Tuesday, April 30, 2013
THE BEAST WITHIN ...
Zane kicks a rock into oncoming traffic on his way home from school. A car skids and the brakes screech, but Zane's head remains slumped, as dark bangs fall into his eyes and mingle with a single tear.
He drags his feet up the front porch steps and his mother greets him at the door.
“Happy Birthday, honey. Go wash up, dinner will be ready soon. I made your favorite, mac and cheese.”
“Mom, there’s nothing happy about this day. Remember we buried Buster this morning?”
She swallows a golfball sized lump. “I know, but tomorrow’s Saturday and you’ll have a wonderful surprise.”
“Yeah, whatever.” All I want is another dog ... a dude’s dog.
* * * * *
Zane buries his head under the pillow as sunlight streams through the bedroom window. Snarls and the sound of ripped fabric filter through his covered ears.
“What the ...” he murmurs and lifts the pillow, covering his nose. “Gross! It smells like something died in here.” Nails scratch into the hardwood under the bed and the growls and shredding noises continue.
Holding his breath, he peers over the edge and sees a scraggly, wagging tail on the butt of a little mangy mutt. “No, she didn’t ... not this,” he says through gritted teeth. “MOM!”
The door flings open. “SURPRISE! Isn’t fluffy the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?”
“No ... It’s ugly, smelly, and looks as if he’d bite anything.”
Her face flushes. “Oh, well, yes. They did say he has that problem, but with a bit of love and affection, I’m sure he’ll outgrow it.”
“He bites! Great ...”
She pulls out a leash from behind her back and hands it to him. “Why don’t you take fluffy for a walk and start to bond with him. He’s your dog now.”
Zane watches as fluffy tears apart his favorite trainer. “Yeah, right. Bond with that ...” He points at the dog as he rips apart the other one.
Time passes and Fluffy seems to enjoy his new home and the taste of Zane’s neighbors and friends. Bite-after-bite, he even licks his chops.
But what happens to them? Suddenly they start asking Zane for brains ...
MY ZOMBIE DOG by Charmaine Clancy
Will Zane be able to keep his dog from infecting the whole neighborhood? Or will it be too late to stop the plague that has erupted?
Now this in one story I can really SINK my teeth into. LOL.. BAD PUN, I know, but I HAD to say it. All kidding aside this story sounds like a ton of fun. Both kids and adults will love this. I know I can’t wait to read it.
Charmaine hails from down under, so I’m sure we will get some fun Aussie wit, in this tale. Please drop by her blog and say hi to her. I met her through the Romantic Friday Writers, and believe me she has an awesome sense of humor.
WEll EVERYONE ... This is the FINAL Book. My intro challenge is COMPLETE. I hope you all enjoyed the variety of authors I have featured and THANK YOU ALL for your support of your fellow blogger/authors. I know they appreciate your buying their books. Spread the word about your favorites. I know I have been BLAMED by many that because of my intros their TBR lists are endless. One went so far as to say she was going to charge me. LOL, PLEASE, it’s costing me too.
Anyway, you have ALL been amazing and your comments have meant so much to me. I hope you can find time to drop by for my reflections post. Take care everyone and I will see you tomorrow? Can you believe the IWSG is TOMORROW? I don’t even get a day off! GEEZ, ALEX, YOU are relentless! LOL.
Sending out a HUGE HUG to all of you! I couldn’t have done it without YOU!