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Into the Depths of Hell


The screech of a saw hacking through wood reaches her ears. She shudders and tries to focus on other things. Any thing except what’s happening in her bedroom. Her dad mutters to himself as he figures out a plan of attack. The other man in the room remains silent. Shay wonders if he’s mentally preparing himself for what awaits him.

Unable to resist, even knowing the danger, she grabs her camera to document the descent into hell.Β Perhaps I can use this material for a future book.Β Her footsteps echo in the short narrow hallway. She peers into her room, arching her neck so her eyes can see beyond her bed to the far corner.

Shay gasps in horror at the gaping hole in her once pristine hardwood floors. A slight breeze coming from a vent in the foundation rustles the dusty cobwebs that cover the hole in the floor. Derrick is gearing up for his descent in to the depths of hell. Shay bites her lip as she watches him put on the outer layer that will protect him from the evil minions dwelling in the darkness below. A respirator protects him from breathing the nasty air. A light adorns his brow to chase away the shadows.

With a final salute, the hero descends.

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It's as though he's afraid to let go of the top-side world...

It’s as though he’s afraid to let go of the top-side world…

HAHAHA! Couldn’t resist the short story style into to this adventure taking place in my bedroom.

When I bought the new house this summer, we noticed some damage to the floor in one of the bedrooms. The floor was pulling away from the wall in one corner and felt really spongy. Today, my dad and one of the guys he works with came to the house to see if they could figure out what going on. Turns out there had been water damage at some point but probably a long time ago and someone tried to fix it but didn’t do it right. Dad and Derrick took out a bunch of rotten wood and used some new 2 x 4s to shore up the floor and a new piece of plywood to cover the hole they made. Tomorrow, we’ll put the hardwood pieces and trim back on.

Derrick was kind enough to show me a HUGE black widow that had been lurking in my crawl space. I am now seriously thinking of bug bombingΒ sealing up that corner of the house moving… LOL

One major project down. Next in line: replace windows, roof, get siding, xeriscape perimeter of back yard and along the north side of the house, aerate and fertilize front and back yards, get the ground ready for a garden next year, fix the carport, re-paint carport and sheds (after I get siding), new countertops for the kitchen, and new flooring for the bathroom and kitchen.

Whew! *wipes brow* That’s a lot of work. Good thing I’m going to be in this house for a lot of years to come πŸ™‚

 

 

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9 Comments on “Into the Depths of Hell”

  1. cpbialois August 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    No wonder you had Derrick be the first one to enter the evil lair. Not that I’m sayign it was your revenge or anything. πŸ˜€

    • drshaywest August 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

      My dad volunteers him for jobs like this πŸ˜‰ I pay him of course but I’m sure he’d rather be home with his wife and kids than crawling in black widow infested crawl spaces *shudder*

      • cpbialois August 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

        Yeah, I can understand that. I’m not a fan of crawl spaces or things that can bite. lol

        • drshaywest September 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

          I had the willies all damn day. At least until they got the plywood back on πŸ˜€

  2. Inion N. Mathair August 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Good luck with the home improvement ventures, Shay. And, we definitely would’ve moved after the whole spider fiasco. LOL. We moved to the Smokey Mountains about ten years ago and was greeted by a snake in the kitchen cabinet. Mathair almost had a heart attack and informed our entire family that she’d be sleeping outside in the car until the all traces of snake, snake juice, and it’s scale particles were removed from the premises. Have a great Labor Day weekend! πŸ™‚

    • drshaywest August 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      HAHAHAHA! I can totally see that happening!

  3. lisafender August 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    yup, houses sure can be a lot of work! I remember our last house. No matter what we did to the yard, rota-till, plant new grass, whatever, it was still full of weeds with stocks an inch thick! I hated that yard lol! Good luck with everything!

  4. A.M. Donovan August 31, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    all part of making it your own. congratulations!

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