there are only one billion humans left on Earth.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Jennie
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Norman, who is Barry's second in command and is more level headed than the Lost Boys' leader. He assumes leadership after Barry dies.
- Spanner in the Works: Barry led the Lost Boys to the Indians' headquarters ranch to kill Running Bull using a poisoned bottle of wine. He did not count on Troy not dying when he was supposed to.
- Shout-Out: Several to Peter Pan, starting with the title.
- Also, Barry Matthew Jameson was named after James Matthew Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.
- Besides that, an Indian band figures prominently into the story.
- Troy and Dylan are Captains Ersatz of the twins in Peter Pan, and they were named after the two main protagonists in Galactica 1980.
- This story is set in post-apocalyptic Oregon, like a certain novel written by David Brin.
- Shown Their Work: The description of southern Oregon's geography is accurate, down to the types of trees growing in the Cascades and the numbers of the highways crossing the mountains.
- Teenage Wasteland: Apparently the whole world for the past year.
- Villainous Breakdown: Barry, after he was exposed as Jennie's and Dylan's murderer