Monday, October 28, 2013

Remains To Be Seen by Karen Michelle Nutt #flashfictionbash #Halloween #giveaway @KMNbooks

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Blurb: Khloe Morgan is rescued by Benjamin Asher after being attacked by a horde of zombies. Her would-be rescuer harbors a secret. Will Khloe be able to accept it? It remains to be seen.
      by Karen Michelle Nutt

She bolted awake with a gasp, going for her dagger, but the weapon wasn’t strapped to her belt. It took a moment to realize she wasn’t in the forest, but in a room. Blood splattered her clothes and she had a bandage wrapped around her arm.
Her gaze riveted to the door as a man entered. “Good, you’re awake,” he said. “I brought you something to drink. Think of it as soup in a glass.” He handed it to her, but she made no move to accept it, wondering if it contained a sleeping potion or worse… poison. She didn’t know this man. Sensing her trepidation, he took a sip first then offered the glass again. “I promise you it’s what you need right now.”
Her fingers curled around the glass. “Who are you?” she asked over the rim. Her voice sounded like she ate sand and she cleared her throat.
“I’m Benjamin Asher and before you ask, you’re at my home. I found you at the edge of the forest and brought you here.”
She took another gulp of the soup, wondering what was in it. It tasted wonderful. Then again she was starving. She couldn’t think of the last time she’d eaten meat. “Did anyone else make it out alive?” Her group had been attacked by a zombie horde. If Benjamin hadn’t come along…
“I found only you, Miss…”
“Khloe Morgan.” Her gaze slid over her host with curiosity. The lighting gave everything in the room a greenish tint, including her host. Benjamin’s one eye was the color of amber, but the other eye was milky white. The imperfection did not distract from his looks. “I thank you for everything, but I should go.” She attempted to stand.
Luckily, Benjamin reached her before she fell on her face. “I gotcha.”
“Thanks, but I’m okay.”
“That remains to be seen,” he told her. “You should stay here a few days.” He gave her a hint of a smile, but there was a note of sadness in that one eye.
She wanted to argue how strong and fit she was, but why bother when they both knew the truth. Besides, she had no place to go. “You’re right. I’ll rest a few days.”
He gave her a curt nod. “Feel free to roam the house, but stay out of the upstairs bathroom.”
Her brows furrowed. “Why?”
“Trust me,” his gaze met hers, “you’ll be sorry otherwise.” At the door, he glanced at her. “I’ll be out for a bit. I need to hunt for food.”
With the zombie epidemic, there weren’t any supermarkets. Everyone had to hunt for meat and grow their own vegetables. “Be safe.”
He grunted a response and left before she could ask him what he said.
She finished off the soup and wished there had been more. Tired, she slid beneath the covers and fell asleep.
When she awoke again, the sun had set, leaving the room in shadows. She stood with caution and her reward…? Not falling on her face. Her movements proved awkward and stiff, but she’d been in a fight of course her limbs were rebelling. “Benjamin?” She wandered into the living room in search of her host.
Silence greeted her. Then she remembered he’d left earlier to hunt.
She investigated her temporary home. The downstairs sported a living room, a kitchen, and the bedroom she occupied. She checked out the downstairs bathroom last. A blue shower curtain lined the tub and seashells decorated the toilet seat cover. Her lips curved when she spotted a real prize. “Toilet paper.”
No mirror hung above the sink, but she spotted a towel next to the soap dispenser. She reached for the faucet and turned on the water to wash the foul taste from her mouth. What she wouldn’t do for a toothbrush. She spit and blood splattered the porcelain and something swirled around the basin. Her hand snaked out stopping it before it rolled into the drain. She stared at the molar. Then she remembered the fight. She’d been knocked in the head by one of the zombies. On instinct she glanced up to inspect the damage. “No mirror.”
She headed out of the room and glanced at the stairs, knowing there was another bathroom up there…perhaps with a mirror. Benjamin warned her she wouldn’t like it, but if he left it a mess, who cared? She gripped the stairwell and dragged her body up the stairs. 
She chose one of the closed doors and got lucky. Her hand searched for the light switch and flipped it. She frowned, wondering what Benjamin had meant by his odd statement. The room appeared clean and unused.
As she stepped inside, something caught her eye in the mirror. She whirled around, her hand reaching for the dagger she didn’t have. “Crap!” She slammed against the sink and her scream proved horror-flick worthy, startling her further as it echoed off the walls. Nothing stood there. She took a ragged breath and chastised herself for being foolish. There were no monsters lurking in Benjamin’s bathroom. She turned toward the sink again and her gaze caught her reflection. Not believing what she viewed, she touched her face and the reflection mimicked her actions. “No, no, this can’t be happening.” Her gaze landed on her arm and she tore at the bandages. Bite marks marred her flesh that had turned a ghastly shade of molted green.
She’d been bitten. Her gaze shifted to her reflection again and the hideous monster leered in delight. One milky eye, flesh greenish in color, hair matted to her scalp… “I’m a—”
Her gaze riveted to the door where Benjamin stood. Realization slapped her in the face. His milky eye…his greenish pallor…He was one of them, a zombie…like her. “No.”
“I told you, you’d be sorry if you came up here,” he said. “You weren’t ready to see what you’ve become, but don’t worry. I’ll take care of you until you are.” He held up a glass. The liquid was as red as…blood. “It’s fresh. The hunt proved successful.”
The End... or is it?

Remains to Be Seen Copyright © 2013 by Karen Michelle Nutt
All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters—zombies included, places and events portrayed in this flash fiction tale are either products of the author's imagination or, if real are used fictitiously. 
Cover credit: Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover". 

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About the Author:

I reside in California with my husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, my Chorkie, is my writing buddy and sits long hours with me at the computer.
When I'm not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, I create pre-made book covers with my daughter Katrina Gillian at: Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”.  You can also check out my published cover art designs at Western Trail Blazer and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all my stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena of falling in love.

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Rosemary Gemmell said... Best Blogger Tips

Great story, Karen - and I've never read a zombie story before!

tlryder said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun and scary zombie tale! And killer title pun. :-D

I think if there were zombies, I would flee. If only the undead didn't shuffle so fast. It's like a magic power they have. One shuffle = 10 normal human steps.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Theresa RyderYou caught the pun, did you? I did have a chuckle with it. hee hee

You'd flee if zombies were after you. Me, too unless I had Daryl(from the Walking Dead) at my side. lol

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I am going to fight as a run I am not going down with out giving it my all

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@felicia sidomaI want to be by your side when it all goes down. lol I'm braver in a crowd. By myself-- I'm running!!

Savanna Kougar said... Best Blogger Tips

Now that was scary! I simply shudder at the idea of Zombies... yuck. Great Spooky tale, Karen.

Bestiary Parlor: The Musings of a Zoologist Turned Author said... Best Blogger Tips

Flee. Or in the case of my raven shifter who lives during the zombie apocalypse, fly away. 23A

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

loved the story so if zombies were after me I would flee but if I had Darrel and Rick from Walking Dead I would stay and help

LisaRayns said... Best Blogger Tips

Fight! Always. Zombie dreams are my favorite. OMG I love that necklace!!!

The books look so great too! Adding them to my wish list. lisarayns (at) gmail (dot) com

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Run as fast as my little legs will carry me. Maybe throw stuff while I'm running. Nice excerpt!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the cameo (I collect cameos)! If I were surrounded by zombies, I would fight. Since I would already know there were zombies in the area, I would be appropriately armed. There is no point in running. If they smell you, they might find you. It's best to eradicate those that have found you and escape with a clean trail. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rosemary Gemmell So glad you enjoyed the story!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Savanna Kougar Did you little hairs on the back of your neck rise? lol Thanks for popping in for a peek!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Eva Gordon Fly away-- lol Now that would be great!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Margaret Mosier I'm with you, Margaret! Thanks for coming by!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@LisaRayns Isn't the necklace the coolest! I liked it, too!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Naomi Bellina Better keep you pockets full. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Michelle WillmsI vote you as our leader! lol You have a plan!

Hywela Lyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh, creepy! I'm not normally a fan of zombie stories but this one sucked me right in! Wonderful cover too! I'm going to try and work through the rest of the posts here - I would have done so before, but my little dog is sick and I've not been on the net as much as usual!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Hywela LynThanks so much for stopping by for a peek. Sorry to hear about your little dog. Sure hope your doggy gets better soon. :)

Dylan Newton said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooh, tough question. If my kids are with me, then I fight the zombies. Otherwise, I'm running and praying they run slower than a 10-minute mile. :) Love the necklace, and the book sounds great, Karen! Fun post!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice tale

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Author Kat de Falla said... Best Blogger Tips

Great zombie short story! I LOVED it - as we are all obsessed with The Walking Dead, it's nice to read about zombies who can think/talk - I would definitely stay and fight though - especially if my husband was with me! Thanks for visiting Quill or Pill and I'll continue along the Blog Hop! ps - the necklace is AWESOME!

Kelley Heckart said... Best Blogger Tips

Great story. I love The Walking Dead and all that can be explored in a zombie tale.


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Dylan NewtonSo glad you enjoyed the tale!

I agree, it would be a whole different story if I had to think of my family, too. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@bn100Fleeing might prove the best. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kat de FallaSo glad you liked the story and the necklace. Enjoy your hopping. I had fun reading all the posts!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Celtic ChickThe Walking Dead if fantastic! So glad my son talked me into watching it. :)

So glad you liked my zombie story from the zombie's POV. lol

Natasha said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy Halloween!
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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@NatashaHappy Halloween to you, too!

JeanMP said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great story! Definitely run as fast as my old legs could manage!
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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jean MPSo glad you liked the story.

You won't be alone when you flee! lol

laurie said... Best Blogger Tips

Great story, Karen - and I've never read a zombie story before!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@laurieGlad you enjoyed the tale. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

If I could flee, that's what I would do.


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@EmilyThanks so much for stopping by. As for fleeing in a Zombie attack-- join the crowd. lol

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I would flee and fight. My plan would be to run but with a flame thrower and several other awesome weapons strapped to me. I'll run for safety, fighting my way there, and won't go down without taking a stand. (At least that's how I have it planned. You know how planning something and it actually happens goes, it's usually chaotic)


Beth Caudill said... Best Blogger Tips

Great story Karen. Even if it was about a zombie who are the creepiest creatures to me.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Brandy NacoleIt's always great to have a plan...even if it changes along the way. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Beth CaudillThanks so much. Glad you enjoyed the tale. Hope it didn't scare you too much. :)

Krysykat said... Best Blogger Tips

If I'm by myself I'd fight, if I were in a group I'd flee, don't want anyone else bit either.


Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

If I had weapons, I would fight, if not I would run far, far away. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Happy Halloween! evamillien at gmail dot com

Jeanette J said... Best Blogger Tips

It depends what kind of Zombie it is. If it is the original, shambling, slow moving type I think I would run, but I'd run to somewhere hopefully safe because they may be slow but they are persistent little buggers.

Shadow said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds fantastic! I cant wait to read more! Thanks for sharing! Im gonna admit, im the type to flee. Im a scardy cat and those things are near, you betcha, im out of there! lol Happy Halloween! Thanks for the fun and goodies! :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@KrysykatAh a sweet one that cares about the rest of the group. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Eva MillienHappy Halloween to you too!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jeanette JLet's hope for the slow shambling ones. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@ShadowI'm glad you enjoyed the goodies. Happy Halloween!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the free books! Loved the Zombie story, too. Wasn't sure where it was going. Great ending.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katrina GillianThanks so much! Happy Halloween!

Daniel M said... Best Blogger Tips

i'll go with - run away! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Daniel Mlol-- yep, I'm with you. :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Great excerpt. I'm a huge WD fan so the idea of zombies as the protagonists really appeals to me. I went looking for the story on Goodreads but it didn't pull up so it must be new?

Thank you for participating in the Snarkology's Hop.

Happy Halloween!

Sherry said... Best Blogger Tips

My first instinct is to run as fast as I can. I would probably fight and then run.
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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Melissa SnarkI'm glad you liked the flash fiction Zombie story, but it was just a tale for the Halloween Flash Fiction Bash I had going on all month long. 31 authors participated with 31 stories!It was a lot of fun. So Remains to be Seen isn't a full length book :) Hmm... maybe something to think about.

Thanks for putting together the Snarkology Blog Hop!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sherry'Team Run' seems to be winning. lol

Making it Happen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the story! I wasn't expecting that. For me, I'd be fleeing. I'd probably set a world speed record too. moonangel23 at gmail dot com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carra SaighSo glad you enjoyed the story. :) Lots of runners here. lol Smart group!

Meghan said... Best Blogger Tips

I flee to higher ground and then try to come up with a plan. I also try to find a building that I can board up against the zombies.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@MeghanGotta have you in my group. Great plan. :)