The Heir

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Prologue

It was a chilly night in late November. The sun had set at just before six, earlier than yesterday, and soon the moon took its place. It was a full moon, shining with all its glory. The street lamps were on and the neighborhood was calm as always.

As she drove up her driveway, Lauren didn't notice the eerie silence or cold darkness that surrounded her home. She was too excited to pay attention to her surroundings. She'd just gotten great news and couldn't wait to share them with the world. She couldn’t wait to share her great news with Cade.

She'd just taken a few steps past her living room when she almost slipped and fell. Lauren braced herself on the wall and moved her foot around looking for the slippery spot. When she found it she lifted her foot and reached down with her free hand to touch the liquid at the bottom of her shoe. Her hand came away wet with a sticky substance.

It must be a spilt soft drink.

She'd probably forgotten to dispose of her can and somehow the dog had found it and dumped it on her floor. Either that or pee-it better be soda. She sighed and shook her head it was time to get that puppy a sitter or trained.

She'd just stepped into her kitchen when she almost fell for the second time. Frustrated she cursed the dog, threw her bag to the floor and felt around for the switch. She turned on the light and immediately wished she hadn't.

The sticky liquid was all over the place.                                           

It was on the floor, the walls, the ceiling and her counters-everywhere. That wasn't the worse of it, her table and chairs were broken to pieces and lying all over the floor. Her kitchen window was shattered and most of the walls had holes in them. Fist sized holes or bigger.

Shocked she turned around and went back towards her living room turning on the hallway light and then stopped in her tracks. The hallway light shined enough into her living room and she could see that the same destruction awaited her there as in the kitchen.

Then she heard it.

Labored breathing; the kind taken by someone who was dying.

On legs made of jelly she stepped into her living room and turned on the light. No the destruction here was not the same as in her kitchen-it was worse. There were five bodies lying in her living room. Four of them appeared to be dead-one of them was her dog. They were all bloody and suddenly she realized what was splattered all over her floor, walls, ceiling, on her furniture and on her finger.