CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY-ONE
The creature hopped into the air then dove toward Charlie. Paralyzed with terror, Charlie screamed.
Sandy rushed to his side. Heather and Tanesha ran to Sandy. Jill tried to throw the creature away from Charlie but it was moving too fast. Knowing she and Rachel had the DNA, Sandy threw herself in front of Charlie. The creature was an inch away when it caught wind of Rachel. Rachel let out an angry scream.
The creature screeched with pain.
“Sarah, Buster, Scooter, attack.” The dogs herded the creature away from Charlie. Heather and Tanesha grabbed Charlie and pulled him back to the circle.
“Nash! Noelle! Come over by me,” Valerie said. “Sandy! Heather! Bring Mack! Honey!”
With a flick of her hand, Honey zoomed to Valerie. The others ran to catch up.
“It’s our babies,” Valerie yelled. “With our babies, we will kill it.”
“She will kill us all if we don’t,” Jill said.
“But give her our babies?” Sandy asked. “I’d rather die!”
“Not give her our babies,” Valerie said. “That’s crazy. Hold our babies and each other. You saw how that thing reacted to just seeing Rachel.”
“The sight, smell and sounds of babies with mitochondrial DNA will kill her,” Jill said.
Sandy looked at Heather. Facing their worst fears, the mothers moved to Valerie.
“You need Cam and Tanesha too,” Jill said.
“The rest of us will form a circle around you!” Jill yelled.
The children took each other’s hands. Jill set Katy down and they joined the children. They formed a circle around the creature. Valerie, Honey, Heather, Tanesha and Cam and the young children stood in the center of the circle.
Tanesha helped Heather get Mack from her backpack baby carrier. Cam took the carrier and tossed it into a corner. Sandy wrapped her arms around Rachel. They linked elbows. The dogs kept the monster in place.
“Think light,” Valerie said. “Mom always said, ‘The deepest darkness can be broken with a single thought of light’.”
A brilliant bright white light emanated from the group. As if draw to it by a magnet, the light struck the slate grey creature.
“Duck!” Charlie yelled.
“Cover your face!” Jill yelled.
The creature’s torso exploded. Grey dust, black blood and tissue spewed around the room. The dogs skittered away. The monster’s tail blew up and its head fell to the ground with a thump. After all the chaos and confusion, a silence drifted over the basement.
“Everyone okay?” Jill asked.
“Honey!?” MJ yelled.
“I’m here.” From her position near the middle of the room, Honey waved. “I’m here.”
MJ ran down the stairs to her. Jacob and Aden followed close behind. Delphie stood at the landing. She looked from the bullet holes to the dark grey dust, black blood and tissue until she spotted Saint Jude laying on his side pressed against the side wall. Almost to herself, she said:
Denver Cereal continues next week…