The Big One……………………………….Chapter 48

After allowing Bill and Abe to fly away in his helicopter Fred Casper had a very intense heart to heart talk with the young Dave Rippley. Casper needed to make the youngster understand the importance of keeping the very powerful arsenal Casper had at his disposal a secret for now. It was very obvious that there was a very dangerous enemy in the next valley controlled by a very evil person but as for the tremor toad and the questions asked of Dave about Casper’s arsenal, well these things should remain a secret between these two men. Rippley was hesitant at first but upon further thought he agreed to this arrangement for what Casper had called the greater good. No sooner had Dave bidden Fred goodnight and headed upstairs when the console on the scientists bed came to life showing Bill and Abe heading back home with a third passenger that seemed to be a young girl. The disturbing thing was that his tracking indicators showed them being chased by two military class aircraft that were closing fast. A few key strokes had a cloud of butterflies headed to meet them flanked by the old and deadly porcupine looking creature off unearthly, deadly capabilities. Fred watched them depart on their mission and stood there deep in thought. He hoped young Rippley really did see things his way but there was a nagging thought in his mind about silencing him in order to prevent any complications. Why it would be so very easy but yet dark and the words of admonition from his dying mentor came floating back to him as Rem Josephus began to sing once more.

” Use this technology for good and not for evil”.

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The Big One……………….Chapter 47

Kevin Cross  and the lovely Amber Gershwin were very deeply in love with one another and anyone with eyes in their head could see it so very profoundly. They spent day and night in the company of one another and right now the two of them sat in the kitchen wondering about the muffled and rather intense conversation that seemed to be taking place in the basement between Fred Casper and the newly returned Dave Rippley. Everyone was so overjoyed to see Dave come back to them safely but as soon as Bill Langley and Abe Yoder had taken off in the helicopter, both Fred and young Rippley had gone downstairs to talk. Lifting Amber from his lap and taking a much needed stretch accompanied with a large and loud yawn Kevin wandered onto the back porch to get some late evening mountain air. It was late summer now and some of the trees were changing color but the birds still sang and the air was still warm. Standing on the porch now he gave a big sigh and stretch once more starring up at the sky and froze. Hovering just inside the tree line was a creature that resembled an oversized flying porcupine. No sooner had he laid eyes on it when a massive wall of butterflies swarmed past in a wave of glowing form that resembled a stain glass church window. All of this seemed so very overwhelming for the youngster that he shouted at the top of his lungs,

” OH WHAT THE HELL MAN, HAS MOTHER NATURE GONE CRAZY”?

The Big One………………………………Chapter 46

The helicopter carrying the  young Amish lad Abe Yoder with Bill Langley at the controls flew along at a good pace only about a half hour out of  Diego Island now. Anna Colbenze had given Abe instructions on where to land and meet her at a place near the main communications centre. The building was staffed with some one hundred people and the Amish girl who had grown up with Abe was very excited to see him. There had always been a great chemistry between the two and now perhaps this would be their time.  Night time was coming on and  lights of the island showed in the distance with turbines turning in the dusk sky. The hearts of  Abe and Bill  froze as the  radio crackled to life with a frightened and winded sounding Anna coming through rather broken up.

“Abe ?  Abe I am running now because something terrible has happened. A bunch of helicopters just landed in our city with people carrying guns and dressed in black. They have killed most of our people at the centre and I have got away. I promise to meet you at the same place but will have to hide for now. I love you Abe…..over and out”.

The fear Abe felt melted as he could feel a warmth wash over him when she confessed her love. Even Bill could feel it and gave the young man a knowing smile and said with a pat on the shoulder,

“Don’t worry pal we will find this young lady and get her to the farm where she will be safe”.

Abe simply nodded and looked down as Diego island now passed beneath them. Bill knew about this place and they could still see what was going on down bellow despite the encroaching darkness. It seemed that helicopters carrying agents had landed at some five key locations around the place and utter mayhem was ensuing with running gun battles between the invaders and island security teams. Bodies littered the streets in these areas and it looked like even innocent by standers had been shot. The communications centre was easy to locate with its lights and towers. They were low enough now to see that the front door had been smashed in and a number of bodies lay on the ground out front. Muzzle flashes from weapons could still be seen here and there. Bill Langley located the land marks the young lady had given them easily and upon finding the big white x marked on a large deserted parking lot he set the craft down. They left the engine running as they would not be there long.

The area was mostly dark with multiple gun shots and screams of anguish sounding in the distance. Abe ran to the edge of the parking lot calling in a half whisper for Anna, afraid of attracting attention of the killing kind. Bill stood behind him throwing anxious stares in every direction. They both were beginning wonder if she had even made it when from a garbage dumpster on the other side of the landing space came a muffled sound and the lid opened betraying the lovely blonde head of Anna Colbenze. Abe was to her in a flash catching her up in his arms and the two embraced in the most touching moment of sobbing for unspeakable joy.

The moment was interrupted by Bill Langley as he grabbed them both by the shoulders and toke the two to the waiting helicopter. They had not even buckled in as the craft rapidly left the pad and headed towards home.

The helicopter was not even out of site when five armed agents accompanied by Anson Gorbel ran into the landing area and stood starring after it.

” Well she was one of the main people who ran this communications centre and now she has been rescued by our friends from the valley farm and is being taken there while we stand here watching”, said Gorbel with that dark rage of his building inside him.

Turning suddenly he sent an abandoned tricycle flying through the air with a single kick  that great volcano of rage erupting in one ugly bellowed order.

“After them!”.