Tomorrow Falls
Carrie Ann Golden
***Selected as one of top 25 stories for the 2016 Summer Writing Project sponsored by Juke Pop ... Show More
Genres:
Cross-Genre, Fantasy, Horror, New Adult, Other, Sci Fi, Spiritual, Thriller
Tags:
apocalyptic, apocalypse, supernatural, beings, carnivores, zombies, werewolves, vampires, disease, war, plague

1.1

Part One: Tess




What was that putrid smell?  Did someone leave leftover food somewhere and didn't toss it?

As Tess opened her eyes, she felt the red and black camouflaged comforter on her body. She stared at the beige ceiling, and swinted against the brightness.

What time was it? Mid-day?

As she lied still, she noticed how quiet it was.

Did Mom and Dad go to work?

Her nose felt like it's been frozen by an ice cube. She strained her ears for the sound of the furnace.

Nothing.

Oh yeah. The power's out.

Tess sat up. Her snarl-entangled brown hair spread over her shoulders.

Mom and Dad couldn't have gone to work.

She planted her bare feet on the cold, hardwood floor, and the room spun. She clamped her hands on the sides of her head to stop everything from swirling all around her.

"M-Mom?" Her voice came out in a croak. "Dad?"

Silence.

She slowly stood up, and waited. After several moments, the spinning stopped.

Thank goodness.

Tess shuffled to the doorway, and out into the carpeted hallway. She peered down to the room at the end.

Her parents' room.

And walked towards it. The door was partially a-jarred. The rancid stench worsened the closer she moved to their bedroom.

At the entry way, she hesitated. The sickening feeling swept over her. Did she really want to look?  Tess pushed at the door and it swung opened easily.

She sucked in a deep, shaky breath before letting out a whimper.

N-no...

Two figures laid in a heap on the large bed.  On her back Mom looked like she was sleeping peacefully if it wasn't for a ghastly hole in the middle of her forehead. Her white pillow now soaked in dried crimson blood. Dad, facedown, sprawled across her mid-drift. His golden brown hair, matted with blood, only partially covered a gaping hole in the back of his head.

Maggots wriggled out of their opened wounds.

She spun around and dashed out in to the hallway where she dropped to her knees, and vomited.

Dead. Her parents were dead.

Bile covered her lips as she fought to catch her breath. Her lungs heaved in and out. Tears streamed down her face as her body wracked with sobs.

Minutes passed before she grew still. Slowl, she straightened up on to her knees while using her forearms to wipe at her face. Her blue eyes scanned the walls, filled with family pictures. They quickly drifted down and lingered on an envelope on top of the hallway's corner table.

Her legs shook as she stood, and reached for the envelope. Her hands wavered for a moment before they pulled out a short letter. It was in Mom's handwriting.

Tess,

Your daddy and I have taken sick with whatever is plaguing those around us. Please, please do NOT come near or touch us. Stay in the house until this passes, or the rescuers come for you.

We love you so much!

Love,

Mom

She crumpled the letter in her hands and brought it close to her nose, and sniffed. It held the scent of her mom's lilac perfume. Tess glanced to the oval window to her right. The view that spread below was of a small mountain village. Their house sat on a corner street with shops and diners situated around her. Her parents owned and operated a gift shop next door that carried all sorts of art, craft and photography from local artists. The streets were normally busy with cars and people. Now, it was completely barren of life. Just dirt and muddy snow.

With a heavy sigh, Tess reached out and closed her parents' door.
Log in to add a comment or review for this chapter Chapter updated on: 8/20/2016 4:02:24 PM
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  • TP Keating commented on :
    7/6/2016 6:07:00 PM
    Best wishes for the Summer Writing Project 2016.
  • Dane Morgoran commented on :
    6/4/2016 1:29:01 AM
    Whoa... pretty interesting, but it could have used a bit of background. Show us the relationship between her and her parents more and their deaths will be more jarring.
    • Carrie Ann Golden Thank you, Dane for your comment. I will work on that part in my revision process. :-) Thanks so much for reading!
      6/5/2016 5:32:19 PM
  • Dane Morgoran commented on :
    6/4/2016 1:28:59 AM
    Whoa... pretty interesting, but it could have used a bit of background. Show us the relationship between her and her parents more and their deaths will be more jarring.
  • Dane Morgoran commented on :
    6/4/2016 1:28:55 AM
    Whoa... pretty interesting, but it could have used a bit of background. Show us the relationship between her and her parents more and their deaths will be more jarring.
  • Anton Nimm commented on :
    5/15/2016 4:39:44 AM
    This is probably the most soul-crushing opener I've read yet on this site. Good job so far, though the punctuation definitely needs work. There's a double period after ... Show More
    • Carrie Ann Golden Thank you Anton for your honesty. Grammar is not my strength, and I'm learning to improve on it each time I write. Thank you for reading this chapter!
      5/15/2016 2:33:53 PM
  • ANN brown commented on :
    5/6/2016 12:36:21 AM
    Hello good day, i will like to meet you in person, am miss Anna, am from France and am leaving in London, please contact me on my email id at (annh1brown@hotmail.com), ... Show More
  • Tara Grainger commented on :
    4/27/2016 12:09:45 PM
    Haven't been on here for an age as I had a baby! Thank you for entertaining me whilst I was breastfeeding ☺great start
  • anna brown commented on :
    3/31/2016 12:53:17 AM
    Hello good day, i will like to meet you in person, am miss Anna, am from France and am leaving in London, please contact me on my email id at (annh1brown@hotmail.com), ... Show More
  • Andre Clemons commented on :
    3/23/2016 2:56:24 AM
    Well, what a freaking way to start a story!! Right in the heart of tragedy. One chapter in, and I feel like Tess needs a hug...
  • Ryan Watt commented on :
    3/12/2016 7:32:16 PM
    Who doesn't like a good In Medias Res start to a story? This one is certainly creepy.