Ewa Lowe: Chapter 13

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Klingon Wedding

James and Irene have invited me and Lovise to their home in Hollywood. We are going to play bridge. Since Lovise and I spend so much time flying together we have become good friends. We play bridge at Jordan’s Bridge Club located in Delray Beach. They have games morning, noon and evening and the club is open all year long. Even a world champion, the intelligent Linda Green, is giving lessons and is a frequent player there.

I glide into my Vette and vroooom onto I-95, southbound. The ride will take 20 minutes.

While I’m driving I am thinking back to James and Irene’s unique wedding. Both were Trekkies and traveled to all the “Star Trek” Conventions they could find. I guess James got hooked on the Klingons and he would always try to speak their bizarre language. I found it fun, too, so every night we would hug our parents and then bawl, Maj Ram! (Good night!)

James and Irene even had several “Star Trek” uniforms. They bought them online, or from film studio auctions.

The round number, year 2000, was coming up. In all stores, post offices and restaurants there were large digital clocks, counting down to 2000. James wanted to get married one minute into the year 2000. His vision was to have a Klingon Wedding in Las Vegas, at the Hilton’s “Star Trek” Experience attraction; a ceremony on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Wouldn’t that be an intergalactic experience? Irene couldn’t agree more. They invited 42 people and we’re all very excited to be going to Las Vegas. 

Lillian and Dexter paid for the whole kit and caboodle.

In Las Vegas they have wedding planners for any theme you can imagine. Since everything is open 24 hours a day, getting married one minute past midnight is no problem. The Elvis Presley wedding is the most popular. You can have Elvis walk you down the aisle, he can be your priest, or he can serenade you.

Also, the helicopter, air balloon and Grand Canyon weddings are in demand.

The Hilton’s “Star Trek” Experience wedding attraction offered five different wedding packages to choose from. The least expensive was $350 per person, and was called the Vulcan Vow Renewal Package. The most expensive was the Admirals Wedding. At $3,000 per person, this package included a ceremony on the bridge, dinner and drinks at Quark’s Bar and Grill, a band playing Galaxy music, and a photographer to record every memorable moment. 

So we had a winner!

The wedding photos and memories start to play in my head, and it’s like it’s happening now. I can see it.

Most of the wedding guests are dressed as Klingons, Borg, Ferengies and Andorians. All the Andorians have blue faces, white wigs and cranial antennas.

I’m dressed as Seven of Nine. Lovise is one of the few not wearing a costume. She came straight from a flight, and was not able to change clothes.

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Heads turn (even in Las Vegas) when we all walk into the Hilton Hotel. Inside, a huge Klingon greets us. 

“Qapla bath je!” (Success and honor!)

The guests who are versed in Klingon speech answer, “Lu’, Lu’!” (Yes, OK!)

The ceremony begins. All of us receive a com-badge, which is a small communication device. We pin it on our clothes, on the left side, just above our hearts.

As we’re ushered into a large white circle, we put our right hands over the com-badge insignia, and all yell simultaneously: “Scotty, beam us up!”

A bright light hits us and suddenly the floor is moving upwards. We’re lifted to the second floor, and then walk straight onto the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise. 

The crew, dressed in Starfleet uniforms, greets us. Too bad it isn’t the real crew, including William Shatner, alias Captain James T. Kirk. 

The Klingon Warriors start beating their drums. 

On the floor, standing on a lighted pedestal, are 42 absolutely magnificent Klingon Swords. 

We all go up to a sword and put our hands on top of it, we stand that way throughout the ceremony.

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The drums stop and the theme song from “Star Trek” blasts from the speakers. Irene and James face each other, their foreheads touching. It is a very tender scene.

The music ends and the couple, holding each other around the waist, recite their vows. Then they kiss and walk past us. Everyone goes into the mastakas (a mock sword attack), and with all the lights blinking on the bridge, the drums reach a crescendo as we “beam” down to Quark’s restaurant.

We are greeted by Klingon, Borg and Ferengi waiters. They hand us each a drink that looks like a volcano. At the bottom of a large cognac glass is a red blinking light. The glass has two chambers, one containing dry ice and the other vodka. The dry ice makes it look as if smoke is pouring out of the glass. 

I, of course, am the first who dares to drink it.

At the table there are fancy computers to take our orders. The menu is a piece of art in itself, with original names for the dishes.

My appetizer is a plate with The Holy Rings of Betazed (large crispy onion rings) stacked on a beautiful miniature steel sword. 

Starfleet Ship Salad features chopped greens tossed with shrimps, red onions, Roma tomatoes, sunflower seeds and feta cheese.

For the main course I have the Warp Wrap: a spinach tortilla, filled with delicious grilled marinated steak, surrounded by sautéed yellow, red and green bell peppers, red onions, Mexican rice, shredded lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole. 

Can I still manage dessert? Yes, I can’t resist Frozen Gagh (worms). On the “Star Trek” TV shows and movies we’d seen Klingons gobbling down live worms. Here we have to settle for gummy worms and Odo’s Chengelia chocolate ice cream.

All the food is served on huge plates bearing the Starfleet insignia.

The drinks also have inventive names, like Cardassian Cooler, Warp Core Breach, Riker Rita and Seven of Nine.

I order a Number One martini, which is handed to me by a Ferengi.

Lillian and Dexter are dressed as Andorians with white wigs, blue faces and a pair of antennas that wiggle every time they move their heads. Suddenly Lillian and Dexter jump on a table and ring a bell.

“Could the happy couple please approach the table,” Dexter hollers, waving sheets of paper over his head. Irene and James put on an attentive look, and strut over to the table.

“First, I would like to say,” Dexter continues, “this has been the most unusual and fun wedding I have ever been to, and probably ever will attend.”

“Qa tlho” (I thank you), James hollers back.

Now everybody is laughing and clapping their hands.

Lillian takes the papers from Dexter’s hand and says, “This is the deed to a house in Hollywood. Dexter and I would like to give you young people this as a wedding gift.” She points to a large TV screen and a beautiful house on the beach appears. 

Irene and James get so excited they forget all about being calm, cool Klingons as they start jumping up and down, hugging Lillian and Dexter and everybody in sight.

The band starts playing and soon we are all whooping it up on the dance floor.

The traffic is slow on south bound I-95, which gives me ample time to reminisce some more about the wedding in the year 2000. The pictures play on behind my eyes.

 


 

The chapter “Klingon Wedding” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 12

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Going a Little Crazy

Hair-raising! 

A tingling feeling is going through my spine. I have never felt like this before. The vibration goes from my toes and up to the top of my head.

Could this be what being in love feels like?

My heart is pumping so hard that I have a ringing sensation in my ears. My nipples get hard when my breasts press against the steering wheel. 

I want to giggle, and I do giggle. I stretch my arm out and my sweaty hand grabs onto something rigid and hard. About 16 centimeters long and standing straight up, like a Queen’s Guard outside Buckingham Palace. I caress it with my fingers, thrusting it back and forth.

Electrifying!

I’m licking my lips and sniffing the air. I’m breathing heavily. What a divine smell! It makes me feel lightheaded. My leg is pumping gas and everything is vibrating.

Did the earth move for you too?

I stick my head out the window, smile at the car salesman and say, “I’ll take three!”

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An eyebrow hikes and he says; “So, you’ll take three Corvette 1982 Collector Editions?”

“Yes,” I say, while gracefully sliding out of the beautiful car, “and they should all be different colors. One car will be kept in Los Angeles, one in New York and the third I’ll keep here in Fort Lauderdale. That way I will always know from the color of the car what city I’m in.”

“Of course, Miss,” the car salesman answers, as if this really makes perfect sense, and he has heard it a hundred times before. 

This guy has no sense of humor! 

“I’d also like personalized license plates on the cars; let’s say; Ewa I, II and III.”

“Of course,” the salesman says and nods. 

I walk around the car. It really is a beauty! The color is silver metallic with a narrow red stripe along the sides. It has a frameless lift-up glass hatch.

Very cool. 

Inside it has silver and beige leather-wrapped upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The engine is a V-8, 350-cid and it has an automatic transmission. 

Cool, cooler, coolest!

The salesman, who had disappeared into his office, comes back. 

“I had to call our main office in Miami. We only have this car here, but they have one in Los Angeles and one in Miami. You know, only 6,759 of these Collector babies were made in 1982, so you will probably be one of the few who has more than one.”

“What color are they?” I ask.

“The one in Miami is gold metallic and the other one is red.”

“Terrific,” I smile, “wrap them up, I’ll pay cash!” 

Eureka! The salesman actually cracked a smile.


 

The chapter “Going a Little Crazy” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 11

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Money From Heaven

When we learn more about the terrorists, I have my own little vendetta ceremony.

After collecting pictures of all the terrorists from newspapers and magazines, I bring them and a small barbecue grill down to a remote place on the beach. Then with a steak knife I cut out their ugly brown eyes and burn them on the grill, while saying out loud: 

“If you had not been killed in the crash, this is what I would have done to you.”

I repeat this every time I put down a new pair of ugly brown eyes on the grill.

I feel like screaming but instead I’m going to sing. I’ve got the voice that, when I find the right tone, can shatter glass. I’ve brought two tall crystal wine glasses – metaphorical – representing Lillian and Dexter. 

I place the glasses in a big plastic container. That way the glass particles will not be blown into the sand. I start singing the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner.” 

A couple of people out walking on the beach gather around me and join in singing. When I get to the last word, ‘brave’ I find my high-pitched note and the glasses explode inside the box. 

Suddenly a seagull falls dead from the sky.

Oh, crap! Is this some kind of weird omen?

Later I learn that high-pitched acoustic energy can kill birds that fly by too closely.

People are gasping. I just collapse in the sand, crying. It takes me a long time before I can walk home. In the meantime some of the people have dug a hole in the sand and buried the unlucky seagull. 

Back at the apartment building the doorman looks at the grill and asks, “So, did you have a nice barbecue party on the beach?” I try to smile and say. “Sure did. It’s the first time I’ve used this grill and believe me, that was an eye-opening experience!”

Since I’m living in Lillian and Dexter’s apartment, I’m the one who has to go through all their personal belongings. I find an envelope containing four airline tickets in the names of Dexter, Lillian, James and myself. They are round-trip Miami-Southampton, England, dated for departure September 16, 2001, and returning September 23. 

A brochure from the prehistoric monument Stonehenge in England falls on the floor and I pick it up.

When James and I were children, Lillian would show us photos of these gigantic stones, telling us about something called the Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival in England. 

Every year, on June 21, the Sun will rise and shine through the Heel Stone and people all over the world will come to see this event. 

From the beginning it was probably a burial area for kings. Maybe the stone circles were designed to record the motions of the Sun, stars and the Moon, like an astronomical calendar. It was built more than 5,000 years ago and the Stonehenge construction took more than 30 million hours of labor!

I also find a pamphlet from a beautiful spa in Miami. On the cover Lillian has written in red ink, “Irene,” and a smiley face. 

 Lillian had made reservation for James’ wife to go to a spa while we were in England. 

So this was the surprise Lillian was going to tell us about after we had been to the artist Eva Newermann’s vernissage in Miami, on September 15. We were all going to England and Stonehenge for a week!

 Well, of course, after September 11, everything had changed.

Very few of the victims from the September 11 attack had yet been identified. Lillian and Dexter’s bodies had been found intact so we could have a funeral. Their wish had been to be cremated.

 One day a lawyer calls and summons James and me to his office. He has the will. 

The lawyer’s office is in Pompano Beach. That’s just north of Fort Lauderdale and James is picking me up. The ride usually takes 20 minutes, but today, there is an accident on I-95 that slows down all the traffic. I have to call and say we’ll be late. 

When we walk into the office, three lawyers are looking as impressive as the table they are sitting behind. The power desk is made out of exotic wood, carved with beautiful inlays and burls. 

James and I are sitting upright in our chairs, feeling anxious, it almost feels as if we are back at school and have forgotten to study for an important test.

Will I be evicted from Lillian and Dexter’s apartment? 

One of the lawyers clears his throat and looks at us over the rim of his glasses.

“Are either of you familiar with the will?”

James and I look at each other and back at the lawyers. We both shake our heads. He opens the file and starts reading the will.

Lillian and Dexter has left everything to James and me. I get to keep the apartment, but the restaurants all over the world will be split between us. 

We’d had no idea they also owned stocks and bonds. 

Suddenly James and I are very, very rich!

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I can feel my face flush and I start to cry.

“Excuse me,” I gasp, and run to the bathroom.

I look at my red face in the mirror, turn on the cold water and splash it on my face and neck.

James is knocking on the door.

“Are you OK, Ewa?”

“Yes, just give me a minute. I’ll be right out.”

After a while I’m back in the office.

The lawyer continues.

“As you both understand, all this paperwork will take some time. Also, you will have to decide what to do with all these restaurants and properties. We will of course be at your disposal and help you with all the legal work.”

James looks at me and says, “I think we will just go home, and we will contact you when we are ready.”

On the way home all we can say is, “I can’t believe it! I just can’t believe it!” We keep saying the same words over and over, but it feels like a conversation.

James drops me off at my apartment. Yes, it is really my apartment now! I walk through the beautiful lobby. It has Italian white marble tiles on the floor and walls. There are mirrors on the ceiling and a uniformed doorman who always opens the door for you. He is also a security guard, keeping track of who comes and goes. I take the elevator up to the 15th floor. Inside the elevator the music is blasting my song, “Love Is in the Air.”

All alone in the elevator, I sing along with my arms stretched up towards the ceiling. “Fear is in the air, everywhere you go….”

When I get inside the apartment I go straight to the fireplace. On the mantel are two beautiful urns. They contain the remains of Lillian and Dexter. 

I have had the urns specially made by a local artist. She has made them in 24-carat gold and in the shape of a star. The star looks a lot like the one we used to have on top of the Christmas tree. The urns have sprinkles of tiny silver stars on them. 

We had the funeral one week ago and the crematory was packed with people.

I was feeling terribly depressed; I didn’t want to stick around or talk to anybody. I left after the ceremony and headed for home. I sat for hours on the balcony and stared at the ocean.

 When it got dark, I looked into the universe through the telescope.

Yes, I’m sure you are both up there among the stars. “Dancing with the Stars,” maybe?

I make a grimace.

The next month I had many meetings with James and the lawyers. There were many decisions that had to be made. We decided to sell most of the restaurants and some of the properties.

The restaurants in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Los Angeles were doing very well. They had excellent managers and staff, so we decided to keep them.

The Big Bang restaurant outside Las Vegas is one of my favorites. It’s built to resemble an underground missile site. To enter, everybody has to go through a security check, including a full body scan. Then, after giving your first name and Zodiac sign, you’ll get a visitor’s badge (in my case it would say, ‘Ewa-Taurus’).

The elevator will zip you down 50 meters at high speed. From the floor, warm air is blowing up, so you’d better hang on to your skirt, Marilyn Monroe style.

When you tumble out of the elevator a maître d’ dressed as an astronaut will seat you. 

The chairs are duplicates of the ones they have in the space shuttle cockpit, and you will not be served before you’re securely strapped in. 

Hanging from the ceilings are forks, knives and spoons and even dinner plates. Occasionally they will move up and down, to simulate that they’re floating in space. The walls are covered with electronic gadgets, flashing on and off.

The water mug is shaped like a rocket. It has a lid and when you remove it, you can see two miniature astronauts sitting in the lid. 

All glasses and dinnerware have your special Zodiac sign on them. The menu has Zodiac names, too.

I always start with their Scorpio Martini Twist, followed by Virgo Salad Mix, Taurus Chicken Roast and to top it all off, a Gemini Big Bang Ice Cream Bomb!

Lucky for me, I’m never on a diet.

This restaurant is famous for its birthday parties. In fact, it’s so in demand, they had to set a limit of three parties a night. The people who celebrate their birthday will get a special booth, made like a rocket cockpit. 

The party starts when white smoke comes up from the floor and all chairs start to tip backwards and vibrate, simulating engine start. The lights are dimmed and from the ceiling a large digital clock is lowered. Over the speakers you can hear a loud rumbling sound. 

The clock is now showing -00.00.00.10. It’s time for the rocket launch countdown.

“T minus ten-seconds and counting,” a voice booms over the speakers.

Everybody starts shouting.

“Ten, nine, eight, seven, six. We have main engine start. Five, four, three, two, one! We have liftoff!”

The chairs vibrate more violently to simulate the launch. There are screams from the people in the rocket booth, getting airborne. 

Now the clock is showing +00.00.00.05.

T plus mission elapsed time. Five-seconds after liftoff. The sound is overwhelming, the walls have flashing lights, the chairs vibrate, there’s smog all over, everybody is laughing and screaming. 

Then after a few seconds they reach the outer atmosphere and the chairs stop vibrating and tip forward. This will leave them hanging in the straps, giving them the feeling of being weightless for a few seconds. 

Finally it’s all over, the lights are dimmed and the astronaut waiters appear. They’re carrying a large birthday cake, with fire sparklers, everybody starts to sing “Happy Birthday.”

I’ll tell you, three times an evening with this madness can make anyone go crazy, but it sure is fun!

Even though I was keeping these restaurants, I liked my job at Star Gaze Airline. My days needed structure, and besides, I wanted a reason to keep traveling. They finally agreed to let me fly part time.

Hell, if they had refused, I could probably have bought the whole damn airline!


 

The chapter “Money From Heaven” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 10

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

September 11, 2001

Bermuda is struggling to get back on its feet in the days after hurricane Erin.

The L.F. Wade International Airport is still closed, but rumors are that it will open soon.

I have been in contact with my brother and Lillian, reassuring them both that I am fine.

Lillian and Dexter are in New York and planning to return to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow on September 12.

We are planning to spend some quality time together then. Lillian told me she wants to go to an art gallery in Miami, using an invitation to a vernissage on Saturday 15. 

A Norwegian artist, Eva Newermann, is having an exhibition of paintings from the Universe. Her paintings of Stars, Galaxies and Planets are right up their alley. Maybe Lillian will buy some of her paintings and hang them on the walls at some of their Big Bang restaurants. 

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James is coming, too. He is still painting whenever he has some spare time. Lillian bought two paintings from him, and one from me. They are now hanging in their restaurant in Palm Beach. 

Lillian also said she has a big surprise for James and me and we have to keep the days of September 16 to 23 open. She wouldn’t tell me more. 

What is she up to? 

Finally, the airport opens, at eight in the morning on September 11, and we take off for Miami.

The plane is packed with Americans looking forward to getting home and away from the nightmare of Erin.

Little did we know that we would enter another, even bigger, nightmare soon….

 We should be landing in Miami around 10:30 in the morning.

One hour into the flight, I’m serving a passenger who has a laptop next to him.

“Look at this!” he says, turning the laptop towards me.

I can’t believe my eyes. A plane has hit one of the Twin Towers in New York! I can see black smoke, flames and people running screaming through the streets. While I’m watching another plane hits the other Tower! I gasp and drop everything I’m holding. It takes all my willpower to walk, not run, to the cockpit.

When I open the door, the captain raises his arm. He is talking into the mike. The copilot, who looks very pale, is flying the plane.

From the cabin I can hear some people screaming.

The purser appears in the doorway.

“Listen, Ewa, something terrible has happened in New York. You have to go back in the cabin and calm down the passengers. I’ll talk to the captain and we will make an announcement of what is happening.”

Suddenly, it hits me.

Oh, my God, Lillian and Dexter! They are in New York. They have their office in one of the Towers. I have to call and see if they are OK, but first I have to take care of the passengers.

Everybody is upset and some are crying. They probably have friends or relatives in New York, too.

I can hear the purser over the speaker.

“This is your purser. Please sit down. I have a very important message for you. Please try to stay calm, and I will tell you what we know so far.”

By now the cabin has gone very quiet and everybody is listening intensely.

“The captain has informed me that two planes have hit the Twin Towers in New York. At this early time we do not want to speculate. 

“The captain’s order is to land as soon as possible. We will land in Miami in about one hour. So the crew will now clear the cabin for landing. 

“Please stay calm and let the crew do their job. After landing I’m sure we will know more about what has happened in New York. Also, please don’t use your cell phones or laptops.”

I was already in the lavatory trying to use my cell phone.

No signal.

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It is the most stressful hour I’ve ever spent in the air. Everybody is asking questions I cant answer. Their eyes are large with fear and grief, pleadingly asking me to help them.

We all agree it has to do with terrorism. What else could it be?

Flying would never be the same.

When we get off the plane, the airport looks like a war zone. Everybody is running around looking scared. Some are watching the big TV screens, showing the Twin Tower scenario. Many people are crying, even men. I am still trying to call Lillian, but I cant get through.

 I call my brother and leave a message for him to call me back.

Driving north on I-95, I notice there are unusually few cars on the freeway.

I have the radio on, listening to the reporter from New York. Nearly one and a half hours after the impact, the Twin Towers are burning furiously. He can see people jumping out of the windows to their deaths. In the streets there are people running covered with blood and soot.

The reporter says that a third plane has hit the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia.

Suddenly my cell phone rings. It’s James. I turn down the radio.

“James! I’m on my way home. Have you heard anything from Lillian or Dexter?”

“No, all the lines are down. This is just terrible, it’s a madhouse here at work, so I’m going home. Irene is very upset too. Why don’t you stop at our place, so we can talk?”

“OK, see you soon.”

James now lives in Hollywood. Hollywood, Florida, not California. He married very young, only 20 years old, his high school sweetheart, Irene. They have a beautiful house on the beach. He works part time and studies astronomy at the University. Irene is in medical research. They are expecting their first baby in two months. I’m going to be an aunt!

James and I arrive at the same time. We hug and I start to cry. 

“I’m so worried about Lillian and Dexter.” Now I’m crying uncontrollably. 

Should I tell him that I have killed Sunny? 

I feel so upset and exhausted I can’t think straight.

Should I tell him? What if he thinks I am crazy? 

My head feels as if it’s going to explode. 

Your sins will find you out. Your sins will always find you out.

The words are spinning in my head. Is this some kind of punishment for being bad? 

No! No! I’m not bad! It’s those ugly, brown-eyed people who are bad. Sunny was evil, and he got what he deserved. 

I’d better not tell James anything. He has a pregnant wife and a nice home. Why should I burden him with my problems?

I try drying my eyes with a handkerchief.

“How can we find out anything about Lillian and Dexter?” I look up at James and there are tears in his eyes, too. 

He looks down at me. “I will try calling somebody and see if we can get it confirmed that they were at their office in the Tower.”

We start walking towards the house.

Inside we find Irene, looking pale and watching TV. Next to her, on the sofa, is some pink yarn. She is knitting a small jacket.

Oh, it’s going to be a girl!

“I’m so sorry to hear about Lillian and Dexter,” she says, “but we really don’t know anything yet. The only information we get is from the TV. They just said that a fourth plane has crashed into a field.”

We all sit down and just watch in horror, not really believing what we are seeing on the screen.

Later, much later, we learn that Lillian and Dexter are among the nearly 3,000 casualties. There are 6,000 injured. Not to mention all the people who will forever be affected by this terrible event.


 

The chapter “September 11, 2001” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 9

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Sunny Gets What He Deserves

After picking up my rental, I still have one hour before my meeting with Sunny. I park the car in the back of the shack and go inside. There is plywood and some rocks on the floor. I pick up a heavy rock. Yes, this will do. I’ll smash his ugly head.

The wind is really strong now and it has started raining.

I’m wearing my dark wig and some red gloves. My blazer is red too, so the gloves don’t look out of place. 

I sit down on a concrete wall and wait for the crackbrain Sunny to show.

He finally comes stumbling through the door, 15 minutes late. It’s obvious he’s high as a kite already.

“Hey, mon,” he says, with his slurry voice, “it’s raining cats and dogs out there. So you are my little new courier to the mainland?”

More like your burier, moron.

“Could be,” I say, “but we have a lot to discuss. First things first. Do you have some goodies for me?” 

I wave a hundred-dollar bill in front of his eyes.

“Yeah, yeah, sure do, baby.” He plummets down next to me while he is taking a plastic bag out of his pocket.

“I got some real good stuff. Just try one of these babies and you will feel like you are on top of the world.” He gives me a little bag containing some pink pills.

“You know what?” I say. “I think I’ll take one right now, just to celebrate this meeting.”

I open my bag and take out the two wine bottles.

“Why don’t you join me?” I say, and hand him a pill and the red wine.

“My, oh my!” He’s laughing. The bottle nearly disappears in his huge hands. “This is the teeny-weeny bottle they serve you on the planes. It’s hardly enough to quench the thirst of a grown man.” He starts unscrewing the red cap. 

“Well, you just have to suffer,” I say, pretending to put a pill in my mouth. I take a swig of my white wine while he is watching. 

“Better than Devil’s piss.” I say.

He shrugs, pops the pink pill in his mouth and then starts drinking his wine, and before you can spell R-O-H-Y-P-N-O-L, it’s all gone.

We are sitting and making small talk. I’m looking into his gritty, ugly brown eyes. 

There is some kind of peace inside me now. Finally, I’m going to get my revenge after all these years.

Slowly he starts tipping over.

“Hey, Sunny, don’t you pass out on me yet!”

I’m on my knees, my face close to his. He is breathing heavily, it looks as if he’s paralyzed.

“Listen, you son of a bitch,” I whisper into his ear, “this is payback for raping me when I was ten years old.”

I put my hands on his head and start to shake it. His eyes are open and I can see a flicker of light.

“Remember back in Little Haiti, where you killed my parents and raped me while my cat was watching!” I’m screaming now.

He is trying to say something but it is all a gurgle, and he starts to vomit.

Good, I hope you choke on your own puke!

I pick up a large rock and hold it in front of his face.

“See this rock? I’m going to smash your sick head with it!”

I hope he still can hear me.

Lifting the rock high over my head and with all the rage, fury and hate inside me, I plunge it into his skull.

There is a cracking noise and blood splatters around him and on me. 

Oh crap!

I’m breathing hard, my nerves raging like the wind tearing the palm trees apart outside. Suddenly it feels as if a low-voltage current is going up and down my spine. It doesn’t hurt. I roll over on my back and stretch my arms out, while I’m staring wide-eyed up at the ceiling –it feels good my body shakes into a dark, strange sensation I’ve never felt before. It’s like I’m being electrocuted from the inside, spinning into an erotic sexual fantasy world. 

I collapse next to him, staring at him, for what seems like forever. 

Will I ever see a brown-eyed man and not remember these dead, dark eyes?

Finally, I can relax. Sunny looks like something out of a bad horror movie, and he is definitely dead. 

This could look like a mugging though, so I empty all his pockets and take his watch. He has a gold chain around his neck and I rip it off.

Then all the plywood goes on top of him, so he is completely covered.

I remove my jacket and slacks and get into my jumpsuit. I’ll change the shoes in the car. Wine bottles, wig, shoes, gloves and clothes will be thrown in different trash bins on my way back to the hotel.

I have stopped shaking now, and feel happy. No regrets. Just damn happy!

The next day, on September 5, 2001, the hurricane Erin hits Bermuda and the impact is devastating. 

As far as I know, Sunny was never found.

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The chapter “Sunny Gets What He Deserves” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 8

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Sunny: Killer and Rapist

Thank heaven Sunny was no Einstein. He had left his DNA and prints all over the house. It took the police only a short time before he was arrested. His rap sheet was as long as from here to the Moon. It was mostly car thefts and misdemeanors.

Born in Bermuda, he came to the U.S. as a teen. He joined one of the local criminal gangs. They went by the cute name “Piss on You,” which they all had tattooed in red from the navel down.

He told the police he had kicked our dog out of the house. Later we learned Killer had been hit by a car and killed.

After he was arrested everything went wrong. Sunny got a brilliant young lawyer.  

He used all the tricks in the book to get his client off easy. It must have been a mock court. To make a long story short, after two years in and out of court, Sunny was sentenced to only 12 years in prison. When he had served his sentence he was deported to Bermuda.

 I kept close tabs on him all this time. 

He was not getting away that easy.

James and I are now living with Lillian and Dexter, on Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

We had been in therapy for years. My brother and I did as well as could be expected after the traumatic event. We had made a pact: if we ever were in any danger and couldn’t speak freely, we would use the names Evita and Jimmy for ourselves. That would raise a “red flag,” alerting that something was very, very wrong.

Lillian was a wonderful person. She reminded me so much of my mom. The only sad thing, she had gatophobia, a fear of cats, so I had to find a new home for Pussy Galore.

I was still mad and unhappy. Sunny had to get what he deserved. 

Every night I would lie in my bed fantasizing how to kill him.

I’ve had many years to plan Sunny’s death. Still, I didn’t know how I’d do it. I only knew he should suffer, and that before his last breath he should know who I am.

I had been keeping track of him in Bermuda. He was now a drug dealer living in a shack in the capital city Hamilton. When I started working for Star Gaze Airline we also had layovers in Hamilton.

Flying to Bermuda four times already, I had been very busy. Every time I was in Hamilton, I would put on my dark wig and some shabby clothes, then I would drive to the area where Sunny was working. 

I had befriended a prostitute named Venus. She was heavily into drugs and was one of Sunny’s best customers.

I pretended I was a user, too, so Venus would get me drugs. That way I avoided meeting Sunny face to face.

Last time I saw Venus she told me Sunny was looking for a courier for the mainland. I told her I might be interested because I was deeply in debt and was getting desperate. I told her my lie with tears in my eyes.

“Give me Sunny’s phone number and tell him I will call him. I’m going back to Miami tomorrow but maybe next time I can talk to him.”

Venus promised to deliver the message.

I went back to the car and drove around for an hour. I was looking for an abandoned house or some remote place where I could lure Sunny to meet me later.

Finally I found a shack not far from his house.

It was an abandoned house close to the beach, nobody was living next to it. Outside there was a sign in red and white saying, ‘Beer and Liquor,’ so it probably had been a shop.

Farther down on Front Street, there was a Rent-a-Boat company. It should be easy enough for me to explain to Sunny where to meet.

I also have to figure out how I am going to kill him. He was a hefty guy. How would I immobilize him? Of course, getting caught was not an option, so I had to have a good plan.

If it was up to me I would like to knock his block off with a sledgehammer!

Cut his dick off and feed it to the fishes!

I could make him an invalid and bedridden for life.

Gouge his eyes out.

Drive over him with a car, the way my dog, Killer, died.

I could slit his throat, like he did with my parents.

The list goes on and on. Nothing is good enough for that son of a bitch (pardon my French).

After returning my rental, I was very exhausted. 

There was a bar close to the hotel, and a drink was just what this doctor ordered.

“Give me the craziest, weirdest drink you’ve got,” I say to the bartender, and jump onto one of the high chairs.

“Oh, mon, you be very difficult customer,” he says in his unique Bermudian accent.

He disappears through the back door and I can hear some yelling and screaming. Finally he returns with a big grin on his face. In a small glass are two cockroaches crawling. He takes a whiskey bottle and water bottle and pours both simultaneously into the glass.

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“Now see, that is an unusual drink for you, blond flicka,” he says loudly.

The other guy in the back, a young boy, is staring big-eyed at us.

I pick up the glass, the bartender and the boy start yelling: “No! No! No!

“Yes, Yes, Yes!” I’m laughing, and my lower lip just touches the rim of the glass. I put the glass down.

“OK, OK, ten points to you. Just give me a Cuba Libre, easy on the Coke!” I put my elbows on the bar disk, cupping my head in my hands.

The bartender takes the cockroaches glass and gives it to the boy. He disappears fast. 

I feel pretty good when I leave the bar with the amusing name, Robin Hood. Is the bartender giving free drinks to the poor?

I’m dreaming that the phone is ringing and I’m hitting it over Sunny’s head to make it stop.

Suddenly I’m awake, the phone is ringing.

“Yes, and what time is it?”

“Sorry to wake you this early, Ewa, it’s seven.” I hear the familiar voice of the captain.

“We have a problem. There is a storm coming in fast. It’s already a tropical storm named Erin and it will be a hurricane soon. So it looks like we’ll not be able to go back to Miami today. I will keep you posted, but if you don’t hear anything from me by noon, we’re stuck here.”

I look out the window. The palm trees are swaying and I can see clouds building up on the horizon.

On TV the weather channel is showing the predicted path of the hurricane, and it’s coming straight at us. They are telling us it will make a direct hit in two or three days.

The hurricanes are rated from one to five, five being the strongest. Erin could become a three or four, something very devastating for Bermuda. Most of the houses are not built to withstand strong winds. The hotel, on the other hand, is built solid and should be safe enough.

Outside there is debris starting to fly all over the place.

The anchor on TV has been telling everybody to stock up on food and water for days now. The stores are already getting low on bottled water.

I go back to bed and lie staring up at the ceiling.

Could this be a sign showing me how to kill Sunny?

If I could meet him in the abandoned house on Front Street, the one with the Beer and Liquor sign, then, immobilize him, I could kill him in a way that would look like an accident. Maybe it would look like the hurricane was the killer? A hurricane, category three or four, would destroy everything around here and he probably wouldn’t be found for a long time, if ever.

My head is spinning.

I always have my Rohypnol pills with me. If I put some in a wine bottle, and he drinks it, he will collapse soon after.

It is midday and there is still no call from the captain.

I call the prostitute Venus. I‘ve told her my name is Nikita. 

The cell phone I’m using I’ll throw away later, so no one can trace my calls.

Yes, Sunny was around and yes, she had told him I would call, one of these days.

When dialing Sunny’s number, my hand is shaking.

After five or six rings he answers.

“Hey, Sunny,” I say, “this is Nikita, a friend of Venus’.”

“Oh, yeah, she mentioned you,” his voice is still a little high-pitched, the way I remembered.

“Well,” I say, “maybe we can get together and talk some business? But it has to be before the hurricane hits. What about tomorrow?”

“Sure,” he says. “Do you know your way around here?”

“Yes, I have a car, but I don’t want to meet in a public place. Do you know the Rent-a-Boat place on Front Street? Right down the street from it is an abandoned house, with a Beer and Liquor sign. Can we meet there at 12 o’clock? And please bring some goodies. My nerves need something before the hurricane hits.”

He coughs, laughs and agrees. We hang up.

My whole body is shaking and I open a small bottle of wine. I don’t bother with a glass, but drink it straight down. Then I go back to bed and sleep for three hours.

I order room service and call the car rental. They tell me I really shouldn’t be driving in the storm, but I tell them I have to visit a very sick friend.

Well, at least “sick” is true.

In the evening the whole crew has dinner together in the hotel.

They all talk about hurricane Erin. All I can think of is the bastard Sunny. I excuse myself and leave early.

I have a restless night. So do the palm trees outside. The howling winds are accelerating by the minute. 

On TV the next morning they have upgraded Erin to a category three hurricane, and it’s still heading straight for us.

I find my stash of small wine bottles; two red and one white.

They never check our bags when we go through security and it’s common knowledge that the crew takes some bottles of wine and liquor whenever we leave a flight.

The wine bottles have screw corks and I open one of the red ones.

How many Rohypnol tablets should I put in it? I have read many stories in the newspapers about how girls have their drinks spiked and get raped not remembering a thing, but they never say how many tablets it takes.

I put six tablets into the bottle. I sure hope Sunny is very, very thirsty.

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I put the bottle together with a white wine bottle in a bag, followed by a jumpsuit, shoes, socks, gloves and my wig.

Did I forget something? Oh, yes, a large knife in case I have to stab him to death, for good measure!

I feel that the storm outside is now inside me.


 

The chapter “Sunny: Killer and Rapist” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 7

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

September 13, 1988

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It’s a Tuesday. My younger brother, James and I are coming home from school. I’m ten years old and he is eight. We are both excited because Daddy is going to be home today. He has been away on a business trip, we haven’t seen him for two weeks.

I feel something is wrong when I open the door. No Killer welcoming us home, no delicious smells or Mom calling out from the kitchen.

“Mommy? Daddy?” I call out.

“Mommy! Daddy!” I hear a high-pitched voice mimicking me, suddenly a huge black man appears and slaps duct tape over my mouth. A large black garbage bag is pulled over my head and body. He uses duct tape to wrap me up like a package.

James is screaming; “Let her go! Let her go!”

I am thrown on the sofa. I can hear James is getting the same treatment as me.

Trying to get up, I roll off the sofa and hit the floor hard. I can hear a door slam. Then footsteps back to me.

He lifts me up and I’m carried upstairs and tossed on the bed. I hear heavy breathing. Scissors start to cut the plastic away from my face.

I ‘m crying, scared to death.

His big, nearly black eyes are staring into mine. The sweat from his face is dripping down onto my face, mixing with my tears

He reaches out and I hear a zipper noise. Next to the bed on a chair is Pussy Galore in her pet carrier. He has opened the carrier and is dragging her out.

“Stop crying. I am going to hurt you,” he says with a grin. Pussy Galore is hissing and fighting to get loose.

I cry even harder.

“OK,” he says, “do you love your cat?” Now he is dangling her in front of my eyes. 

“If you are not a good little girl and do exactly as I say, I will strangle your cat.” 

He takes the other hand and puts it around Pussy’s neck. She lets out a low cry and tries to struggle away from his grip.

I draw a deep breath and stop crying.

“That’s better, now I will put your little sweetheart in her cage so you can see her all the time.”

My eyes are glued to Pussy Galore. My body is rigid and I have wet myself.

He takes the scissors and continues to cut open the plastic.

Oh, God, please don’t let him kill my cat! Oh, God, what is he going to do? Why don’t Mommy and Daddy help me?

Now he’s ripping off my panties and spreading my legs. My eyes are still glued to Pussy Galore.

Suddenly I feel a terrible pain, I turn my head back to him, the last thing I see is his big, ugly brown eyes. 

Then everything goes mercifully black.

I wake up and it’s dark outside. I try to move but it hurts. I look down and see blood. I still have duct tape over my mouth. I rip it off and scream. Pussy Galore, trapped in her cage, meows loudly.

Finally I manage to get my feet on the floor and I reach out and open the cage. She jumps out and runs out the door. 

I’m in my parents’ bedroom. “Mommy! Mommy!” I’m crying.

I hear a banging noise. The noise is coming from the closet underneath the stairs. 

Later – It seems like forever – I manage to get downstairs.

When I open the closet door, I see James in a black trash bag with duct tape all around it. There is an opening for his eyes. He’s crying and gulping for air. I drag him out into the hallway.

“I will help you. I will help you,” I repeat, over and over again, while I try to get the bag off him.

Finally, I manage to get his head free and I pull the duct tape off his mouth. He is screaming at the top of his lungs, “Mommy!”

I’m shaking all over but manage to stagger into the kitchen. Mom and Dad are lying in a pool of blood. Their throats are cut. I start shaking even more uncontrollably and run out of the house screaming. 

Inside my head a nursery rhyme is howling.

Lizzie Borden took an axe

and gave her mother 40 whacks.

When she saw what she had done

She gave her father 41.

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A woman walking her dog catches me just before I faint.


 

The chapter “September 13, 1988” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 6

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Little Haiti, Florida

My parents are dead. A man called Sunny killed them at our home.

I’m happy to say that the Sun doesn’t shine on his brutal face anymore. I killed the bastard.

We lived in Little Haiti in Miami. My dad was a salesman, and on the road a lot. He was a happy man, always with a good story to tell. He never got tired of telling people the story of where my name Ewa came from. This is his story.

“The Boss” (that’s what he used to call Mom) “and I went on our honeymoon to Hawaii.

“One evening we were having dinner next to a woman who was celebrating her 100th birthday. She looked great to be that old and from the white look of her skin and hair, we could tell she was an albino. 

“After a while she invited us over to her table. We all got a glass of champagne and strange things started happening. She took both my hands in hers and it felt like electricity was going through my whole body. 

“She said with a crooked smile. ‘I can feel you are a good person. If you follow my advice, nine months from now you two will have a beautiful baby girl.’ My wife raised her champagne glass, ‘I’ll drink to that!’

“The old lady took out a little silver bottle, put it in my pocket and whispered in my ear, ‘Drink this before you make love tonight.’

“Then she took my wife’s hand. My wife jumped in her seat and I realized she was feeling this weird electricity too. The old lady gave her a silver bottle, the same as mine, then whispered something in her ear; her face got flushed and she laughed.

“The rest of the evening we were all drinking champagne, but I took it easy; after all, I was driving us home that night. 

“The old woman kept ‘charging’ us every half hour and it felt good. 

“When we finally got on our way we were excited and amorous. We saw this beautiful beach and it just seemed like a terrific idea to drink whatever it was in the bottles and imitate Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in ‘From Here to Eternity.’

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“The content of the bottles tasted just like water and we kept them.” Now, his finger would point to our bookshelf where we all could see the two mysterious silver bottles standing. 

He continues. “When we left the beach we saw a big sign saying, Ewa Beach – Welcome Back.” At this point Dad would put me on his knee and ruffle my hair, saying, “Nine months later Ewa was born.” 

When I was eight years old we got a kitten and a puppy. Dad, who was a big James Bond fan, named my brother James and the cat, Pussy Galore. The dog, a Doberman, we named Killer.

Dad thought getting a watchdog was a good idea since we lived in a high crime area. 

Yeah, Killer turned out to be a great watchdog. We would know every time somebody approached the house, because Killer would run and hide behind the sofa! Of course, by that time we really loved him, so we couldn’t get a new dog.

Pussy Galore, with her gray and white fur, was my favorite. She liked to sleep in my bed every night. 

My dad was always playing pranks on my mom. The one I remember best happened when she was out one day buying groceries. I guess I was about seven years old.

“Ewa!” my dad called. “Let’s have some fun when mom gets back!”

He came running with a large white sheet and scissors in his hands. He started cutting holes into the sheet. With his red fuzzy curls bouncing up and down on his head, his large eyebrows, also red, he looked like a comical troll to me. 

James joined us. My dad was struggling to get the sheet over his head.

“Ewa, get me the biggest kitchen knife you can find!”

He pulled one of the kitchen chairs close to the front door. 

When I handed him the huge knife, all we could see was his green eyes, sparkling through the holes in the sheet. He jumped up on the chair and the sheet was so long it reached all the way down to the floor.

“Mom should be back any minute now,” he whispered. “Let’s just hope she hasn’t bought anything that will break, because she will be so spooked she’ll drop everything.”

I could hear him clucking behind the sheet. 

Suddenly there were footsteps on the porch. When they stopped outside the door, my dad threw open the door, with the large knife raised high over his head he screamed, “ARRGHHH!”

Outside, two nuns, in their black and white habits and bearing a collection cup, started screaming louder than my dad. 

Their tin cup went flying into the air. All the coins were scattered when the cup hit the porch. They started running, still screaming, down the road. 

My dad, now down off the chair, lifting the sheet around his waist, knife still in hand, was yelling: “Wait! Wait! This is not what it looks like!”

He was waving the knife, running after them.

“Come back! Come back! I’ll give you some money!”

The screaming nuns turned a corner. My dad stumbled and fell. James and I were standing there paralyzed, openmouthed, on the porch, not believing our eyes.

Of course, this story was told, repeatedly, down through the years. My mom would always shake her head and tell my dad how erratic he was, but she would be cracking a smile, too. 

My dad did finally track down the nuns. He apologized and donated some money to their church.


 

The chapter “Little Haiti, Florida” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 5

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Family

My mom’s sister Lillian and her husband, Dexter, lived on Galt Ocean Drive, in Fort Lauderdale. Every summer my brother and I spent three weeks at their place swimming and surfing. 

On the first floor of their apartment building there is a cinema, a game room and an indoor swimming pool.

They were quite wealthy as they used to own a chain of restaurants called The Big Bang. You can find these restaurants in all the states and they specialize in chicken dinners.

Below the flashing lights from the Big Bang sign you can read, “Give your taste buds an out-of-this-world experience.”

Lillian used to spend a lot of time in the head office, which was in one of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York.

Every year there is an Air and Sea Show in Fort Lauderdale. Millions of people attend, from all over the world. The beach, which goes on for miles and miles, is packed with festive people. They bring food, barbecue grills, chairs and parasols. It is the biggest beach party ever.

From Lillian’s penthouse apartment on the 15th floor, we used to have a spectacular view; from there people looked small to us, like ants. 

Lillian and Dexter were hobby astronomers. They had a large telescope on the balcony. We sat for hours in the evenings looking up at the sky. This is where my brother, James, got very interested in everything that had to do with the universe and got him interested in studying astronomy in school. 

Lillian bought us an easel, canvases and a whole box of acrylic paints. James and I had so much fun making huge paintings of planets, stars and moons.

When the Air Show started we would always have the best seats in town. Some of the airplanes were even flying below the balcony. We could almost see the white in the pilot’s eyes! 

There are fantastic acrobatic flight demonstrations with US Air Force jets. Many different airplanes covering the skies, and the US Coast Guard demonstrating air and sea rescue.

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I was only seven years old when I was at my first Air and Sea Show. Gazing in awe at all the fantastic planes. The Navy’s Blue Angels, a six-plane flying team, especially dazzled me and everybody else with their fantastic stunts. 

I think it was around that time my love for airplanes started and I decided to become a flight attendant. 

 


 

The chapter “Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Family” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 4

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

The Pulpit Rock

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I pick Erik up at five o’clock. I’m glad to see he’s dressed in his camouflage hunting suit. I’m wearing black slacks, a black jacket, sneakers and I‘ve tucked my hair into a dark green knitted hat. We should both be hard to spot against rocks and trees.

“Hi,” he says, “do you know how to get there?”

“Yes,” I smile, “thanks to Google.”

“First we have to take the ferry to Tau and then it should be a 15-minute drive to the Lodge.”

“Correct,” he says, “I have been to the Pulpit many times. It’s a beautiful hike from the Lodge, but it takes about two hours to reach the Pulpit Rock. The trail is marked all the way so we can’t get lost.”

“Oh, that sounds great,” I say.

“I have never been there,” I lie. I have been there twice. “My dream is to see the sunset while sitting and dangling my feet over the edge of the Pulpit. I’ve seen pictures of people doing that.”

Erik is smiling, “So I presume you don’t have vertigo, fear of heights?” 

I laugh. “Actually, it’s called acrophobia. Vertigo is more like dizziness. No, I don’t have any problems with heights, I’m up there all the time, remember?”

I follow the yellow signs reading Tau Ferry and drive onboard.

“Let’s just stay in the car on the way over,” I say.

No need letting too many people see us together.

Erik looks relieved. He points to a big sign in Norwegian. “This sign says we are not allowed to stay in the car.”

“Don’t worry, if anybody comes I will do the talking and tell him or her that I don’t read Norwegian.”

“Are you sure you don’t want me to go and buy you a cup of coffee?” he asks.

I reach back over the seat and get my backpack.

“I don’t drink coffee, but see. I’m always prepared.”

I pour hot chocolate into two cups.

“I even have some sandwiches we can eat later.”

He nods and says, “We might have a problem seeing the sunset. After we check in and get settled, it will be too late to go to the Pulpit, since we can’t go back in the dark.”

I reach into the backseat again. “Hakuna matrata, as they say in Swahili. Which means, don’t worry.”

I show him two coal miners flashlights, the kind the coal miners have on their heads.

“Didn’t I say that I’m always prepared?” I grin.

He shakes his head in disbelief. 

“OK,” I say. “I haven’t come this far not to see my sunset! What if we just park the car, walk to the Pulpit and then walk back and check into the Lodge for some fun. Does that sound like a plan to you?”

Little do you know that I have bigger plans for my Viking than a roll in the hay.

Erik throws his arms up. “How can I argue with a plan like that?”

We drive off the ferry and follow the brown sign saying Preikestolen. Every turn has spectacular scenery. Norway must be the most beautiful country in the world with its deep fjords, high mountains and majestic forests.

We pass another sign saying Preikestolen. 

“Look,” I point at the sign. “If we park here and walk, we can probably save some time.”

Erik agrees. The Sun is shining and I put on some big sunglasses and my backpack. Erik also has a small backpack. 

On our way we meet many tourists. Everybody is going in the other direction, back to the Lodge. 

 Good, I sure hope when we get there we will be alone. 

After two hours of fast walking the Sun is getting close to setting. I wonder if we are going to make it. Fifteen minutes later we see the Pulpit Rock. What a sight! The fjord is about 600 meters beneath us. 

Erik puts his backpack down. “Are you sure you’re ready to do this?” he asks.

I nod and take his hand. We walk to the edge very carefully. Then we sit down and swing our legs over the edge.

The Sun is setting. We are the only two people there. 

Erik draws a breath “Wow! Do you know it is 604 meters straight down, isn’t this the most fantastic view in the world?”

Truly a view to die for. 

“Yes,” I say, “and the view gets even better the closer you get.” 

Before he can react, I slide myself backwards, behind him, put my feet on his lower back and kick him as hard as I can. He tumbles over the edge of the Pulpit Rock.

I peer over the edge. He is spread-eagled, flying down faster and faster.

“Have a nice flight,” I whisper.

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There is no sound coming from him. He has probably fainted from fear. He bounces off the rock wall.

Ouch! That must have hurt!

He continues to fall and finally, I can’t see him anymore.

Swift and deadly! One less Viking in this world, his wife should probably thank me.

I lie down on my back –arms out –crucifixion position, just like I did after killing my Pharaoh. 

I can feel a current rippling through my body. The tingling sensation feels like reaching a climax after a strenuous sex act. My whole body is shaking and I feel as if I’m going to black out. I close my eyes and gasp for air. 

The whole sensation probably lasts only for a minute, but the aftereffect leaves me lightheaded and hungry! I sit up, dig into my backpack and gulp down my cocoa and sandwiches. 

Afterwards I put his backpack inside mine and start walking back to the car. Half an hour later, I stop and take out his backpack. Then I throw it, using all my strength, far into a deep ravine. 

Where no man has gone before and probably never will.

The Sun has set and it’s getting dark. I have to use my coal miners headlights to find my way back. 

Because of the difficult terrain it takes me two and a half hours to reach the car.

I have of course not made any reservations at the Pulpit Lodge. Nobody knows I’m here.

 I drive back to the ferry heading for Stavanger.

On the ferry I go into the ladies’ room. In the trunk of my car I have a bag of Sunday clothes and I put them on. I even pin a red, white and blue bow to the lapel of my jacket. That way I look like everybody else celebrating the 17th of May.

When I get back to my hotel it’s filled with intoxicated people. 

These Vikings sure know how to party. 

Nobody notices me going to the elevator.

I jump in the shower and crash into bed, I sleep like a baby through the night.

The next day we are off again, this time heading for home: Florida, USA.

 


 

The chapter “The Pulpit Rock” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 3

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Stavanger – Norway

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We are booked into the Atlantic Hotel in downtown Stavanger. The lobby is filled with flags and flowers.

My room overlooks a small lake called Breiavatnet. There is a lighted fountain in the middle. Everywhere there are hundreds of flags blowing in the wind. The Norwegian flag has the same colors as the American flag, red, white and blue, so this is just like the Fourth of July.

I wait two hours before I call Erik. He picks up the phone right away.

Probably been sitting staring at it. 

“Hi, when can we meet?” He asks.

“Well,” I pause. “I’ve been thinking. Tonight is no good. I’m too tired. Tomorrow I’ll have a car for two days. Last time I was here, three years ago, I heard about the Pulpit Rock. I am planning to stay at the Pulpit Lodge tomorrow evening. I have already booked a room. What if I pick you up in the afternoon and we drive up there. Will that work for you?”

I can hear some heavy breathing.

“Sure, that sounds great. I have to spend some time with my relatives during the day,”

Right, probably his wife and five kids…

He continues, “But after that, I’m all yours.”

The next morning, May 17, 2003, I wake up with a start. It’s only 6 in the morning. It sounds like the hotel is being bombed. I run to the window. Outside is a red bus filled with young people, wearing red hats and red jumpsuits. 

Farther down the street I see a blue bus and people dressed in blue. They are setting off firecrackers, blowing whistles and honking their car horns. Some are dancing and singing.

Later on I’m told these are college kids, celebrating their graduation as well as May 17, the day when Norway became independent from Sweden in 1814.

This red and blue gang also drives around to all their teachers’ private houses, waking them up at 5 in the morning.

At 9 in the morning, the parades start all over the country. Every school has its own band playing. It’s like an explosion in colors. They are wearing beautiful national costumes, called bunad, usually with gorgeous jewelry and handmade needlework. 

Everybody is waving flags and shouting in Norwegian.

“Hurra, hurra, hurra for Syttende Mai!”

In Oslo at the Royal Castle, the Royal Family will be on the balcony for hours, waving to all the children parading by.

All day and evening there is small and large celebrations with family outings and different activities. There are shows with famous and infamous people performing.

This is the time you have your first ice-cream cone outdoors, even though it’s still cold in Norway.

I went outside and had an ice-cream cone with two scoops, strawberry and vanilla, topped with whipped cream and a teaspoon of strawberry jam. Terrific!

At noon three other crew members and I go to one of the maritime restaurants surrounding the harbor. 

In the old days these warehouses used to store corn, fish and flour. Inside, the furniture is made out of rough timber and all the lamps are lanterns from old sailing ships. In the ceiling hang large fishnets and green glass buoys. 

“Give us the most unusual dish you have on the menu.” I tell the waitress. 

The captain raises both arms; “Oh, I don’t know if that’s a good idea, Ewa.” 

I grin at him, “Don’t be such a pussy!”

The waitress looks at me for a while and then speaks. “Do you care how much it costs, or how long it will take to prepare?”

“No,” I say with a smile, “just bring us wine and water and surprise us.”

Five minutes later the waitress returns.

“I just have to give you some information about the food you are getting,” she says smiling.

“We usually eat it only before Christmas time. It was a traditional dish for the West coast, but today it has become a delicacy all over Norway.

“Some people think it’s a bizarre tradition, but I can reassure you, it tastes really good!

“However, I would recommend instead of wine that you drink some beer and aquavit before we serve you.”

We are all listening, more or less worried. What’s this all about?

“I warned you earlier,” the captain says, “we should not let Ewa order her bizarre food!”

Turning to the waitress, he says, “Can you tell us the name of this dish?” 

Smalahove,” she says, very slowly.

“Smalahove,” we all repeat, looking at each other.

It doesn’t mean a thing to us.

“Bring the beer and aquavit.” I say.

They don’t know I’m driving to the Pulpit Rock with my Viking later in the afternoon. So I’m just going to pretend that I’m drinking. They have very strict rules in Norway for DUI.

Finally, after 45 minutes, the food arrives. By then everybody is feeling the effects, from the beer and aquavit.

Four waiters are carrying huge plates with silver lids.

When they put them in front of us, we all wait and then take the lids off simultaneously.

“Oh, my God!” 

Lying on the plate, staring up at me, is half a sheep’s head! Complete with an eye and a tongue sticking out! It is dark brown and looks as if it has been grilled before being cooked.

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Later I learn that they burn the wool off the head.

There are potatoes and cabbage stew to go with it. The waiters keep assuring us it tastes really good.

“You are supposed to eat the eye last, like a dessert,” our waitress is giggling. 

When we all get our breaths back, I start tasting the meat. It is delicious! Now we all start eating.

“Skaal, Skaal for Smalahove and the aquavit!”

“See, I told you to trust me,” I say to the captain.

He shakes his head. 

“Ewa, you are some crazy, crazy lady!”

Right on the money, buddy!

 


 

The chapter “Stavanger – Norway” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books

Ewa Lowe: Chapter 2

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The chapter below is from the sci-fi, triller book Fear is in the Air by Eva Newermann


 

Star Gaze Airlines (SGA)

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We work for an airline named Star Gaze Airlines. I used to work for a big airline, but got an offer I couldn’t refuse. 

SGA offered me more money and longer layovers and we have only first-class passengers. When we fly to Europe we usually have a three-day layover. That means plenty of good shopping and restaurants and of course, for me sometimes, a kill.

I’m slim, with one blue and one green eye, my waist length hair is naturally blonde, I have a light skin tone. I usually blend right in with the rest of the population of the Scandinavian counties.

My uniform is red and white, with a red short jacket and white slacks. It also has a white silk blouse with tiny red stars, red shoes with straps and a little red pillbox hat – the one Jacqueline Kennedy made famous in the ‘60s, designed by Oleg Cassini. The hat has SGA’s star on it and a little wing. My red shoes with straps are special made. All my life I’ve had problems with static electricity so my shoes have crepe rubber soles. This prevents all my handshakes from being a shocking experience. I also have a static shock eliminator that fits on my key chain.

I always wear my little gold airplane necklace around my neck when working.

It’s all topped off with white gloves and “Voila!” 

When I get outside, the rest of the crew is waiting in the limo. This is far better than the buses we had to ride in when working for the big airlines.

Everybody is happy and chatting up a storm.

Suddenly the purser puts his hand under my chin and moves his face close to mine.

“Ewa, let me look in your eyes. You have one green and one blue eye!” he exclaims.

Now everybody is staring at me.

“Yes, yes. I was born with something called full heterochromia. My Dad had green eyes and Mom blue, so here I am with one of each.”

Lovise is nodding. “I once had a cat with different colored eyes.”

“Well,” I grin, “it’s relatively rare in humans, but common in some animals, like cats, horses and dogs. I’m in good company though. David Bowie, Jane Seymour and Keifer Sutherland have different colored eyes, too.”

“Oh,” Lovise says, “I just read an article in a magazine. The scientists say that in 200 years there will be no more blue-eyed people in the world, because brown eyes are so dominant.” She looks around at the other people. No one picks up on her conversational gambit, so she looks back at me.

“Ewa always has so many exciting stories. Why don’t you tell us one of your crazy stories, Ewa?” Lovise asks.

Too bad I can’t tell you what happened this morning, killing my Pharaoh.

“Yes,” I say, “I do have an exciting and scary story to tell. Maybe it will even save your lives one day. 

“This happened when I was in flight training in Kansas City. I had rented a small apartment just ten minutes from the training center. I also had an old car that I used in the evenings to explore the area.

“One day in training the teacher was telling us security procedures and how to get out of difficult situations.

“She said, ‘If you are assaulted or kidnapped, it is very important to keep calm. Try to start a dialogue with your attacker. Tell him your name and other personal things about yourself. Sometimes this can be enough to stop him from hurting you or even killing you. If, on the other hand, you start fighting back, screaming or crying, this will trigger his aggressiveness. So try to stay calm, be inventive, smart and stay safe!’” 

I continue, “Two weeks later, I’m coming home to my apartment very late at night. I park at the curb next to my front door and get out of the car. There are no streetlights, so I don’t see the person jumping me before I feel the cold blade of the knife against my throat. 

“‘Get back into your car,’ he whispers in my ear.

“I feel his breath and long beard against my cheek. I can see he is wearing a black sweater, black slacks and black sneakers. He is not easy to spot in the dark. His skin is light, though and we are the same height. I get back inside the car and my heart and brain are working overtime. 

“My mind starts to race. I need to stay calm and try to remember what the teacher told us. The guy starts pushing my body between the bucket seats. He puts the knife on the console, and with one hand on my throat and the other pulling my dress up, he is trying to get my panties off. This is not easy because he doesn’t have a lot of room to do so. He is panting and the perspiration is running into his dark eyes down his face dripping off his face onto mine. His sweat has a bitter, acrid smell. 

“Finally I find my voice. ‘OK! OK! Take it easy. I will help you get the panties off.’ I’m trying to catch his eyes. My brain is racing. I’m thinking, ‘If I can sit up I might be able to open the door and scream (to hell with my teacher’s advice).’ 

“I have some nosy neighbors, always peeking through the shades. Maybe they will hear me. If they don’t, he will probably kill me. Should I maybe try to kill him with the knife? If I just hurt him and don’t manage to kill him, I’m a dead duck. 

“Anyway, no matter how I look at it, I’m in deep shit! But first of all, I have to be able to sit up. 

“’Listen,’ I say. ‘I’ve got my period and I’m using a tampon. If you are going to have sex with me I have to take out the tampon. Please let me sit up so I can take my panties off. Don’t worry, everything will be OK’

“He stops what he is doing leans back and wipes the sweat off his forehead. ‘OK,’ he says, ‘sit up, but no funny business!’

“’No! No! No funny business.’ I say, pushing myself up. ‘Just fun business and by the way, my name is Ewa.’ He looks startled and in one swipe I grab the knife, open the door and drop the knife under the car, screaming my head off.

“He grabs my neck and starts squeezing, soon we are both purple in the face. Suddenly my neighbor’s face appears inside the car. ‘Get off that girl,’ he yells. ‘I’ve called 911, the police will be here soon. Let her go!’

“My attacker lets go of his grip and scrambles out of the car. He punches my neighbor in the stomach and disappears into the darkness.” 

Just as I say, ‘darkness,’ the lights come on inside the limo. We are at the airport.

“Final destination!” I say.

“Heavens to Betsy!” Lovise blurts out, “Did they ever catch the guy?”

“No,” I shake my head, “I tried picking him out from mug shots, but the guy I said looked like him turned out to be Charles Manson, but he was already in jail.”

We all scramble out of the limo and the captain taps me on the shoulder.

“I’m sure glad it turned out OK for you, Ewa.”

I nod. “Just call me lucky and I hope I’ll never get in a situation like that again.”

“OK, gang.” The purser does a little shuffle, “Are we ready to take on the passengers? And here’s hoping there will be no violence on the plane.” 

Finally we are on the plane and everyone gets busy. I’m in the galley, checking on the food supply.

Only the best is good enough. We have Norwegian salmon, Russian caviar, Caesar salad, filet mignon and lobster (Surf and Turf). For dessert there is cantaloupe with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Before takeoff, we serve drinks: Mojitos, Mimosas, or whatever the passengers want.

We are of course using silverware, fine crystal and white linen. No plastic in this house!

The passengers start boarding.

One of the passengers catches my eye. He has beautiful grizzled hair. Unusual, since he is in his late 30s. He’s got big brown eyes and a handsome tanned face.

When he stores his bag, I notice he is wearing a wedding band on his right hand.

We – Americans – wear it on the left hand.

His ugly brown eyes keep following me all the time, when I finally get around to serving him, his wedding band is gone.

OK, so he has removed his ring. The guy is very interested. This could be my next prey.

“Hi, Ewa, my name is Erik.” (He has read my name tag.)

I smile and hold his gaze, just long enough so he knows I’m interested, too.

Later I go over to my gray-haired Viking. I sit on his armrest and get some info.

He lives in Stavanger and next week he is going for an interview as a coach for the local men’s soccer team, called The Vikings.

He loves the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

Interesting…. I’m the one who’s going to hunt you.

“Did you know, tomorrow, the 17th of May, is our national holiday?” he asks.

“Yes,” I smile. 

I always Google the cities and countries we are flying to. I even try to learn some of the language. 

Alt for Norge!” (Everything for Norway) I say, with my American accent.

Erik laughs out loud.

Oh, yeah, I think he’s hooked.

“You know, you look very Scandinavian,” he says.

“Yes, I hear that a lot. My ancestors immigrated from Selbu, Norway, in the 1850s. I think their last name was Storset. One of these days, when I get some free time, I should go there and try to find them.” 

Later, when I serve him, I say, “Skaal! 

He slips me a piece of paper and makes the ‘call me’ gesture with his hand.

Lovise and I are sitting in our seats ready for landing. As usual, when we are flying together she wants me to tell her wacky stories. Things I have experienced on a flight or in different cities.

“Did I ever tell you about the flight with all the priests?”

“No, no, you haven’t,” she’s glowing with anticipation.

“Well, we’re flying from Shannon, Ireland, to New York and the plane is packed with Irish priests. White collars, robes and all. They start ordering Irish whisky and bellowing things like, ‘Guid forder’ (good luck) and ‘Bottoms up!’

“And drink up, they sure did. They were drinking the glasses dry. What I didn’t know, until later, was that many of them had brought their own Devil’s whisky on board. This was before the September 11 attacks, so it was open season to bring almost anything onto the plane. I guess nobody was going to pat down a priest.”

“Oh, my,” Lovise is giggling, “this is going to be good.”

“Right,” I shake my head, “and it gets better.”

“After six hours of heavy drinking, I had a whole plane full of crazy, boozehound priests on my hands. I’ve talked to the captain, but since we are flying over the Atlantic Ocean, there is really nothing he can do. We are just hoping they will all calm down, maybe even pass out.

“Finally the plane lands and the passengers are disembarking. I’m standing in the doorway together with the purser. Suddenly, this enormous priest, his white collar now on top of his red hair, locks his arms around my neck and declares, ‘I’m in love! I’m in love!’

“Now the purser is trying to pry open his hands, but he is not strong enough. He runs to the cockpit shouting, ‘We have a situation here!’

“The captain radios for help. The copilot and purser finally manage to get the priest off me. My face is nearly blue.

“The security guys arrive and handcuff him. They have to carry the priest off the plane. 

“We can hear him babbling, ’I want to marry this angel. No more celibacy for me! Please! Please! Don’t take me away from my angel!’”

Lovise and I are still chuckling when we say goodbye to our passengers. 

When Erik, my Viking, passes me in the doorway, he hands me a postcard “This is one of the things you should see in Stavanger. The giant swords of Hafrsfjord, it’s a monument of three large swords commemorating the battle of Hafrsfjord in the late eight-hundreds where Harald Hårfagre became the first king of Norway.”

“I sure will,” I give him my best smile. 

When we get off the plane it’s evening in Norway and we have landed at Sola airport.

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The chapter “Star Gaze Airlines (SGA)” is from the book “Fear is in the Air” by Eva Newermann. Available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books