I had always imagined the apocalypse as something simple. I wasn’t prepared when it actually happened though. Instead of the sun blowing up, or the moon bumping us out of orbit, there were aliens. Yes, aliens. Disgusting bug-like aliens that can change you into one of them just by touching you. Anyway, here’s my apocalypse story.
I stared out the window to the empty street and boarded up windows all the way down each side. The sun shone brightly, mocking the horror that filled our heads. I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head to see what it was. I gasped as I saw the small girl skipping down the sidewalk.
“Nancy! There’s a little girl out there!” I shouted up to my caretaker.
“Leave her be. It’s her decision to be outside, Marla.” She called down to me. I groaned and watched the little girl skip closer to our house. She paused in front of our house, turning her head to look at the window I was looking from. Abruptly, her mouth opened in a shriek and her body twisted into one of the alien’s. Screaming, I ran upstairs to Nancy’s room.
“I told you to leave her be!” she scolded.
“I did!” I cried. She snorted and continued braiding my little sister, Nellie’s, hair. I sighed and left the room, wandering down the hall to my brother’s room. He poked his head out the door and beckoned me inside. I rolled my eyes and stepped into his room.
“What, Oliver?” I asked him, crossing my arms across my chest. He hesitated, staring at the floor. Suddenly, he burst out crying. I rushed over to comfort him.
“Ollie, what’s wrong?” I asked urgently.
“I’m sorry Marla,” he said between sobs. “I’ve been infected.” He looked at me with tears still streaming down his cheeks.
“Oh, Oliver.” I whispered, covering my mouth with my hand and taking a step away from him. I didn’t have time to blink before he let out a blood-curdling shriek of agony. His body was contorted in strange ways as he changed into one of them.
“I’m sorry.” He gasped before that of the alien’s replaced his face. I shrieked and darted from the room, back into Nancy’s.
“He’s gone, Nancy. He’s turned!” I cried.
“I know,” she said calmly. “So is Nellie,” she nodded at my sister at her feet. I backed away in horror. “You’re next!” she shrieked, leaping at me, turning alien in midair. Nellie was not far behind her. Screaming, I ran from the room and down the stairs to the back door. I ripped open all the locks on the backdoor, and tore away across the yard and into the woods.
I had run away from that house as far as my feet would carry me until I finally collapsed into a stream near a large cave. As I slowly regained some strength, I dragged myself into the cave. It was getting dark by the time I had gotten far enough into the cave to be hidden. I tried, unsuccessfully; to keep my eyes open long enough to see the sun go down like I had every day since I was five.
I was awoken the next morning by voices coming from outside the cave.
“Kev, don’t go in there. It could be dangerous.” One voice said.
“I’ll be fine, besides, I think there’s a person in there.” The other said.
“Fine, but if you get ambushed I won’t come in to save you.” The first voice told the second. A moment later a flashlight blazed across the wall to my left. I crawled, silently, farther into the cave. I wasn’t sure why exactly; I just felt the need to do so.
“Whoever is in here, you don’t need to hide. I’m not one of those things.” The man called softly.
“I know you aren’t. I don’t trust anything at the moment though.” I called back.
“I won’t hurt you.” He told me. I paused thinking it over. I finally decided to trust him. Getting to my feet, I stepped into the half-light that was cast into the cave from the entrance. I saw the man’s shadow-figure a few feet away. His partner stood in the entrance to the cave.
“Sorry.” The man said as his partner turned alien and leapt at me.