The streets were full of shadowy thingies. Kori stood pressed against her bedroom window while Lindy freaked out behind her, kneeling on Kori’s bed. They had barely arrived at the fair when these things had crawled out of nowhere. The things had started to wreck the place and there was screaming and chaos everywhere. The two of them had run back to Kori’s house and now they were stuck inside.
The streets were empty of peope but Kori watched as one of them tore at a parked car with claws each at least a foot long. They had no eyes or else their eyes were as black and dark as the rest of their body. They moved like multiple insects had a child with a coyote.
“Get back from the window! They’ll kill us!” A familiar refrain from behind her now.
Kori walked away from the window slowly and deliberately. If the thing had eyes, she didn’t want them drawn to her large windows. ” They’re going to kill us anyway, :inds. If they find us.”
“What are we going to do? This can’t be happening!”
Kori threw her hands up in the air and let out a frustrated sigh. “I don’t know, Lindy! Since when do we quit though?” She was pacing, something she had always yelled at Austin for doing. It all seemed so petty now. She briefly wondered where he was and if he was alright. Maybe all of that didn’t really matter anymore. She could never be with him again but maybe she could just let it go now. She looked down at her hands.
When had she put on the gauntlet?
“What’s that?” Lindy asked, pure confusion piercing briefly through her blind terror.
“I don’t know. A glove? I found it in the football equipment shed. I think it fell from somewhere.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I don’t know. I actually forgot I had it. But you know what? It makes me feel stronger.”
“Kori. None of this makes any sense.”
Lindy wasn’t panicking anymore. Her voice was the cold numbness of shock setting in. Maybe it was that same shock settling into Kori’s body as well because she felt a deep calm take over the center of her body.
“I know.” Kori replied. “I mean I don’t know. I mean I know we have to get out of here before those things tear us apart.”
With that she pointed at the window to punctuate her sentence and it promptly exploded outward. She and Lindy just stood there and stared at the broken and smoking remains of the window with their ears ringing and the smoking partly blocking their vision. Kori staggered to the hole in the wall that used to be a pair of wide windows. She looked outside but she had to be careful because the edges were still red hot.
She looked out into the night and she saw one of the creatures lying on the ground. More accurately it was half of one of the creatures writhing on the ground. Where its right leg and left arm should have been there were only burning stubs. It’s other limbs were in no condition to really help it out. The thing shrieked and squirmed and thrashed but it wasn’t going anywhere.
“What did you do!? How did you do that?” Lindy cried out.
Kori turned slowly from the window. The calm inside had been replaced with exhilaration and the certainty that she had the power to deal with her problems. The gauntlet hummed and glowed with an exultant light. She looked at her friend with the biggest grin on her face.
“I’ve got spirit. Yes I do.” And with that she leapt from the second floor and into the street.