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The Help That Never Came
Story depicting the adventures of a journalist in the Amazon Jungle.
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The Help That Never Came
†††† I was sitting in my cozy wheelchair, looking out through the window into the bleak horizon beyond, thinking of the incident that had left me a cripple.
†††† I was a young man then, with extraordinary passion for Photography. After struggling for two years I got a job as a photographer in the best magazine of that time: the "Caprice". It was very exciting working for that sci-fi magazine before I got this assignment to observe and photograph an unknown creature which had been killing off people in a fashion never observed before. The victims always had some part of their body blue.
†††† "Well young man", muttered the much disliked editor "You have a job in your hand. Go to the amazon and photograph the creature that kills everyone near it with some kind of unknown rays. I believe it is a robot gone loose, your arrangements have been made and you will be accompanied by fellow journalist Tammy."
†††† I started my preparations the very hour for our journey. Both of us had very little luggage, and whatever it was, consisted mostly of equipment necessary for the expedition.
†††† We reached the town of Para in five hours in our newly built Boeing 777. After a protracted stay of two days, during which we found some guides to accompany us, this job was difficult because whenever we mentioned the creature that was the object of pursuance, they became terrified and no amount of money would coax them to come with us. At last we found some and incepted our journey. Unfortunately, Tammy got sick in the way but still I carried her to the edge of the place of danger. Our exceptionally brave guides, with their huge bodies and sharp senses, did not dare to enter the creature's throne. I told Tammy, that if anything happens to me, I will shoot bullets in the air and I wanted her to be at the spot of fire pronto.
†††† I started my way through the dim forest, after a few hours hiking, the trees became very dense and it was very hard to move about. Incredibly, I hadn't set my eyes on even a single animal. I just began to feel mystified at the absence of the animals, that I heard the sound of the breaking of twigs. This must be the creature; I thought triumphantly and hid behind a bush. Something came into the field of vision and upon seeing it; I almost jumped out of my skin.
†††† It was just a normal sized wolf with just a few, great differences. It was almost sixty inches in length, not including the tail because of the fact that it had no tail! It had a beautiful pair of blue eyes through which emerged yellow colored light, one of the many things special about this light was that wherever it rested, it turned the surface blue.
†††† Suddenly, it looked towards a sickening feeling got hold of me; it could see through objects! It was now or never, I got up, snapped a few hasty pictures and ran for my life. It was following me at a great pace and I could hear it.
†††† After a bit of running I came to a place where I was cornered, my instinct made me take out my PG-12 sniper rifle and shoot non stop until my cartridges got finished, but to no avail. Then suddenly I felt a stabbing pain and I fell down It was the creature setting eyes upon my leg, which had now gone blue. I caught a stick and shot at it with my last remaining bullet, and it caught fire this made the creature cower and at last leave. I waited for a whole day but no help came, at last I limped across to our camp where a surprise awaited my return. My companions, each and every one of them, were dead. And they were looking bluer than usual.
†††† I caught the next flight and headed for Boston, there I came to know that I had forgotten the camera from which I had shot photos of the creature, in the jungle.
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