Pie Equals Friendship in YO FACE!
- Jul 3, 2009
In the Heart
In the late afternoon, a woman screamed in pain. A pain no man would ever experience. A midwife was present helping the young woman. Outside the small house, a man paced, waiting nervously. He Wondered when a new life would be born inside.
The man cringed when he heard his wife’s screams of pain. He stopped for a moment and looked up at the night sky. He could see a small star, twinkling. Cries replaced the screams, and joy filled the air. The small star grew brighter and gave off a magnificent light.
As the man approached the entrance of the small house, he smiled. Inside the small one bedroom home the woman lay on the bed holding a small baby wrapped in a pink blanket.
The woman smiled as she saw her husband approaching. The midwife smiled and stepped back.
“She’s going to be special, a true miracle,” the mid wife said.
The man smiled back and rushed to his wife. He knelt by her side, staring at the newborn she held.
“She’s beautiful” he said.
“What should we name her?” his wife asked.
The husband thought for a moment. “How about Cora?”
“Cora? I like that,” the wife replied back.
The husband smiled and kissed her forehead.
“Honey we got another letter.”
It's been three months since the young parents brought a baby girl into the world. Kevin and Scarlet were their names. Ever since the birth of Cora, they been receiving letters from an unknown person.
Kevin looked up from feeding Cora. “Again?”
“This is getting extreme,” Scarlet complained. “This can’t be a joke.”
Kevin got up, holding Cora in his arms. Scarlet reached for her while Kevin reached for the letter. Kevin carefully tore the envelope and examined the letter inside.
Scarlet looked at Kevin anxiously. He had no expression on his face.
“Well?” Scarlet said, breaking Kevin’s concentration.
Kevin gulped and turned the letter towards Scarlet. Scarlet gasped as she laid eyes on the blood splattered letter.
“They’re coming tonight” Kevin said queitly.
“What do we do!?” Scarlet asked, panicking.
“We leave, NOW!”
It was an hour past sunset, and dark figures ran through the night. About a dozen surrounded Kevin and Scarlet’s home. One by one each figure jumped into the window, landing skillfully into the crowded room.
“They are not here,” one figure spoke.
Another figure stepped forward. He turned around quickly. “Outside.”
In synchronization, each figure jumped out the door heading outside.
Kevin and Scarlet ran across the dark forest ground.
“Are they behind us?” Scarlet asked.
Kevin glanced back and saw shadows jumping along the trees.
“Just keep running and hold Cora tight!”
The figures were gaining speed on the two runners. Kevin glanced back and saw a figure in midair. Kevin pushed Scarlet, and she began rolling down a steep part of the forest. Scarlet tucked Cora into her chest as she rolled.
Half the figures went after Kevin while the other half went after Scarlet. As Scarlet rolled deeper into the forest, her grip was loosened. Cora slipped out of her hands.
Scarlet crashed into a boulder at the bottom. Scarlet panicked as she looked at her empty hands. Six figures landed, surrounding her.
“Where’s the child?” one figure spoke aloud.
Scarlet was breathing heavily. “I don’t know.”
“You Lie!” the figured stepped forward.
Each figure pulled out a blade that shone metallic gold in the moonlight.
Kevin stopped and listened for Scarlet’s voice. As he was about to sprint off, the other six dark figures surrounded him. Each metallic blade popped out one by one.
“What do you want?” Kevin questioned.
“You know what we want,” a figure spoke.
“But why? I don’t understand. She’s just a baby!”
Screams broke through the still night. The figures left Kevin and Scarlet’s unmoving bodies. Each lie in their own blood. The dark figures left when they couldn’t find the prize they were searching for.
The sun started to rise and the darkness around the forest began to disappear. As animals scurried from their borrows they paused and listened. A cry was echoing through the forest. A cry of human life waited to be found.