By Rebecca Gage
Although a short-story, something I am typically unsure if I'll enjoy due to such an abbreviated story-line, I found The Crazies Got Me by Rebecca Gage to be a nice piece – albeit one I'd still like to see turned in to a book.
Set in the desert surrounded area of Gila, Arizona, we meet Beatrice, our narrator. Beatrice is a teenage Watcher, whose sister, Meg – also a Watcher – recently left for college in Oregon. Not only does Beatrice miss her sister, she misses the ability to be a watcher, something that is done with a partner. Watchers keep an eye on the supernatural elements of an area and report back as to the goings on their community from things like revenants, which are zombie like creatures.
On the night we meet Beatrice she is suffering from a bit of cabin fever, or more aptly put, she is missing watching because she hasn't received a replacement partner for her sister's absence. While hanging out in her room, she decide to do a watching spell and see what there is to see in the desert area outside her housing area.
Sure enough there is some activity, and off she goes to check it out. The rest, I'll leave for you to read. It's a cute story with enough action and story-line to make it worth checking out. I'd, of course, recommend to Ms. Gage to turn Beatrice's tales in to a full-length book. But, until then I'd say it's worth a read.