Shadow Crawlers. Part 48

Part 1, Part 47

“We found them.”
“Good, bring them in, do it carefully though. I don’t want any of the humans harmed. We’re not too sure about what exactly the boy is, so tell your men to be on the look out for any manifestations of powers. Drug the other two, don’t drug the kid if you can help it. We want the girls to trust us, not fear us.”
Good, finally they found them, took long enough. He knew no matter how it was handled, the girls would be afraid, at least for a little while. He’d show them the error in that. He was after all, saving them. Grady and Amy would soon know what they could do, he’d reveal all the lies they’d be told. They might not believe him at first, but they would. Joey was important, he’d also serve as a controller, Simon would allow them to perform any and all tests. They’d use Joey as a reward system, a few minutes to see him, play with him, here and there. Of course they’d get the child tutors and so on, it wouldn’t do if he couldn’t function in the real world some day, they had big plans for the child. They needed to move carefully, separate the child and father slowly so as to build resentment towards the father, not the company. Joey could be a powerful little tool for them. Perhaps Simon could be used to breed more of them. They’d have to test that. Find a few women willing to be inseminated, or, even better, find women already looking for donors and just change things around a little. They’d never know, all they’d have to do is stage an accident or death sometime around the child’s second birthday or so, then transfer the child to a new family. Everything was shaping up nicely.

Amy drove the car, making erratic turns. They still hadn’t decided exactly where they were headed other than “away.” Amy knew that in time Rose and Ed would help them, they just needed a little persuasion on the matter. So Amy drove, she had tried to discuss where exactly they were going only twice, both times the car had erupted in argument and so Amy decided not to bring it up again. Instead they drove with only the noise of the radio and the dull roar of the car to keep them company. They had switched cars so often that Amy had lost track. They needed to buy one, keep them off police radar, but all their contacts were hours away by now and they didn’t have the on hand cash to just walk into a car dealer, nor did they have enough to buy a second hand car somewhere. They needed more money, they hadn’t planned as well as they had thought.

Amy pulled into the hotel, everyone piled out and stretched while Amy and Grady went in to rent the rooms, a family room and a double. It seemed easiest if Rose and Ed pretended they were the parents of Joey. They returned a few moments later with two room keys. They separated off to bathe and agreed to meet in a room after half an hour.

They sat in the room, eating their take out, Ed had been sent out to fetch it. When Amy was finished, she put the container into the bin, “Right. We need to have a serious discuss, there are two things we need right now, one is to know where we’re going and the other is the lack of money. We need to get a car, we’re going to need more if we want to leave the country. I know some people who’ll be able to get us fake documents but they wont be cheap. I know everyone has different opinions on what we should be doing, but for now, we should go into hiding, wait a few days, then we can think about rescue.” Grady opened her mouth, “I know you want to stage a rescue now, but we need more information and we need some time. They’ll be looking for us now if Rose and Ed are right, they might not expect us to go to them, but they’ll sure as hell recognise us. If we hide we have time to change out appearances. It’s the safest option for us right now.”
Grady ignored Rose’s smug look, “so, suggestions?”
“Ed and I could go out and get some money.”
“How?”
“Just leave it to us.”
Amy sighed, she was worried about this. “If you’re plan is to steal it, don’t bother. We’ll be caught in no time. They’ll be looking for anything unusual and you two will stand out if you rob someone with fire and big gaping holes in the ground. We need to be more discrete. Grady and I will go out, rob a few places. We’re better at it. We won’t get much though, mostly jewellery and electronics and we don’t have the contacts to sell it, we can find them, but it will take a little longer.”
“And if you get caught?”
“We won’t be.”

“I could just burn down a bank or something. That’s subtle. They wouldn’t expect it. It’ll look like an electrical fire. No one will suspect that I-”

“No. We’d need vault access, they’ll notice that the safe was melted. It would look suspicious if the entire building is reduced to ash and molten metal.”
“I could tunnel in. Take the money, close it off behind me.”
“We don’t know if that’ll work, but it’s good thinking. They might have metal floors, can you deal with concrete?”

“Yes, I think so.”

“Ok, good, so that could work.”

They continued the discussion for another hour, finally agreeing to let Ed try and rob a bank, if it was possible, they could use the money quickly, before anyone found out. Hopefully the bank would think it was an internal matter and it would keep them off the radar. Feeling better than she had in the last few days Amy left the room, followed by Grady. They needed a good nights sleep. She stretched as she walked, trying to get the kinks out of her back, she enjoyed driving, but she had been hunched over the damn wheel all day. They entered their room and headed for bed without saying anything. Neither noticed the van that had arrived in the parking lot, nor had they noticed the man smoking outside a room, why would they? As they walked past his gaze slid over them, he didn’t pay them any mind, and they in turn, ignored him, after all, no cars had been following them, not once, and they were tired now, they just wanted to get to bed.

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About Alan James Keogh

I am a 24 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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