The Big One Chapter…….73

Fred Casper was feeling outrage when Vooch had foiled his plan to have Dave Rippley confronted by one of the creatures. Although he had not attended Rippley’s little back porch meeting Casper was well aware of what had been discussed and was not at all pleased. All Fred had wanted to do was put the fear of God in the youngster but that pain in the ass Vooch had showed up to ruin things. Since then Casper had done two things to establish control over what he felt could get out of hand. Firstly he had a few of his six legged creatures secure the gold mine originally found by Abe Yoder and little Emily. Secondly he had sort of had little Emily removed from the picture temporarily by having a couple of his creatures take her to a remote location where she could be seen to for a while. There was a sly smile on his face as he thought about these two things he had just had done. Control was key for any person with intentions of success in this brave new world. People must know who is boss and he would be such a person with control of both gold and technology. His thoughts were disturbed suddenly as a  distant explosion broke the late evening silence. It was indeed far away probably on the other side of Gorbel’s fortress mountain but it still brought Casper to his feet. The scientist stood there his mind racing wondering what that CIA fascist was up to now.

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The Big One…..Chapter 72

Kevin Cross and his girlfriend Amber were not surprised by what they heard at the back porch meeting held by one Dave Rippley. Following the quake that had brought about the destruction of the world they had lived in, wiping out over ninety five percent of it’s population nothing came as a shock anymore. Kevin was actually relieved to know that he was not the only one to experience encounters with creatures from out of this world. That is why when Abe and Anna asked Amber and himself to look after little Emily for a while he gladly accepted. It would be nice to play some games and get on about the business of living now that everyone seemed to be more or less on the same page. The rest of the day was spent playing ball in the meadow, chasing about and as supper time drew near they were joined by Rem Josephus and Donna Case for a large game of hide and seek. Little Emily loved this game and was almost always hard to find when it was her turn to hide. That is why everyone was not at all concerned when she could not be found right away. Within the next five minutes however there was a building feeling of fear when everyone began to call her name in increasingly panicked tones spreading out through the woods. It was not long before Abe and Anna returned home to join the others. There was a natural suspicion regarding Gorbel and his band of agents who had once taken Dave Rippley but no one could really know for sure. There was only two individuals who really would have knowledge of such a thing. One would be the person who orchestrated the act and there was a second creature who pretty much saw everything that happened  by the name of Vooch.

Kevin on the other hand scrambled through the woods with the others and upon becoming perplexed to the point of his wits end exploded into another one of his emotional outbursts.

” OH WHAT THE HELL MAN?! WHO WOULD WANT TO STEAL A LITTLE GIRL?!”

The Big One …………………….Chapter 71

Abe Yoder and his love Anna were not surprised by what they had heard at the back porch meeting. During this time Dave Rippley had explained in depth everything that had been going on in terms of encounters with strange creatures from start to finish. Anna did later admit to Abe that if they had not run into that oversized strange worm like creature, she would have had a much harder time believing what Dave had told them. Following this meeting Abe and Anna decided to take another trip to the goldmine that he and little Emily had discovered. The little girl had decided to stay home to hang out with Kevin and Amber who would play games and generally keep her entertained. The afternoon sun was bright but a cool fall wind was now blowing as they walked with jackets on to a place not far from the mine where they kept a few tools concealed. Dave Rippley was the only other person besides the little girl who knew about this place and they both wanted to keep it that way for now.  There did not seem to be anything wrong upon approaching the broken mountain that contained the molten gold mine. It was when they began to mount the pathway that would lead them to the hidden opening that the two froze in their tracks.  Standing near the opening was five of the ugliest six legged creatures that looked like they had just climbed up from the bowels of hell. The two youngsters were so horrified that they could not move or speak just stand there in horror. Abe was finally able to mumble something in a low tone.

“Prophecy it’s like the words of the old bible prophets who spoke of the horrors of the last days has come true”.

Emily simply gripped Abe’s hand whispering in his ear with a voice of stiff fear.

“Abe come on lets go, lets just go and warn the others”.

Both backed away slowly with the creatures making no move to approach them or follow. The walk back to the house was quick and knowing what they knew about Casper’s technology it was not hard to figure out what had happened. Fred had discovered this mine probably by having his creatures follow them and was now telling them in no uncertain terms that this gold was now his.

The even bigger shock of fear was when they got back to the farm house to find everyone in the woods shouting for little Emily who had gone missing.

The Big One………….Chapter 70

Dave Rippley had a meeting on the back steps the morning following his experience with Abe,Anna and little Emily at the gold mine. By this time everyone at the meeting had experienced something with the creatures that were under the control of Fred Casper’s special new signal directive. These creatures were literally from out of this world and so any contact or encounter would be very traumatizing to say the least. Dave was aware of most things Fred Casper knew and so starting with the ships crashing in Roswell New Mexico he toke the gathering through the years to special new signal directive and it’s involvement in their present lives. This also included their enemy in the neighbouring mountain fortress and how young Rippley had been taken and roughed up by Anson Gorbel and his agents then rescued by the tremor toad at the direction of Casper’s console. He also laid out the happenings at Diego Island and how Casper had learned of Gorbel’s invasion of the place and that Anson Gorbel had plans of world domination coupled with the annihilation of any people or person that opposed him. Having filled in the blanks for this gathering that listened mostly in silence this meeting ended with folks drifting off silently in various directions. Dave knew that Casper who had not attended this meeting would not be happy with what he had just done. There would be some sort of threat or vengeance aimed at young Rippley and he knew it. Dave decided to take a walk in an effort to clear his head. His memory of what had happened near the valley rim not long ago was still fresh in his mind and so he stayed near the farm in the main valley area. Without thinking however he walked around back of the largest barn and found himself alone. Thinking nothing of this he paused stretching and letting out a relaxed yawn. It was when he was in full stretch and mid yawn that he heard a familiar reptilian croak and froze on the spot. Not even ten feet from where he stood was one of those six legged creatures that Casper had tasked with guarding the upper rim of the valley against Gorbel and his agents. Virtually paralyzed with fear Dave stumbled backwards his back thumping up against the barn seeing now that this hideous creature was accompanied by about ten others. He knew they would not be here if Casper had not sent them and so speaking through clenched teeth he let Casper know this.

” You may control these creatures Casper but you will never control us”.

This statement had barely left his lips when the first creature he had seen moved in placing one huge claw on the barn wall next to Dave’s head where he could see the poison leaking from the talons. It then brought it’s ugly head with seven eyes not three inches from his nose exposing young Rippley to the most terrible unearthly and hideous breath he had ever inhaled. Dave began to gag as it’s twelve foot tongue came out of it’s mouth slowly and maliciously coiling around Dave’s neck. He closed his eyes tight every fibre of the young lad’s being preparing for the worst. It was then that the unexpected happened. Dave heard the other creatures give a croak of shock and opening his eyes could see that his assailant had with drawn his tongue from around his neck. What happened next was instant as Vooch came out of the ground catching the creature near Dave by one of his legs hurling him through the air into the trees. The other creatures uttered a collective grunt of shock and toke off. Dave stood there trembling hardly able to stand while Vooch simply looked at him with boredom and with a sigh was off once more knowing with satisfaction that there was a very pissed off scientist holding the special knew signal directive console who had once again been cut down to size.

Dave did not know much about those terrible creatures but one thing was certain. They certainly knew who that huge space worm was and wanted no part of him.