Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Chapter 32: Ruined Town
The three regrouped after searching the town. None found any survivors.
"Did you check those houses?" Misty pointed to a long row of flattened buildings.
"Yes." said Jack.
"And the people?"
"Still inside." He looked pale.
There was an ugly silence.
"And anybody outside is shot to bits." added Wendell.
"I drove up to the hill." offered Misty. "Whatever did this..."
"What do you mean, 'whatever'?"
"Look around. Something big came through here. If those buildings were knocked down by rockets or earthquakes, they'd be in piles, not laid out flat like that."
She continued, "Like I was saying, up on the hill you can see the direction the rubble falls and pretty well trace its path. It entered the valley over there. That gap in the trees." She pointed. Then she traced an imaginary line across the scene with her finger. "Came in through the center, here. Made a lap around the outside to catch anything that was left. Then back out the way it came."
"That makes sense." said Wendell. "All of the shot people were on the outskirts where I was. Like they were trying to get away."
Jack added, "And all of the others were in the middle like they didn't have time to."
He looked at the others who were looking back with wide eyes. "So whatever it is, is fast, huge, and well-armed. I think we need to call Michael."
Wendell pointed. "The phone lines come in from the East. We should be able to tap a fallen cable and get a call through."
Misty hugged herself. "Better do it fast. I don't want to be here when it gets dark. They might come back!"