Fingers in the Mist
by O'Dell Hutchison
Publication date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers. That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking one of them as a sacrifice. As Caitlyn’s friends are ripped from their homes, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Caitlyn has the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.
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I take a step toward him, and the wind rushes around me. A deep rumbling comes from overhead, and I suddenly realize that what I thought was thunder before isn’t thunder at all. A murder of crows, at least a hundred or more, fly through the sky, the beating of their wings rolling in thunderous waves. All activity in the square stops as all three-hundred-fifty-three townsfolk look up at the sky.
The crows fly in a perfect circle over my head. It’s not the town square they’re circling. It’s me.
One of the birds breaks formation and dive bombs the stage, landing with a heavy thunk and an explosion of feathers. Two more hit the ground, diving at people like miniature missiles. The crows start to fall like rain. Some of them hit the ground and fall silent, the power of their descent breaking their necks. People scream, and I see several of them rushing for shelter in the nearby church, others flocking to their cars as the remaining crows swoop between them. It’s like a scene straight out of that old Alfred Hitchcock movie.
O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst and at night you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.
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