Ch 3 Norah’s Confession I

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Ch 3 Norah’s Confession I

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Tape 1 of 2: Dr.Norah Seizhelm

[Lighter striking]

[Inhaling/Exhaling]

Norah: ”This is Dr. Norah Seizhelm: formerly of Nexx Industries. The date is March 5th, 2007 on the eve of my husband’s funeral, Dr James Seizhelm. I can’t..”

[Sniffling]

“..tell you..how sorry I am. I can only tell you the truth. Should anything happen to me, this needs to be heard.”

[Clearing throat]

“Nexx Industries is the leader in developing new chemotherapy drugs, vaccines you know..that type’a shit. My husband and I were our own department. An exclusive sector. Classified. On paper, we didn’t work for Nexx Industries. We worked for a faux corp. ’Submerge Unlimited’: scuba diving supplies..heh..anyways..”

[Inhaling/Exhaling]

“We had worked closely with the government before but this time they had come to us with something different. ..Something much different. We were approached by a General Brand. What Brand had to say was um..profoundly disturbing, to say the least.”

[Clearing throat]

“December 9, 2006: Sinjar, Iraq. Four United State Marines went missing on their way back from Midnight Chow Hall around 0:30 hours. MIA. ..Least that’s what the report said. Among them were Private Nielson, Private Alverez, Private Zininski, and Private Ickert. Brand proceeded to tell us of Private Neilson’s testimony of what actually happened, that dark desert morning. Private Nielson was the only Marine who managed to escape the incident alive.”

[Brief silence]

“The four Marines were making their way back on foot to their Container Housing Unit when off in the immediate distance (to their ten o’clock), they could see a fellow Marine running towards them. They did not recognize him, however. He was trotting at a steady pace and waving his arms emphatically. When he finally arrived within a few feet of the group, he seemed out of breath. It seemed as if he’d been running for quite a ‘ways. When the unknown Marine finally came within a few feet, he stopped and rested his hands on his knees. Catching his breath, he smiled with relief and expressed that he was happy he’d found them.”

[Inaudible]

[Brief silence]

“When Private Ickert stepped closer to the out of breathe Marine, Ickert was impaled instantaneously from the waist up through his neck. To quote Private Nielson: ’It was so instant that there wasn’t any room for reaction time. You couldn’t even see it coming!’ The unknown Marine, who’s right arm reportedly was now ‘A long and sharply angled hook’, was now holding Private Ickert by the chest cavity.”

[Inhaling/Exhaling]

“They drew to open fire only for their M16A4’s to collectively jam. As Neilson described it, ‘Like the ammo was fucking cemented into the rifle!’ “

[Brief Silence]

“Private Ickert was then was raised into the air as the unknown Marine stood. His human image faded into that of a quote: ‘Large, lanky insect-like creature who’s height reached that of 8 ft. An upright mantis with sharp angular hooks for arms.’ Suddenly, Ickert, who was still alive and spitting up large clots of blood, began to speak. The words, however, didn’t seem to be his own.”

[Clearing throat]

“ ‘I am Modeus: Messenger for the Zahtun Empire. I have displayed this savage act before you so that you may understand the severity of my message.’ Neilson reports that immediately following this was a quote: ‘blinding flash’. Visions were then projected thru the light. Nielson describes these visions as ‘Visions of thousands upon thousands of giant Mantis-like creatures marching in formation. Men, woman, and children in barb fenced camps one by one being plucked and thrown into clinical research sheds, slammed onto metal slabs, and being ripped open alive. These creatures were feasting on the limbs of children’-Jesus Christ..

[Sniffling]

A mass genocide. Take over. Modeus narrarates: ‘If Earth does not submit to the rule and worship of Lord Zahtun, we will take you by force as we have the galaxies before you. Lord Zahtun will reign as prophesized in the inscriptions by Earth year, twenty sixteen.’ Neilson goes on to say that he may have said more but he ‘couldn’t quite remember.’ During Neilson’s testimony, he’s reported shaking uncontrollably and proceeding to urinate on himself. He then was asked to explain the fate that met his fellow Marines:

‘The creature then lowered its arm to let Private Ickert’s body slide off. Alverez and Zaninski were standing on either side of me before they too were instantaneously impaled and hoisted into the air. Just then I heard Alverez and Zaninski speak in unison whilst gargling blood: Now go forth and deliver this message to the leaders of your planet. We are through with your countless and fruitless negotiations.’ “

[Brief silence]

“The report ends there. When I asked General Brand of Neilson’s whereabouts, he simply said that he ‘Took care of it.’ By took care of it, I imagined he put one right between the poor kid’s eyes.

[Sniffling]

Unknown: “It’s ok, Norah.”

[Heavy breathing]

Norah: “He’d just gotten married. I’m so sorry, Sarah.”

[Sniffling]

“It’s just as well, though. He’d only have to look forward to a lifetime of traumatic nightmares and sweaty sheets.”

{End Tape 1}

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Kosmic Kasey
Kosmic Kasey
Kasey Pierce is a sci-fi/horror author from the Metro Detroit area. Her latest work is sci-fi comic series, "Norah". (Source Point Press) Other credits include horror anthology, "Pieces of Madness". Also forewords and epilogues for author/illustrator, Joshua Werner and Marvel illustrator, Jay Fosgitt. social media: facebook.com/kosmickasey, Twitter:@kosmickasey, and Instagram:@kcdwrites.

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