The Search for the Last Flower – FINALE

7 Nov

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! Today is the last installment of my horror series, The Search for the Last Flower. I will be announcing the winner of the giveaway on Sunday. In the meantime please enjoy the finale.

 

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Caleb had to leave this place as soon as possible. Already yellow eyes glared in his direction. He would not be responsible for Armageddon. He could find the answers he needed in his lab. If he could find a cure, maybe all could be set right again. But how could anything be right again?

 

Caleb ran outside the hospital. The walking dead were all around him. They overran his car. They smelled Lolita’s blood. How would he get to his lab? He couldn’t make it on foot. Already there were so many of them. But he had to make it. He was the only one who could end this.

 

He spotted an ambulance and ran to it. The door was open and he jumped into it, closed the door and locked it. The keys were in the ignition. It was lucky for him but not so lucky for whoever had to leave the vehicle in such a hurry. He sighed deeply, turned the key and fled the hospital parking lot.

 

He drove as fast as he could, which was faster than he’d ever driven. He scrambled around the ambulance’s dashboard and found the switch to turn on the siren. He flew past red lights and stop signs on his way to the lab. He was high on adrenaline, and he was certain he could fix the problem he had started if only he could make it to the lab.

 

He made a sharp turn and heard a thump in the back of the ambulance. He focused his hearing while continuing to keep his eyes on the road. He heard a crash and a slam. His heart began to thump.

 

Something pounded on the small window between the back of the ambulance and the front seat. Caleb’s eyes opened wide. Part of him wanted to turn and look, but the other part just wanted to drive on. He turned his head. It was one of them.

 

A large man, judging by the size of his fists and neck, was pounding on the glass. A dark, triangular nasal cavity stood where his nose once did, and his lower lip, as well as the skin of his lower jaw was missing. His entire face was red with blood, which made his yellow eyes stand out even more.

 

Caleb faced the road again just in time to avoid crashing against a building. His mouth quivered and his hands shook, even while he gripped the steering wheel. He had to make it to the lab. If this malady spread to other states or countries, it would mean the end of everything. He stepped on the throttle.

 

All he had to do was cross the bridge and he would be a mere minute or two from his lab. He would work night and day until he came up with a solution to reverse the effects of the elixir.

 

The thing on the other side of the small window did not relent. He shook the vehicle every time his large fists pounded on the glass. Caleb glanced at the window and saw evidence that the glass could shatter at any moment. He slammed his foot on the throttle but the vehicle could not go any faster.

 

He finally reached the bridge. The dead man kept striking the window causing damage to the edge of the glass. It began to crack and the next hard impact caused it to shatter into pieces.

 

Caleb gasped when he saw the pieces of glass fall to the front seat, and heard the man’s growl. The man stuck his head through the opening and tried to squeeze his wide shoulders through. He snapped his teeth at Caleb like a rabid dog.

 

Caleb shifted away from the monster and pressed against his door. The man backed away from the window. Caleb panted and kept taking glimpses at the opening as he swerved through traffic. It grew quiet. Caleb’s thoughts were muddled. Where did the man go?

 

The man crashed into the opening sticking his head, left arm and shoulder through––reaching for Caleb.

 

Caleb kept pressing his body against the door, but that was not far enough from the man’s reach. His driving kept getting more and more erratic as he tried fending off the monster with one hand and driving with the other. He veered into the next lane and almost collided with another vehicle. His pulse raced. He was midway on the bridge. Would he make it?

 

As he watched the road, the man grabbed his arm, tore into the muscles of his forearm with his teeth, and pulled them away. Caleb howled as the man gnawed on his arm. He caught a glimpse of his ulnar and became lightheaded. His eyes were rolling in his head. He wailed and yanked his bloody arm away from the man.

 

He was bitten.

 

Caleb sobbed and shook his head. He groaned in pain, shock, but most of all at the knowledge that he would soon die and become one of them. He would no longer go to the lab. There was no time for him to find a cure for this affliction.

 

He looked to his right and then his left. The poison course through his body. He was dying.

 

He swerved the vehicle to an ongoing lane, onto the shoulder and then off the bridge. As he plummeted over two-hundred feet to his death in an icy river, Caleb cursed the day he went in search of the last flower.

 

Copyright © 2014 by Vashti Quiroz-Vega. All rights reserved.

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I want to thank all my readers for their time. I hope this was a good ending for you. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. 

14 Responses to “The Search for the Last Flower – FINALE”

  1. davidprosser November 7, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    Excellent but you certainly blindsided me with a surprise ending. I reckon I’m safe enough here as they’d all die before a plane or boat reached here. I’m never going near the Amazon either.
    xxx Massive Hugs Vashti xxx

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 7, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      Ha,ha! David, you’re hysterical. I’m so happy you were able to read the story all the way through. Thank you so much! It has been a lot of fun reading your comments. 😀

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  2. olganm November 7, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Although many horror movies, books and films end up well, I prefer it when they’re consistent. At least Caleb took charge at the very end. It’s a shame he hadn’t had more guts before but…I thoroughly enjoyed it! Excellent work Vashti!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 7, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Hello Olga, you’re right sometimes there just can’t be a happy ending. At least not for now. I’m glad you enjoyed the series. Thank you for reading and for all your feedback. It was greatly appreciated. 😀 xx

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  3. Hugh's Views and News November 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    I loved the ending, Vashti, in fact, as as you know, I love the whole story. “The Search for the Last Flower” is one of the best short stories I have read. It should be made into a movie.

    Thank you so much for keeping me on tenterhooks all week while reading this series. I won’t be forgetting this story for a very long time. Now I’m off to book my trip to the Amazon to look for some flowers…

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 9, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      I’m so happy you loved the ending, Hugh! Phew!
      Wow! I would love for one of my stories to be made into a movie. I would settle for HBO series! Ha, ha! 😉
      Remember to take a big party with you. You don’t want to disappear . . .
      Thank you so much. You’ve been so kind throughout this series and I appreciate you. 😀

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  4. JESS44903 November 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Wow, what a great ending! 🙂

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  5. MRS. AOK November 12, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Now, that was a surprise ending!! I was quite certain, he’d be the hero… and the cure all. Great work, Vashti.
    XOXO

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 12, 2014 at 12:14 am #

      I’m glad I was able to surprise you. Some stories are just not made to have a happy ending. But––that doesn’t mean another genius scientist can’t step up and fix the problem. There’s still hope. 😉 Thanks for reading! *Hugs & Kisses*

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  6. megdekorne January 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    Vashti ….amazing writing and I so enjoyed reading a genre that is rather foreign to me … Thankyou for an intriguing introduction …blessings xxx

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 17, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      Hi! Thank you so much for reading and for the kind words. I’m always happy when a reader takes a chance on another genre. I’m glad my story intrigued you enough to do that. 😀

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  7. Sunni Morris October 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    OMG! Poor Caleb. That was a nice ending and a surprise but I guess he did the only thing he could do. Great job!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

      Thank you Sunni! I’m so happy you enjoyed the story. Thanks again for taking the time to read it. ❤ xx

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