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Monster

The red sky that morning should have been my warning, but I chose to ignore it. I had a job to do and I had to get there before the snow came.
+++++I drove from my house and onto the country lane, my speed picking up as I changed through the gears. Then it came, like a blanket falling from the sky. Huge white flakes hit the windscreen, the wipers doing nothing to shift them.
+++++I tried to slow the car but the brakes wouldn’t work. Surely the snow couldn’t stop them working. I pressed them again and they kicked in, sending the car into a skid. There was a loud bang and the car shuddered. Don’t panic, I thought, it was just a small deer or something.
+++++It was then that the weird thing happened. The car was motionless. Suddenly the roof started creaking; the noise of metal being crushed filled the cars interior. The side windows exploded outwards and within seconds I was being covered in freezing cold snow. The snow filled the car. I tried to push it away from my face but it was getting into my mouth, up my nose. With each panicked breath I took the snow entered my throat. Is it actually possible to drown in snow? I asked myself.
+++++I began to panic as the snow kept packing into the car. I was freezing, literally. I couldn’t move my arms anymore and the snow was freezing my throat. It happened quickly. I suddenly couldn’t breath and blacked out.

* * *

I woke up in a brightly lit room. I wasn’t in a bed, as you would expect, but sat upright in a chair. I looked around the room, looking for a door or a window, but there was nothing. It was only when I concentrated that I noticed that the whole room was moving, even the floor, almost cloudlike.
+++++“Where am I?” I asked out loud.
+++++“Where do you want to be?” asked a deep, booming voice.
+++++“Who’s that?” I asked looking round.
+++++“Your maker.”
+++++“My maker? What are you talking about? Where are you and where is this?”
+++++“I’m everywhere and you are in the decision room. This is where you meet your fate. You are to go through the door. There you will live for eternity.”
+++++The cloudy movement in front of me slowly parted to reveal a door. I got up and walked over to it, grabbing the handle. I hesitated a moment, looking back to see if there was anyone else in the room. I slowly turned the handle and in a flash the door was ripped from its hinges. The room was filled with flames. Hideous looking creatures flew through the flames, screaming and laughing. I tried to take a step back but couldn’t.
+++++“There’s no going back. This is your destination. This is your payback,” the voice boomed.
+++++I was suddenly grabbed by the throat and dragged into the flames. Pain seared through every nerve in my body as my clothing, and then my skin was scorched from my body. I screamed out in sheer agony but it was cut short as the flames burnt my throat. I was meant to see this happening to me as my eyes were somehow protected from the flames. I looked down at my hands and watched as the skin bubbled and burst, the same on my arms and stomach and legs. I could feel my face melting away and lifted my skeletal hands to touch it. I was looking like a monster, the monster I actually was.

* * *

3 Days Later.

“Holy shit! Boss, boss, you’d better come and look at this.”
+++++Detective Derek Morris walked to the back of the wreckage and looked into the boot. Four black bin bags were all open for him to look into. The body parts were frozen. The head of a young blonde woman stared up from one bag. In another there was an arm and a leg, the same in another and then her torso in another. The little toe and little finger were missing from both hands and feet. The same as the other nine bodies that had been found over the past fourteen months
+++++Morris walked back to the driver’s side and looked in at the smashed remains of the driver. He was frozen. The car had been under heavy snow from the worst snowfall the country had ever seen. It had been noticed by a snowplough driver and reported to the police. A rescue vehicle had towed the car from where it had hit a huge oak tree.
+++++“Maybe there is a God after all,” Morris said, “We couldn’t catch you but nature done our job for us. You met your maker.”

I Saw What I Saw

It was a shortcut that I would regret for the rest of my life.  Don’t get me wrong, the scenery was beautiful.  A rolling landscape, secluded country houses and wildlife in abundance.  But, the beauty soon faded into insignificance when a sheep, covered in blood, ran out in front of me, causing me to swerve my car off the single track road and crash into a dry-stone wall.
+++++I’d approached a wooded area and was doing about fifty when I saw the sheep but managed to break and reduce my speed before the impact.  My airbag had activated and saved me from any serious damage.  After a moment or two, and a couple of prayers of thanks for still being alive, I pushed open my door, unfastened my seat belt and got out of my car.  I closed the door and lent heavily against the car, taking in painful, deep breaths.  I scanned the area for the sheep that I had seen, but it was nowhere in sight.
+++++I definitely saw what I saw.
+++++I eased myself away from the car and assessed the damage to the front of it.  It was going nowhere.  There was steam hissing from the radiator and there was a steady drip of black oil from underneath.  I fished my mobile phone from my pocket.  There was no signal.  Great!
+++++A sudden shriek startled me.  It came from the direction the sheep had run from.
+++++Another one, louder this time and closer, followed by another.
+++++What the fuck is that?
+++++My thoughts were answered when a dozen or more sheep ran from over the small grassy mound and across the road, exactly where the sheep that had caused my crash had come from.  Each and every one of them was smeared with dark, crimson blood.
+++++There was another blood-curdling shriek.  I looked round and decided the only way I could go was in the same direction as the sheep, into the woodlands.  If I went down the road I would be too exposed to whatever was out there.
+++++I started to run, clambering up the embankment where the sheep had gone.  The pains in my chest from the seat belt began to ease as I took in large breaths.  Suddenly, above me, there was a cracking of tree limbs and then, just feet in front of me, the lower half of a human body landed with a thud.
+++++Holy…shit!
+++++I carried on running, glancing down at the naked limbs, noticing that they were female.
+++++What the fuck is going on?
+++++Another shriek followed by a muffled scream.  I ran harder, the ground undulating beneath my feet.  The sheep had spread out but were heading in the same direction.
+++++Ahead, I saw a stream.  I noticed a small bridge off to my left and made a run for it.  I jumped down into the stream, just as another body part landed on a patch of heather at the side of the stream.  I splashed through the water and got to the bridge, scrambling underneath it.  I was struggling to control my breathing; my whole body felt like it was shaking.
+++++Another shriek.
+++++I turned under the bridge, keeping close to the stone wall as I peeked out in the direction of the noise.  I had imagined seeing some kind of bizarre bird like creature, but there was nothing.  Then out of the woods came a naked man.  His whole body was covered in blood and in one of his hands there was a human arm.  His head twitched from side to side, unnatural in its movements.
+++++Oh fuck.
+++++I looked out again, in time to see his mouth open and an ear splitting shriek ripped through the air.  I covered my ears, the sound almost painful.
+++++Got to move, got to move.
+++++The man walked to the edge on the stream, the bloodied arm still in his hand.  I slowly walked the eight feet or so under the bridge and crawled up the heather laden bank.  I inched up to the top of the stonework and looked back to where the man was stood.  To my amazement there were now two of them.  I don’t just mean two men; I mean there were two of them.  There was two of the same fucking bloke.  In unison their mouths opened and they let out an ear splitting shriek.
+++++What the fuck is happening?
+++++Fuck it!  I scrambled to my feet and ran.  I had no idea where I was going but I ran.  I ran harder than I had ever run in my entire life.  I looked back over my shoulder and saw that the two men were walking in my direction.  There was no urgency to their movements, which I felt wasn’t quite right.  It was only when I looked back in the direction that I was running that I realised why.  A few hundred yards ahead, to my left, a man was running across a field.  He was being chased by two naked men.  Within seconds they were on top of him and his limbs were ripped from his body.  His screams of pain and terror were instantly drowned out by the shrieks let out by his captors.
+++++This just can’t be happening.
+++++I turned to my right, jumped into the stream, ran through it and staggered up the other side.  I got my footing again and ran.  I ran for what seemed an eternity and never looked back.

* * * * *

I’ve now been hiding in this elevated position, behind a moss covered rock for what seems like an eternity.  The shrieks are still echoing on the evening air.  They still seem to be coming from the area below me.  I’m safe for now, but for how long?  I don’t know if I’ll ever get out of here.  It feels like I’m in the middle of nowhere.  Everywhere I look there are fields and woodlands and hills and in the distance, mountains.  God’s country.  Heaven on earth.  Not on this day though.  Heaven can’t be like this.  Maybe I’ll know soon enough.
+++++What was that?  Oh, dear God. Please…no.  Our, Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy n….