Sitting here at the keyboard on the first day of 2018. All is quiet in the house; not even the cats are stirring. I too feel like my mind should be still as I did imbibe a little-fermented grape juice or was it whiskey. Hmmm. At least I returned home with the clothes that I went out with. I think….
Somewhere during the witching hours of eating, dancing, drinking, waiting for a big ball to drop, and hoping anything that I said or did does not end up on YouTube, it got damned cold for Texas. The plants that I covered up to protect are now plantsicles.
The hotel this morning was awash with zombies. Young child creatures carrying oversized teddy bears thought that screaming at the top of their lungs was a fun thing, as they watched the zombies shrivel to almost pulp. The piercing sounds that could break glass were no match however for the evil stares from the zombies who tried to use their magical powers to silence the evil imps. Had they looked into the eyes of the Zombies they surely would have evaporated into steam or possibly frozen into marble statues to stand as a stark reminder to the other urchins, never taunt or antagonize a zombie on New Year’s Day!
I did not fall into the undead or walking dead category this beautiful day. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I saw the ragamuffins as someone else’s problem and went about my way to find one of the carts that hotels often have in good supply. Waiting over an hour by the cart return area, two zombies of unknown sex or age came walking at a snail’s pace, pushing said cart as if they were Sisyphus struggling to manage the two roller bags and one black dress. Slowly losing ground against the load, a bellhop took pity on them, or me, and assisted them with their load.
One of the zombies went to the door only to be met with the harsh reality of “DAMN ITS COLD OUT!”
I, although annoyed by the lack of courtesy of the zombies laughed at the sudden jolt of life that seem to lurch through the embalmed veins of the gray creature. Color of some sort seemed to well up from somewhere deep inside the beast as their animated arm movements caused some circulation of the antifreeze still sloshing through the carcass of this fiend. For the first time, I was able to tell that it was the male of the species. I could tell this as it growled in a deep voice as it struggled against the automatic door for the disabled to breach the icy unknown terrain of the sunlit parking lot.
Thirty minutes later the creature managed to maneuver his vehicle to the entrance of the hotel where his mate waited patiently or was it dead. The mate did not move as the car pulled close to the door. I was not sure that it was still breathing. Carefully I nudged it as it snorted and then as it’s large eyes opened it looked at me through a crimson hays. I suddenly became fearful as it appeared as if it had the eyes of Mordor, and I had no magic ring to toss at it. I cringed thinking surely that daggers would come out of those gaunt looking features but it actually spoke. “Yes, can I help you?” It said. Clearly, this was the female although I could not picture it in that little black dress! I pointed to the other creature now looking very much like a yeti, which was standing outside his vehicle waiting for his partner, or was it his precious?
As she tried hard to stand, I slipped the bellhop five bucks to assist them and bring me the cart. While I might have enjoyed watching the two creatures, try to lift their two bags and one black dress from the vehicle, my patience was just about gone, and I too felt as if the monster within me might immerge and ruin the first day of the year of me not sinning any more… ever…. Who am i kidding! I sin before I ever get out of bed!
If my beast had come out to play, and I ripped my clothing off to expose my superhero status, would I have found a suite with a large S? Perhaps a suite with a large W? Would there be a red cape or magic golden rope, or would I have established that I indeed did not have all the clothes that I started the evening with and suddenly resemble an oversized smurf with built-in glass cutters?
- How was your first day of 2018?
- Did you see the zombies?
- Where you a zombie?
- Are there videos of you on YouTube?
- Did all of your clothes come back with you?
- Did you know the person you woke up with?
- Did you recognize the person in the mirror?
- Did you see a reflection in the mirror?
Novel 26 is close to being ready to edit. I am so excited that I have figured out how the book will end. This is one book that I have put much thought into and actually planned it, rather than allow it be a stream of conscious. “That will make sense to any writers out there.”
I look forward to getting to know each of you better in 2018! Thanks so much for following me!
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