Into Spring

Sean woke up from a dream, the same dream, screaming just as he had the previous three mornings. The vision of him strapped to a table and a doctor standing above him was still vivid in his mind. A bright light shone from above and everything was fuzzy. The doctor was masked and the scalpel glistened in his hand. Two masked nurses watched as the doctor made his first cut.

I’ve died and gone to hell, he thought. I’m not dead, but I’ve certainly gone to hell. The pain in his groin was not quite as bad this morning, but he still felt the lingering ache. He reached down and felt for the missing parts, and began to cry.

Why did they do this to me? What are they going to do with me next? Only questions. No answers. Then he began to remember. The men. They took my guns. I asked a question and a sharp pain in the back of my head. Then darkness. Why?

Sean got up and turned on the light. He went to wipe his brow but stopped short and looked at his hand. Blood. Not a lot, but too much. Sweat trickled down his cheek. He walked over to the sink to wash his hands and face.

A banging on his door. Sean looked over at the clock. Then he remembered Sonny, Marcia, and little Lola. Sonny had come to get him and take him to work. He felt tired, his groin ached, and he didn’t want to go to work. The blood reminded him of his sister, Debra. She was always so bitchy when she got her period. He couldn’t help but smile, but it was short lived.

He had to get dressed. Sonny was pissed yesterday and the day before because he took too long to come out. Besides, he would get no answers until he did. Sonny wouldn’t answer my questions. Will he answer them now? And what’s with Marcia? Every time I speak to her, she just gives me a dirty look then turns away. What’s the matter with these people? I’ll get some answers today.

Sean got dressed a little faster than he did yesterday. It was early, the same as the past few mornings. The clock said 4:20. He met Sonny outside and got into the back of their pickup truck. A sharp pain shot through his groin as he lifted his leg over the side. Marcia and Lola crawled into the passenger side. Sonny drove to the boat and cranked up the old diesel motor. While the engine warmed a bit, they loaded their gear onboard. Soon they were headed out to sea.

The shrimp boat slowly chugged along and exited the harbor. Sean sat on the railing around the rear deck. The gentle breeze rustled his hair and was cool on his face. The air was heavy with the smell of the bay. Sean liked the smells—the salty air, the sea water, the aroma of fish and sea grass. He focused his attention on the water quickly passing by the boat. The churning water stirred small jellyfish which glowed green when they were agitated. The luminescent creatures fascinated and mesmerized him. They took his mind off his pain.

Sean looked forward toward the cabin of the boat. He could see Sonny driving and Marcia talking to him. Sean could not hear them over the hum of the engine. He knew, however, the conversation had to be about him. Marcia would occasionally glance back at Sean. Yes, they’re definitely talking about me.

Sean turned his attention back to the water. Robbie and I came here to find wives. I can never have kids now. Can I have sex? If I can’t, what do I need a wife for? I’ll kill those bastards for what they did to me. But who are they? It wasn’t Sonny and Marcia, but who? Sean felt the tears welling up in his eyes again. Maybe I should end it all right now. Just lean over the rail. One second and I’ll be in the water. Let the fish and crabs have me. Take a deep breath of the salty water. I’ll be out like a light. No more worries . . . no more pain . . . no more problems.


A few miles away from the Bayfront, Sean’s best friend, Robbie, lay in a bed, out cold for several days now. His breathing was slow and steady. His face was flushed and a cool damp washcloth was across his forehead. He had not moved a major muscle since he was ambushed and brought here. His eyes twitched from time to time as if he were dreaming, but that was all.

“Why won’t he wake up, Mother?”

“I don’t know. They must have hit him awful hard for him to stay out this long.”

“Is he going to die?”

“He may very well if he doesn’t wake up soon.”

Twenty years after the chaos began, Robbie and Sean leave home for the first time to find wives. What they find is the ruthless, Sandra Hawkins, dictator of Corpus Christi and a world unlike anything they have seen. It is a life and death struggle to survive until they can devise a plan to escape.
Larry Landgraf was born and raised in the swamp country of the Guadalupe River delta along the Texas Gulf Coast. He is an ex-commercial fisherman, an ex-contractor, and now after a death-defying on the job injury, he has turned to writing. He never planned on becoming an author, just something which fell into his lap when he woke up one morning with a story in his head and started writing.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A fun read and a wild ride!
By lupinfield on January 25, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Into Spring is an exciting, action-packed adventure as two young men who grew up innocent and isolated in Peaceful Valley meet the new world order that has developed since the grid shut down. What has become of us?! Not what you'd expect... A fun read and a wild ride!

I loved this story!
This is a great continuation of the story started in volume one "Into Autumn". This review is spoiler free as they all are.
"Into Spring" is a more polished book, it feels smoother than the first book. This is not to detract from the first book in the least. Larry continues keeping POV really clean, something I greatly appreciate. His character development is first rate, the people mature in a normal fashion. Settings and action are well balanced with dialog and narration is good. Larry’s pacing is relaxed and enjoyable. Certain parts of the book impacted me mightily, my eyes were even sweating a little bit towards the end.
This book does quite well as a stand-alone novel. The reading experience will be much more rewarding if you read Into Autumn first.
More good news! Larry is working on the next installment already.
I found two minor errors that will in no way detract from pure reading pleasure.
Into Spring gets 5 STARS!  by M. Schultz

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Into Spring is book 2 of the continuing epic saga of Peaceful Valley. It is the sequel to Into Autumn (book 1). Into Winter is in progress and will be followed by Into Summer to complete the Four Seasons series.

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