Sunday, October 31, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Kyle started down the slope toward the cabin. The sun sparkled in the distance. One thing that set Anna’s nerves on edge was the lack of any animal sounds. No birds, no squirrels, nothing.
Dead pine needles crunched with each step that she made down the path. The further they made their way through the darkening forest it grated on her nerves more.
“Kyle?” She lost sight of him for a moment as the darkness became too much.
“I’m right here. We should almost be there.” He grabbed her hand, squeezed it gently, and led her through the forest. Feeling his warmth brought butterflies to her stomach. The small thought of being with him still made things better than if she was alone.
Not wanting to lose the little girl, Anna reached back for her and found her groping around in the dark. With the girl nearby, they made their way through the trees.
An occasional growl stirred up Anna’s pulse, but they kept on through the dim light left of the day.
Just as the darkness settled in, they found the cabin. The windows were streaked with blood. The door remained shut and a few creature remains were strewn about the yard. Most with bullet holes directly through the forehead.
“Good shot.” Kyle said and a click of a trigger filled the silence. He froze and looked around at the dense clump of trees.
The girl dug her body in behind Anna’s knees almost causing her to tumble from her own fright.
“Speak.” The gruff voice said.
“My name is Kyle and this is my girlfriend Anna.” Kyle said raising his arms.
The sudden removal of Kyle’s hand brought about a chill that Anna didn’t expect. She didn’t raise her hands, but instead picked up the girl. “We’re looking for a safe place to stay.”
“We don’t want any trouble.” The man said.
A large figure stood up on the roof. His silhouette stood out against the sliver of moonlight. He had to be a large fellow, because he nearly blotted out the moon.
“We won’t be. We are tired and scared.” Anna said, her body quivering from the chill that ran through her.
“That’s going around isn’t it?” The man said a bit joyful. He banged on the roof and the door swung open. A large overweight woman waved them in.
Not waiting to be formally invited, Kyle led Anna and the girl inside. The warmth of the fire brought out a sheen of sweat the moment Anna entered. She lowered the girl and moved to the comforting fire. Her bones ached with coldness, which faded as she warmed.
She didn’t notice it, but the girl scooted up next to her and rubbed her hands together near the fire. “So warm.” She said. Her teeth chattered.
The woman sat in her recliner and smiled at them. “What brings you out to this part of the woods?”
“We got lost.” Kyle responded his knees cracking as he knelt by the fire.
The woman took a sip from her mug and smiled. “Must be far from home then. We don’t get many visitors.”
“There is no home anymore.” Anna said. The thought of her parents and her home tightened her chest and tears ran down her cheeks. She hadn’t really had time to mourn them and now that she felt safe she let the tears fall.
“You guys are welcome to stay as long as you need.” The woman picked up a book from the side table.
Kyle’s head dropped for a moment and he smiled. “I’m tired.”
“There is a spare room for you guys to bunk up.” She said.
Anna noticed the woman for the first time. Her red hair was tight in curls, a smirk rested on her lips like she knew something that she didn’t want to reveal. Her chubby fingers held the mug tightly around the handle. She reminded Anna of her grandmother.
Anna looked over at the girl and saw that she had curled up on the carpet like a cat and was fast asleep. She didn’t realize how tired she had become until she had a chance to rest.
“Don’t worry your safe here.” The woman’s voice buzzed in Anna’s head.
Exhaustion seeped into her bones and she fought to stay awake. Her mind raced with a weird fear. Something didn’t feel right. Her eyelids weighed a ton and her head bobbed. The last thing she remembered before falling asleep was the woman’s left hand was in a bandage. It could be from anything she thought as she dozed off.
What should Anna do?
Sunday, October 24, 2010
My 4 year old has been bouncing off the walls since last night and now that its tonight, her sing song voice echoes through the house, "Disney on Ice, Disney on Ice!"
It's a wonderful time of year, isn't it?
Since we can't bring the family down to DisneyLand, my wife and I decided that these events will work in the meantime. Hope to save up for a Disney trip sometime in the near future.
So what are some of your favorite family vacations? Any family holiday traditions?
Monday, October 18, 2010
Kyle forced the buggy faster through the streets, but it began to sputter. Its engine began smoking as it started to burn. It didn’t seem to be going very well, Anna watched as the once zooming surroundings slowed to a crawl. After a few feet, it stopped, black smoke surrounded them, stinging their eyes.
It choked them and made it hard to get out of the tight buggy. The girl coughed and whimpered as Anna helped her out of the seat and rushed with her away from the vehicle.
Kyle wheezed behind them as he waved his way through the thick smoke. The sun had started to set again and they were in the middle of a wooded area. Kyle had thought it would help thin out the creatures, and it did, but it also left them with no idea where civilization was anymore.
Carried on the faint breeze, creatures growls neared, but they were far enough away that the immediate threat didn’t send shivers through Anna’s spine. She had one thing on her mind and that was a place to rest. They had been zipping around without any direction and now that they were back on foot, it probably would have been a good idea to have stayed in town.
A loud pop sound reverberated around them and fire sparked to life on the small buggy engine. The girl took hold of Anna as the sparks caught the small dry brush on fire as well.
“Come on, we can’t stay here.” Kyle grabbed her hand and pulled Anna after him. The fire died slowly as it ran out of fresh fuel, but the smoke trailed into the sky.
“Where are we going?” Anna asked after they had hiked for thirty minutes in complete silence. The girl had taken up residence on Kyle’s back and had fallen asleep, her head lolling back and forth.
Kyle stopped at the crest of a small hill and looked ahead. The trees shadows stretched ahead of them. Anna estimated that they only had ten more minutes of sunlight. The mere thoughts of being out in the dark without any light made her head spin. Those creatures made noise, but some had a tendency to be silent too.
Kyle raised his hand and pointed in the distance. Unable to tell how far it was a small line of smoke rose in the distance. Civilization?
“Our luck with people right now isn’t the best.” Anna reminded him.
“Being in the dark isn’t any better.” Kyle said sharply.
Anna knew that was the truth, but dreaded another incident with some crazy person. She looked out before her and as she did the first star of night popped into the sky. She had to make a choice soon.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Bengals @ Falcons - Falcons
Steelers @ Dolphins - Dolphins
Bills @ Ravens - Ravens
Jaguars @ Chiefs - Chiefs
Browns @ Saints - Saints
Redskins @ Bears - Redskins
49ers @ Panthers - Panthers
Rams @ Buccaneers - Buccaneers
Eagles @ Titans - Eagles
Cardinals @ Seahawks - Seahawks
Patriots @ Chargers - Chargers
Raiders @ Broncos - Broncos
Vikings @ Packers - Vikings
Giants @ Cowboys - Giants
Off week: Lions, Teaxans, Colts, Jets.
Monday, October 11, 2010
“I need to rest.” Anna’s body shook with pain. Her shoulder throbbed in its socket and she struggled staying conscious as Kyle zipped around the neighborhood in the buggy. Each jerk sent a jolt of pain to her shoulder that made tears leak out of eyes. A constant taste of vomit rose to the back of her throat with each painful turn. Darkness crept into the corner of her vision, she couldn’t handle it much longer.
“I’ll find a place, give me a minute.” Kyle swerved to avoid an abandoned car. The resulting clipping of the curb didn’t do anything for her shoulder.
“I can’t wait.” She cried out.
Kyle turned to her, slowing the buggy down. Creatures were sparse now, but still a few were shuffling toward them.
The girl remained silent; her wide inquisitive eyes looked up at Anna.
She didn’t know what else to do, but knew that if she didn’t get her shoulder fixed she wouldn’t be any use to Kyle if the creatures overwhelmed the buggy. She needed to get better. “Will you heal me?”
The girl nodded and rested her left hand on Anna’s shoulder. Coolness settled over Anna like she had opened the fridge on a warm evening. The pain subsided momentarily, and beneath the skin her bone shifted. Because of the numbing chill that enveloped her, the shifting within felt like someone was inside her putting her back together. It made her stomach twist and clench like she was about to vomit, but thankfully, she didn’t.
The girl’s hand glowed, the bones within clearly visible, like she was looking through an x-ray. Soon after she removed her hand, the chill vanished and with it all semblance of pain. She shifted in the seat and it didn’t hurt, nor did anything sound like bone scraping against concrete like it did before.
She could have hugged and kissed the girl and would have given her anything she wanted for the way she healed her.
“Amazing feeling isn’t it?” Kyle asked, his eyes searching her carefully.
She nodded. That was one way to put it, but they needed to find a place to rest now. The girl looked exhausted. Her eyes shut and she leaned against Kyle in a daze. Whatever she did must have sapped her energy.
Lots of questions filled Anna’s head, but they had to wait as the creatures were growing thick again. It wouldn’t take much longer before they were out of gas, and they didn’t have any idea where they were anymore. Far from home and surrounded by flesh eating creatures, it didn’t bode well for them if they ran out of gas without a plan.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Dolphins @ Packers - Packers
Chargers @ Rams - Chargers
Ravens @ Patriots - Ravens
Browns @ Steelers - Steelers
Chiefs @ Texans - Chiefs
Lions @ Giants - Giants
Falcons @ Eagles - Falcons
Seahawks @ Bears - Bears
Saints @ Buccaneers - Saints
Jets @ Broncos - Jets
Raiders @ 49ers - Raiders
Cowboys @ Vikings - Vikings
Colts @ Redskins - Colts
Titans @ Jaguars - Titans
Week off: Cardinals, Bills, Panthers, Bengals
Monday, October 4, 2010
The girl clung to Anna’s leg, her quaking fear seeped into Anna herself. She ran her hand through the girl’s hair, trying to calm herself down, more than to comfort the girl. “It’s going to be alright.” She had contemplated leaving the girl, but after what the girl did for Kyle, she couldn’t bring herself to do it.
Kneeling next to the girl, she grabbed her hands, “Sweetie, can you climb on my back like a piggy-back ride?”
In the girls tear filled eyes; Anna saw the creatures shambling toward her. Their growls drowned out her own fear. The girl nodded, wiped a tear away and with Anna’s help took up her spot on her back.
Hurrying to the corner, the girl’s grip tugged on Anna’s throat choking her, but she thought that it was better than the girl dropping off. She crouched at the corner of the roof; it was a good twelve feet drop and knew that she would bust something if she tried to make the jump so she started to dangle her legs over the edge.
They fell away, in the middle of the air, and a thought shot through Anna’s head. What if a creature was waiting for her? With this shocking fear, she lost her grip and fell off the roof. In midair, she twisted her body, not wanting to land on the girl, and landed hard on her side. The girl rolled away from Anna and in her dizzying disorientation, she struggled to her feet, and reached for the girl with her left arm. A mind clearing jolt of pain shot to her shoulder.
Her knees gave out on her, growls surrounded her and the girl didn’t appear to be moving. A grating sound of bone on something else filled her head and she cried out. Her shoulder had separated or broke, or something worse. Stomaching busting pain clenched down on her and she grabbed the ground with her right hand. The soft soil gave way to her fingers, sticking underneath her nails. The taste of bloody copper lined her tongue.“Shit.”
A buzzing sound began in the distance. She turned to it and found Kyle in the dune buggy. His eyes were filled with rage and a crazy glee played on his lips. “Suckers take that!”
He spun it around, dirt sprayed Anna, but she was so glad to see him. Creatures attacked the buggy, but he darted it through them like a master. Their bodies bounced off like bugs and remained on the ground as their limbs twisted in disgusting angles.
Fighting through the pain, Anna limped over to the girl and tried to lift her. She remained unconscious, so she started to drag her away from the house as creatures started to notice her. The girl’s dead weight tweaked her shoulder, sending a flare of blinding pain through her, but she gritted her teeth and continued to drag the girl. “Kyle!”
Her voice didn’t carry at all and she struggled with trying to get it louder. “Kyle!” She shouted, her throat burned, but it got Kyle’s attention. He did another 180, flinging creatures left and right and tore toward her. The buggy zipped up to her and he hopped out.
Creatures had started to shuffle their way again, but with Kyle’s help they got the girl into the passenger seat and Anna squeezed in next to her. Her shoulder flared up again, but she dealt with it since Kyle threw the buggy into gear. It zoomed off, leaving her uncle’s house behind them in a hurry.
“So Anna what do you want to do?” Kyle asked.
She didn’t know what to do, but she had to decide something before blacking out.
What should Anna do?