The Job

It started like any other day but I got a text from my friend that read you want a job? It made sense being the book took off and the hype died down while the sequel was put on hold for the summer being we couldn’t get to the presses before Christmas and after Christmas everyone is broke. I texted back yeah, doing what? He was quick to respond with maintenance for three months but with free food, room and TV plus a thousand dollars a week. It sounded damn good and something to get the juices flowing again for the last book in the series or another book. I texted back yeah and where. Montana he replied and I thought at least we will be safe from zombies. Let’s do this mother fucker, I texted back.

We flew out on the 29th of November and was met by a hotel staffer at the airport. The six of us was ready to do this and it was going to be the last time the six could have got together before life took off. None of us knew how big the hotel was before we saw it. It was 300 bedrooms plus other rooms and it would’ve been massive during the 1800’s. The hotel was beautiful on the inside with the paintings on the walls and the hard wood floor plus the grand stair case that came into the lobby. Our job was simple, keep the power and heat on and to stops leaks so that spring crew could get the hotel in top shape. The hotel gave us each a room and we could pick which room. I pick the top floor at the end of the hallway being if there was a problem I could see it and the other guys did the same with rooms at the end of the hallways. Once everyone else left, it was party time and it sunk in that we were alone. We met at the bar and started drinking. They had beer while I had whiskey and cola, something that just relaxed me. I left while they partied at the bar so I headed to the arcade to play pinball. The lights with the dings, just put me in the zone and that was one of my spots other than pool hall by the bar or the bar.

We made it six weeks without a problem with the hotel or us guys but that was first and not last. I was in the pool hall just shooting around with a whiskey and cola by myside while thinking about problem in the story. Tee and Ryan were in the bar drinking. The two of the was the same person which caused them to be rivals being you can’t have two studs together. “Fuck you, asshole” was yelled then “Nah, Fuck you.” I did what someone should do and ran to see what the problem was. The two of them was standing up with their stools flipped over while waiting for the other one to swing.

“What the hell is going on?” I asked.

Tee looks at me. “He fucked Jenny at school.”

Ryan looks over at me. “You was there being you brought her.” He told me trying to shift the blame.

The only time I saw Ryan was at when I came to speak at his school. “I didn’t bring no one down with me when I saw you, your school invited me to speak and that’s how we got invited to the Kappa party.” The two of them just looked confused, this was the best time to let it out. “I’m a writer that has a large fan base that is women and the Kappa’s wanted me to speak at their house.” The two of them didn’t know what to think and was quiet.

Tee looks at Ryan. “Well she is a Kappa so she might’ve came to see him.”

Ryan looks back at Tee. “It wasn’t like you was dating her and it just kinda happen that one time” He said calmly. They hugged it out as the rest of the guys was coming down. I guess someone hear it. They break apart then Ryan points to me. “This faggot is a writer.”

The rest of the guys look at me. “I was going to tell ya’ll after the next book came out or if this book I’m writing gets picked up” They had a million questions after that. I wish I could say that was the worst that happen with us guys but Tee and Ryan into a drunken brawl a few days later. Sides was chosen as secrets came out. I tried to avoid them after that.

Few days after the brawl, A loud banging came from down stairs from so I went down there to see what was going on being I thought a pipe burst or someone need it help. Once I got to the room it was loud as could be. The door was open so I peeked in. Tee was naked and was humping something while Walker was naked as well and just watching. Walker was just crazy and an asshole. I wasn’t going to wait and see what or who they had in the bed so I ran back to my room. They stopped after a while then I gave them more time being I had to walk past the room to get something to eat. I slip past them then made it to kitchen. I was going to make some fried chicken tender but I needed it a knife to cut the vacuum tight seal but that was when I noticed that there was knifes missing as well as other objects like the cheese grater. So I checked the dish washer but it was empty. My thought was that the guys was being slobs so I went on and cooked before doing my rounds while on the rounds I saw Jason and he was walking funny. We were friends in middle school but we grew closer in high school. He was what would be a beta male but he knew everything even before you told anyone that made him dangerous plus he didn’t talk much so you didn’t know what he knew and what he didn’t. “Are you alright?” I asked.

He chuckled. “Yeah, just trying to survive, stay out of sight or defend yourself” then he wobbled off quickly. I figured he had a knife or two with the defend yourself part but I was going to be a human as possible being we had a job to do. The lights flicker then the loud hum of the genny echoed. I finished my rounds as quickly as possible then getting my gear ready for a refuel run. Darkness hit as the genny died. The walk was horrible being I didn’t know if something or someone was going to pop out or what. The cold stinging wind was the worst part of it. I was glad to see the lights to come back on in the hotel after I refuel it. No one else came out to help me which was odd but then it came full circle when the door was locked and I couldn’t get back in. So I busted out the first window I saw then climbed in but the breaking glass didn’t get their attention.

After I walked out of the room the whole hotel felt odd and quiet. When I walked to the lobby that is when I found Gary lying in a pool of his own blood with a knife in his chest. He was funny even when it wasn’t appropriate but that wasn’t a reason for him to die like this. My loud scream caught everyone else’s attention. They came rushing to me and their looks said it all then Ryan started in at Tee and Walker. Jason and I broke them up then I headed up to my room to be alone for a while.

After a few hours, I went down to the bar for a bottle or two so I couldn’t remember the body.

There was Walker with a corkscrew in his eye, just lying on the bar. Well, this one didn’t bother me as much being it was another dead body so I grabbed two bottles then headed back. Frankly, I didn’t care about the job anymore, I wanted to get out or have all of them dead.

I got pretty drunk being I passed out in the bathroom with my clothes on so I walked down the kitchen to find something to eat but there was nothing there. A glance out of the window showed that the frozen food was outside in the snow that seemed like a trap. As I walk to the grand stair case there was Tee and Jason with knifes in their hands, they were heading down the hallway to Ryan’s room. I figured that Ryan wasn’t going to be last one to die being I was still here and was a witness. So I raided their rooms for anything that I could use. I took a knife and some canned goods being it was a matter of time before they came for me.

It was a sick thought but I had to see what they did to Ryan so I waited until they fell asleep. Well, it was a sight being they cut his head off and removed his eyes before place his genitals in his head. The body was nowhere to be found. It was something that could never be forgotten. I hated to see what they had planned for me. On the way back to my room is when I heard the loudest scream in my life. I figured Tee was killing Jason so I took off but I couldn’t help to find them in the middle of the hall. The two of them was nude while Tee was on the ground. He was crawling while blood shot up from his ankles while Jason was holding a knife and the cheese grater. Jason looks at me. “You didn’t see nothing and we can leave tomorrow.” He said. I ran off and went to my room.

When morning came a knock was at my door and it was Jason. “Come on now, just grab your laptop, There’s a tracked vehicle outside for you, town isn’t too far away.” He said. I didn’t know what to think about this, I figured he rigged the vehicle but I wasn’t going to argue with him being I had no clue what was going to happen so I didn’t move. “It’s not rigged. I want this to be over. If, I wanted to kill you, you would be dead already.” I grabbed my laptop bag and my coat then opened up the door. Jason smiled at me. “I only killed Ryan, everyone else killed someone else. I couldn’t let him live after what he did to Gary.” We walked out in silence being it felt wrong to talk. I didn’t want to know anything else about his crime. The sad fact is that I didn’t know about the tracked vehicle or where it came from.

It took about an hour to get to the closet town. The police found six bodies in the hotel and power was off while the genny was out of gas. Jason hung himself while the sixth body was naked and chained to a bed, the body was a woman. She was Identify quickly and from how I understood it, she came looking for me being she was a fan. The guilt that I felt was nothing like I felt before being I caused all of this in a way.

Adrienne poem

A love that I can’t put into words and

Death is the only way that I will quit loving you while I’m

Ready to do any for you, just say it.

I’ve loved you since we were kids playing in the backyard

Every day that I see you, time stops while I can

Never forget what you had on

Nor anything that we did.

Entire world goes around you to me.

One kiss

Thump, Thump, thump goes my heart,

Every time I see your face.

I love you

But I don’t know if it’s actual love

Or if you stand for old memories.

I’m deep in the friend zone.

There’s no light in sight.

You don’t want to ruin what we have

While I’m ready to jump off the cliff

With just one kiss.

My worst fear is that with one kiss,

Is that you fall for me

While I see that I love the old memories

And not you.

I don’t want to hurt you

Like how I been suffering in silence.

So I guess, I will do my best,

And just wonder about

What would happen with one kiss.

The farm

There we were, standing in front of an old run down Victorian home. Back in the day, it must have been beautiful but now the widows are boarded up or the glass has been busted out.  As we walked to the front door. A giant board greeted us with turn back now spray painted on it. That should have been our first sign but we were in the middle of nowhere. Chuck got a great deal on the land being he was going to start a cattle farm. We all wanted to pitch in and help being this was going to be the hang out spot on the weekend. Chuck used the crowbar to get the board off while I held the board steady. Chuck and I moved the board off the porch. Excitement grew being we wanted to see the inside of the house. Chuck when in first followed by everyone else then I was last.

The inside of the house was beautiful and it caused me to be speechless, that was before I realized that no one else was with me. The house looked like someone else was living there during the 50’s. I pulled out my phone to check for service which there was none. My head felt like it was going to explode with all of the thoughts that raced in my mind. I stepped back outside to see that the grass was cut and cows was out grazing. A dust covered green 1940’s car was sitting on a patch of dirt. “Hi There” A Voice said from beside me. I turned to see an old man with overalls and an old woman in a dress just swinging in a porch swing. He didn’t have much hair while she had grey. “What year are you from?” He asked.

I couldn’t believe that he knew I was from a different year, so I had to think about the year.  “2016” I told him as smile came across his face.

“You know Chuck?” He asked. I nodded my head yes but I didn’t know how he knew that.  “It was 2066, when I poked around the farm and went in the house but that was fifty years ago.  She came shortly after I did.”

About that time there was a tap on my back. I turned around to see a young woman dress in colonial dress. Her hair is blonde with beautiful blue eyes that I got lost in. “Can you tell me, where I’m?” She asked.

A smile crept on my face. “I don’t know either” I told her before I turned to the old couple.

The old man smiles. “We’ve called it home, I could never figure out the car and food is always stocked.” He said.

I knew how to drive a stick so I went over to the car while the colonial girl talked with the old couple. The car open then I saw the keys laying on the front seat. I didn’t know if they had keys in the future or if the old couple was stupid. It started up, it was a great sound but the colonial girl freaked out. I rode over to them. “I’m going to try to find some answers.” I told them. “Y’all want to come along?” The old couple shook their head no while the young woman froze stiff.  “Come on, it’s fun and it won’t hurt.” I told her. She looks over at the old couple and they motioning for her to get in the car. She got in and sat beside me then I took off.

There wasn’t a road or a dirt path so I did my best but we found a small town. There were no cars or signs of life but there were shops. It was eerie feeling, I stopped at town hall. I got out of the car as she followed me, we walked to the door then I pushed on the doors. They didn’t budge, they were blocked from the inside. I ran over to a shop to try their doors but it was the same. “Come on” I said as I ran back to the car. We hopped in then we were off again, I drove past town hall but the road didn’t go much farther then that so it was off road again. We started seeing cattle after a few minutes then it was that back of the house. This was the worst feeling of my life being I was stuck with no way and no clue where I was. So I parked the car and headed back to the old couple while the colonial woman followed me.

“So now you get it.” He said “Well, I think our time is going to be up soon.”

I started to wonder around the house trying to find some clue with no luck. Night time came and everyone else when to sleep but I couldn’t so I turned on the radio. Hank Williams played as I sat in the dark.  The room felt like I wasn’t alone. A figure moved from across the room then it came over to me. “What is this place?” I asked

The light flicked on, there was three of them. They were human looking but with huge eyes. They didn’t know what to do then one finally spoke. “This is the Farm. It’s in a wormhole.“ One of them said. “This is the best place to be, at least you are not in the zoo. We’re sorry that your mate is from the time era as you but we have plans for the two of you. It could save us and your species.”

The next morning, I woke up with my arm around the colonial woman in a bedroom.

Clicks

Click, Tap, Click, Tap, Click.

After a few simple seconds

And a few simple motions,

I’m there looking at you.

We’re friends or followers.

You’re beautiful and I want to get to know you better,

But yet in this age,

I can’t be for sure it’s you on the other side.

Now a days, a date is awkward being

We got to text, snap, like and lol

Before we can go on a date.

We’re glue to our phones while on the date so what’s the point.

Your friends will know how it’s going before I even do.

If there a second date and a relationship forms,

Now my job is harder being I got to like and lol more

While getting crazy messages from ex’s

Or being sub mention in status.

Everyone knows everything

While nothing is private anymore.

I guess, I’m old fashioned

Being I want calls not texts or snaps.

This is only part of the reason why I stare then scroll on by

Instead of liking being I’m just one of five, ten or a hundred of guys

And it’s not worth my time.

Click, Click, Click, shut down.

The Whiskey Poem

 

Jack, Jim, Evan and even Eli

Are the guys, I see on Saturday night.

We hang around hills

Rather it’s Heaven or Rock

Or we can be found by a creek,

Rowan or Knob, it doesn’t matter.

 

Sometimes we can be found with our Makers,

Or Pappy and Grand-Dad while

They’ll try to teach about being a gentleman

Or how to do that Rebel Yell.

They might tell us about the time they saw

A red or white stag at Yellowstone

With the buffaloes and eagles.

 

The Walker boys might come around,

Johnnie more than Dumas and you can’t forget about

Their friend Booker.

 

But my favorite place is the local whiskey bar,

Where I can find them all.