I’m rather pleased with myself today, I managed to get another 10 chapters written. That’s 20 in total now. Only another 20 to go for part 1!
Part 1. Micro Chp. 2.
We walked along the lane in silence. Well, except for the sound of Craig’s shoes scuffing the old tarmac. Jeez, he could get pissy sometimes. Now, if I could make it to the crossroads without killing him. Hundred metres by my reckoning, a short enough distance to keep it together, I thought.
“Can you hear that?” Craig said, coming to a sudden halt.
“What, your size elevens you mean,” I said and laughed.
“Shut up and listen! It’s coming from behind us.”
Okay, now he was beginning to piss me off, but the strained expression on his face told me he wasn’t mucking about. Turning, I followed his direction, pulled the hat away from my ears and stood quiet. All I heard was the wind.
He had to be hearing things, besides, what did it matter anyway. About to pull my hat back down, I heard it, a soft thrumming in the distance competing with the wind. My gaze went straight to a flock of starlings resting on the power lines, normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to them, but something didn’t feel right. A twisting wrench in my belly that I didn’t like much.
The thrumming grew louder and then, it hit them. I froze, my brain refusing to compute what my eyes were seeing, as their bodies erupted in an explosion of sparks and they fell from the lines to the ground.
Why didn’t they just fly away? They must have sensed the surge of electricity.
“Whoa. Did you see that, J?” Craig said.
“Yeah. I did.”
Not only did I see it, I could feel it, too. An invisible cloud of static coating the air around us. Something clicked, warning me we should go, and quick.
“Run!” I shouted, as I felt my body leave the ground.