Bite Back Pt. 6

Bite Back Pt. 6

A sci-fi short story.
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Kyle knew he wasn't going to get to sleep that night but nothing could have prepared him for how he felt. Everything was still rattling around inside his mind. He didn't know how he was going to survive, and worse yet, if his girlfriend would survive. Since he wasn't going to sleep anytime soon, he started making a plan. He knew now, from seeing the zombies in action, that they had some basic form of communication, and that the virus or whatever turned them into zombies didn't infect everyone. One of these didn't make sense and the other just meant that the zombies had an advantage over him but at least he knew what to expect.

He knew he told the guy, whoever he was, that he had to wait until morning. Kyle on the other hand couldn't wait that long to check on his girlfriend. He wanted to text or call her but if she was hiding from the zombies and her phone went off it might've given her away. He went back into his suite mate's room. He peered out the window;it was dark but not dark enough to where he couldn't see anything. There were no zombies in the parking lot from what he could tell. Grabbing the wooden sword again, he made his way down the stairs as quietly as he could. When he got to the bottom, he felt his heart skip a beat as his mind flashed back to what happened last time he had left his dorm. Kyle shook the feeling off, this wasn't the time to be scared. He knew he all those zombie books he's read and movies he's watched weren't a waste of his time. Now was the time to show that he knew what he was doing.

Kyle grabbed the handle and turned it slowly, opening the door just a crack. He looked outside, nothing moved, nothing made any noise. Kyle thought this would be a scene from a horror movie. He opened the door slowly, and slipped out without fully opening it. The door closed quietly as Kyle made a left and went towards his girlfriend's dorm. It was the last room on the building, and she was in a room by herself. Making his way towards her dorm, he saw something that gave him hope. Her light was the only one on in the entire campus. He ran up to the door and tested the handle. It was unlocked. Kyle's heart started to race, he didn't know if this was a good or bad thing. He checked behind him to make sure nothing was sneaking up on him. He opened the door. The little room that held the door to her suite and the stairs to the upstairs suite was completely quiet. The inside door to her suite was unlocked too. This made Kyle's body tense. "What if i'm walking into a room with zombies?" he thought. He decided he didn't want to waste time sitting there. He opened the door; the suite was lit by the lights on the ceiling and the bathroom door was open, his girlfriend's room was closed.

Kyle was getting too anxious to just be standing still so he grabbed the handle and pushed the door open. First came the ringing, then came the blurred vision, next the pain, and finally black.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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