Chapter 4: The River
December 30, 2009 Aspen, Colorado, 4:05 PM MST
As Mike spirals out of control, he charges towards Carrie and Lynn, demanding to know which of them is responsible for this, which they both adamantly deny of course, as they remind him that their significant others were killed as well, and they all begin pointing fingers at one another.
As the arguing and finger pointing continues, Lynn interrupts them: "Alright enough, STOP! All this bickering isn't going to get us anywhere. We've got what another day or two, before this storm will blow over, and we should be able to call the police. Until then, I say that we just make some sandwiches and snacks, lock ourselves in our respective rooms, with a knife to protect ourselves with, and we don't leave until then."
"No way, I'm staying here with you two. I'm out of here."
"Mike!" answers Lynn "It's 5 degrees outside, we're 10 miles from civilization, we're in the middle of one of the worsts storms of the year, and we have NO means of communication or transportation. Anyone who ventures out there, is not coming back. Now my idea isn't ideal, but if we stay together, the killer can just kill us in our sleep, at least this way we're somewhat secluded and protected."
"I can live with that idea" replies Carrie,
Mike still grieving, finally nods in agreement, as they all go down to the lobby, and make themselves a snack. No, they actually go to the kitchen, but I just couldn't resist quoting that old movie theater (bullshit google, it's spelled theatre, right?. help spelling Nazi's) line. Each of them grabs a steak knife for protection, and they walk up to their respective rooms one at a time, lock the doors (damn you leaps of logic problems, let's just say that each bedroom has it's own bathroom for the sake of making this easier to believe/explain)
December 31, 2009 11:45pm
The three remaining souls have been getting by for the past day and a half by eating sandwiches, reading one of the many novels in the house (while the phone lines and internet were out since the first day, all the power went out the night before, and they've been living off of candlelight, and constantly trying to get through to the police on both their cell phones, and the landline, but to no avail.
Lynn is halfway through "East of Eden" when she hears a high-pitched woman's scream, a brief scuffle, and then silence. She hears footsteps coming towards her door, as her's is the first one by the staircase, but the footsteps run down the stairs. She is terrified, and frightened at first, but finally works up the courage to leave the room. She grabs her knife, slowly creeps down the hallway: "Carrie?" she inquires "are you okay?" as she enters her room, and sees Carrie dead on her bed, with a knife sticking in her chest. Carrie is still alive, but barely, and whispers to Lynn: "It was Mike. Please don't let him get away with this. And Lynn"
"Give this to James' family. Tell them that I loved him very much" as she passes him a folded up and sealed note with her dying breaths.
"I will. I promise" Lynn answers. Lynn puts aside all of her fears, flashes back at the massacre of destruction that Mike has inflicted upon the people that she cares about most, bundles up, and chases outside after him into the dark stormy night, as the clock strikes midnight, ringing in the New Year.