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Silverweed: Chapter 6, Episode 11 – a fairy tale inspired YA dark fantasy

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 06:38 AM PST

"Good Day," Said The Wolf
Chapter 6 Episode 11
By Dorlana Vann

Within an hour, Aiden had dinner and the muffins cooked and the table set. When he walked through the living room on his way to get his grandmother, he heard the wind as it wailed and begged for attention. He snapped on the porch light, revealing large snowflakes being blown sideways. His grin widened as he watched in amazement, hoping by morning he could make a snowman or at least his first real snowball.

After walking upstairs to Granny's room, he tapped with his knuckle on her door; she didn't answer. Maybe she's already asleep. He thought about just letting her be before considering the instructions Diesel had given them: She must have the muffins every day. He didn't want to cause her to have a heart attack or whatever would happen without her medicated muffins.

He walked inside the room, tiptoeing blindly to the bed. A new rank, musky odor filled the room and made him wince. The idea that she had died because he was a little late with the muffins crossed his mind, and his heart pounded in his chest. He was relieved when he heard a tremendous snore arise in the darkness.

Hoping his sudden presence wouldn't scare Granny to death either, Aiden whispered her name and snapped on the bedside lamp. His mouth fell open as he stared in disbelief at what was asleep under Granny's cozy blanket.

It looked kind of like a wolf, black and gray fur, large pointed ears, but different and so much bigger; Aiden followed the blanket bulge the length of the bed. Hairy, but human-like, yellow clawed feet stuck out of the end of the blanket. When he looked back at the face of the creature, he found it odd the way it lay there on the pillow, snoring through the long, almost delicate nose. That's when he noticed the sharp fangs, two pointed up and two pointed down, over dark lips. And its eyes were… open!

Aiden stumbled back a step.

It growled, saliva gathering at the corners of its mouth like a mad dog. Aiden stood petrified, but only for a second, because when the wolf-thing leapt from the bed, Aiden found his feet and scrambled backwards.

It seemed to be wearing a pink nightgown… similar to Granny's nightgown. He had no time to think about it, or to even run, because in the next second, the creature had lunged and knocked Aiden on the floor.

Aiden shielded his face with his arms as the thing tore at him with its claws, shredding his jacket and digging its claws deep into his flesh. Aiden cried out, the burning pain searing through his body. More than his match in strength, the creature had Aiden's arms pinned to the ground quickly. At the very moment Aiden opened his eyes and saw the daggered teeth coming toward his face, the creature's head reared back, and its mouth flew open, a high-pitched screech bellowing out. It staggered to its feet, revealing it huge size and long limbs.

Aiden didn't dare move. Hard adrenaline pumped through his heart. Finally, with large breaths, he sat up.

The wolf-like creature stumbled a little, leaving a clear view of Diesel standing by the bedroom door, holding a gun out in front of him. Diesel then grabbed a long, thick dart with a red tip from his mouth, right as Scarlet ran into the room and reacted to seeing the beast with a piercing, long-winded scream.

The creature turned toward them and snarled. A dart—exactly like the one Diesel had pushed into the gun—stuck out of its back. Diesel began pumping the pistol-sized air gun, never looking away from the beast. But it didn't wait for Diesel to finish… it attacked.

Scarlet screamed and fur and black blurs of Diesel's clothing rolled around the room. After what seemed an eternity, Aiden heard a quick blast of air and at the same time, the beastly animal slowed to a stop and lay motionless on top of Diesel. Aiden figured the first dart had probably finally taken effect. Slowly, almost gently, Diesel slipped out from under it. He bent down, putting his face close to the creature's face.

Diesel turned his head and stared at Aiden. "Are you okay?"

Aiden heart still pounded, and his body shook ferociously. He felt twinges of pain, his arms scratched and bleeding, but he wasn't dead. He nodded.

Scarlet ran to Diesel. "Are you okay? Are you okay? Oh shit! What is that thing?"

Diesel shrugged her off, still looking at Aiden, and stood up. He let the gun drop to the floor.

The madness in Diesel's eyes made Aiden wary. Before he could move, Diesel had crossed the room, grabbed him by the neck, and slammed him into the wall.

Aiden gasped and tried to break free of both Diesel's grip and his very close stare.

"Diesel!" Scarlet said. "What are you doing? Let him go!"

Finally, Diesel released the pressure, but his hand remained firmly around Aiden's neck. Blood and sweat dripped from his face. "I knew you would forget to give her the muffins."

To be continued…

Chapter 7 Episode 12 will be posted Jan 21, 2011.

If you would you like to read the complete story now, the eBook is available for $2.99 on Nook and Kindle.

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