I looked around to see if there was a path nearby that I could take. Suddenly a way opened up, shifting trees and its roots moved out of the way, creating a course. The first few minutes were a breeze, like I was taking a hike; Peaceful and serene, I enjoyed the smell of the greenery that surrounded us. I felt at ease. Suddenly without notice, I heard rustling from behind me. I stopped to see what it was. I realized the trail had ended where I stood, but luckily, there was a path in front of me. A voice suddenly whispered behind me,” Johnny…Help me…” It sounded like Vic. I kept walking. Victoria’s voice and the rustling behind me got louder, closer even. “Johnny, please! I need help!”. I turned around to find Victoria standing in front of me. Pale to the face, bruised in different parts of her body. She looked out of breath.
“This isn’t real…” I said as I stepped back away from the thing that looked like Victoria. I tried to reach for my gun, forgetting someone had taken it. Instead, I looked around to see if there was a rock or thick stick I could use to protect myself, coming up behind me unexpectedly. “Johnny! You get back here! You listen to your mother! You are just like your father!” Shouted what sounded like my mother. I started to feel my anxiety build from my gut to my head. They continued to scream and cry out my name. I closed my eyes and took three long inhales and exhales. It became quiet again. They disappeared as if they were haunting ghosts.
I continued my walk and stumbled upon a pile of bones. I wondered whose bones those belonged to. I looked ahead to see if I could find shelter and saw a cabin nearby. I quickly walked fast, quietly, in case there were threats. I hid behind a tree in front of the house and saw that there wasn’t anyone around. I then walked to the front door. I knocked, but no one came to the door. I turned the knob, which made a rusted squeaking noise. It was challenging to open. I had to give it a little push; dust particles swam in the air as I stumbled in, causing me to sneeze. Suddenly transparent younger versions of Victoria and Dillian and what looked like memories.
Victoria pushed Dillian off her; Dillian looked frustrated. He quickly got up, kicking a chair nearby. “When are you going to let me in?” Dillian says, looking at Victoria. He continued,” What’s changed? Now that Johnny finally noticed you, I’m nothing now?” said Dillian agitated.
“You are unbelievable! He apologized! Not that it matters to you. You and I have a history together, Dillian. I can’t forget about him like he didn’t exist, either. I’m still in love with Johnny. Us being here, without him knowing, isn’t right. So I had to lie to him”, Victoria said, walking over to the window. She continued,” I hate lying to him…Johnny thinks he caused the accident.” She expressed hugging herself. Victoria’s straight black hair ran down her back, just above her hips. Dillian embraced Victoria from behind, and the ghostly images shifted into a different time. This time, Victoria wore a military-inspired dress with broad shoulders, puffed sleeves, a masculine neckline, A-line skirt. It had minimal decorations on it. I was now featured in the image, dressed in a blue striped sack suit; my hair was slicked back with gel shining in the dim light from a lamp. A cigarette hung from my mouth. I sat on a couch with a glass of what looked like a dark brown liquor beverage. Victoria walked over to me and sat next to me. I watched what looked like myself look up from watching the ice swirl in my glass cup, clicking the glass as the ice spins. Memories of that time, flashbacks of old but what seemed like new. Newspapers and images of conversations with people from a time I once knew. Suddenly memories started to burn through what felt like a wall in my mind causing me endless days and nights of forgetfulness. But, sadly, I could now remember everything about Rebecca. Where I met her, how we ended up at my place. Rebecca ann Collins; 27 years old. Rebecca was an assistant of Rocky Ramson, the District attorney of California. The office she worked at was on Broadway.
Random small things, like how she smiled as she looked up at me while I overwhelmed her with pleasure. Moving in and out of her feminine folds. I could see an aura of energy coming off her body. Suddenly interrupted by a memory of my mother, she walked to a door in the back of the cabin. She turned the knob and walked in. After a few moments, she walked out, holding a wrapped baby in her arms. Looking down and admiring the sleeping infant. A couple walked out, embracing each other. The woman began to cry, ” Please take care of him…He’s a special boy…”, The couple left, and like a scene ending; my mother’s transparent image turned to smoke, and I was hit with a wave of intense pain, that traveled through my body. It felt like my body was splitting in half. First, my head, then my back, and lastly, my legs started warming, and a burning sensation overwhelmed me. Dropping to the ground. I screamed, letting the pain pass. Then, abruptly presented with an incredible feeling that started with my feet and traveled to the top of my head. I got up and noticed a black shadow attached to me. Like a light was shining on me, creating a permanent shadow. I walked forward, and the shadow moved forward. I looked up, and a fire had started. The cabin was nicely put together. Dust and trash weren’t there. A woman sat on one of the couches in front of the fireplace. I walked over, shadow tailing along. The woman was blonde with shoulder-length hair. She had a pointed nose, and her name suddenly revealed itself in one of my memories. ” Lilith,” I uttered the word, and she instantly looked up, smiling at me.
” Hello, Samael. My love…” Lilith says, smiling.
Memories of my past had awoken who I was; An archangel named Samael, fallen from heaven and servant of god to destroy all sinners. I understood who and why Victoria and Dillian were possessed. Adam and Eve were back for revenge. Images of a tree, a garden filled with vibrant green vegetation, and a serpent.
Eve of Grim-Chapter Eight (Part 5)
Teresa Paragani (Present day)
I woke up to the scrapping sounds of someone cooking in the kitchen. I checked my watch and saw a quarter to seven; I recognized the smell of bacon in the air, which I hadn’t had since I lived with Joey back at our parent’s place. I left my room to find Kenneth had my apartment cleaned. Trash was thrown, laundry was put in a basket, and pizza boxes and old beer cans and bottles had been tucked in the corner next to the trash can. I walked into the kitchen to find Kenneth sitting at the table with a newspaper. For a moment, I thought I saw Joey…
“Hey, good morning. I made breakfast…Just the way you like. Lightly toasted bread, light butter with a side of scrambled eggs and two slices of crispy bacon.” Kenneth says, smiling. He continued to read the paper, casually turning the pages. Kenneth reminded me of an image of a dream I had as a child. I imagined a life of simplicity, a husband, and two kids; I would be a homemaker and cater to my husband. Make love every night as the children slept in the room next to ours. Occasionally wake up to check on them. Although that dream seemed untouchable at this point, was I finally given a chance to see what it would be like, not waking up alone? Taken care of, like Joey had done when our parents died. Or was this just a small getaway from the reality of my life?
Kenneth and I met while I was on a case in Texas a few years back; our investigation clashed, and I was working with him on catching a cyber-hacker stealing information from banks across the state. A body was found, linked to the supposed hacker, an investor from a tech company.
“I haven’t had a home-cooked meal in years,” I said, poking at the bacon with a fork. But, I continued,” Have you heard anything about Detective Roe?” I asked, taking tiny bits of my toast. What was Johnny doing over there?
Kenneth looked up from his paper and placed it on the table next to his half-eaten plate. “They found him. A cave diver found him at the entrance of that one cave. What’s that camp a few hours away from here?”.
“Camp Eve…” I said, dropping the piece of toast on my plate, shocked.
“Yeah, that’s it! I got the call while you were sleeping. They took Detective Roe to the hospital. They said he looked banged up…” Kenneth says, sipping his coffee.
I quickly got up, “I should probably go check on him. You can lock up, right?” I asked, walking back to my room.
Kenneth followed behind me. “I could lock up, or you could stay, and we could have a little more fun?” He says, wrapping his arms around my waist. I could smell his after-shave. He pressed his groin up against my buttocks, grinding his engorged penis between the lining of my panties; his pants couldn’t hide the excitement growing within them. Kenneth moved his hands, sliding them inside the front of my panty. He pulled his hands out and licked his pointer and middle finger. I watched him the entire time, keeping my eyes on him finally. His hands went into my panties again, slowly moving his fingers between the slit of my pussy. I let out a moan and felt my body give into the arousal.
” Just for a few minutes…” I said as I turned around, pushing him to the bed. I jumped on top of him, straddling his hips. I pulled his pants down, wrapping my lips around his throbbing cock. Moving my mouth up and down, feeling the pulsation of his growing excitement. Kenneth placed a hand on my head, pushing it up and down. We moved into a matching rhythmic dance. Releasing his swollen cock out of my mouth, I moved my panties to the side. I pushed my hips up and angled his cock to the entrance of my warm drenched pudenda. Suddenly I noticed something different about his eyes. His eyes were filled with moving clouds. I quickly jumped off and quickly grabbed my gun. Kenneth smiled, getting up. He walked towards me. I pulled the safety off my gun and pointed it at Kenneth, ” Don’t move! What the hell are you?!” I asked, shouting.
To be continued.
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Eve Of Grim-Chapter Eight (Part One)
Detective Roe (present)
I needed to clean up and grab a couple of things before we headed for an hour-long drive. Gregory started to annoy me when we went to my place. Finally, Gregory stuck his head out from the backseat, “Might I use your bathroom?.” He asked, smiling.
Teresa had pulled an all-nighter, so she was passed out in the front seat. I slipped my black leather jacket off and laid it on her. I turned around to face him,” No, I’ll be out in a few minutes…” I said, turning back around, shaking my head. I hadn’t been home for a couple of days. I wasn’t ready for guests. But, unfortunately, I also forgot to put away some takeout. It probably smelled of rotten Chinese food.
Gregory kept making noises in the backseat, trying to get comfortable. There wasn’t enough space for his legs to stretch out. He kept kicking the back of my seat. Finally, I stepped out of the car, closing the door softly so I wouldn’t wake up Teresa. We had bonded these past few hours. I learned a few things about her that we had surprisingly in common.
I walked up the door to my apartment, and There was a note on the door. It was from Santos. It read, ” Stopped by your place to give you the information you wanted about Victoria. I left it on your kitchen table. -Santos”. I wasn’t too happy about being assigned a new partner after what happened with Vic, but Santos was a huge help, and I gave him credit for dealing with my issues.
I walked into my apartment to find the file on my kitchen table and the Chinese food I thought I would find on the counter next to my sink placed in the trash. I saw the mug that Rebecca used before she left. I regretted leaving our encounter the way I did. She didn’t deserve to die the way she did. I started to think back on how I viewed her body in the morgue; her arms and legs were pulled out of their sockets, bite marks around her face, and her right eye was pulled out; It dangled out of her eye socket. I brushed the images out of the front of my mind, getting back to what I needed to do. I walked into my bathroom and started the shower, turning it to the hot setting. I pulled off my blood-stained white t-shirt, throwing it to the ground. I slipped off my dirt-stained jeans and boots. I looked under my bandages where I was clawed by Victoria. It didn’t hurt anymore. I saw the black vines growing out of my wound, looked like they had seeped into my skin like a tattoo. Black vines ran down my arm. I could see a flower growing on one of the vines. My shoulder was healed, but my skin was scarred; three distinguished lines curved on my shoulder. I pulled down my underwear, throwing it onto my other dirty clothes with my foot.
I pulled the shower curtain open and climbed inside the mildew-stained tub. I brushed my black hair back and combed my hair, letting the water run through my hair for a few seconds. I scrubbed the dried blood off my shoulder. I stood under the hot water pouring out of the shower head, sighing in relief. Finally, I took a moment to catch my breath. Things were becoming stressful. I didn’t know what would happen; I felt like I wasn’t in control of my life. Like something supernatural was happening, I wasn’t prepared to defeat this monster, let alone by myself. I hovered my head over the water, allowing it to drip down my copper tan skin. I felt the water run down the curves of my spine. I felt calming sensations and goosebumps building.
Then a memory I have of Victoria, and I had together, right before the accident. I remember after we were done with a case involving a robbery on 3rd street. A bank teller and two civilians were killed during that heist. We finished the paperwork and decided to have drinks at my place to celebrate catching the thieves. I told her I wanted to take a shower first and let her wait in the living room while I cleaned up. Suddenly Victoria stood naked, pressed against my back. I felt her tantalizing breasts pressed against me. She held me from behind, massaging my stomach and chest. The water poured softly on her. I felt my cock hardening as I turned to face her. I looked down at her almond-brown eyes and ruby-red lips. I used my pointer and thumb to touch her lips, feeling the warmth from her breath. I then lightly touched the surface of her ass with my hand. It was soft and smooth, cool to the touch. Victoria reached down and stroked my cock, staring up at me seductively. The pressure kept building, pushing me over. I felt the warmness on my hands. Finally, I realized what had happened, Victoria had disappeared, and I was left with a mess in my hands. I washed away the cum from my hands and turned the water off. I overheard a commotion in the kitchen. It was Teresa and Gregory talking.
I hurried and dried off. I went to my bedroom. My hair was still dripping, and my towel was wrapped around my waist. I threw the towel on the bed and stood in front of my dresser, grabbing a pair of new boxer briefs. Suddenly Teresa walked in. I turned around, surprised by her invasion of my privacy. She then looked down, surprised by the sight of my naked body. Staring directly at my exposed cock.
“I am so sorry!” Teresa says, running out of my room, shutting the door behind her. She leaned on the door covering her face, embarrassed. She peeked behind her hands,” We can’t go! We got a call about another homicide related to our case. I’m sorry…again…” She said; as Gregory peaked out of the kitchen’s swinging doors, confused at what was going on, eating a piece of bread. ” Are you serious?” Teresa whispers to Gregory. Teresa walked over to Gregory shoving his head back into the kitchen, walking in with him. I heard the front door shut.
I sat down on my bed, ” another homicide?” I said as I felt my heart race, anxiety building. Victoria, what have you done?…
To be continued
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“Hello, Adam,” I muffled, releasing my mouth off from the meal of the day. I wiped my mouth with my arm—blood-covered pink lace undergarments, smiling up at Adam.
Adam looked not surprised by what he had walked in on. He dragged the bodies out of the way.”I thought we agreed we weren’t going to use our names…” Adam says, scolding me. He ripped a piece of cloth off of a corpse lying around nearby. Adam walked over, stepping over puddles of blood to get to me.
I sat crossed-legged on the hotel bed of a room we took over. Their pheromones tasted elevated. They were delicious.
I looked over at Adam as he piled the bodies in the corner.
I remember the first day we consummated our eternal love affair—lush vegetation and wildlife. Garden of Eve was our home, greenery, and nature. Adam was quite upset when god placed us in limbo. God was unreasonable. Lucy got the title of the ruler of the underworld, and we got the boot, eternal life, and hunger for blood, but that’s beside the point. I’m enjoying eternal life, and the desire for blood can sometimes be inconvenient, but we manage. There’s so much to eat here on earth. The homo-sapiens keep advancing their technologies. After emerging from the cave, we were surprised by the change.
“We need to get out of here. It’s starting to smell…” He says, breaking me from my thoughts. Adam looked at me with frustration-filled eyes and placed his hands on his hips. I remember that look when arriving at the limbo, a forest built on a scheme of hunt versus hunted. We spent the time persuading other monsters like ourselves to join our cause. Adam was becoming very good at convincing others to follow him. But he still had that same look on his face. Adam was disappointed in me.
He was right. I am impulsive. “But we just got here!” I shouted. The window shook as if a tiny earthquake had hit the room.
He looked at me in disbelief, ” We wouldn’t have to move around so much if you would stop eating!”. He complained, bursting every lightbulb on every lamp and light fixture in the room.
I broke into a crying fit, and the symbols on my body began to show and move in a wave-like motion around my body. ” You hate me, don’t you?! You wish you could get rid of me! Don’t you?!” I shouted, and the building shook. I ran towards the door, and suddenly Adam appeared in front of me, wrapping his arms around my waist and hugging me tightly. Blood stained his shirt. I continued to cry, laying my weight in his arms. My legs dangled.
” Never…I would never get rid of you…” He whispers in my ear. Adam continued, ” I’m sorry. I know I am so hard on you. But you are making it hard for me to protect you. Lucifer gave us specific instructions, and if we don’t do what he asked, we will end up back in limbo. Do you want that?” Adam asks, putting me down, cupping my cheek in his hand while keeping a hand on my waist.
“No…” I say, shaking my head. I quickly wrapped my arms around his hips. “I’m sorry too. I really can’t control myself. I need your help, Adam, I mean Dillian,” I said. Calling him a different name frustrated me. But I knew it would make him happier if I listened and did what he asked.
“I will help you. It will take getting used to. Lucifer only gave you part of your powers back because he didn’t think you could handle it. but I believe you can.” So he says, assuring me that he still had faith in me.
Adam began to kiss my cheek and then down to my neck. Then, Adam slowly moved to my shoulders. Adam pulled me into a cloud of ecstasy, “I will follow you wherever you go…I am yours always,” I said, leaning into Adam as our lips danced and twirled. Then, we moved to the blood-stained bed, a finger laid on the pillow. Adam quickly smiles and throws it to the ground. Adam placed my head on a pillow as he pulled off his shirt. I observed the curves of his new body. The roundness of his buttocks when he slipped off his pants. The bulge of his cock as his underwear hit the floor.
Adam continued by kissing my right ankle, all the way up to my thighs. Adam brought his pointer and middle finger into his mouth, wetting them as he kept eye contact with me. Next, Adam moved his two wet fingers up and down my clit, slowly teasing me. I wanted him so badly. I let out an agonizing moan, ” Do it! ” I screamed. Adam then eases his fingers inside of me. Instant wetness dripped down his arm. We traded places. Adam laid on the bed, his giant pulsating cock standing high in the air. I licked the tip of it and then down to the rim. I placed my lips around his cock; I moved up and down, moving my tongue in a circular motion. The tip of his cock hit the back of my throat as Adam held my head, pushing my head down and up, giving me direction. Using my mouth as his fuck toy, his cock slipped in and out of my mouth. We floated off the bed, hovering above the blood-stained spring mattress. The clock on the nightstand stopped ticking, and we drifted away.
I climbed on top of Adam, grinding his cock onto my clit; wetness from my feminine folds helped me move easier. Finally, Adam leaned his head back, gripping my buttocks. I knew he was building an immense amount of pressure. His hard cock, produces heat so hot as a heated iron bar held over a blazing fire. An ordinary woman would instantly die from the heat.
I gripped his cock and eased it inside of me. Images of our past lives flooded in. Drums banged rhythmically to our carnal desire. Adam and I moved as one, swaying back and forth. Adam pulled me even closer. I felt his cock deeper inside me, pushing me over the edge. An explosion of his cock filled my pussy, dripping instantly out of me. As sweat dripped off our bodies, Adam held on to me tightly.
I caught an image of what looked like me, but only eyes sunken in, breathing heavy, staring at me angrily. Then, finally, I realized it was Victoria, gripping her stomach. “Get the fuck out of my body!” She shouts, breaking Adam and my connection, dropping us onto the bed.
Suddenly a knock at the door, ” Open up! LAPD!”. Adam instantly transported us out of the hotel room seconds before the police broke down the door.
The whispers grew louder the deeper we traveled into the dark, mysterious forest. Finally, Tommy leads us to a large tree in the woods. Its black roots were giant. It stretched high like one of the buildings found in New York City. Tommy started to climb the tree’s origins; suddenly, they began to move and shuffle under as I watched him climb higher and higher. Finally, Tommy got to a formed hole. He stood in front of the hole like a controlled zombie; black vine-like tentacles shot out of the hole, pulling Tommy inside. I watched the tree instantly light up, growing another branch. Its color changed from black to red, then again to a bluish-black color. Dust particles, vibrant ruby red, floated in the air.
Suddenly, I heard movement in the trees in every direction. I hid behind one of the large black roots lying near me. Coming out of the darkness of the dense forest, Creatures I’ve never seen before. Tops of their heads were black, and their skin was gray. Their eyes were enlarged but human-like. They had broad shoulders with long torsos. I could distinguish between the males and females. They made long and high-pitched screeches. As I peeked over, I looked around, observing the creatures as they interacted with each other, rolling on the ground and growling. Razor white teeth flashed in their blackened mouths. There was an entire tribe of them.
I noticed two of them were significantly different from the rest.
The male was bigger by size, proportioned like a bodybuilder. His eyes were aquatic blue. The female also had an athletic body, with rounded buttocks and a slender waist. She had oceanic blue eyes. They were the color of the blue flowers scattered around the trees and the ground. They both had strange black symbols decorating their bodies head-to-toe. Unexpectedly, the alpha male seemed to have caught the scent of something. He growled, and the others looked up and around, hissing and growling at the air. Their screeches sounded like a broken violin being played on repeat. Long and sharp tones hit my ears, and I quickly covered them. I continued to watch them, the alpha male flexing his shoulders, thrashing around as wings grew out of his back. His Jaw ripped open as his mouth expanded with large angling teeth, and his sunken blue eyes shifted to a ruby red.
Rumbling rocks shifted above me. I spotted a youngling staring at me from the corner of my eye. Her eyes were smoking white. She hissed and growled at me, drawing attention to where I kneeled. Every one of the creatures was staring at me—eyes filled with a black abyss. I quickly ran in a direction as they began running after me. I could hear their footsteps gaining on me. I ran as fast as my legs would let me. Suddenly, distracted by the rushing footsteps behind me, surrounding me everywhere I turned. A black root appeared before me, tripping me to the ground. I turned, and the alpha female was an inch close to my face. She stared motionlessly into my eyes; I could see her nostrils flaring. She began to smell me, examining every part of my body.
“Who are you?” spoke the unfamiliar feminine voice in my head. Her lips did not move, but it was as if she were talking to me. She kept the others at a distance by hissing at them as they attempted to come closer. Uncertain of my presence. “You are not like the others. The others were filled with fear. You are neither here nor there….” Her voice in my head was intoxicating. The trees weaved left and right as the alpha male swooped in, dropping an unconscious man to the ground; He looked like a cave explorer; the harness wrapped around his waist was broken, and torn rope hung. The alpha Grabbed the alpha female and pulled her away. The man, unconscious on the ground; coughing; struggling to get up, pushing up off the ground, was shoved down by the sizeable barefoot alpha male. He was hissing and growling at him to stay down.
I recognized the man. Dill, aka Dillian Miller, from high school; he also attended the police academy with Victoria and me. We got close while we were in training. We did everything together, ate lunch, and had the same classes.
I noticed something different, and Dill started to avoid me one day. Victoria was busy with her training, and so was I. But it was like a shift of awkwardness between us. It wasn’t like Victoria, and I excluded him from anything. I was in love with Victoria, smitten. She was strong and beautiful. She was intelligent and funny. She had wits about her, which sometimes got her in trouble. But that’s why I liked her so much.
One day, after Being assigned my duties, all of his stuff was gone, and his dorm room was cleared out. I asked around to see what had happened. No one had any answers to his whereabouts. There were missing poster signs everywhere around campus and the town.
Dillian slowly lifted his head, “Johnny how?” Dillian whispered.
The alpha male creature growled, and the others shuffled away into the trees. All who was left with us was both the alpha male and female. I saw from the corner of my eye a small youngling with white eyes hidden, peeking over a giant black root.
“He is perfect…I will possess this one. You may eat his soul now. I don’t want that getting in the way…” spoke the alpha male creature to the female. He kept his eyes on Dillian. He called the female to come. She walked closer. Her footsteps never made a sound. As Dillian struggled under the alpha male’s foot, pressing down on his back, I could hear his bones cracking under pressure. The alpha female looked at Dillian and then back at me, smiling. “You are next…” she declared as she began the ritual. Dillian tried to reach his hand to me; I inched closer to him while the creatures were distracted.
“Johnny! Help me, please! Find Vic! She’s here somewhere! We fell through a pocket in one of the caverns we were exploring.” So pleaded Dillian as he struggled, even more challenging to get out. I tried to grab him, but I couldn’t. My hand just went through him like a ghost.
Victoria? Why was she here? I thought. I tried to figure out where in time I was, considering Dillian and Victoria were here. Then, I realized there was something Victoria hadn’t told me back then, was she seeing Dillian? What was she doing in a place like this?
I tried to speak, but the words wouldn’t come out. We were both shocked and confused. Then I realized the alpha female said, “You are neither here nor there…”. What did she mean? She hovered her hand over his body; strange music began to come from the blue aquatic flowers.
Vibrating rings weaved in and out in a rhythmic pattern. The alpha female moaned, breathing in and out in short breaths. I felt the ground shake under my feet. A light began to surround Dillian. Dillian’s eyes dilated. He stopped struggling and lay there stiff as a board. The light surrounding Dillian had now become a blue aquatic, liquid substance. It lifted him in the air; a ball of bright clear water surrounded him. A ball of light emerged from within Dillian; suddenly, Dillian became lifeless, floating in the ball of liquid. The alpha female slowly grabs the ball and consumes it with one bite. The Alpha male then climbs into the surrounding ball of strange liquid. The ball of once clear blue turned black, bursting instantly after. Dropping to the ground, landing feet first, the alpha male had shifted into Dillian’s body. He moved his arms and legs, ensuring the connection had been successful. “May I eat the wonderer now?” her voice rang in my head, and I knew I had to make my move now. I caught movement from above; Victoria was signaling me to run. I did as she asked, and she slowly crept in the same direction. Suddenly she slips, drawing attention to the male. He lets out his primitive call, warning us that he is on the hunt. The female followed his example, clawing her way up the rooted black tree, gaining closer to Victoria. Victoria quickly attaches a harness and rope to one of the ledges nearby. She swung down and caught up to me. We ran side by side; she looked over at me, “Hey, Johnny! Always going towards danger…” She said as we ran through the trees and blue flowers. We could hear them coming closer. I was stopped by a dead end. Victoria looked around, squinting to see any openings up above. Suddenly Victoria is thrown into the wall by the female, then Dillian walks out from the darkness of the trees.
“Victoria!” my voice shook the ground, then suddenly the female lets go of Victoria, she then surrounded Victoria in a ball of the same strange liquid ball. I had to act fast. As I ran towards them, Dillian then stopped me with an invisible wall. Victoria began to glow like Dillian had before the male possessed him. I pounded the invisible wall as hard as I could. Victoria looked like she was drowning in a floating ball of water. She punched and kicked the walls trying to get out but failed each time. Finally, the female jumps in the floating ball with Victoria as she tries to escape. The female then grabs Victoria, hugging her. Suddenly the ball turned black, instantly dropping to the ground, exploding; the strange black liquid ran under my feet. Victoria stood up from the ground; a deep dark abyss filled her eyes. Victoria smiled at me.
Dillian asks Victoria, “Have you connected to the vessel?” He asked, caressing her cheek. Victoria looks up at him slowly, placing her hand on his chest. They both looked at each other tenderly, then back at me. Suddenly I felt everything shake and become hazy.
Was this a forgotten memory? I struggled with figuring out what happened to Victoria. Finally, everything began to dissipate, and I fell to the ground, the ground collapsed, and I entered a dark hole. I started to shiver from an unexpected coldness. I hovered in the air for a few seconds, trying to see if I could see anything. A ball of light appeared before me. It was warm. I stared into the ball, catching a version of myself staring into a mirror. I touched the ball of light, shooting me up and out of the darkness.
I returned to the sound of a roaring toilet flushing from a few stalls away. I stood in front of the mirror, drenched in sweat. A middle-aged-shaggy-haired man with surf shorts and a lab badge on; his loud sticky flip-flops stepped out of the stall, surprised to see me. He looked awkwardly at the sweat dripping down my face. “Woo, dude…you are drenched….” He said, nodding as he washed his hands. The man smelled of heavy weed and suntan lotion.
“Yeah, hangover…” I say, trying to catch my breath. I gave him a thumbs-up, indicating I was okay. He walked out, and I overheard Teresa talking to him.
I quickly wiped away the sweat, stepping out into the hallway. I stepped out, accidently running into Teresa. I gripped her waist, catching her. ” Were you about to come into the men’s restroom?” I asked Teresa, amused by her impatience.
Teresa pushed my hands off her. “Where the fuck have you been?! You’ve been gone for over three hours”, Teresa shouted, annoyed.
She continued. “Gregory found something. You have to see this! What were you doing in there anyway? Taking a poop?” She asked jokingly.
“Yeah, shitting…I rather not explain. Can we just go see what he found without you asking a million questions?”. I said as I followed behind Teresa back to where Gregory was. I was uncertain whether or not to share; what I went through a few moments ago. It felt like I was only gone for a few minutes. Three hours had come and gone. How long was I standing there? Was I even standing there? I had so many questions. What were Vic and Dillian doing down there? The creatures, where did they come from?
Teresa rolled her eyes at me, ” Fine.” She says, leading me to Gregory.
We walked in to find the body of one of the victim’s chest cavities cut open, revealing glowing blue aquatic flowers with black vines. “I’ve seen these,” I said as I looked down at Teresa’s face, her eyes wide at the flora growing out of the decomposing body.
” What do you mean, you’ve seen these?” Teresa asked. Both Gregory and Teresa looked at me, puzzled by the news.
” It’s hard to explain, but we must return to Camp Eve,” I stated, looking back at the beautifully arranged flora. I looked up at the wall clock; it read quarter to 10. “I’ll call Detective Santos to join us. I had him help me with some research. I hope he found something useful.” I said to Teresa. We thanked Gregory for his assistance. As we began to walk out, Gregory stopped us abruptly. “Would it be too troubling if I tagged along? I can have my assistant take over for a couple hours? I promise to not get in the way. Perhaps I could assist in the case? I do have inciteful knowledge in decomposition, like did you know? Taphonomy is from the Greek word Taphos, meaning Tomb?” He asked, smiling. Teresa giggled, amused by Gregory’s fascination and eagerness to join our journey. I let out an annoyed sigh,” I guess, just don’t talk too much…” I said, walking out. Gregory quickly slipped off his lab jacket and grabbed his shoulder bag.
We walked into the elevators, and it was clear that Gregory was excited, “How exhilarating…” He says, expressing his anticipation. Teresa smiled at him, amused.
I looked at both of them, annoyed,” I already regret the decision…” I said, letting out a sigh.