The Bomb

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic
It's the Apocalypse! A short story I wrote for fun

Submitted: October 18, 2013

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The Bomb

 

All of my lively fun childhood I loved to blow up things.  I loved the superior rush it gave me.  Now every single time I hear any loud bomb sounding noise I get the chills.  I am part of the growl district; we are some of the few survivors on earth. Ever since the “bomb” went off, life’s been terrifying.  I wish I knew where it came from or who or what did it.  I need answers, any answers, clues…anything.  I came to the growl district with a group of six.  There are our neighbors Lisa and Jace, me and my wife Skyler, and our twin girl and boy Hannah and Josh who are 14 years of age.  We are all working together to survive; we live in a high security facility for survivors… we hide in there because of the creatures.  We never saw an actual living one in the light but we found that if we stay outside in the dark it doesn’t end well.  So we hide scared, some loose the will to live.  This isn’t how we should be living, but somehow some way…we do.

Now back to the “bomb”; about seven never-ending years ago when life was normal and peaceful, there was an enormous object spotted in the immense blue partly cloudy sky.  No one knew what it was but it was all over the news.  It was gigantic and glowing brightly orange, as if God was pointing an orange laser pointer at us.  At first we thought of it being beautiful, not fatal.  Later, we noticed it was getting bigger, closer, as if it was hurling towards earth.  That’s exactly what it was doing.  Once everybody realized that’s what it was doing everyone was evacuating the town in fear.  I didn’t tell my wife or the kids that it was out there, but when it was said to be soaring towards us I had to warn them.  Almost everyone except for some neighbors that had bomb shelters had left the town. I had an underground safe house in case of bombs so I took us there.  We waited for about four frightening days before it finally happened. We heard a huge explosion and then shrieking almost yelling sounds, not human shrieking sounds though, something different…oddly different.  It didn’t seem like a bomb though either; there was no after noise, shockwave, the ground didn’t even shake. It just sounded like something hit the earth and halted. We hid in the safe house for about two more hours after the event occurred.  We knew our neighbors Roby and Lisa had an underground bomb shelter and figured they would be there.  We could see it was a dark and eerie night through the crack of the half rusted doors above.  I told my family I was going to see if the neighbors had saw anything unusual or odd happen or if it is ok to move on with our lives.  I was going to do that but I really just wanted to see the damage of the town.  When I stepped out, the yard looked like it was in perfect condition, the house looked fine, but when I went out front I saw something strange, out of this world strange.

Then, I was frightened like any other human being would be.  Us people are frightened by things we do not understand, and I really didn’t understand this.  I saw a crater with a green pod in it; it was sort of like a football stadium sized transparent pea pod. It was covered in some sort of green gooey slime.  That’s all I could identify in the dark.

It got even stranger from there; I heard an animal like noise behind me.  It sounded like someone gurgling with a hiss mixed in it somewhere.  It was not a pleasant or familiar noise.  Then, I felt a hand on my shoulder, a clawed big huge slimy hand.  Suddenly, it dug its claws into my right shoulder.  I screeched in excruciating pain, pain is the only way to describe it.  I swung around dislodging the clawed hand from my bloody shoulder.  All as my frightened eyes saw was a faint figure of a giant mutated lizard like creature.  I swiftly sprinted by heart out to my neighbor’s shelter door and started pounding yelling their names. This could not have been real, maybe it was a dream… no it couldn’t be…you  can’t get hurt in a dream. Thankfully it didn’t take long for them to spring open the doors for me to lunge inside.

His wife shrieked in fear as she saw my agonizing wound.  I told them it was not anything close to a bomb or anything I expected them to believe.  They told me to proceed with my terrifying story of my encounter with that thing, that creature.  I think the only thing that was making them not think I went mad was my deep punctured shoulder.  I thought about my wife, my kids! What if one of those things got them?  I told Jace that I’m going back, back to get my family.  He gave me a shotgun and took one for himself gesturing that he is coming with me.  He told Lisa bye and gave her a kiss on the cheek. We burst out of the doors and quickly closed them behind us making sure they were tight so nothing would get to Lisa.  It was pitch black and all we had were small flash lights attached to the pump of the shotguns.  We were crouched and slowly but stealthily walking to my house.  We didn’t have much trouble until we got to my front lawn.  We suddenly heard a loud piercing scream from my back yard; Jace and I gunned it to see what was happening.  We saw a creature ripping at the doors of the shelter so we sprang into action.  I shot it in the side and it dropped to the ground instantly, but not for long, about five seconds later it shot back up and stared at us.  We both started unloading on it.  After we unloaded our clips it was dead.  Luckily everyone was alright except for a small scratch on Skyler’s hand. She said the creature got her hand through the crack of the doors when she was trying to hold them shut.  We all jostled back to Lisa and Jace’s shelter because of their plentiful food supply. All of us made it there safely with no trouble.  When we all settled down we found time to sleep.

The next morning we all gobbled down breakfast without a word.  It wasn’t an awkward moment of silence though; it was more of an “I can’t believe that just happened” kind of silence. Jace and I decided to go retrieve the body of the dead creature.  Both of our wives tried to hold us back but if we want to survive…this is what we have to do. We have to learn about them, know their ways, their needs.  When we grabbed our guns and stepped outside we scanned the area so stealthily, if there was a mouse a hundred yards away we would have spotted it in a heartbeat. It was also so quiet, oh so quiet, to quiet, you could hear a pin drop yet you could still feel the presence that something some ware was watching you. The town was wrecked; we went to the location of the body to make sure it was still there, it was.  We walked around the neighborhood checking all the houses for survivors.  For some people who didn’t flee the town yet still made it.  All as we found were corpses, dead cold bloated bodies.  When we looked up into the sky we saw our fate, hundreds…thousands…millions of glowing orange orbs hurling towards our home planets. This is when we knew, this was the apocalypse.

We strolled back to the shelter picking up the body on the way.  We brought it back lied it down on a work bench for study.  They are about seven feet tall and have skinny five feet tails. They have an odd scaly, slimy, greenish yellow skin. But there is one thing, one unique quality that sticks out upon all the other features; there is an odd patch on their side above their hips that is a bright shiny silver color.  Out of all the spots we shot, we didn’t hit that spot much at all, only a few bb’s at of all the shotgun blasts had struck that particular spot. The creatures must only travel at dark for there was none to be found this whole entire day.  It was getting dark so I went back inside and informed everybody the little information that I have received from my study.  We all stayed in for the night, I’m not going to say we slept, but we stayed in. During the night we heard the creatures right outside our doors, hundreds maybe thousands of them. Some were pounding on the doors; we had to muffle the kid’s terrified screams.  I think they were crowded around the body. At least now I know they are attracted to their own deceased.  I hope that mistake of mine does not decide my fate, my family’s fate.

We managed to wait out the night and I must be right, they only come out at night.  They must have taken the body for it was not there when I checked.  There were gashes all over the front doors; they must know where we are now.  I shouted to the others to pack their stuff, we couldn’t stay there much longer.  I’m lucky I filled up the car a day before this monstrosity; I’m lucky it’s in tack. We all hopped in, everyone asking where we are going; all as I could say is… somewhere.

We drove for days, stopping at abandoned cars every time we had a chance to transfer the old gas from it.  I didn’t really know where we were.  During the nights we would see those things all around; not fast enough to catch up to the cars though.  Well, I saw those things, I didn’t want to awake and worry the others.  I know these are hard times for them, for us all. Sometimes we think about suicide, but we all know God kept us alive for a reason; it’s not our time yet.

When we were on a long winding road through the green filled forest we saw movement.  We thought it was more creatures and were about to floor it but remembered they are night creatures.  So I gambled and hit the brake; Jace and I hopped out with our shotguns.  We approached the bushes we spotted the movement in; two men jumped out and tackled us and started beating on us until they realized we were humans too. Jace and I kind of just stared at them, in shock that there are some stragglers fighting for their lives. They on the other hand smiled an awkwardly long smile. The first one came over to me and gave me a hug, we at this point had no idea what was going on.  We asked them about the creatures; they told us all we needed to know, not where they came from, not are their kind called, but how to kill them.  You need to disrupt their sensor…which is that silver spot on their side that I was examining.  They also told us that they had a defense base sent up with about one-hundred and thirty people, they offered us if we would like to stay.  We had no ware else to go so we gradually accepted his generous offer.  He told us we are officially part of the growl district.

That’s where I am today, living a hard yet livable life.  We have jobs, money, and houses yet it’s still not the same.  We have to strive for our food; everyone only gets a bight of food, people are dying of diseases, and the world around us is falling apart.  It’s not easy but God will decide what will happen and I know whatever he wants to happen will be the right thing for me, my family, and the district.  We pray to him every night asking for answers; we don’t intend to get them, but at least we have hope.  I think that’s what everyone need’s…hope. Because chances are, we are the only people left on earth.  The people who have passed are in a better place now, and when I do, when my family and friends do, we will be to…and that’s all I want…all I hope.

 


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