Bellow, the Hero

by Kevin Lawver
originally published at 04:19PM on Saturday, February 02, 2008

She was one of the Kitteh Armai. Howard knew what he had to do. He turned to Kristin for a moment and fumbled, “I love you.” Before she could say anything, he turned towards the running teen with the kitty and yelled to the others, “Run! If I’m not a there in two minutes, leave without me! Go!”

No one questioned him. They turned and ran. They knew if one Volunteer knew about them, more would follow.

Howard face down the oncoming adolescent. He was no fighter, but he had told Kristin his secret: he may as well die here because he was damned sure he couldn’t face her.

The teen leaped at him, all fingernails and elbows. Howard had never been in a fight before, and started slapping at her, trying to keep her sharp bits away from his face.

They ran into a book cart and fell over it, Howard landed awkwardly on his back on a pile of historical fiction. The girl landed on him and start clawing. Howard covered his face with one hand, and with the other, grabbed a copy of Ulysses and swung with all his might.




  • from Kevin Lawver:

    I’m not terribly happy with this one, but the kitty had to be taken out so we can get on with the story, right?

  • from THX 0477:

    Nearly did a spit take when I read, “I’ve always loved you.” The action scene did seem a bit disjointed, but it was all good fun anyway.

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    Well, I’m hoping someone runs with the fact that Howard thought he was going to die, but he’s only got a cut and a ballpoint pen sticking out of his arm, so there’s going to be an awkward moment in his future.

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    OK, I rewrote it… I think the fight is a little more realistic now, and I didn’t worry about finishing it, but honestly, I think getting broadsided by Ulysses would do just about anyone one in.

  • from THX 0477:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. I love the idea of big Howard resorting to a slap-fight then lucking out with Ulysses. Painfully and awkwardly realistic, like the British version of ‘The Office’.