History 101. It’s a 6.

Previously on “Zombies and puppies”: our heroine Jaya and golden retriever Seven, having rescued friend and ally Ryan from the clutches of the zombie aka rabid horde, are taking temporary refuge at a Tractor Supply Co. in McKinney, Texas, a few miles from the abandoned warehouse where Ryan was held captive. As Seven investigates the perimeter of the property, an adrenalin pumped Jaya aggressively interrogates Ryan for details surrounding his capture and more importantly, answer her most pressing question: who was the mysterious alpha rabid, dubbed Gladiator? Click here to read the last Episode


I was tired, no not tired, weary – life weary. All I wanted was to curl up and get lost in my old brown and tan oversized chair that for reasons no longer valid, was big enough to fit 2 people, and get lost in the pages of a book.

Thank you, murderous zombie citizens of post-apocalyptica; thanks for killing my parents, my friends, my husband and that girl who worked at the 7-Eleven near the drugstore who was always trying to read some college textbook between ringing up drunk high school students and fending off 12 year old boys, trying to impress her; you didn’t miss anyone I loved. I ran my scraped, blood mascaraed fingers along the the silver chain around my neck, down my chest until I felt the circular outline of the white gold keepsake between my breasts; I pressed until I winced. I will find people, scientists, doctors, someone with the cure for the disease or whatever the hell it was that set the world on its axis and sent humanity into a tailspin.

I got up from the picnic table, Ryan now staring off into a landscape populated by monsters both made and self-made, a crow distracted me, shouting down from its weightless circle in the sky; I remembered a line of dialogue from a classic film: “there are two kinds of pain in the world – pain that hurts – pain that alters.

26 thoughts on “History 101. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny October 29, 2021 / 9:54 am

    I like the thought of the pain that alters at the end (unless it turns one into a zombie). Good flashback into Jaya’s past and motivations for continuing. I also like the description of the events as humanity being sent into a “tailspin”.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge October 29, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the episode, Frank. I cannot take credit for the pain quote. While I referenced it as from a “classic film” in my Six, it is a line of dialogue from one of my favorite movies 🙂

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  2. The Vintage Toy Advertiser October 29, 2021 / 10:59 am

    Ouch, D, can feel the pain, especially the image of that “old brown and tan oversized chair”. A fascinating glimpse into the backstory of Jaya!

    Love the line: “I ran my scraped, blood mascaraed fingers along the the silver chain around my neck,” Is the piece of jewellery on the end her wedding ring, I wonder?

    Despite her pain and weariness, I admire Jaya’s hope that she will eventually find others like her, scientists and doctors, who will work together to reset the world.

    Cool movie quote too! 😎I like how it came to Jaya’s mind at the announcement of the crow.

    PS, I’m posting from TVTA as WP is still being flakey! V,xx

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge October 29, 2021 / 12:38 pm

      I’m glad you felt the pain, V. (you know what I mean, lol)

      You wonder correctly and are close… it’s her husband’s wedding band.

      Jaya is a determined woman with a strong will. Susceptible to doubt when suffering extreme exhaustion, she will not take “No” to finding a solution/path that will, as you nicely characterize, “reset the world.”

      Aha! That quote is one of my favorite lines of dialogue, spoken by one of my favorite actors in one of my favorite films 🙂
      I specifically chose a crow for what it represents.

      P.S Still!? Hang in there V. You will figure it out with or without the WP Masters 😎

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  3. UP October 29, 2021 / 12:19 pm

    pain is seriously no fun. you portrayed this well good six.

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  4. Doug Jacquier October 29, 2021 / 3:12 pm

    As you know, Denise, I’m not a big fan of the zombie apocalypse genre but I loved this line. ‘All I wanted was to curl up and get lost in my old brown and tan oversized chair that for reasons no longer valid, was big enough to fit 2 people, and get lost in the pages of a book.’

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  5. jenne49 October 29, 2021 / 3:33 pm

    First of all, Denise, I want to apologise for not answering the very kind comment you put on my last post. I’m afraid the business of moving took over my life for a bit, but I’m now well established by the sea and have the head space again to enjoy your writing. I think I need to backtrack to follow what’s happening in this episode, although I get a good idea of the strong woman Jaya is. And you have wonderful language.All thats hidden in the sentence about the oversized chair that ‘for reasons no longer valid was big enough to fit 2…’ ‘Blood mascaraed fingers’, ‘monsters both made and self-made’. Wonderful.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge October 29, 2021 / 10:53 pm

      I well understand, Jenne, when “life” demands all of our attention. How wonderful you now live by the sea! I’d give anything to live coastal again. Nothing like the sounds and smells and atmosphere. I believe I’m a bit jealous, lol
      Jaya is a strong woman. I’m glad her strength came across in the scene.
      Thank you for reading and stopping in and! for writing a Six yourself 🙂


  6. Pat Brockett October 29, 2021 / 7:58 pm

    Being so life weary, and having lost so many people she loved, it is easy to understand her determination to find someone who has the cure. Although the line was in reference to your SSS story, I think there are many who are life weary in this day and age and are wanting a cure. Although I didn’t see the movie, I love the quotation at the end of your SSS.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge October 29, 2021 / 11:17 pm

      She is a very determined woman, Pat. I agree with you about people feeling life weary nowadays. There is much to contend with.
      The quotation is from The Equalizer 2 with Denzel Washington as Robert McCall.


  7. Chris Hall October 30, 2021 / 2:43 am

    I agree with all the above comments, Denise – every sentence counts and contributes. Jaya’s pain, her life weariness, I can feel it… but in spite of this, we see she’s strong, and what we know about her now, makes us root for her even more. This character has truly come to life!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge October 30, 2021 / 9:37 am

      Thank you, Chris. Jaya is slowly “coming into her own” and I’m glad this installment provided a more palpable sense of who she is.

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  8. clark October 30, 2021 / 7:49 am

    Good installment.
    (the view backstage is always enjoyable, in the sense of hanging out with performers between sets… or something along those lines, some metaphors are like school-age kids getting off the bus on the last warm Friday of the school year)
    lol or something

    I agree with the other, more succinct writer/commentationers… good use of werds

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge October 30, 2021 / 9:39 am

      Thank you, Clark.

      Totally agree on the backstage thing. Where the “real” energy lies.


  9. Spira October 31, 2021 / 6:05 am

    Well, being currently in a state that pain got uncomfortably “friendly” with me ( that mf won’t quit lol), I can honestly tell you that the tendons of my body were gradually stiffening with every word you served.
    Boiling rage underneath, with a lid of determination.

    Oh, and make sure I get a 5 star rating 😉

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge October 31, 2021 / 9:06 am

      Must admit Spira, I felt a little uncomfortable clicking the “Like” button on your comment as I do not like that you have developed an unwelcome “relationship” with pain! Hopefully, the two of you part ways soon.
      Thank you. Very nicely stated – there is much rage underneath yet I’m confident Jaya is in possession of the highest psi cap available 😉


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      • Spira October 31, 2021 / 9:28 am

        I believe that by now we are beyond the mere mechanics of their buttons.
        Sincere apologies for any uncomfortable feelings; you see, here I express my thoughts unfiltered – maybe I should be more attentive before pressing send.

        Thank you for your wish, it’s already happening🙂

        Going back to my habit
        (tell me to stop if I’m ruining your movie play of the characters):
        Jaya…I constantly have two songs when I envision her; not as a detailed person but as a female presence.
        Remember a contemplative cello piece I proposed for Thomas, Moonheart by Tina Guo?
        Well, she has done a version of it with Serj Tankian (SOD), Moonhearts in space.
        That’s for her when the cap holds…
        …when it breaks: Faster from Within Temptation.

        Thank you Denise. I wish you a most pleasant Sun day m’lady.

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge October 31, 2021 / 1:00 pm

          Indeed we are.
          Accepted however, none required. And be assured, there’s no need to be more attentive as I am appreciative of and welcome your thoughts unfiltered.

          Wonderful news!

          Absolutely, not ruining. I love hearing the music selection you’ve chosen for when you envision Jaya’s presence. One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing is the feedback about a story or suggested “soundtracks” to a character. (music, the air we breath)
          Yes, I remember.
          I listened to the version with Serg…
          …now Faster
          “like gasoline on fire running wild”

          Thank you, Spira and a pleasant day for you, sir.

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  10. Keith's Ramblings October 31, 2021 / 11:09 am

    She seems determined to find a way to restore normality; the power of positive thinking. And that final line’s one I’m going to remember for sure!

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