Title: Environmentally Friendly
Author: Elias Zanbaka
Genre: Thriller, Action, Short Story
Out of seven billion people, one man has declared war on Mother Nature and plans to bring it to its knees.
Out of all the criminals in Los Angeles, he’s the number one target being hunted by the LAPD tonight.
And out of the entire LAPD, one officer is hell-bent on helping him complete his mission.
A highly unstable army veteran gripped by PTSD is hell-bent on waging his own personal war against Mother Nature.
He is the number one target being hunted down by the LAPD as he rampages through the city in an attempt to provoke such a powerful and overwhelming force as Mother Nature into a highly personal battle.
Out of the entire LAPD, well-armed and prepared to take down the veteran in a hail of lead if necessary, one officer has gone against the grain and embarked on a desperate mission to apprehend the suspect without breaking him.
He has become intent, almost to the point of equal obsession, in helping that army veteran by giving him the fight with Mother Nature he has been waiting for.
“SERGEANT SCHAEFER dove into the shallow puddle in front of him to douse the fierce, scorching glow that engulfed his entire body. His target, manically wielding a makeshift flamethrower and a stolen, rusted chainsaw, launched away from him like a missile just as he collided hard with the wet concrete.
Schaefer slid down the unyielding pavement before unleashing his entire body into a desperate spin across it. Heavy rain assaulted the agonizing heat clawing at his skin while the harrowing screams of the many wounded environmental protesters flanking him rose above the roaring thunder. The glistening ground and unstable, grey sky alternated in his vision, twirling in rapid succession before violently blurring into one. His skin sizzled and screamed just as the heavens shot out blinding flashes in frightening sequence. The tinge of burnt flesh that hung in the thick, black smoke now emanating from his body signalled him to arrest his movement.
With no time to observe the damage to his body, Schaefer painfully propelled himself off the ground in time to see flames engulf two trees in front of him, then three, then four. He lunged toward the distant, shrinking figure of the target, whose finger mercilessly strangled the flamethrower’s trigger; causing a horizontal geyser of fire to relentlessly sweep over each tree the figure flew past.
Schaefer’s eyes could only watch while his right hand could only freeze above his holster that once housed the Glock now tucked into the back of his target’s pants.The trees lining Hollywood Boulevard now brilliantly ignited like the lights on an airport runway.
As Schaefer pounded his legs through the air, the target began to swell in his vision until he could spot the flames chaotically glinting off the myriad of army medals that hung proudly from his target’s immaculate Army Service Uniform.
Amid the glowing trees, his target’s legs now plowed into each bin, allowing a stampede of garbage to spill out onto the street and explode into flight. His target’s crazed eyes glared in delight at the polluted sight. This was his army, his army against his enemy, an enemy he needed to confront nature.”
Elias Zanbaka is an Australian author who has always had a great passion for both teaching and storytelling. Like a lot of people, he grew up on a not so steady diet of exciting and engaging stories as if they were another major food group that couldn’t be skipped. This would eventually manifest itself as a love for both devouring and telling the most exciting and entertaining stories as he could.
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