Authors: Erica Stevens
ou have to go!”
Mary stared down at the two
that had been thrust into her arms. Her son was staring at her with wide blue eyes
and more than a little unnerving
a one year old
. His small hands curled around his blanket as he watched his mother silently. The other baby was just as quiet, her eyes wide and a shocking violet blue that
for her age
. Though Mary
had never said anything, the age within the children’s eyes
She blinked in startled surprise at the man before her
the man that had just handed her the children,
. He was
but now, when it was to
that she didn
him at all
never known him. The thought sent a fresh wave of cold terror down her spine. Goose pimples broke out on her flesh; she could barely breathe through the anxiety clutching at her chest.
you must get them to safety.
began to shake, clinging tighter to the children who had yet to make a sound. “Take them! Take them where?”
she cried, battling against the tears that filled her eyes and clogged her throat.
, the girl’
pushed John slightly out of the way as she
her golden hair
wild around her face. “To my mother in Florida, she
ll know what to do. She
ll keep you safe.”
Safe from what?”
Mary inquired, hating the hysterical note in her voice, but her body hummed with
“She will fill you in,” Derek,
’s husband informed her. “You must go Mary.” Unlike
and John, Derek was relatively c
alm. To calm considering the fact that he w
as telling her to take his daughter
Flee from what, Mary
didn’t know, but they seemed adamant that she go.
“If you stay, you will die.
will die. Now go!
ped at him, her heart hammering
her body cold with fear. “I
don’t understand,” she cried
“I don’t understand any of this!”
I am sorry for that honey, but you must listen to us. You must get your
and the children
to safety,” John insisted.
“What about you? Why don’t you come with me?” she demanded
he wanted to grab hold of his arm,
to cling to him, to shake some answers out of him
but the children within her grasp stopped her from doing so
“We can’t, they will only follow us. We will meet you later,”
informed her, though Mary realized with heart wrenching certainty that
was lying. They
would not be meeting
was beginning to realize
that she would never see
we must go to the police,
” she whispered.
“Are useless,” Brent
Mary’s gaze darted to the man that had been silent until that moment. Mary didn’t know Brent well, he had never seemed to like her
or approve of her much
for some reason. However, he had been friends with Jessie, Derek, and John for years, even
though he was a good twenty years older than them. Mary had never understood their strange relationship, but they were extremely close, and often kept her in the dark as they whispered and spoke quietly with each other. She had always resented the
relationship, and her exclusion from it, but she had kept her bitterness hidden, unwilling to hurt or anger her husband.
“If you involve them you will only get them hurt, and yourself killed.”
They’re coming,” Jo
hn said softly, his body tensed, his face twisted
“Go!” he hissed,
dropping a kiss quickly on her head before
toward the door
. “Go now
s too late!”
Mary stumbled as he shoved at her, pushing her out the back door to the waiting car. A car that she had not started, but
was running expectantly, and appeared to have bags shoved into the back. “Wait!” Mary froze as
snagged hold of her arm;
fear and misery
evident in her intense
gaze. “Take care of my daughter.
lease Mary I a
m begging you to keep Cassie
stared back at the
woman she had considered her best friend.
r been more wrong
was a stranger
dry with terror. “I will,” she vowed.
a step back as tears rolled down her cheeks. Mary had no idea what was happening, but their terror spurred her into action. Fleeing down the back stairs, she hastily strapped the
into their car
continued to watch her in eerie silence as she jumped behind the whee
l. Her hands were shaking as
shifted the car into reverse
and pulled out of the drive
as calmly as her thumping heart would allow
She glanced back at the house, the home she had shared with her husband and his friends. People
now realized she knew
she realized with bone shaking c
, did she know her
son. She glanced at the eerily silent children
in the rearview mirror
s usually fussy in the car seat;
did not fight against the straps
usually fast asleep
the minute he hit the car, he
was staring in
tently at her
With their blond hair, and wide unblinking eyes, Mary was
reminded of the Children of The Corn. A chill ran down
back as she
on the tears that burned her eyes.
, her eyes flew
wildly back to the house as the sound of splintering wood shattered the air. For a moment Mary could not move as
the sounds of an ensuing battle
Then, her survival instincts, for herself and the children
kicked into gear. Shifting into drive, she stomped on the gas
he tires sp
on the asphalt
, squealing loudly,
before finally grabbing hold. The car lurched forward
the smell of burning rubber
as she sped down the road. She headed
toward the highway, and Florida.
It was almost a ten hour drive, but she had a feeling she would make it there in record time, as long as she didn’t get pulled over first.
nothing but death
There would be nothing
of her life
her loved ones.
In fact, s
certain that they were already dead, and that whatever had
would be coming for
But the fact that she had lost her loved ones was not nearly as unnerving as the fact that t
hough she squealed through turns, raced through red lights, and people
their horns at her, the children remained quiet
through the change in her hand,
picked out the
nickels and dimes
aside the pennies
. Sighing in aggravation, she glanced at the unattainable Coke machine before digging into the pocket of her cutoff
. All she wanted was a cold soda, was that
much to ask? App
arently as all she pulled out
were a few pieces of lint
, a gum wrapper,
urge to kick the
it was not its fault that the price
had gone up fifteen
cents. It was the stupid, greedy
owner of the store.
, she peered into
the dingy windows of the
ive and D
ime. Mr. Lester was watching
, waiting to make sure
t do exactly what she longed to do most.
She wanted to stick her tongue out at the man, but then she would be banned from the store, and he did have the best selection of baseball cards
and comic books in town.