Friday, September 20, 2013

Supporting Characters, Part 3

     It's been a while since I featured one of the peripheral characters in "Journal of the Undead: Littleville Uprising".  Today, I'd like to introduce you to Iris Jacobson.  In her seventy-eight years, Iris had much to be thankful for.  She'd been blessed with a loving husband, three beautiful children and seven grandchildren. Though not rich by today's standards, she was proud to say they'd always managed to pay their bills on time and have a little left over to save for a rainy day. She and her husband, Carl, worked hard on their farm but Iris was never one to shy away from hard work.  Family, friends and faith were the cornerstones of her life. She believed in putting God first and the rest would fall in line.  She also believed in giving back to the community where she'd lived her entire life.
     Embracing her personal motto (a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt) "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness", Iris started a committee to assist friends and neighbors when they needed a helping hand.  She and her team would provide hearty, nutritious meals for the sick, for new mothers (and their families) after delivery, or those who were down on their luck.  She loved to be in the kitchen; cooking baking and entertaining.  Iris' apple pie was legendary in her small town and she proudly accepted blue ribbons at county fairs and bake-offs.  She enjoyed the accolades but mostly she just loved bringing smiles to people's faces...especially to her family.
     Iris loved the simple life: family meals, reading a good book, walks through the cornfield at sunset, sipping iced tea in her porch swing with Carl, flipping through old photo albums, and playing with the grandkids.  She had married her high school sweetheart at eighteen and never regretted a single moment of their 60 years of matrimony.  When she and Carl first started dating, Carl had carved their initials in a towering oak tree on his father's farm.  Since then, she had always referred to it as their sweetheart tree.  They'd had their first kiss behind that tree and later said their wedding vows at the same spot.  Carl and Iris Jacobson planned for it to be their final resting place.  Together, they would rest in peace.
     By now, you've probably decided that I am a monster.  Only a monster would allow such a darling woman to turn into a zombie.  The sad truth is, if it could happen to Iris, it can happen to you.  Constant vigilance is the key to survival!  Sleep well....if you can.

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