edit: Had to write something... but didnt want to mess anything up, so I figured a side story might be good.
Side story, Bubba's dad-
"...Sure you could wait till you get a raise before you buy a policy... but things can
happen ya know?" Gabe Smith was saying to some sucker on the other end of the line.
"Gabe..." Charles, two desks over, yelled ", have you seen what’s going on?"
Gabe held his hand over the phone mic "What, what?"
"Fuckin towel heads again... probably, CNN is saying a biological attack... but FOX says bomb Iran immediately..."
"What the fucking... why the hell didn’t someone let me know?" Gabe spouted ", is it here? ...in the city??"
"Uh, maybe... sounds like stuff going on all over the eastern..." Charles’s blather trailed off in Gabe's head, as he thought "Good excuse to go home" already heading for the door.
"Good thing most everyone in the office breaks the "no radios" rule, or he would never have heard, dick head boss" Gabe was thinking, as he filed into the loud gaggle of people, all trying to get out of the building.
"Is it a terrorist attack?..."
"Are we supposed to evacuate?..."
"Will we still get paid for a full day?..."
Are some of the things he was hearing as he pushed and bumped through the crowd. "Ah, staircase!" he thought ", few of these fatties will be running down 5 flights." He made a left, or as much of a left as he could... eventually getting to the stairwell. He had been right, only a trickle of the jogger types were heading down.
Maybe 5 minutes later he hit the street, he could see the entrance to the highway a few blocks down... he always knew if it would be an easy ride home by how backed up it looked as he left the building. Traffic was actually not moving at all... past his building and as far as he could see the other way.
"Hmmm... long walk, but its gotta be faster than sitting perfectly still" he chuckled. "Better call Cindy and let her know I will be a while."
He pulled out his cell, saw he had missed 12 calls, all from home..."Crap!" He hit 1 and waited "Hello?" Cindy answered on the first ring, sounding frantic. "Hey babe, everything ok there?" Gabe asked.
"God no!" she cried ", have you seen the news?"
"Well, not much...sounds like some kind of attack, should be safe were you are though... I shouldn’t be too long" he lied, knowing she would freak if he told her he was walking home.
Ok...ok, get home as quick as you can, and be safe." she said and I love you!"
"Alright babe, see you soon... keep Aiden away from the tube, he doesn’t need to see... whatever is happening" Gabe finished with an "I love you to" and closed the phone.
He had never walked home, but knew the area well enough. Cutting between buildings and jogging between gridlocked cars, he figured he would cut the 15 miles by car, down to maybe 10, on foot. Part of the short cut was crossing a pedestrian bridge over the river, it was 2 or 3 miles south of the highway crossing, profit!
He stopped for a sec to catch his breath it the apex of the crossing, after trying to jog up the spiral walkway... "Shouldn’t have let the Golds membership expire" he thought.
"Is that... oh hell!" Gabe stared down into the water, what looked to be a person, was splashing around... going under, then back up... "Hey!! Are you OK?" Gabe yelled down from the bridge. The man (seemed to be a man, anyway) should have heard, his head was mostly out of the water, but he seemed in his own world. The river was slowly bringing him close to the far side, Gabe decided to see if he could help the dude.
Racing down the far spiral, balancing with one hand off the chain link fence that surrounded the entire crossing now and then, he stepped off the landing just as the guy seemed to be getting some shore under his feet. "You alright buddy?" Gabe said, as he jogged over to see if he could help.
The dude looked up, with what seemed almost like... recognition? He was struggling in the mud of the shore, one foot, then the other sinking in the mud, then pulling out.
Gabe took in the scene, no shoes, missing left sleeve, some sort of wound on the left shoulder... somehow not out of breath, after flailing in the water for quite a while... freaky.
"Uh... dude, want me to call someone for you?" Gabe asked, feeling very noble.
The guy was trying to climb up the bank, but getting caught in the weeds on the shore. He tripped once, elbows in the mud... strange way to fall... never taking his eyes off Gabe.
Gabe was starting to get a "crazy" vibe from this guy, and was starting to question getting too close.
"Listen bud, I’m gonna call and get some help for you, but you look like you got it under control for now, huh?"
No answer, just a funny stare, and constant motion... crawling, trying to get up, just steady moving towards Gabe.
About that time Gabe felt his phone vibrate... saved by the buzz.
"Ok, man... I gotta get going, family is waiting... running late, with all that’s going on." Gabe was backing up, the crazy looking guy seemed to distress over this, though still not saying anything. Then he let out a sound... a moan?... maybe a grunt/moan? Kind of reminded Gabe of a mute or a retard, trying to say something very important.
Ah, now Gabe understood... poor retard, fell in the river & barely got out alive. Both hands up now, like a kid running to his mommy, but stumbling toward Gabe... I’m not his damn mommy... I wish his mommy was
here, Gabe thought.
He reached out, figuring the spaz would take his hand, he did almost have a "happy" look on his face now that Gabe stopped backing up, must be relieved to have someone helping him. The tard grabbed his hand & pulled it quickly towards his mouth... Gabe yanked his hand away, didn’t really want spit & slobber all over his hand, regardless of how thankful the guy was. "Ughhhhhh!!" The guy yelled, a decidedly unhappy look now fixed on his grayish face. He lurched at Gabe now, hands in claw like shapes, some spittle now dripping from his mouth... that was now open, in sort of... a "I’m gonna bite you" type way.
"Fuck this!" Gabe thought, easily dodging the slow lunge. Gabe turned tail & headed back up the bank, to the roadway above. He looked back as he topped the hill, the crazy tard was trudging after, grunting & groaning in a very pissed off fashion... As the hill began to get steep, he went to all fours, still never taking his eyes off Gabe.
Shaking his head in disbelief, Gabe headed off towards home, looking back a few times... leaving the retard far behind as he jogged. "fucking crazy bastard!... whatcha get for trying to be nice" he thought, then he remembered the phone.
Checking it, he saw a few more missed calls from home, he pressed 1 as he walked briskly.
"Hey, saw you called, is everything..." Cindy cut him off "Gabe... God, where are you!!... we need you here!!!"
Gabe heard fear in her voice he had never heard before "I’m on the way... had to hoof it, traffic was dead stop... what the hell is going on??"
"They are saying people are being attacked everywhere!" she sounded like she might be crying "...Aiden said he saw strangers out back, he is scared!"
Gabe trying to think... "If there is someone in our yard, call the cops, now!"
"I tried... recordings are all I got... do you know the neighbors number?... the gun nut guy?" Cindy said, sobbing now.
"Listen babe, lock all the doors & windows... stay INSIDE! I will be home as fast as I can... I will try the police from my phone to." Gabe added "...And don’t bother with that looser next door, he’s probably more dangerous than anyone wondering around the neighborhood."
"God Gabe, please get here... " Gabe heard banging in the background "Someone is at the door... I’m going to look" Cindy said.
"wait babe... " no answer, she must have the phone down at her side "...Strange looking woman outside, never seen her before" Cindy said into the phone "Oh... she sees me in the window... God, she fell off the porch trying to reach the window, I think..."
"Cindy, get a weapon...knife of something, and get away from the window!" No answer... she is not listening again. CRASH... glass pieces hitting tile... "Cindy!!" Gabe yelled into the phone... At the same time, he heard Cindy yelling "let go you crazy bitch!!... ouch! fuck!! FUCK!!!"
Will try to finish later... or someone else can jump in, whatever
Oh yeah, if someone already gave names to anyone in this, let me know... I couldnt find names for mom, dad, or the last name of the bubba family.