Did you see that?" Beth screamed in his
"Did you fucking see that?"
Bill nodded his head slowly. Of course he had seen
it. Wasn't the car slid halfway around on the road? Weren't the
tires still smoking from the screeching stop they had braked to?
Weren't his knuckles white and weren't his eyes round and
"Yeah, baby. I saw it."
He took a slow shuddering breath, looked at Beth,
looked away quickly. Taking his foot off the brake and slipping
the truck into reverse, he had just enough time to get it rolling
backwards before the passenger window of his '78 Bronco exploded
in a hail of gum edged glass.
Beth screamed as he tromped the gas and turned to
see out the rear window. He wished he had turned his head over
his left shoulder because if he had, he wouldn't have seen that
large hairy hand groping and seeking for a grip on his
The Bronco jittered in a semi-arc and he felt the
back tires leave the road, slammed on the brakes. Taking a quick
look at his girlfriend, at the hand now finding purchase by
hooking its large fingers under her chin, its thumb running her
jaw line and touching her ear, he dropped from reverse, through
neutral and into drive and stomped the pedal.
He heard the engine roar, heard the…thing…outside
the window roar, and heard Beth screaming. The truck shuddered,
skidded right and found footing. There was a horrendous snap and
Beth wasn't screaming anymore. He didn't look.
With his eyes ahead on the road, he faced the
truck east and kept the pedal down. There was a loud metallic
bang and he felt the ass end sliding to his left, let off the
gas, felt the wheel jerk and settle in and punched it again.
From behind him and fading fast into the distance
and the roar of his 302 motor came a deep throated guttural howl
of pain and fury. He didn't lift his eyes to the rearview, just
After several miles were behind him and he felt
safe, he turned and looked at Beth. Turning his attention sharply
back to the road, he felt his stomach flip, opened his mouth and
ejected the contents of his stomach onto his lap, the dash, the
wheel, and the windshield.
Nobody was going to
believe this. Nobody