Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Navis Salubris – Chapter Five – Sam by Mel Dawn

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In our last chapter we were introduced to Riitta, who had been a politician running for the Prime Minister of Sweden. Besides the fact that the great zombie apocalypse was happening, Riitta had turned into a zombie. She received a ticket at the last possible moment. 

Just what are these tickets that our four new friends have acquired? Since it’s the end of the world, are they for heaven… or hell?

Let’s meet our fifth and final player in this zombie game.

Dr. Sam from Nigeria

Sam worked for Doctors Without Borders in Nigeria. He found it quite rewarding to help people with basic medical care that would save their lives—medical care that was taken for granted in the Western world. But after the latest bout of ebola, he was ready to call it quits. 

Sam was going through a long period of depression that last for weeks. His fellow colleagues were helpless—they had their own worries in ensuring that sanitation procedures were met so they didn’t get the virus—and there were no guarantees with that either. Sam tried to reach out to many, but found that they were suffering their own nightmares as well.

It was the end of a long twelve hour shift and he had stolen the key to the medicine cabinet. It was 4 am and there was no one around, except dying patients in the next room. They wouldn’t object to him raiding the cabinet.

He wasn’t disturbed as he closed the door behind him and unlocked the cabinet. There were so many options, but he was seeking a drug that would make it quick. He was tired of suffering.

He tossed some syringes in his pocket and pushed aside several glass bottles. He found what he was looking for in the back. He grabbed the bottle and tossed it into his pocket. He locked up and headed to the door.

There was a scratching noise at the door, so he stopped to listen. An envelope was pushed under the door, and then footsteps walked away. 

Sam knelt down to pick up the envelope. He read the words on the front, and then tore it open. 

“A ticket,” he mumbled to himself, as he pulled out the slim piece of paper. 

Next... Chapter Six – Abdul. 


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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Navis Salubris – Chapter Four – Riitta

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We’ve met our three previous characters, and have two more left to meet. They were each carrying on what was anything but a normal day—Abdul was fighting a war in Iraq until he realized he should be fighting for the human side—Nell suffered from an illness and was confined to home until the zombies broke in—and Wei was a young girl trying to avoid the zombies at a market in China. Each has been presented with a ticket—but what type of ticket do you send to five people who are experiencing the end of the world? Let’s see if Riitta and Sam receive a ticket too.

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Riitta of Sweden

Riitta had been running for the Prime Minister of Sweden until zombies had taken over the small town of Trosa, where her parents lived. One by one her family had succumbed to the zombie plague, but the first thing Riitta learnt was that that was no guarantee that one would continue living. One by one she watched as her parents succumbed to the illness, and then her younger sister and brother. 

But instead of them turning into a family of zombies, they each disintegrated before her eyes. What was giving life to the zombies banging outside their doors and windows was not what would give them life. 

Riitta was doing her best to shovel dirt over their graves in the back yard, when she heard a zombie coming up behind her. She tensed and raised the shovel into the air. It was not the first time that she had to knock the head off a zombie. 

The zombie tapped her on the shoulder, causing her to drop the shovel. Since when were zombies civilized? She whirled around to confront him.



This zombie was male, and besides his distinctive glowing blue eyes, he was in relatively good condition for a dead person. He lifted his right hand and held something out to her.

“I don’t want any trouble,” she said to him in Swedish. 

The zombie mumbled a reply in turn. He nodded to the envelope, asking her to take it.

Riitta took it from his hands and watched as he turned and left the yard. How strange. They didn’t do that normally, did they?

She tore open the envelope. Inside was a ticket. She smiled, but had difficulty, as the flesh on her face was toughening up and turning black. Even though her eyes were glowing blue, she could still read the instructions on the ticket. 


Next... Chapter Five – Sam.

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

STUPID CLICKBAIT ARTICLES PEOPLE FALL FOR EVERY TIME

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I’m going to write humorous blog posts until 2016 catches up to me. Here are 10 clickbait articles that people fall for every time. These are just for fun—they don’t actually lead anywhere. File it all under “BAD HUMOUR”. 

1. THIS CAT FLEW TO THE TOP OF THE EIFFEL TOWER—WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT SHE DOES NEXT!

Well, the authorities were called, and the owners fined for letting her off her leash. But don’t worry, no kitties were harmed in the creation of this silly story.

2. HOW TO LOSE 100 POUNDS IN 10 DAYS.

100% guaranteed weight loss program after you’ve been eaten by a zombie.

3. HE SHOOTS… HE SCORES… NOW HE’S IN REHAB.

Same old story, different name.

4. HE SMUGGLES A GUN ONTO THE PLANE IN HIS… WAIT FOR IT…

Pants? Ears? Shoes? Someone tell me—why won’t anyone tell me how this ends?!

5. KIM CARDHASHIAN GETS MARRIED FOR THE 6TH TIME.

And still, no one cares. 

6. DONALD TRUMP MAKES AN INTELLIGENT SPEECH.

It’s got to happen at least once, right?

7. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT THIS HOMELESS PERSON DOES WITH A BOX AND CEDAR LEAVES.

Well, if you actually did see what he did, you might actually raise awareness so he doesn’t have to live on the street anymore. (What do you mean this isn’t funny? Of course it’s not funny.)

8. BABY JESUS STATUE WINKS AT STUDENTS… NOW THEY DRESS LIKE HIM.

Let’s hope he was wearing more than a diaper when he winked at them.

9. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT THIS MAN DOES WITH A SPOON, A TIRE, AND A DIET COKE.

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

10. HOW TO WRITE STUPID CLICKBAIT ARTICLES.

With one bottle of wine, a case of beer, and a questionable substance in a plastic baggie. 

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