A Story Entitled "Yellow" 2,413 Words

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It was a clear summer day. An airplane flew overhead, oblivious to terrestrial troubles. Tall green fields of corn spanned for miles in between the gridlines of highways and dirt roads. A mosquito, finishing the last few tastes of a groundhog vein, spread its miniscule wings and took off. It zipped upwards until it was flying above the corn field. The magnificent blue sky had no visual appeal to the insect. The air was warm and the field was peaceful. The mosquito continued flying towards the edge of the field where a deep ditch lay. When it reached the ditch, it flew downwards and landed on a blade of grass. It remained there for a few minutes before instinctively moving along again. Out of the grass, out of the damp ditch and above some gravel; it had reached the roadside. There were people moving on the pavement: potential targets for its vampiric hunger. It zoomed out towards the towering figures, found the most accessible patch of flesh, landed and pierced the surface with its sharp needle-like mouth. It began to draw blood.SMACK!Officer Whalen flicked the insignificant mosquito corpse off of his arm. His attention couldn't be distracted by a tiny insect, not with the scene that lay before his eyes. Police cruisers and ambulances crowded the highway. The meaning of this gathering was evident from far away; the tail end of a large yellow school bus was tilted into the air, its front mashed into the ditch. It was on its side. A black Hummer was overturned and wrecked in the parallel ditch across the road. Broken glass, pieces of sharp misshapen metal and dark red puddles of blood could be found all over the ground. An ambulance sped away from the scene carrying another survivor. Police and Paramedics were still trying to find more bodies with pulses. Along the border of the yellow police tape were numerous spectators, each shocked, disgusted and distressed, though it was not just the spectators who were taken by their grief. Officer Whalen was having a hard time keeping his emotions down. He would never forget this horrific nightmare. His eyes welled up as he thought to himself, "Why did it have to be children?"************Gloria Bishop raced towards the hospital in her silver Chrysler. Her heart was pounding with adrenaline and fear. Before she knew it, she had run two red lights and a stop sign. She turned into the parking lot of the hospital, into an open space and jammed on the brakes. She turned her keys and ripped them out of the slot, not bothering to lock the door before she bolted around the front of the car. She ran through the sliding glass doors of the hospital at high speed, nearly clipping her shoulders on the metal frame. She had to weave her way through the halls making sure not to crash into anything in her haste. The hospital seemed rather busy.When she reached the elevators, she could feel her heart hammering away in her chest. Her pudgy index finger jammed into the "up" button that was installed on the wall beside the...

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