Jen joined him in the heat halfheartedly. She rather walk under the sun than wait inside the hot oven.
The walk was long, tiring and sweaty through the vast corn fields.
They stopped near the old barn hoping for some help.
“Hello, anyone here?” Ray called out.
They were only greeted by a deathly silence.
Ray pushed the door the peep in.
The barn looked vacant. Old broken pots lay scattered.
“It’s stinking in there, let’s leave please”, she pleaded.
“Wait, there’s someone”… said Ray as he moved towards the corner of the heap of hay. “I think he’s sleeping”
Some dilapidated rags, animal droppings, dried leaves were all that Jen could see around. She couldn’t believe they were still searching for some help in this godforsaken place!
As he uncovered the rag he fell down in disgust.
Jen screamed in horror to see the partially decomposed body of a man still in his boots!
“I told you to leave…. I am not staying here one moment… Let’s go!” was all she could muster…
“Ray… Ray…. are you okay??”
“Can you hear me??”
It was getting hazy… things around started looking darker and darker. Ray laid lifeless on her lap. The stink was growing stronger… her head was getting lighter….
Before she could realize what was happening she melted in the darkness.
Three bodies lay in the old barn…. away from every one’s eyes…
The curse on the land prevailed!
P.S. I have been trying to finish this post from last night but my little one is getting damn jealous of the laptop. I had to put it away to save it’s life!