posted on Apr, 28 2015 @ 07:35 PM
It had been a hot summers night, and the children had been gambolling about in the fields till a little later than usual, and as a result the sun was
already well below the horizon when Hank sunk into his cosy chair on the veranda, having put them to bed. His wife Jean had embraced him as they gazed
upon their sleeping children, and as they had walked down the hall, still holding one another, she had kissed him.
She had made her way to the basement after that, where she ran her from home business. Masterful with needle, thread, and sewing machine was she, and
she made a decent little pot of money making alterations, and custom garments from scratch, for people in town, and even for movie production houses.
Hank, sitting in his comfy chair on the veranda, had popped the lid off a beer, and settled down to watch the stars for a while. His chair was at one
end of the veranda, and faced along its length, so he never saw the figure which had crept from the bushes surrounding the property, and stealthily
climbed up behind his chair. The first he knew that anything was wrong, was when he was wrenched backward over the edge of the veranda rail, and
placed in a chokehold. He struggled, tried to gurgle a warning to his wife and children in vain, and then all was darkness...
Thunder broke seemingly every second, with every step he took along the now drenched mountain road. Every moment lit by an insane strobing, as if the
heavens had been purchased by an entertainment company, and turned into an underground nightclub. He did not even flinch, so lost was he in the pain
of the past, reminded of that awful night by the scorched tree he had just walked by...
He had awoken with his wrists bound behind him, his ankles tied beneath him, and on his knees, with a knee in his back. He had been faced toward the
house, and three figures stood in front of him, between him, and his home, his family. One figure stepped forward. "Well... Looks like you have it
MADE bro! Sittin on yer porch, sippin at yer beer, not a care in the whole damned world!" said the figure, who was dressed in a hooded jacket, like
his companions, and wearing dark clothes, and black leather gloves. "Now, me an the boys here, we come up here from the city man! We ain't used to
folk havin it sooo damn easy, and you know what we got to thinkin? We reckoned we ought to leave you a little memo, a little reminder of what its like
to have someone crap on your day!".
The leering figure grinned, teeth flashing in the darkness. He pulled back his hood, revealing short cropped blonde hair, dirty skin, and wild, mad
eyes that twitched and flickered from side to side. Those eyes came to focus, and bored right into Hanks in a glare of total loathing. "So...
Basically, screw you buddy!" announced the figure in a cheery voice, one at odds with the look on his face. The wild eyed figure stepped back, and
picked up a can of fuel which had been hidden behind one of the other thugs.
At this, Hanks eyes had bolted open, and he had begun to struggle, and no sooner had he moved, than an arm shot across his neck once more, and choked
off his oxygen, sapping his strength. He did not pass out this time, but at the same time had no motive power to resist the bastards who were doing
this to him. He didn't know why they were there, why they had attacked him, but he could not take his eyes off the fuel can as the cap was removed,
oh so slowly by the hooded man. "I see you lookin buddy, I see it! I ought to put your mind at rest a little though man. I ain't gonna kill ya with
this stuff!" At this, he laughed, a dry sound, like an engine failing to turn over. "No, no, nooo! If you die tonight, it won't mean anything to
ya!", he said, turning toward the house, and dousing the veranda with fuel.