The End: Story Two - End of the Line By: David K. Montoya


The End:Story Two
End of the Line
By: David K. Montoya

As I came around the corner, the first thing I saw was an Unlucky on top of my son. It was trying to bite him, but Michael was smart enough to wedge his knee between them that made a gap between him and the monster. Renee was trapped in a corner with her weapon drawn and readied, but she did not fire at the creature that had her trapped. I saw the fear in her eyes. I pointed toward her and told Richard to handle it, which was the only thing I remember before I leapt upon the Unlucky that was on top of my son.

While I wrestled with the monster, I saw Richard run over to the creature that was attacking Renee. He swung the fire axe wildly but he was able to sever the demonís head from its shoulders; which caused dark tarry blood to erupt from the open wound spewing on Renee and himself. My attention was drawn back to the beast I was struggling with when it grabbed the side of my neck and shoulder where I had been bitten a few days earlier. I let out a cry as the creature dug its fingers into my wound.

Then something weird happened. The Unlucky let go and quickly crawled away from me. Once it got back up to its feet, the creature just stood there staring at me. It hissed a few times as if it were talking to me.

I looked slightly to my left and saw the other three--Richard, Michael, and Renee. They almost had the same look on their faces as the creature that stood in front of me had. I jumped back when I heard gun shots being fired, and then the beast fell dead. When it hit the ground I looked up and saw the professor and Rose. The weapon that the professor held had smoke swirling from its barrel, so I assumed he was the one who shot the Unlucky.

After a few moments of stunned silence, we quickly regrouped. I showed everyone the map that I found only minutes before. We learned that at the end of the hall was a staircase that led into another section of the school, where the chart said the Principal's Office was located. Before we were able to move on, Michael pointed out that I was bleeding from where the unlucky had grabbed my shoulder. The professor wanted to take a look at it, but I told him it was a small wound and there was no need to worry about it. My protest went unheeded as he pulled back my shirt and saw the dressing I put over it before we left Palace City. The professor removed the bandage and examined the wound that was underneath. He gasped when he saw the extent of the damage and asked me how long had it been since I was bitten.

I told him it had been a few days now; it happened the day we left Airepseh. I asked the professor how bad was it and if it was infected. He explained that it was not infected but the way my skin looked he could tell that I had contracted some form of the "Sickness". I told the professor that I knew I was sick, but did not want to worry everyone about it thatís why I had not said anything about it.

Everyone stood there for a few moments without saying anything, but I knew what each one was thinking. 'Should we kill him now or wait until he has completely turned.' I gave everyone a stern look and told them if anyone wanted to try and take me out, the time was now. They all just stood there, and to my relief no one made an attempt on my life. I told them the day I felt that I was losing control and acted like one of those demons instead of a human, I would end things myself.

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About the Author

David K. Montoya has been writing for nearly 15 years and during that time has produced some 200 underground comics, including "M-Team," "Ayotnom," "The Hunters-Xydus," "Lifesigns," "Smash," and continues to work on the upcoming graphic novel, "Underground to Nowhere." Along with producing his current run of poems, short stories and serials, he also did the artwork and dialog for the soon to be released, "Smash, Collector's Edition."
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