A Short Story Based off of “Call of the Wild,” By Jack London

We had heard everything this man, John Thorton, had warned. The ice is thin. The ice is rotten. The ice is dangerous. Still, even upon hearing this, Hal refused to listen. “Up!” He commanded us. “Up Buck! Hi! Get up there!”

None of us moved. We were drained, starving, near death. Still he beat us until we complied. I, Pike, began my painful struggle to rise soon after Joe. Three time I tried to rise. First try. Fail. Second try. Another fail. Third time. The Third time I managed to stand on my blistered, bruised, aching feet. The only one remaining on the ground…was Buck.

The whip continued to fall upon him. But he did not rise. We all knew, once Buck made up his mind, there was no changing it. Seeing as that is what Buck had done regarding this matter, there was no way Hal was going to get him up, instead, in his attempts to do so, he would kill him. We could all see in Buck’s eyes that he was ready to die, right then and there. My attention was then drawn to John Thorton. He seemed to be suffering along with Buck, like he could feel his pain.

Hal became angry. He grabbed his club. I winced, as I knew what would happen next. He lifted the club well above his head, thrusting it down upon Buck’s nearly lifeless body. He continued on mercilessly, but Buck did not move. He didn’t make a sound. He was a still and silent as death itself! Suddenly, without warning, John Thorton sprang upon the Hal throwing him back. Mercedes screamed, but did nothing. Charles also did nothing. John stood, shielding the almost dead dog. “It him again,” he hissed, clearly trying to keep his rage controlled. “I will kill you!”

“It’s my dog,” Hal replied, whipping the blood from the corner of his mouth. “Now, get out of my way, or I’ll fix you! I’m going to Dawson!”

Thorton did not move, and showed no intension of doing so. Knowing Hal, having being stuck with him for longer than I could count, he would not stand for this revolt. Ha pulled a hunting knife out of his pocket will full intent of harming John Thorton. Mercedes screamed. She cried. She laughed. She, was insane. Hal and Thorton fought. Twice did John knock the knife out of Hal big, rough hand. Upon doing this for the second time Thorton grabbed the knife and, with a swift movement cut Buck loose.

Hal, for the first time, showing a lick of intelligence, stopped, realizing Buck was not worth the fight, he was too weak to pull the sled. With one last glared at John Thorton we were off. I was in the lead, Sol-leks at the wheel, and Joe and Teek in between. As we made our way towards the ice a sense of impending doomed flooded every cell in my body, like it was the blood that was coursing through my vines. I looked at my partners, my acquaintances that I have been through everything with.

“Mush on! Mush!” Hal ordered.

Mercedes, as always, started complaining the moment the shield began to move, as her husband, Charles, staggered close behind. We could tell this ice was rotten and unsafe, but our master where to busy arguing to notice the ice. They are the worst master any of us have ever had, and if my feeling we not of paranoia, they would be our last.

“Mush! Mush, you lazy bag oh bones!” Hal yelled, cracking his whip.

These three had starved us to the point in which, we were, in fact, skeletons. As we began to reach the half a mile mark…the ice began to crack. Before anyone could even react to the sound, we fell.

I struggled, trying to swim to the surface, but the weight of the sled pushed me down. I continued to try to swim to the surface. As I continued to sink I realized that the chance of me-any of us-surviving were very slim. If I didn’t die from the lack of oxygen the hypothermia would. I was so weak, and in such agonizing pain I figured it would just be easier to die now rather than hang onto life. At that moment, as I felt myself slipping into grip of death, something inside my nearly lifeless body sparked, becoming a great burning fire. My body was rushed with the sudden, intense urge to survive, to endure the suffering of life, instead of letting death take me. My first order of business was to free myself of this harness. I chewed them off, I attacked them like they were a white rabbit that would serve as my dinner. Once freed from their grasp I swam with all my might, kicking my hind legs, determined to escape deaths evil grasp.

I had found something in that very moment. During my near-death experience. I found a fire inside myself that I did not know was there, but somehow seemed familiar, like it was with me since the day of my birth. I found my will to survive.

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I had to do this for school. Hope you enjoy.

Sonic Boom Shorts 1

Sonic and company where on their way to Meh Burger to grab a bit to eat. Everyone in the village was acting stranger than usual. “What’s going on here?” Sonic asked.

“Haven’t you heard?” Dave asked.

“Obviously not, or I wouldn’t be asking,” Sonic answered, annoyed.

“And you can’t answer a question with a question,” Tails put in.

“Winter the Hedgehog is coming to the Island!!” He nearly screamed.

“Yes! Winter the Hedgehog! …Who is that again?” Knuckles exclaimed.

“Oh Knuckles, Winter the Hedgehog is a famous skateboarder,” Amy explained.

“Why would a skateboarded come to this place, it’s counter-productive?!” Knuckles asked.

“Knuckles a place can’t be counter-productive,” Tails groaned.

“Who cares why she’s coming to this horrible place, with nothing to do, and she probably leave two hours later…SHE’S COMING!!!!!!” Dave cheered.

“Alright, suddenly I’m not hungry anymore,” Sonic stated.

“Yeah, we need to get ready for her robot overlord army, and for the fact she’s a snob,” Sticks yelled.

“Sticks there is no robot overlord army, but you’re right about her being a snob,” Amy answered.

“What’s a snob?” Knuckles asked.

“You’ll find out when she gets here.”

“Aren’t you guys being a little hasty here?” Tails began. “I mean she doesn’t have to fit the stereotype.”

“We aren’t judging; we’re just preparing ourselves for what’s coming,” Sonic shrugged. “Didn’t you all learn your lesson from Swifty?”

“He was an Eggman robot!” Tails exclaimed.

“Based off a skateboarder,” Sonic said raising his arms, and voice.

“Really, you’re basing someone off of one of Eggman’s robots?!” Tails asked.

“Yes,” everyone but Knuckles yelled. Tails sighed.

“Hey guys,” Mayor Fink called.

“What?!” They all yelled.

He flinched before replaying, “She’s here, she coming right now!”

“Great,” Amy mumbled.

“Well don’t just stand there, c’mon, I want her to meet our Island’s greatest-and only-heroes!” He ordered shoving them along.

“I’m finally going to see what a skateboard is,” Knuckles said, happily.

They arrived at the edge of the village, where people where leaving with autographs. “Can I have your autograph?”

“Sure!”

“Miss Winter the Hedgehog,” Mayor Fink began, again.

“Please Mr. Mayor, just Winter,” the albino hedgehog insisted.

“Yes, of course, Winter, I would like you to meet Sonic and his friends, Tails, Amy, Sticks, and Knuckles, they are the heroes I was talking about before.”

“Hi, nice to meet you guys,” she waved.

“Is it really, or are we too low class for you,” Amy shot.

“Ummm, no……I mean yes, it is really nice to meet you all,” she stumbled.

“Excuse me, but wants a snub?” Knuckles asked.

“Oh, a snob is a person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class,” she answered.

“Thanks!” He turned to face the others. “What’d you call her a snob, she seems pretty nice.”

“Knuckles, cork-it!” Amy hissed.

They all turned to face their guest. She was looking around.

“Are you looking for a fancy hotel, sorry for bursting your bubble there isn’t one,” Amy said cruelly.

“No, this Island, it’s beautiful,” she smiled.

“You really think so?” Mayor Fink asked, not hiding his excitement.

“It’s one of the most beautiful place I’ve ever been,” she sighed. “I’m so happy to be living here.”

“LIVING HERE?!” They all exclaimed.

“Yes, did I not tell you?” The Mayor asked. “Also, you guys are going to show her around.”

Knuckles rushed over and took her hand. “I would love to show you around.”

“Well, ok, what’s first Knuckles?” She asked, walking with him.

The tour only lasted for about two minutes, there wasn’t much to show. Knuckles enjoyed himself. “I have another question…”

“What is it?” She asked giving him a smile.

“Where’s you skateboard?”

“Oh shoot I left it back there, I’ll be right back,” she exclaimed, running off…as fast as Sonic.

“What, she’s as fast as me?” Sonic asked, shocked. “No one’s as fast as me.”

She was back in a flash, literally, she sighed, brushing her three front quills away for her face. “Got it,” she sighed, holding it out for them to see.

“Why are their diamonds on it?” Knuckles pointed.

“Haha, because I put them there, I like them,” she answered, getting on the board beginning to ride it.

“Show off,” Sonic hissed.

Soon a crowd had gathered and started cheering. She did a few jumps and kick flips, and even rode upside-down!

“You have to admit, she is really good,” Tails said.

“If she’s good I’m the fastest thing alive,” Sonic answered.

“You where amazing!” Knuckles complemented.

“Glad you think so,” she answered.

“So…Winter…where are you going to stay tonight?” Amy asked.

“Oh, I’ll make do,” she said, nervously. “Thanks for showing me around guys.”

“No problem,” they all shrugged.

“Where are they?!” Sticks screamed.

“Who’s they?” Winter asked.

“Your robot overlord army, I know who you are, you can’t fool me,” she growled.

“Ummmmm, there is no such thing as a robot overlord army,” she answered.

“Or is that what you want us to think,” she accused.

“Ignore her, she’s paranoid, you’ll get used to it,” Tails stated sheepishly.

“Winter, you simply must stay with me in my manor tonight,” Mayor Fink offered.

“Thanks you kindly, but I much rather stay in the great outdoors,” Winter answered.

“Nonsense, you are a celebrity, and I insist,” he persisted.

“Ok,” she sighed.

“See ya,” she waved as the Mayor dragged her along.

“She’s pretty nice, right guys,” Tails said.

“Ehh,” Sonic shrugged.

“She’s tricking you, no, she’s mind controlling you, you’re becoming another member of her mindless army!” Sticks panicked.

“I don’t see why you guys hate her so much, especially you Tails,” Knuckles began.

“ME?! What?!” Tails exclaimed.

“If you actually got to know her, you’d like her,” he finished.

“And I’m Eggman sister,” Amy answered.

“I always knew you were,” Sticks hissed.

“No Sticks, I’m not Eggman’s sister,” Amy groaned.

“Then why’d you say you where?” Knuckles asked.

“Forget it.”

In the morning.

“Mornin’ guys!” Winter called. She sat at the table with them. “So what do you guys do for fun around here?”

“Oh, I don’t know if you’re up for what we do,” Amy began, sounding bored, “we shoot each other out of cannons and throw each other at coconut trees.”

“Why wouldn’t I be up to those things?” She asked, placing her hands on her hips.

“You’re going to get dirty, or hurt,” she continued.

“What’s life without a little adventure?” Winter replied.

“I like how you think,” Sonic smiled.

“You know, I could give you a lecture on skateboard safety,” Amy yelled the last part.

“No thanks, Amy, I’m good,” Winter replied, smiling weakly.

“Really, then why aren’t you wearing a helmet, elbow pads, or knee pads?” She asked, smiling smugly.

“Cause…I don’t have too,” she answered, nervous.

“Oh, so you think you’re above the law?!” Amy shot. Gasps from nearby villagers filled the air, as they all gathered round to listen.

“NO!” Winter yelled. “I don’t think I’m above anything!”

“Amy calm down,” Sonic said, pulling her away.

Winter ran off, two sonic booms filling the air. Everyone was quiet for a very awkward amount of time.

“What just happened here?” Dave asked. All the villagers shrugged.

“Do you think she’s coming back?” Knuckles asked.

“Sure, to kill Amy maybe, and I wouldn’t blame her,” Sonic stated. The villagers gasped dramatically. “Oh come on, I didn’t mean it that way.”

“You have to get her back!” Mayor Fink ordered.

“She’s sending radio signals to her robot overlord army, telling them to come and destroy the entire island, connecting us all to a computer system to be their power source!” Sticks yelled. Everyone just stared at her. “Stop looking at me like that, I’m not crazy.” She looked behind her to see her shadow. “Stop following me!”

“C’mon guys, we gotta find her, this short story is getting kinda long,” Sonic called running off.

“Sonic, this island only has four locations,” Tails yelled after him.

“I know that, which is why I should be able to find her in no time,” he called, again, running off, again.

Somewhere.

“I’m not a snub am I a snub why does she think I’m a snob…I really shouldn’t be talking to myself.” She was running, alone, not knowing where she was going, how could she, she was new to the island.

“Winter, Winter, where are you?!” She heard Sonic calling. She run up to him. “Hey, I was supposed to find you, not you find me.” She didn’t answer him. “Look, I’m sorry about Amy, she’s really a nice gal…when she wants to be.” He chuckled slightly.

“Yeah, I’m not worried, by the end of this short story, we’re going to be good friends,” Winter shrugged.

“Good pointed,” Sonic said. “Wanna race back to the village?”

“Let’s go,” she grinned.

Few seconds later, back at the village.

“I won!” Sonic cheered.

“Sure, whatever makes you feel good slow-poke,” Winter laughed.

“Oh thank heavens,” Mayor Fink sighed. “Are you alright, Mis- Winter?”

“I’m fine, I can handle myself,” she answered.

“Winter… I’m sorry for judging you the way I did,” Amy apologized.

“No problem,” she replied.

“You know, it’ll be nice to have another girl around, evens it out,” she said, looking at the guys.

“Yeah, it’ll be nice to have a friend that’s a girl, instead of only guys,” Winter smiled.

“You poor thing,” Amy gasped, “surrounded by guys twenty-four seven!?”

“Hey!” The boys exclaimed.

“Ehh, they’re not that bad,” Winter defended. “Though, they can be pretty messy.”

“Ya don’t say, did they ever ruin your couch then blow up your entire house to cover it up?” Amy growled looking at Sonic and Knuckles.

“Noooooooooooooo…” Winter said, looking confused and surprised.

“So whatdoya say, Winter, ready to join mine, I mean our team?” Sonic invited.

“Oh, I have my own team,” she said, a little nervous. “They should be here in a couple days.”

“Her army, they’re coming!” Sticks screamed, running off.

“OOOOOOOOOOkkk, if she had stuck around I could have told her that they are my very best friends, who are normal hedgehogs.”

“Ugggg, more hedgehogs?!” Knuckles groaned.

The End

Sonic Boom (News)

A new series is coming to Marythelittlewriter! Sonic Boom shorts!

What it is going to be about, basically it is going to be a bunch of short stories in the Sonic Boom Universe. It is basically going to be how I wish the Sonic Boom Series was…or is.

A famous skateboarder comes to the Island, and nothing is the same after that. See how the story unfolds in short, comedic stories.

Coming soon. 🙂