Friday, December 6, 2013

Stein #9

          And here we are again – another edition of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday.  The holidays are fast approaching and everyone is getting into the spirit but it’s also a time when our “to do” lists seem to grow exponentially.  I’m still in the throes of getting my new novel, Welcome to GreenGrass, out into as many hands as I can but it’s nice to take a break and do a little creating and posting for SFFSat.  This week, we’re following Annie as she is dragged into a garbage dumpster by a mysterious haggard stranger, saving her from the ravenous horde of flesh-eaters that were closing in on her at the wrong end of an alley. At least, she’s hoping it’s a rescue.

          She wasn’t sure what was worse, the smell of rain drenched rotten food in the garbage bags surrounding her or the growing fear that she may have been better off with the horde of undead outside.  The pressure around her necked released and she gasped a huge gulp of air, bringing a fresh awareness of her current surroundings.  Pulling herself up to her knees, Annie watched the hulking figure beside her pull away a manhole cover propped against the back wall.  A crude hole had been torn through the metal dumpster and the brick wall behind it, leading into the building next to them. 

          The man pointed to the hole.  “Free.”

          Annie didn’t need a second invitation and crawled over a bag of trash, clawing her way through the small opening.  She’d lost the medicine kit for Zach and they’d have to come up with another plan but she was content just getting out of that alley alive. The building was pitch-black inside but she remembered the cigarette lighter in her jeans.  Fumbling in her pocket, she pulled out the small disposable lighter and stopped her hand from shaking long enough to ignite it. 

          What’s inside the building? Safety? A trap? Valuable cash prizes? Guess we’ll have to wait until next week to find out. Make sure you stop over at and read all the great entries this week! And if you like my writing, check out my novel –Welcome to GreenGrass - with the link to the right.  Enjoy the weekend and see you in seven!


  1. Talk about a man of few words...then again, he did just save her :)

  2. Yum. Garbage. At least if you smell like that, there are things that won't eat you! :)

  3. The phrase "smell of rain-drenched rotten food" is thoroughly evocative - in a revolting sort of way. A nice example of painting a picture in just a few words. I'm glad Annie's out of the alley and out of the dumpster. At the moment, it looks like she's far better off with her rescuer than had she remained where she was. Of course, things can change... Looking forward to the next episode!

  4. Ugh. But is the lighter a good idea? It'll make her as well as her surroundings visible.