Shadow Crawlers. Part 15.

As I said last week, the titles have now been changed! Hope everyone had a good week, still sick. it’s extremely annoying but it’ll go eventually.

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Part 1, Part 14

“You’ll have to wear something nice and act normal.” “I do act normal.” “Ok, just try and relax. It’s fine if you’re a little off, you’re supposed to be rich after all, but be really nice to everyone.” Brett left, Rose stood in her room, looking at the clothes, trying to pick something to wear, it had to be glamorous but not too fancy. She shuffled through everything until she settled on a skirt and short sleeved t-shirt, she added a necklace and a bracelet. Rose looked at herself in the mirror, perfect. She went down to the kitchen, Brett was eating a sandwich. “Are you ready?” “I think so.” “Ok, let me just finish this and we’ll go.”

Brett drove and just before the road he stopped the car and they switched places. “Ok, I think today you’re just gonna wave at them. I can answer some questions and set it up for them to meet you properly.” Rose sat in the driver’s seat, after a moment of adjusting, she started to drive.

Rose sat in the car, waiting until Brett was inside, when the door opened Brett smiled at Amy, “really sorry, forgot my keys.” “That’s ok.” The car horn honked and Rose waved enthusiastically, Brett waved back. “Who’s that?” “Just this girl I started seeing.” “Is it serious?” “I’m not sure really. I like her and we’re just seeing where it goes.” Brett stepped inside, Amy followed him, asking any and every question she could think of. When she grew bored and wandered off, Brett was tired but pleased. He had set everything up pretty well. He wasn’t sure about some of his answers, but Amy didn’t seem put off by anything he said.

Simon hadn’t been sleeping well, not since he had met Rose and Brett. When he could sleep, it was always filled with weird and strange dreams. He dreaded what they might have to do. He could remember his past lives, but it was like they were all a dreams, they didn’t seem quite real. He could barely believe that he had been like that, so remorseless, craving death and cold. He needed to relax himself now and then, but it was never done against people. Usually he’d go on a hike and then freeze something like a tree, maybe an animal. It was soothing and he didn’t feel the guilt he felt with killing humans. He hadn’t killed intentionally since his body was twelve. There had been an accident or two, but he tried not to blame himself for it. He would have to leave Mandy and Joey for a few days, maybe a week and there was no guarantee that he’d be able to return. Not with the powers that it had. Brett had seemed genuinely worried about it escaping, if Brett thought it would happen, it would. Simon suddenly shivered, he was so very cold, after a second, it stopped. He frowned, that was strange. He had felt a slight chill occasionally when Joey used his powers, but it was never that bad. He got out of bed, wondering what had happened. Mandy was still asleep. He went through the house quietly and eased open Joey’s door. Inside the entire room was covered in ice. Joey was in his bed, thrashing and moaning. Simon sighed, the bad dreams were getting worse. Simon looked at the ice for a moment, enjoying the cold that emanated from the walls, then it started to fade. It didn’t melt, there was no dripping water, it seemed to just disappear. When the room was clear of ice it was still cold, but it would heat up soon enough. Simon went over to Joey and gently shook him, waking him from his nightmare.

It had been the same one, the one he always had. Some strange man trying to take him away. It had happened just over a year ago. Someone had tried to take Joey while Mandy was shopping, luring him away with sweets. They told him not to talk to strangers, but apparently the man had been hanging around the area and had been slowly talking to Joey, building up trust. The man had grabbed Joey’s hand and started leading him through the store, claiming they were going to Mandy. Joey started to panic in the parking lot, he started struggling and the man had hit him across the face. The parking lot had been empty of people and there had been no one to stop the man, but luckily, no one would see what happened next. Joey started to cry, loud braying sobs, he was so scared, the man bent and picked up Joey and began to shove him into a car. It happened so quickly. One second he was being shoved into the car, trying to fight back, the next it all stopped. He kept struggling and fell to the ground with a thud. The man was standing at the door, a scowl plastered across his frozen face. Joey had run then, run back into the store, away from the monster. Mandy had been looking for Joey frantically, as the message played over the loudspeakers. Joey had run up to her, screaming and crying. He told her that the man had tried to take him and then he disappeared. The police had found the man, dead, beside his car. Simon never found out what the autopsy said, but he didn’t think they cared all that much. Usually, if frozen, the deaths looked like heart attacks, sometimes there was other evidence, but it was rarely followed up, his powers, like the others, had ways of protecting the user. Joey had been having this nightmare since it happened. It had been dying off, but over the last few weeks it seemed to be coming back. Simon had tried to talk to Joey about it, tell him he was safe, but he didn’t think it would help. He’d have to start teaching Joey properly soon. All Joey knew was that if he was angry at someone and felt the cold coming up he should focus on something inanimate, so that no one would get hurt. Simon thought that Joey would feel better if he had some control, knew how to attack someone if anything happened again, but he was worried about the ramifications of that kind of control. What if he killed someone over a childish argument? or a teacher for yelling at him?

Joey settled down after a few minutes and went back to sleep, Simon always looked after Joey when he was having his nightmares. Simon wouldn’t let Mandy into the room for fear of what might happen. Mandy knew about himself and Joey’s abilities. He had told Mandy that it started to happen during his puberty, that it had just appeared. He had never expected to tell her about it, not really. They were engaged when he told her. He knew at that point she wouldn’t leave him over it, but they had been talking about having children, or rather she had. He had told her that he couldn’t have any, that the changes left him sterile, they had planned to adopt, but it came as a shock to both of them when she became pregnant. He stood outside his bedroom, wishing he hadn’t met her. It would be so much safer if had didn’t know her. He wouldn’t have had many human attachments. He wouldn’t have anything to protect or fear. He wished that he hadn’t’ gone into this body. That he could be remorseless. He gripped the doorknob, it froze beneath his touch. He needed to be ruthless, he couldn’t regret what he was going to do. It wasn’t really killing someone and even If it was, it was to save millions.

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About Alan James Keogh

I am a 26 year old writer who somehow tricked U.C.D. into giving me not only a degree in English and Classical studies, but an Hons Masters in Creative Writing too. Visit my blog where I post short stories twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) and an installment of a serialised novel on Fridays. I did consider writing this in the third person, as though it was written by someone else, but Alan is not comfortable writing in the third person as it seems kinda creepy and unbalanced so Alan decided it was probably best to write in the first person. He hopes it went well for him.
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3 Responses to Shadow Crawlers. Part 15.

  1. fminuzzi says:

    I’ve been enjoying having a new character and different point of view =) Maybe I just like him more

    • I thought the idea of him was interesting so I wanted to explore it a bit more today.

      He is more sympathetic as a character/person so liking him more wouldn’t be surprising! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Pingback: Shadows Crawlers. Part 16. | Alan James Keogh

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