Monday, December 5, 2016

The Survivalistas- Book 4: Chloe- Chapter 8 - Part 2

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The sound of a struggle roused Chloe from the half doze she’d fallen into on a pile of blankets on the floor. Sofia and Maria were sleeping on the bed, while RJ sat nearby reading a comic he’d found. Getting to her feet Chloe checked on the babies who were awake but content for the moment. Moving to the end of the aisle she peered around the shelves. Not seeing anyone she moved slowly toward the sound of fighting and a pale light. Seeing Roy and two other men, she ducked behind a pile of boxes and squated down peeking around the side to watch. The weasley looking guy was bound and gagged struggling in front of the other men. His eyes had that milky white shade to them and he kept trying to bite through the gag.

“I can’t believe you were stupid enough to get yourself bit, Denny.” Roy said, shaking his head. “Put him in the freezer, maybe we can use him.” The other two guys grabbed the tied up one and dragged him off. “Now to deal with our new guests.” Roy said, heading in the opposite direction.
Chloe quietly followed after Roy as he walked toward the office, as he entered she saw Luke and Robin tied up. Stifling a gasp, she turned to head back to the others. Another noise made her pause the sound of many hands banging on the metal doors.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Survivalistas- Book 4: Chloe- Chapter 8 - Part 1

Chapter 8
Roy stood at the end of their makeshift prison, an aisle between two storage shelves blocked at one end with a palette of something still wrapped. They had gone to the trouble of setting up a crib and twin bed, a box of baby supplies sat next to the crib. “I’m sure this is only temporary, ladies. Once Rob and Luke get our note, they’ll come and negotiate for you. I figure with the kids you're not going to get any funny ideas about trying to escape, be pretty hard with the babies anyway. I’ll have one of the guys bring some toys for Maria, and see what’s around to keep RJ from getting bored.” He turned to go then turned back. “I’m trying to make this as easy as possible for all of us. Robin and Luke are smart reasonable men, I’m sure we’ll be able to come to an agreement quickly. Let me know if you need anything.”
Chloe bit her lip on a terse reply and scooped a fussy Johnny from his car seat. After Roy had left Sofia sank down on the bed. “This is a nightmare, right?”
“I wish. Here I think the little guy is hungry.” Chloe handed the squirming baby to Sofia who sighed. Maria hopped up on the bed next to her mom, tears streaming down her little face.
“This sucks.” RJ muttered sinking to the floor. “We should have fought him somehow.”
Chloe ignored him and removed the sleeping Suzi from her car seat slipping her into the crib. A noise at the end of the aisle caught her attention and she saw the weasley looking guy from before holding a box coming toward them. Not wanting him to see Sofia feeding the baby she moved to intercept him.
The creep leered at her, “bet you’re rethinking that offer now, ain't cha?”
Taking the box she glared up at him, “Not really.”
“Oh come on. Now we’ll have the farm and you are going to get stuck with this place. I’m sure we could find a way for you to earn your keep.”
“I’d rather take my chances with the zombies.”
His grin fell, “That could be arranged.”
Chloe watched him storm off before turning and carrying the box of toys over to the others.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Survivalistas- Book 4: Chloe- Chapter 7 - Part 1

Chapter 7
Chloe hummed softly rocking baby Suzi. She’d traded Luke’s couch for Sofia and Rob’s becoming a live in nanny for the kids, while Sofia recovered.
“You’re a natural.” Sofia murmured sitting up in the bed.
Chloe laughed lightly, “Natural aunt maybe.” Standing she placed the sleeping infant in her crib. “Can I get you anything?”
Sofia shook her head, biting her lip. “Thank you Chloe, I don’t know what we would have done if you weren’t here. Rob told me how you’ve been helping with the kids and house. I really appreciate it.”
“Please, it’s the least I can do since you guys took me in.” Chloe checked on Johnny before moving to the door. “Get some rest. Dinner will be ready in a bit.”
Nodding Sofia laid back down as Chloe left the room, shutting the door behind her. Turning to walk down the hall, she bumped into Luke.
“Just the person I was looking for.” Placing his hands on her hips he gently pushed her back toward the opposite end of the hall.
“What are you doing?” She asked as her back bumped into the bathroom door. “I have to check on dinner.”
“It’ll be ok for a minute.” Leaning down he kissed her, wrapping her arms around his neck she kissed back. When he finally broke away, he leaned his forehead against her’s. “I’ve missed having you sleeping on the couch. It’s really quiet over there without your cute little snore.”
Chloe smacked him on the back of the head playfully. “I do not snore.”
He grinned, “yes, you do.” Before she could reply he captured her lips again.
Behind them, came a loud, “ahem.”
Luke jerked up looking over his shoulder, and Chloe peeked around him. Rob stood in the hallway next to Sofia’s door, looking half amused and half annoyed. “Guys I get it hard to find privacy but, come on, no making out where the kids could see.”
“Sorry, Rob.” Chloe murmured, slipping out of Luke’s arms. “I need to check on dinner.” She almost ran down the hall, her face blazing red. Behind her she could hear Luke giving Rob hell for interrupting them and smiled. In the kitchen she pulled the chicken lasagna from the oven, as she was setting it on the stove she glanced out the window. A reddish yellow light catching her attention she moved to the sink, leaning toward the window to get a better look. Beyond the yard she could see flames licking up the side of the barn. “Luke, Rob get out here the barns on fire!”
Rob was the first one in the kitchen, stepping up beside her to look out the window. “Oh no.” He bolted to the door with Luke on his heels. They slammed out the door, Chloe watched the dark shadows race across the yard toward the barn. As much as she wanted to help she couldn’t leave the kids alone in the house, and Sofia wasn’t up to dealing with this type of crisis.
Behind her a little voice said, “Chlo-weee.”
“Yeah, Hon.” Chloe replied turning toward Maria and froze. Roy stood in the doorway to the hall with Maria in front of him a gun pointed at her head.
“Hi Chlo-wee,” he mocked grinning at her. “I need you to go get Sofia, RJ and those precious little babies"
“Why? You are pretty well set up at the Wal-mart, what could you want with us?”
Roy grinned, “We want to trade, you all for this place. It’s self sufficient, the Wal-mart ain’t.”
 “Sofia’s just had twins, Roy. She can’t get up.”
He scoffed, “My old lady was up and bitching an hour after having our kids. Sofia’s had a few days to recoup, she’ll be fine. Go get her and the others, or the little gal here gets plugged.”
“Chlo-wee…” Maria wailed, tears streaming down her little face.
“Shh, Maria, don’t worry honey.  I’ll go get everybody.” She moved toward the door and Roy guided Maria out of the way not removing the gun from her head.
“You have 5 minutes. To get Sofia an’ RJ out here and the babies in car seats.”
“Ok.” Stepping into the hall she yelled, “RJ Get down here I need your help.” There was a door bumping open upstairs then the thump of footsteps running down the stairs. He appeared a moment later. “Go in the kitchen and don’t do anything stupid.”
With a confused look he did as she told him. She heard him give a surprised noise then Roy say something she couldn’t make out. Sending up a silent prayer that everything was going to be ok, she moved to Sofia’s room. Opening the door she found Sofia sitting up with a look of alarm.
“What’s going?”
“The barns on fire, and Roy is kidnapping us. We have five minutes to get you dressed and the babies in their car seats or… you don’t want to know.”
Sofia threw back the covers and struggled to her feet. “He threatened my kids.”
“Yes.”
“Get Suzi and Johnny together, while I get dressed.” Sofia got up and moved painfully to the dresser. “I’m going to rip that man apart.” She muttered as she pulled clothes from the drawers.
Chloe grabbed up a piece a paper and jotted down a note, before taking some warm clothes and dressed the babies before tucking them into the car seats. In less than five minutes Chloe was following Sofia out of the room with a car seat in each hand.
“Very good, Ladies.” Roy said as they entered the kitchen. “I’ve had RJ wrap up dinner to go. It looks like that fire we started is a little bit more than your guys can handle. This makes it pretty easy for us. There’s a car waiting outside for you all to get into, do it quick and quietly.”

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Author's Note: Sorry

So you've probably noticed I've been AWOL since around April. I've been stuck and haven't even written but a few words until this week. Chapter 7 is coming out tomorrow but don't get to excited as I have no idea when the rest of the book will be written. Although I do have an idea of where everything is going. So that's a plus, I'm going to try and get my act together and have this done by the end of the year. Yet who knows if that will happen.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Author's Notes: Writer's Block

So as you probably got from the title I have a bad case of writer's block. I was on a roll, hitting my goal for getting you guys a post a week and then bam! nada. That little cursor is blinking mocking me, I tried a couple exercises that sometimes help, nope. I know where I want to go, but the words just aren't there at the moment. As much as it disappoints me to do so, I'm going to take a step back and work on some other projects that have been pestering. Maybe once I get that out of my system I'll be able to come back and get back to work.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Survivalistas- Book 4: Chloe- Chapter 6 - Part 2

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Chloe flopped down on the couch next to Luke, she had never been so happy to have new clothes in her life. She would never take clean underwear for granted again. She rolled her neck trying to get the kinks out. “How Sofia doing?”
“She says she’s fine, but I think we can expect those babies anytime now.” He leaned back on the couch tossing his arms along the back. An awkward moment of silence passed.
Chloe leaned forward elbows on her knees, twirling a wet lock of hair. Her mind kept flashing to that woman in the storeroom and what she’d said about Roy’s gang. “Do you think Roy and the good ol’ boys really killed that woman’s family?”
“I don’t know. This is a new world, what we saw out there…” He trailed off and she felt a hand on her shoulder. “Come here.”
She didn’t resist as he wrapped his arm around her, pulling her into a comforting embrace. Chloe curled into him needing the solace after everything that had happened. Her mind whirled as she tried to work through all the craziness she’d seen today.
“Hey,” Luke tipped her chin so she was looking up at him. “Everything’s going to be all right.”
She flashed back to their kiss in the drugstore, and without thinking she wrapped her arms around his neck. Her eye’s fluttered close as their lips met and Luke wrapped his arms around her waist, tugging her on to his lap. Chloe’s mind finally quieted as she gave into the sensations of the kiss and Luke pressed against her.
The door burst open, they jerked apart staring at the doorway as RJ barreled in, gasping “Mom’s water just broke.”
Chloe jumped up rushing to shove on some shoes and grabbed her coat. Luke followed a little slower, muttering, “Go on, I’ll be there in a minute.”
Nodding in understanding Chloe dashed out the door and a crossed the yard with RJ right beside her. Entering through the kitchen door, Chloe made her way to the downstairs guest room they had set up as a birthing room slash nursery. Sofia lay on the bed sweat beaded her forehead, her eyes scrunched shut in clear pain. Robin sat on the edge of the bed, holding Sofia’s hand and murmuring softly to her. He glanced toward Chole with a look that read help me. Sofia exhaled and sank back on the mound of pillows behind her. Her eyes opened and she looked at Rob then Chloe giving them a wan smile, she said, “What I wouldn’t give for an epidural right now.”
Chloe grinned, shrugging off her coat and handing it to RJ who was hovering near by. “RJ I need you to do me a huge favor, go take care of Maria. I need you to keep her out from under foot. This is super important, sweetie, can you do that?”
He nodded and turned for the living room, without any argument. Luke passed him, coming toward her down the hall. “You I need you to put a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. On the counter there is a box with hemostats and scissors in it, put them in the boiling water to sterilize them. We’ll need those to cut the umbilical cords.”
“Got it.” His eyes lingered on her lips for a moment, then he turned and headed back down the hall.
Chloe rolled up her sleeves turning back to Sofia and Rob. Another contraction wracked Sofia’s body. Closing her eyes, Chloe drew in a deep breath, then let it out slowly. She was no midwife, but she had to see what was going on. Stepping to the side of the bed, she spoke softly. “Sofia I have to look and see if the baby’s crowning.”
Sofia just nodded, gritting her teeth. Moving to the foot of the bed, Chloe tried to remember how things had gone with Sally. Her sister-in-law had asked her to be there when the kids were born as Benny fainted at the sight of blood. Mostly she remembered the grunting, pushing, and then a crying wriggling slime covered little person appeared. Bracing herself, Chloe gasped. “Ok Sofia, I see the head. You need to push.”
“What the hell do you think I’ve been doing?” Sofia growled.
Ignoring the other womans outburst, Chloe pulled a pair of rubber gloves from a box on the dresser and snapped them on. Moving back to the end of the bed she proceed to coax Sofia.
“Rob we need towels and the stuff Luke was sterilizing.”
Reluctantly he got up and left the room, she heard him bark something down the hall as he did, returning a moment later with a stack of clean towels. Taking one she laid it on the bed, just as the baby slid free. Rob handed her a still warm hemostat and she clamped the umbilical cord before cutting it with the scissors. The baby began to scream as Chloe wrapped the towel around the wriggling mass and handed it to Rob.
Sofia looked up at the little bundle, panting, “One down, one to go.”

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Survivalistas- Book 4: Chloe- Chapter 6 - Part 1

Chapter 6
“I don’t like or trust that guy.” Chloe muttered jerking her thumb toward the truck following them.
“Hon, I don’t think anyone really likes Roy, they just tolerate him.”
Chloe huffed and frowned at him, as they pulled into the farm’s driveway. Parking and turning off the engine, Luke slid out with Chloe right behind him.
“Would you run in and get Rob, so I can keep an eye on these guys?” Luke asked as she climbed out of the truck.
“Sure.” She jogged to the house and entered through the kitchen door to find Rob already pulling on his coat. “So here’s the quick version in order to get the stuff we needed Luke had to barter a cow to this yahoo named Roy and his gang of douchecanoes who took over the Wally World.”
Rob nodded, then asked. “You got what we need for the kids and new arrivals?”
“I hope so.”
“Good because the babies are getting impatient. I had to force Sofia to go lay down. I think she’s having contractions, but playing them off as braxton hicks.”
“Ok go on, I’ll get RJ to help me unload the truck. While you get rid of the stooges.”
Rob smiled and yelled, “RJ get down here, Chloe needs your help.” With a wink he headed out the door. Seconds later there was the thumping of feet running down the stairs and a moment later RJ appeared in the doorway.
Chloe smiled, at him. “I need help bring the supplies in.”
“Sure thing.” He moved to the pile of shoes next to the door and dug out a pair of ratty sneakers. Jamming them on his feet, he grabbed his coat and pointed to the door. “Ladies first.”
Outside Chloe paused to watch the men, shake hands then walk toward the barn. Luke and Robin didn’t look to happy, but Roy seemed overly pleased with himself.

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