Flashfiction by Dennis Lowery (see reader comments)
[A little something that came to me while drinking my coffee this morning. In the first 30-minutes of posting I've already received several requests to expand this into a larger story -- so I've added this to my Stories in Development queue.]
They don't want your brain or other body parts... they want your soul.
Back before the reclamation... the recovery of humanity, they called them Walkers. The undead that spanned the land after an unknown event crashed civilization--leaving handfuls of us alive. Small pockets of humanity that soon reverted to the basic, primitive, root of survival: kill or be killed.
On the run we fought back; always seeking someplace safe and secure. A place to make a stand and to begin the climb back towards the rudiment of lives and lifestyle we once took for granted. Finally, after bitter years, we did. We, humanity, re-established our world. Maybe not quite as it once was but close. Perhaps in some ways an even better one for what we learned of ourselves during the dark days. But there were still dangers in this new world. Still things to be wary of for their intrusion in your life and aggravation brought to your very doorstep.
We’d had close calls before but one day we weren't so lucky.
There was a sound at the front door, then a ring and a knock. I heard my wife pass my study door to see who it was.
"We don't mean to bother you but we're in your neighborhood to share some information."
My wife is polite and I knew she paused. That was their opening.
"Have you heard the word of..."
My wife should have lashed out, perhaps her hard-won reflexes were no longer there, to stab them through the head and end the situation. But she had reverted to the polite, civilized, lady of before. I looked out my study window and saw a cluster of them move closer--massing towards our door. Scenting the kill.
I spun and grabbed my old friend that never let me down. A six-foot oak staff with the serrated blade embedded in the end and secured as stoutly as a man-hating 50-year old virgin's loins.
I came out of my office, moving like in days long past. I felt that athletic grace and what I needed to do flow through me. At the foyer I placed one foot and my 212 pounds behind the door so it would not easily open further, and with my free hand swept my wife behind me... waving her further back. I needed room to work.
A quick peek through the doorway -- I saw Sunday-go-to-Meeting clothing: women with purses on crossed arms, hands with bundles of leaflets; men with the same tracts but sometimes holding a black or brown leather- (or faux-leather) bound book, a bit of a ribbon placeholder peeking out.
Perhaps they were good men and women all... but through perverse hunger to spread their creed... they could suck the very time out of your life as you tried to be courteous and hear them out. Trying to be civil though you weren't remotely interested in what they espoused.
In that situation I'm not civil. Not at all.
I took the first one right through the throat--yanked out and jabbed again, this time in the head. It fell back but remained standing. I took the next right through the forehead. It should have dropped but merely stepped back pulling itself off my blade. Nothing worked... they kept coming... kept trying to hand me tracts and information on their belief... kept interrupting our day with their unsolicited tag-team approach.
The only recourse... monumental rudeness.
With a harsh sound, my daughter's call THE MAD DAD VOICE, I thundered, "NOT INTERESTED --DON'T COME BACK!" They backed up and I slammed the door. My back to it I saw my wife's look... reproach in it.
"You don't have to be so..."
"Yes... Yes I do."
And I knew chances were, in a month or two... I would be again.
Because, it seems, The Knockers always come back.