EARTH’S SURVIVORS LIFE STORIES: MIKE AND CANDACE
Copyright Dell Sweet 2014
This is an excerpt of a fan based book. IE: Fans who loved Candace and Mike, the two prominent characters in the Earth’s Survivors series. So I did the work to remove their story line and place it in one volume. Enjoy, Dell.
He came awake in the darkness and lay looking up at the silvery moon far over head.
His mind was clouded, but seemed to be clearing. For a second there… For a second there he had forgotten who he was, or… or what was going on.
He tried to move, but his body seemed excessively heavy. That was okay though. They would come for him. They would realize he had not made it to the top of the hill. They would come back and… He tried to pull a breath and the panic set in. He bolted upright, the weight of his body suddenly not an issue, still struggling to pull a breath, but his lungs would not comply. His hands came up to his neck and then fell away slowly. His neck was a ruined mass of flesh. He had taken a bullet there, he reasoned. Taken a bullet there, but it hadn’t killed him… yet, his mind supplied. But you can’t breathe!
That set the panic on fire within him. He lunged to his feet, prepared to run up the hill, but the hill was gone. The camp ground was gone. He was standing in a dense forest. Others stood around him, silent, seemingly waiting on him… or with him, his mind reasoned.
He tried to speak. “Hey… I’m hurt bad. Help me!” And he did speak the words, but not a sound came out of his mouth. He had no air to drive the words, and that brought him back to the panic. No breath. No breath meant no life. No life was death. He didn’t want that. He had been…
He had been going up the hill? Going down the hill? He couldn’t remember. The… the attack had come. The attack had come and he was… must have been wounded… gravely wounded. And if he didn’t breath soon, it would turn into something even worse. He had to breath. He had to breath soon or…
She stepped into his line of sight. The bones in her face were close to the surface, pushing at the taut skin there. Her skin was greenish-gray, or maybe it was a trick of the moonlight. Her silvered eyes held his own. Her long black hair was a tangled ruin.
The skin of the rest of her body was pale white. Unbelievably white. So white, translucent, that he could see the spidery trails of purple-blue capillaries, veins rising and touching the surface of her skin and then plunging deep into her body, under the skin and muscle… pulsing… seeming to be alive, although she seemed as dead as anything dead that he had ever seen.
As a kid, he had happened into a vacant lot one morning on the way to school. He had seen something over in the weeds that ran along the fence line of the lot next door. There he had looked down upon the body of a bum who had either died during one of the recent cold nights or had been murdered and dumped there. His face had looked like this one before him. Gray, too pale, the bone structure too close to the surface. The skin looking more like wax than skin. Just like this… this… whatever this was.
Jeff sank back down to the ground on his knees. The cold moonlight shone down, the others still silent and standing around him.
They listened to the radio, and even called a few times themselves, but they heard no reply. They split up the posts, built the fire up, banked it, and those not on post turned in.
Candace lay alone in her sleeping bag, looking up at the deep black of the star filled night. She wondered about where they would end up, followed by how much she wanted a baby, how much she loved Mike. She thought maybe she should write in her journal. Somewhere in there she fell asleep and woke later to Mike’s gentle touch, waking her to turn the post over to her.
She rose, kissed him softly, took the cup of coffee he offered and walked off into the night.
Earth’s Survivors Life Stories: Candace and Mike. The planet Earth is about to experience an extinction event. Most of the world will be gone when it is finished, but some will survive. Candace and Mike are two of those survivors. https://books.apple.com/us/book/earths-survivors-life-stories-candace-and-mike/id1359482457