CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED and THIRTY-SEVEN
Tuesday night — 9:25 P.M.
Looking for a place to land, Zack brought the helicopter in low over the barn.
“What’s the ground like?” Zack asked Jacob through the intercom.
“Two feet of mud,” Jacob said.
“That’s what I thought.”
“You kids stay here,” Jacob said. “We’ll be right back.”
Jacob, Jill and Delphie climbed out of the helicopter and ran across the mud toward the barn. They were almost to the barn when they heard: “MMMOOOOMMMMMYYYY!!” Trailing Charlie, Nash, Noelle and Teddy, Katy ran across the mud to them. Jill jogged back to scoop up Katy.
“Go back!” Jacob yelled to the children.
The kids continued toward them until they were standing outside the barn. Hearing a sound, they looked up to see the creature’s horrible head peering down at them from the rooftop. The creature screeched at Jacob.
Noelle and Nash screamed with pain. Holding their ears, they collapsed to the dirt.
“Protect them!” Delphie screamed.
“Charlie! Teddy! Do it now!” Jacob yelled.
Charlie and Teddy knelt down around Noelle and Nash. Seth pulled his car into the gravel driveway of the mansion. In one motion, Seth stepped out, put his arm over the hood of the Bugatti and emptied the clip of his handgun into the creature. The creature laughed at his efforts. Flying above, the creature spread his wings and screeched at Seth. Noelle and Nash cowered in pain.
“Jill! Stay with the kids,” Jacob yelled. “I’ll let you know when you can come.”
Jacob kissed her cheek. She stroked his cheek, ran to the children and set Katy down. Reloading his handgun while he ran, Seth joined them on the hill.
“There’s nothing you can do,” Jacob said.
“Ava?” Seth asked. He holstered his weapon.
“She’s inside,” Delphie said. “We have to get her away from…”
Delphie gestured toward the creature. Seth nodded.
“Listen for me. Come when I call you,” Jacob said to Seth. Turning to Delphie, he said, ”Ready?”
“Ready,” Delphie said. Jill nodded.
With a nod, Jacob and Delphie ran into the barn.
Denver Cereal continues next week…