Retrospect. It’s a 6.

At the conclusion of last week’s Six, “Are You Not Entertained”, we left Jaya, Seven and Ryan facing the horror of Ryan’s imminent death at the hands of a group of raging rabids who’d ambushed him as he was making his way to the pre-arranged rendevouz spot with Jaya and Seven. Less than a mile away in their vehicle, Jaya, unable to abandon Ryan, even at her own peril, surveyed the scene through binoculars while Seven tried to convince her they needed to leave the area. What to make of the gladiator-like zombie who’d emerged from the woods and who appeared to have control over the rabids holding Ryan? Adrenalin pumping, all three of our heroes were rendered helpless, minds racing…

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…She means more to me than she’ll ever know – she, trusted above all others and for whom I would give my life, she, who rescued and will continue to rescue.

Jaya, oblivious to her strength, her wisdom, her outright guts to do what it takes no matter the cost or loss, understands survival is not for the weak; sacrifice, self or otherwise, goes hand in hand with the will to live. Acceptance of this fact is easy for me as it’s a part of my nature, part of who I am, yet I’m cognizant there are some who may struggle with the concept of sacrifice, who would deny the fear cleaving them when confronted with a reality so unbelievable and frightening, a reality once thought pure science fiction horror made for the big screen.

At this very moment, reality wasn’t simply about our lives potentially ending in a gory mess, it was also about the lives of every other person roaming the planet still unaffected by the virus, which is to say, by science research gone very, very bad. Discovering rabids roaming during daylight hours is disconcerting enough let alone witnessing a freakishly imposing figure emerge from the cover of the park woods, a gladiator type zombie, an alpha, commanding what otherwise should have been a group of raving, lunatic rabids – lunatic rabids who appeared to be waiting for direction and instruction while holding a human, hostage.

Why must it take looking through another’s eyes to cast a truer reflection upon the reality of a situation….. I released my grip as she acknowledged there was nothing we could do to rescue him – at least not yet.

26 thoughts on “Retrospect. It’s a 6.

  1. UP August 11, 2021 / 9:04 pm

    Early bird club for sure …another great six

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  2. Frank Hubeny August 11, 2021 / 9:52 pm

    The “not yet” at the end gives me hope for a rescue and a continuation of the tale.

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  3. dyannedillon August 11, 2021 / 11:15 pm

    “Why must it take looking through another’s eyes to cast a truer reflection upon the reality of a situation?” Fabulous!

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  4. Chris Hall August 12, 2021 / 5:16 am

    Love the tension. I somehow sense things may get a whole lot worse before they get better… Great Six serial!

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  5. Spira August 12, 2021 / 7:06 am

    Ok, I was holding back but with this Six…no more ;
    This is a zombie opera!
    Take for instance ” Believe” from Savatage with these words…cutting to slow mo flashbacks , and at the more lyric parts some counterpoint kicking zombies ass.

    Oh, I don’t know Denise, can it?😉

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 12, 2021 / 7:30 am

      Zombie opera?! Don’t ever hold back, Spira – love it 😀
      Yes, yes I can see it, hear it….and oh yeah, they’ll be some kicking of zombie ass for sure.

      Anything is possible, if we believe

      *Excellent backing track, btw 😎

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  6. clark August 12, 2021 / 7:35 am

    The Godfather of Soul!!

    (no, not really my comment, saw the pitcha of ‘the Hardest Working Man in Show Business’ and listened to the music)
    Be back to finish reading the Six,

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 12, 2021 / 7:38 am

      Damn straight!

      (yeah, well you better tell me you get the pov 😉)

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  7. clark August 12, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    nice world shaping up in your serial… (what’s not to like, what with a dog being a lead character)…
    the alpha zombie holds so much potential as much as a plot mover as a character. (How? Why? Does he dream of the before-time)
    Looking forward to the next installment.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 12, 2021 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you, Clark. (I know right?! We may hear from Seven again, if we’re lucky :D)
      Agree. Besides, you can’t have a pack (of raving zombies) without an alpha.

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  8. Pat Brockett August 13, 2021 / 5:23 pm

    This SSS has some thought provoking lines.
    Loved these: “oblivious to her strength, her wisdom, her outright guts to do what it takes no matter the cost or loss, understands survival is not for the weak ” and “Why must it take looking through another’s eyes to cast a truer reflection upon the reality of a situation.”

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 13, 2021 / 6:10 pm

      Our protagonist, like many throughout literature, is oblivious to her finer qualities. Not unlike many individuals in real life.
      Because this episode is told from Seven’s pov, the 2nd line you quote has extra special meaning to me 🙂

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  9. The Atomic Mage August 14, 2021 / 4:29 am

    Excellent, D 😎 Spira has nailed it with the ‘Zombie Opera’ tag for your saga.

    This latest episode is reflective and deep, all the more powerful as it’s told through the POV of the dog Seven… such a cool angle in the zombie genre, along with daytime-active antagonists and the introduction of an alpha.

    The ‘widescreen’ view you create remains 😎

    Good choice of tuneage. I thought of the James Brown & The Famous Flames live T.A.M.I. show from way back in the early 60s – he didn’t get much better than this performance imo (even though of course he did).

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 14, 2021 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you, V. No pressure there, lol and yet Spira’s suggested soundtrack – gives me a different perspective. Of which I’m always appreciative.

      From the beginning there’s been a special bond between Jaya and Seven. She saved his life which is critical on many levels. We know he’s no “ordinary” dog. Writing from his pov after the previous Six made sense to me. It was fun but challenging. Hey! Got to have an alpha step in on behalf of the zombies, don’t we? 😀 Enter “gladiator zombie” (as Susan dubbed him 😉)

      Thanks V, but you can thank Seven. He didn’t even have to think twice about what music was appropriate 😎
      Watched the vid of that show. He was SO cool.

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