Anyway, here you go:
He grabbed a plastic toy dump truck, and smashed it down on the thing, and cried out as the blow smashed the dragon’s spines deeper into his leg, but then smiled when the thing went limp, and released its grip on his leg. He shook his leg, and it fell in a bloody heap on the carpeted steps. He winced, realizing that all the blood in that heap was his own, not the creature’s. Then he noticed that one of the thing’s spines was broken off and protruding from his leg right where he had bashed it with the toy. He grabbed hold of it, and yanked it out.
That was a big mistake. No sooner was the spine removed than a spray of blood began spurting from his leg so heavy it seemed as though someone had turned on a garden hose. He realized two things in that moment. One, the artery in his leg must have been cut, and two, he probably wasn’t going to make it alive, even if he managed to get up there and wake Trevon. No one would be here in time to stop him from bleeding out. His life was coming to an end, just as Simi’s had, at the hands of his child’s dream monsters. Just as Simi’s had and also Mrs. Ingersoll’s had. He would be the third death that could be attributed to his baby boy. And that might not be all too. With the number of strange creatures filling the streets, for all he knew there might be other casualties out there if any of his other neighbors had come out of their homes to see what was going on.
All of this was happening in a sort of casual manner too. The baby was doing it in his sleep. Not even lifting a finger. He was a serial killer without even trying. What would happen after Oscar died, and his son was taken to his mother’s house to be cared for as his will specified they should do? Would his mother be able to figure what was going on when this insanity started happening in her home? How long before some dream creature took his mother’s life as well? From there, Trevon would probably go to Simi’s parents. Would he take their lives as well? And then what? Where would he go and who would die because of it?
He had thought of Trevon as being like a unstable nuke, and the comparison only seemed more apt now that Oscar’s own life had been forfeited to Trevon’s chaos. As Oscar turned to head up the stairs, brandishing the spine from the cucumber dragon and slipping in the puddles of his own life blood, he understood what his course of action had to be. He had to put an end to this madness. He had to stab his baby with that spine. He had to kill Trevon.
The minute his mind settled on his course of action, it rebelled against it. How could he kill Trevon, he was his son, his offspring? Fathers are supposed to do everything they can to help their children and keep them safe. He should be giving his life to save Trevon, not using the last seconds of his life to destroy him. Images of his son smiling, laughing, and playing flashed through his mind. He saw himself rocking Trevon to sleep, washing his hair in the bathtub, feeding him from one of those little bottles of pureed fruit, and he faltered on the top step of the stairs. He didn’t want to do it. He simply couldn’t do it.
Then another cucumber dragon crashed into him, wrapping its lithe body around his torso and squeezing. Oh, shit, he thought, I’ve waited too long. He felt the creature’s spines sliding into his flesh, puncturing muscle and organs. Blood began to pour from a dozen holes in his flesh, and his vision started going hazy. He had already lost so much blood before this new danger had arrived. He didn’t feel like he would make it the four steps to Trevon’s crib.
Blood burst out of his mouth as the dragon squeezed tighter. Oscar stumbled to his knees, catching himself on the bars of the crib. Trevon lay there, mouth wrapped around a blue pacifier, breathing slowly and peacefully. None of the chaos around him had penetrated his world. Oscar’s hearth went out to him. I’m sorry, Trevon, he thought, I love you! With his last bit of strength, he hauled himself upwards, raised the spine over his head, and plunged it downward.
Oscar fell to the carpet and came to rest in the enormous puddle of blood his body had pumped out the many holes in his flesh. The cucumber dragon that had been wrapped so tightly around his torso disappeared before he reached the ground, and Trevon’s room slowly faded to black.