DARKNESS IS YOUR ONLY FRIEND
A room full of books.
You can feel them with your fingertips.
But you can’t see a single word.
Your senses are sensitized.
Every single noise is amplified.
But you can’t see light.
You are blind.
In a world full of color.
Your fingertips lead you.
Your senses guide you.
Darkness is your only friend.
Oasis, Florida is a vacation paradise
with red rose bushes and calm blue waters.
At night evil walks the streets,
turning the beautiful roses to black.
THE DEAD GAME BY SUSANNE LEIST
THE DEAD GAME — DAY 104
After Linda and David were gone, Todd quietly asked Sam, “Is everything under control? Can we keep this contained, with everything else that has happened? People are getting too suspicious. This last killing has raised questions about vampires.”
“I’ll keep it contained…I have no other choice. Maybe someone from our group has turned. This has to involve more than one person. This time bite marks have been left behind on a body fully drained of blood. The culprits are either getting more careless, or else they are leaving behind clues because they want to be found out. It’s getting harder and harder to cover up the bodies.”
“I’d like to find the guilty party before Diane’s next meeting. We must deal with this situation quickly and quietly,” said Todd.
He decided that this was a good time to update Sam of recent events in town. He pulled Sam away from the other police officers who were busy examining the crime scene. He began, “I almost lost Linda this week! She was attacked in the ocean. I wasn’t able to identify the swimmer, since he was wearing a wet suit with a mask. He looked tall and muscular. Unfortunately, this description fits most of the men from town, except for Carl, who is much too skinny. In addition, her store had been almost destroyed by an earthquake-like force, but there had been no earthquake or tremor of any kind in town that day.”
Sam was shocked to hear of these new developments. “This situation is growing worse by the day. Shana also had a life-threatening incident. In the middle of the night I found her balanced on the ledge of the church’s tower…looking like she was about to jump off. Only after I shouted her name a few times did she finally notice me and move away from the edge. Afterward, she claimed that she’d been hypnotized. I don’t understand how she could’ve been hypnotized if I’d been with her the whole evening…just outside her bedroom door where she’d been sleeping….”
“I agree. It had to be someone with great powers, who was able to hypnotize someone against their will, and from a good distance. If he’s from the splinter group, then this will continue to grow worse—unless we stop them for good.”
Todd continued, “Events in town have taken a shocking turn: becoming more unexplainable and hinting more of the supernatural. David and Mike complained about bat-like creatures attacking them on the cliff below End House, and then at Wolf’s house, we were attacked by a cave full of bats. Did you know that Wolf sits on the board of the company that owns End House? Wolf is someone we should be investigating further.”
“Oh great! This situation keeps getting sicker and sicker. Do what you have to; but don’t get too close to Linda—it could get too dangerous for her.”
“What about you and Shana? Practice what you preach.”
SHANA KEPT TURNING OVER
CARDS THAT REVEALED DEATH.
NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES
SHE DEALT HER HAND OF CARDS.
THE RESULTS WERE ALWAYS THE SAME.
THE DEAD GAME.
THE FULL MOON
WITH A FULL MOON,
COMES EVIL IN ITS
THE DEAD BODY ON THE BEACH
THIS WAS THE FIRST BODY THAT
WAS FOUND IN OASIS.
IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF
A DARK TIME FOR THE TOWN.
NOT KNOWING WHO TO TRUST,
THEY TRUSTED NO ONE—
NOT EVEN EACH OTHER.
THE DEAD GAME
SHOULD WE CLIMB UP OR GO DOWN?
EITHER CHOICE ENDS UP WITH US DEAD.
MIGHT AS WELL ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES
WHEN WE CAN.
THE DEAD GAME HAS BEGUN.
SHOULD WE DANCE ALL NIGHT?
WE WILL DANCE AND DANCE
WHILE THE EVIL GATHERS AROUND US.
READY TO STRIKE AT ANY TIME.
END HOUSE AT OASIS
EVIL CAN SPARKLE AT TIMES.
IT CAN DECEIVE AND MISDIRECT.