The Next Worst Thing (Annihilation #2) – #Blogbattle

BlogBattle is a weekly short story challenge using a single word for inspiration. You can visit Rachael’s blog to find out more about #blogbattle- Writing Rachael Ritchey.

This week’s word: Leviathan.

Annihilation (Part #1)

The Next Worst Thing


Genre: Dystopian, Apocalyptic Fiction, Young Adult

Lilly, Grandma and I sit in our rocking boat hugging each other tightly, waiting for our doom. Waiting for the Others to come and get us, but all of a sudden a silence falls upon us all like a heavy veil.

I open my eyes hoping against hope that the swishing noises we heard from the water around our boat were not others, but when I look around us all I can see in the dim moonlight and a few odd reflections of moon and lightening on the surface of the water.

The river is eerily quiet as if it’s scared to make even the tiniest of gesture. I squeeze Lilly and Grandma’s hands and move my right index finger to my lips motioning for them to be quiet. The clouds above roar, and thick droplets of water start falling on us making the already dreadful darkness seem gloomier by the second. The darkness around us coupled with the rain makes my heart heavy with fear and my breathing comes in small gasps.

Lightning strikes the dark sky as if announcing the hour of the Others and making us feel insignificant in the vast dark river.

We are bone wet and shivering from the cold. I look at Lilly and Grandma’s pale faces and realise that the temperature is dropping, fast. And out of nowhere a loud wail tears through the silence like a sharp spear making all of us  literally jump out of our skins.

We cover our ears in a feeble attempt to block the sharp and chillingly scream and that’s when I realise that the Others are gone. They’ve left us. But after listening to the second wail it dawns on me that the Other’s have not left us, they’ve run away.

Forgetting about what the loud wail could be, I grab a set of drenched pedals after thrusting one set in Grandma’s hands and start rowing fiercely in the direction in which we were headed earlier. I feel sorry for her, but I can’t help it. Right now we need to get away from this river before it, whatever it is, get to us.

Rowing the boat with all my strength leaves my mind wandering back to the wails we heard. It’s quite again and right now I hate the silence more than ever. All my life I’ve preferred silence over everything, but right now it might lead us to us our deaths.

My mind starts racing again, what could have wailed so loudly? I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of a creature can scream like this. But I do know one thing- I need to make it to the Camp on the other side before Others or that screaming thing get to us.

The wail rises again, this time, it’s louder than before and after a few agonising seconds as the wail drops I realise that it’s not getting louder, it is getting closer. I hope that it isn’t the Others, because frankly, I don’t think anything could be worse that having Others feed on our blood and flesh.

Whatever it is, I’m not a fool to let go of this miraculous opportunity to get the hell out of this river. I don’t have the time to sit here and ponder what could have chased the Others away from living flesh.

Guess we’ll have to find out about it afterwards, that is, if we survive the next ten minutes.


Relief floods over every tissue in my body as our tiny boat hits the ground. Without even waiting to catch my breath I jerk Lilly out of her seat and, pulling at Grandma’s hands, I literally drag them out of the boat within two seconds.

We straightaway make a dash for a tall concrete building standing just a few yards away from us. It looks strong and is a quick glance around it ensures me that it is deserted. We hide behind the building taking cover of the darkness. Sitting down with my back to the rough and grey concrete wall, I try to catch my breath.

Lilly and Grandma also do the same following suite. I turn towards my little sister and touch her button nose with my fingers. She hasn’t said a word since last night. And now that I think of it, she hasn’t spoken much in the last two weeks after the Other’s killed mom.

Looking at Lily’s dirt-covered chubby face I feel a pang of anger so deep that I feel a sharp pain in the pit of my stomach. She’s too young for all this. It isn’t fair. I shake my head in frustration and that’s when I hear a wailing similar to before coming from just behind the building.

It’s too close to ignore and run again exposing ourselves. I grab Lilly’s arm making a promise to myself that I won’t let anything happen to her or Grandma, I lean towards my left a little making sure I won’t be seen from the other side. And as I sit there trying to understand what could have made such a noise, the water of the river splashes wildly and I see a 100ft shadow rise from the river.

Words leave my mouth unbidden as panic grips my insides, “What the hell…?” And right then it turns to face me and, locking its with mine, it lets out another wail, but this time, it is so loud that I almost faint because of its impact.

Lily tugs at my hand with her trembling ones and asks me in a shrill voice, “What is it, Kia?”

I turn back to her, my face a white mask of fear, and say in a tiny voice , above the loud wailing, barely audible to my own ears, “a leviathan.”



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20 responses to “The Next Worst Thing (Annihilation #2) – #Blogbattle”

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  3. A spectacular story with a surprising ending.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Michelle, for your kind words and for reading this story 🙂

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  4. Oh!!!! My heartbeat is literally racing as I read this piece! It felt like I am rowing with her and two seconds of pulling a boat! She’s strong!

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    1. Really?! I’m so happy that you felt this way! you are my favourite reader ❤
      You really get my writing and stories!
      Thanks for reading this story, Rosema 🙂


  5. phoenixgrey85 Avatar

    Such suspense! I was relieved when they made it to land, but then the noise… and that cliffhanger! You do know how to write scary stories. 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot, Phoenix! I’m so glad you feel this way. The Leviathan really took it to a whole new level. 😀

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  6. I loved the intensity. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Rachael. Sorry for late reply, have been super busy and also sick [for the last 2 weeks.]
      I’m sorry that I’m MIA from BlogBattles. I’m doing Camp NaNo and it’s really getting intense now. I’ll be back in a week or two, though. 🙂

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      1. Not too worry Heena! Most important, get better! Nextly, there’s some changes coming to Battle, like getting its own WP blog! We’re going to change to twice a month instead if every week, too, as I’m hoping to make the reading of stories less stressful to fit in every week. 🙂 Happy NaNoing!

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        1. Thanks!
          And wow, that will be AWESOME! Twice a month will be totally fair. I’m really excited for the new changes and for your new BB dedicated blog! 🙂
          Let me know if you need any help.
          All the very best for all the new changes! 😀

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          1. Thanks, Heena! 🙂 I have a post on my blog right now work some new logo ideas and winner badges to vote I if you have a spare couple of minutes!

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            1. Sure! I’ll hop over there right away and vote 😊

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                1. Pleasure! Just voted for my favourite ones! All the best for the new blog. I’ll be hard to maintain more than 1 blog but you’ll get used to it in no time. I have 3 blogs out of which I blog on two twoce or theice every week. One is this one (writing blog) and one is my book blog (the reading bud.)
                  I love your designs. If you can spare a minute, please visit my book blog (see menue bar) and check out my blog design, header and logo. I worked on them with Canva but I hope you’ll like them (one designer to another.) I learned designing in my 3-D Animation Film-Making Course. But since I started using Canva I hardly use anything else (Still photoshop is the best.)

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                  1. 🙂 Thanks Heena! That’s a lot to maintain, but you’re a pro! I’ll definitely stop by your other blog and follow along.
                    I’m excited to see your design work. I have no educational training in digital design or art (except art class in 7th grade, but no computers there!), so I’m pretty much totally self-taught with this stuff. I was just thinking how much I’d be interested to learn 3-D animation & film-making. My amazing nephew is going to school for it right now, so I just need to get him to make stuff for me. hahaha. I usd to use Photoshop, but it’s been so long I can’t get the hang of it without giving myself a headache, so I really am comfortable with Corel PaintShop for all my designing needs at this point. I have Photoshop and Illustrator and another one on my laptop, but haven’t taken the time to fool around with them much yet. 🙂 I’ve heard of Canva. Is it user friendly?

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                    1. You’re sweet to say so, but once you get used to schedule posts, it’s not that dofficult ☺
                      And wow! You learned designing this yourself! That’s awesome! I loved learning animation and made a few short films too. It was really fun and I learned a lot abiut photography, videography, editing both of them and of course designing and tons of software. But tat was 2 years ago. Since then I’ve hardely used any of these except for photography.
                      Canva is totally user friendly! I’m teaching it to my hubby to design stuff there and he’s already a pro now. It is THE BEST for designing graphics. Trust me, if you’ll start using it, you’ll feel like you can’t live without it! It’s that good.
                      Here’s its link:
                      If you need any help with it anytime, just let me know. I’m pretty handy with it 😊
                      Hope you’ll like it!

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                    2. Yeah, learning digital art is a labor of love, but sometimes the learning curve on these programs gives a girl a headache. LOL I checked out your other blog and then went right over to Canva. I thought, “well this is too easy! 😀 Thanks so much for the info!

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