She saw the hairy monster coming and heart wrenching panic set in. Jenny knew the guys were close but were they close enough to get between her and the bear? She banged on the door again. Adrenaline comingled with intense fear coursed through her veins. She wanted to scream, to let them know she was in real trouble but her heightened angst forced her heart in her throat and stifled her cry for help.
The wind whistled behind the house. Fred positioned at the back of the house heard what he thought to be a scream crescendoing just over the wind’s pitch. Did that come from inside? He didn’t know. Fred could hear increased movement inside the cabin. Whispering a silent word of prayer, Fred clutched his beloved Come to Jesus 357 and braced for anyone darkening the back door. Mr. Jenkins was ready, ready as he could ever be. His heart lurched when he heard Jenny screaming. The previously dormant shadows inside the cabin sprang to life. He could just see Jenny on the porch and she was urgently banging on the door. She would get a response. He hoped he was ready. He had to be, he had to get to Jayde. Jason bristled hearing the sincerity in Jenny’s scream. He knew she was in real trouble and no longer pretending. He’d heard the growling bear as well, being familiar with the mountains and everything that came with it. The worst thing Jenny could do was panic and Jason knew she was panicking. Jason inched closer to the right front of the porch. He needed to get a visual on the natural predator.
“What the bloody hell?”Old man Jack shouted standing to his feet.
“Dammit man! We got trouble!” Manny cried out unnerved.
“Shut the hell up Manny! Scared little punk,” Norm scolded dismissively. Norm pushed noisily back from the table, grumbling loudly and balancing his palm on his revolver. He moved decisively forward. He had to protect his investment whether she was conscious or not. Regardless of the situation, Norm would use it to his advantage. Manny fell in behind Norm, not the least bit embarrassed from Norm’s chastisement, the noise at the door startling him just as much as it had everyone in the cabin. If there was going to be trouble Manny wanted to be on the side of Norm. Kyle’s first thought was of the girl. Despite the pain in his leg he had to protect her without blowing his cover. There were some hotheads in the group and the situation could turn bad real quick. Kyle looked to Jayde to see if she’d instinctively responded to the noise outside the door. Reacting could prove fatal for her especially since no one in the cabin knew she was conscious except him.
When the banging and screaming started Jayde resisted the urge to react immediately. The bad guys were in the room with her so whoever was on the other side of the door had to be a good guy… they just had to be… Jayde needed them to be. True the undercover guy was near her but he was sorely outnumbered. Jayde couldn’t count on him to save her. She dared open her eyes the slightest bit, mindful to keep the rest of her body absolutely still. There was another scream and the guys in the cabin were on high alert. She could just see legs moving toward her unsure as to whether she was his destination. When he placed a large harsh hand on her shoulder, Jayde shut her eyes tight. Kyle’s worst fear was realized. The girl was Norm’s target. The wheels of his mind started to spin wildly calculating what his next move would be. He had to get through Norm to get to the girl.
Old Man Jack moved towards the fireplace and grabbed the fire poker for protection. He then moved stealthily towards the door. It was a woman’s voice true enough but she might not be alone. Jack leaned back just enough to peek out of the window. From his vantage point he couldn’t see anyone; the light from the cabin failing to penetrate the blanketed darkness past the porch.
Jenny slammed on the door again. Why won’t they help me she thought to herself. He was still moving, still coming toward her.
“OH MY GOD SOMEBODY PLEASE!!”
Jason got a bead on the bear less than a hundred feet from the porch. The beast could cross that distance in just a few seconds. If he was going to move he had to move now. Fred and Mr. Jenkins were still in place just in case the door opened but he had to do something about the bear.
“Hey!” Jason stood up and moved forward. He knew it was risky but there were few options. The bear continued to move toward the screaming Jenny. Jason scrambled, kicking at the snow causing it to splay trying to draw the monsters attention.
“Hey!” He yelled louder moving even closer. The bear stopped short turning in Jason’s direction. Jason continued his antics to draw the beasts’ attention, fishing for anything he could throw at the monster. The bear advanced first moving on all fours and then raising his full height standing directly in front of Jason, the girth of his body casting an imposing shadow. This time when he growled, his mouth fully agape, the ferocious sound bounced and echoed through the mountain.
Jenny, seeing her opportunity banged mercilessly on the door again and again refusing to be denied.
Suddenly, the cabin door opened…
(Stay tuned for next week's installment!)