Horror Inc.: Hungry part 5

Chris sits across the table from Robert in a nearly empty diner, "So you're what like 150?"

Robert sips his coffee, "170, I think, after the first 90 birthdays don't matter much to you."

Chris then stares at him and asks him to explain how he got this way.

July 3, 1863 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Robert had been a good soldier when he came here, he had fought bravely and obeyed his orders. Today he was a changed man, he stared off on the field like a statue as his comrades and enemies ran at each other but he could no longer distinguish between blue and grey. All he could see were corpses and blood, he heard orders being screamed but they were drowned out by the throbbing in his head. He would have lost track of the battle all together had a bullet not drove into the skin of his thigh.

Something had snapped in him and he ran, away from the battle and away from his fellow rebels. He didn't look back for a second. He only stopped because of blood loss a few miles away from the battle. He dropped against a tree as the sun went down and broke down in tears as he tried to bandage his wound. He called himself a coward for running, thinking he deserved to die right here and be forgotten.

As the night set in he managed to collect himself but suddenly he noticed a low growl behind him, he looked to see what he took to be a wolf the size of a bear. Survival instinct took over and he fled, the creature almost caught him but Robert smashed the butt of his rifle into its snout drawing blood. He made lost the beast briefly and found a small barn where he hid as he loaded his last bit of ammunition hoping he was safe. He heard the beast stomp up to the barn but then silence.

He peeked out the door and let out a sigh of relief, unfortunately the beast was crafty. It had silently climbed into the loft and crept down behind him. Just as Robert turned the creature grabbed him by the shoulder. The rifle went off firing into the wolf's neck. It yanked away and roared in pain as Robert raised his rifle again. The beast ran off and Robert fell to the ground thanking God it hadn't called his bluff. He then passed out.

The next day he awoke to a man standing above him. He would later know him as Hektor but at the moment a stranger. Hektor offered a hand up, "You look like you've had a rough night Reb."

Back at the diner, in the present.

Chris paid close attention as Robert finished his story, "The rest is pretty similar to what's been happening to you these past few days, except no puttin bullies through walls and if I remember right my first kill was a horse."

Robert then looked at his watch, "Shouldn't you be getting to school?"

Chris shook his head, "Its ditch day any way."

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Posted by joshmightbe

shameless self promotion bump

Posted by batkevin74

@joshmightbe said:

Chris sits across the table from Robert in a nearly empty diner, "So you're what like 150?"

Robert sips his coffee, "170, I think, after the first 90 birthdays don't matter much to you."

Ha ha ha! Very good

Posted by joshmightbe

@batkevin74: over the next few chapters I'll be exploring the back stories of the rest of the pack.

Edited by Jackson_Hartley

Very nice. I wrote a story long ago about a civil war soldier being made into a werewolf, so I exceptionally like Robert's background, lol.

Posted by joshmightbe

@Jackson_Hartley: Thanks

Posted by wildvine

I am really enjoying this series.

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Posted by joshmightbe

@wildvine: Thanks, my next chapter will be going up soon.

Posted by batkevin74

@joshmightbe: Bumped :)

Posted by cbishop
@wildvine said:

I am really enjoying this series.

Me too. I liked that Robert actually knew how to fight. Civil War soldiers are so often made out to be farmers and dumb hicks who were given uniforms and could barely follow orders. Some of them may have been that, but others were downright brutal.

Posted by cbishop

Also, what caused Robert to turn? The werewolf grabbed him by the shoulder, but you didn't mention a bite or scratch. Was it just "between the frames?"

Edited by joshmightbe

@cbishop: It was a bite but Robert turning had more to do with him wounding the creature. My basic idea is that the werewolf blood is the actual thing that causes it, which is why I specified in the first chapter that the wolf who bit Chris had lost a tooth first. So its more due to the blood mixing than the biting.

Posted by cbishop

@joshmightbe: I get that, but I hadn't seen where he was bitten. I've just assumed that saliva in the wound would effect the change too. Yes? No?

Posted by joshmightbe

@cbishop: Hadn't thought about it, I just figured it needed to be more than just a bite

Posted by cbishop

@joshmightbe: I thought that was the most-used explanation for vampires and werewolves- that the "virus" was carried in the bodily fluids, so the most common transference was through a bite's saliva.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

Awesome chapter! I loved the way you described Robert's back story in the Civil War! I can't wait to see more from this series!