A tongue-in-cheek tale about a man who drank the water, another man and his Bazooka, and a lady with a loaded gun. Brought together in a showdown between paranoia and reality, three once-ordinary lives will never be the same. Some Thing is based on an actual environmental hazard along the Mexican Border and the potential for disaster.
Darkly offbeat and comical, this eco-thriller of a horror fable — by the author of An Ill Wind Blows, Dance Of The Chupacabras, and The Macabre Mind Of Lori R. Lopez — takes that warning not to drink the water to extremes and exposes a very real scenario: toxic dumping along the international U.S. and Mexico Border. These things have a way of bouncing back with a vengeance, which is the case for one unfortunate fellow who forgets to heed the warning. But perhaps it was already too late. Something’s happening and it isn’t pretty. It isn’t friendly. It’s . . . SOME THING!!!
E-Book: 5,417 Words
Age Range: 12 and up.
“Something’s in the water!” That was what the perspiring tourist had whispered to the bored official. Like he’d never heard that one before.
~ from Some Thing
AN AFFABLE GUY in rectangular shades strode the sidewalk as if he had all the time in the world. Indeed he thought he did, for we seldom if ever glimpse what lies before us. We blunder unwittingly into the thick or thin of it and take our chances.
Resplendently attired with a genuine Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts, designer sandals slapping the pavement, he did not resemble a man accustomed to the demands of deadlines. His attitude was casual, laidback. Until, that is, there ignited in his gut a sensation akin to a petroleum inferno. Heartburn, he assumed. Something he ate or drank was definitely not agreeing with him. But in the past five hours, he had only sipped a glass of . . .
Didn’t they warn you about the water in foreign lands?
A hand to his belly, drenched with sweat, Evan Pond staggered off the sidewalk into a bustling avenue. Automobiles dodged and swerved, horns blared. He must have lost his mind was the general consensus. At that moment, however, he couldn’t care less how anyone regarded him. The bottom had dropped out. He was reeling with agony, a man on fire from the inside, with a very bad case of internal combustion!
“This short story will be an eery reminder of all of the water warnings from around the globe. What happens when someone does drink the water? Well I will tell you [now] that it can turn into a nightmare!! You will learn just how scary it can be.
Imagine sitting in your home and Something is there with you, you are not sure what it is but for Bash, all he can think is danger and gets his bazooka, yes bazooka.
That is all this review will tell you about it, you will have to read to find out, but there is also the lady across the street. With all of the noise in the neighborhood Henna, that lady I mentioned, decides to investigate.
Henna is a pistol packing lady with the intention to help her neighbor and keep her neighbor hood safe.
This story is awesome. Another Lori Lopez story that is a must read for all.”
Goodreads; Amazon Review
“I’m not sure, after reading this short story by Lori R. Lopez, that I will ever be able to drink water again. At least not unless I boil it first, or better yet take it to a chem lab to be examined.
Our erstwhile protagonist, a man who should be doing his job correctly, has been taking a little less care with his duties than he should. In fact, he has been corrupted by the lure of a quick buck to not report his findings.
Unfortunately for him, maybe he should have been more diligent. His lack of consideration to duty may, in fact, be the start of something much bigger. Is the apocalypse right around the corner? In the local water supply maybe.
Another good short by Ms. Lopez that will keep you thinking.”
Karen Bryant Doering
Parents’ Little Black Book; Amazon Review
“When a man visiting Mexico drinks water tainted with more than just Montezuma’s Revenge, he transforms into a hideous creature that barely resembles the human he once was. His quest to seek out help results in some unexpected antics and an unforeseen relationship between two neighbors quite literally caught in the crossfire.
“Some Thing” is fun, quirky, and disturbing all wrapped up in one bite-sized horror comedy. It has the classic Lopez flavor, being fast-paced and delightfully unique, and I would recommend it to those who have enjoyed her other stories THE DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS and “Creep.””
Lisa Lane, “The Cerebral Writer” (Author Leigh M. Lane)
“Just what is in the water?? . . . another brilliant tale from the warped, yet wonderful, mind of Ms Lopez. The depth of the characters give you a real insight into their lives and thereby allows you to care for them!
However, that does not seem to be the main point of this story, merely a wonderus by product! . . . Funny in parts, spooky in others… and just a bit eeek!”
The Fluffy Red Fox Reviews; Amazon Review
“Lori R. Lopez takes us on a short, but truly entertaining ride in her new tongue-in-cheek tale, with believable characters you’re just going to love. She give us action, suspense, and something downright creepy that will have you wondering just what the hell was in that water. I’m serious, I was looking for my “to read some fiction” fix this morning before starting my day, and it took less than an hour to get it. I was hooked from the start. Two bony thumbs up and a gentle smack of the evil jester bell for this delightful piece of short fiction.”
Charles Day, LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF & THE PLAN
About The Author & Artist
Growing up in Wisconsin, the Mexico and U.S. Border was as foreign to Lori R. Lopez as a crater on the Moon, but living in the San Diego region of Southern California for decades has made the Border between these nations seem a lot more familiar. She has even crossed it quite a few times. Unsurprisingly, it is possible that she sipped some of the water once upon a time. Which might explain a lot, really. Nonetheless, in her writings she has now and again spotlighted this once-foreign culture. It has even become part of her family. In Some Thing she explores the consequences of the Water Warning. Is it mere stereotype or is there wisdom behind it? Of course, as often occurs, Lori’s imagination ran wild (if not amok) and wouldn’t crawl back into its Steel Drum, Puzzle Box, pop-top container . . . which, when opened, tends to spew snakes and all sorts of assorted oddness. Just try walking around with a head full of curiouser and curiouser curiosities, not to mention a bunch of stranger and stranger things! Fortunately for Lori, she is able to ignore some of the pandemonium within her noggin the way she ignores the ringing of her ears. This is the reason she never answers the phone. So if you call, do not expect her to respond. She will usually reply to Singing Telegrams. Or Red Alerts. Or calls from the President. Unless the President is dishonest and likes to rant about Border Walls. Then she will ignore those calls like all the rest.