They were huddled in the church, being attacked on all sides. Supernatural creatures were threatening to take over their town. How could they escape this last round of horrors?
The whole building rumbled and shook. Oh no! Lightning hit the building. Mike watched the ceiling crumble and bricks fall from the walls onto the ground. A strange sound hummed from the outside, becoming louder and louder. He could hear distinct flapping noises. The tall windows around the room abruptly shattered.
Swarms of flying creatures crashed through the glass. They were circling above them. They were big, black, and furry. Oh, God! Mike shivered. They were bats. No, something was off about them. They were much too big to be bats.
The creatures swooped down at them. They had human faces. Human faces on big furry bodies. It was as if the gates of hell had opened up and released the worst creatures into their world. They continued to fly down at them, over and over again, with their sharp claws extended, grabbing at them.
“Run! I’ll vanquish her again!” the Father called out.
Mike grimaced. We are all doomed if we have to rely on the Father and his unreliable spells.
The winds have taken their victims.
Tree limbs are scattered across the grass.
A quiet descends upon the land.
Animals begin to peek out from
their hiding places.
Birds begin to chirp in unison,
happy to be free again.
The earth regenerates itself,
preparing for the new day.
Soon the sun will shine.
The clouds will clear.
And all will be right
with the world once more.
THE DEAD GAME — DAY 105
By Wednesday morning the town was back to normal: stores were bustling with activity; people could be seen walking and jogging.
Todd slept every night at Linda’s house, driving her to and from work every day. Each night, Sam continued his careful watch over Shana while she slept peacefully. Deputy Carl had stayed only one night with Mike and David, claiming that he hadn’t been able to handle their constant bickering.
Linda was sitting alone at her counter; staring into space, sad over David finding a dead body on the beach. She couldn’t understand how one town could be cursed with so many bizarre events and suspicious deaths.
Shana hurried in, all excited. “We should see how Louise is doing today. I haven’t heard from her since she returned from the dead.” She looked at Linda’s sad expression and the dejected slump of her shoulders and asked, “Are you okay? You look awful—”
“Thanks…I’m fine,” Linda assured her. “I’m worried about Tom and Edward…and now the dead woman on the beach…”
“We can’t do anything to help the woman anymore, but we can still try to locate Tom and Edward. They could have run away…or maybe they were just frightened away. First we must figure out who was behind the awful party. We can begin with Louise and see what she knows—I’m positive that she knows much more than she’s telling.”
Determined to shake off her sad mood, she gave Shana a timid smile. “Okay. I’ll follow you…as always. Lead away.”
Linda locked her book shop before they walked across the street. They entered Louise’s store and were surprised to find it empty of any customers. And Louise wasn’t anywhere to be found.
“This is pretty strange. She’s never left the front desk unattended before…” said Shana while searching for any sign of Louise. Clothes were strewn across the counter—as if she’d run out in the middle of a transaction.
“She did seem different after the accident…I hope she’s all right.” A cold wind whipped past Linda just as Louise ran over to them from the back of the store. She seemed harried and upset, not her usual chatty self.
“I’m sorry, but I’m leaving for the day. Could we get together another time?”
“Sure, as long as you are okay…” Linda wondered why she’d felt the sudden chill just as Louise had appeared—almost as if she carried a cold presence with her. Maybe she was now the walking dead. She shuddered while
scolding herself for having such ridiculous thoughts. She wasn’t going to share that one even with Shana, who was the queen of weird thoughts.
“I’m just fine,” replied Louise, ushering them out of her store.
They found themselves back across the street in Linda’s bookstore, without any new leads from Louise.
“All I wanted to know was if Louise had remembered anything from that night. I’ve never liked her too much anyway,” said Shana.
“I don’t like the way she’d hurried us out of her store. Maybe we should stay away from her permanently.”
“We could try getting information from another source. We’ve never asked Shirley, Hank, or Minnie and Frank what they thought about the party.”
“There are all so secretive, but it’s worth a try.”
“We can interview them tomorrow.”
THE STORM IS COMING CLOSER.
TAKE SHELTER IN THE CHURCH.
BEFORE THE DEAD ARRIVE.
THE STEEP DROP FROM END HOUSE
ONCE YOU’VE ENTERED THE HOUSE,
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY OUT.
THE JAGGED ROCKS ARE BEATEN BY
THE RAGING WAVES OF THE OCEAN.
YOU DON’T WANT TO JOIN THEM.
THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
NIGHT IS APPROACHING.
THE STREETS WON’T BE SAFE.
DARK SHADOWS AND FIERCE WINDS
WILL ATTACK ALL WHO DARE TO WALK
THE STREETS OF OASIS AT NIGHT.
ENJOY WHATEVER PEACE
YOU MIGHT FIND NOW.
LATER ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE.
BEWARE OF THE DEAD.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE TOO DEAD TO DIE?
YES IT IS.
THAT IS, IF YOU’RE ALREADY ONE OF THE DEAD.
THEY ARE STRONGER THAN YOUR EVERYDAY VAMPIRE.
THEIR LEADER IS THE EPITOME OF EVIL.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO RUN INTO THEM AT NIGHT.
OASIS IS THEIR NEW PLAYGROUND.
THE DEAD GAME
IT’S SO DARK IN THIS ROOM.
WHERE ARE THE LIGHTS?
WHAT ARE THOSE FLAPPING SOUNDS?
HERE’S THE LIGHT!
BATS ARE HANGING FROM THE CEILING!
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THEM.
THEY’RE BEGINNING TO MOVE.
LET’S GET OUT OF THIS HOUSE OF HORRORS!
THE DEAD TAKE NO PRISONERS
CLOWNS WERE CHASING HER.
THE KNIFE THROWER THREW KNIVES AT HER.
SHE RAN INTO A TENT.
THE FLOOR BEGAN TO SPIN AROUND AND AROUND.
THERE WAS NOTHING TO GRAB HOLD OF.
IT SPUN FASTER AND FASTER.
SHE PRAYED THAT IT WAS ONLY A NIGHTMARE
AND THEN THE FLOOR COLLAPSED.
THE DEAD LOVE GAMES.
SAD AND ALONE?
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE.
DON’T WALK ALONE.
FIND SOMEONE TO WALK WITH YOU
WHEN LIFE THROWS US A CURVE,
WE JUST PICK OURSELVES UP
AND BEGIN AGAIN.
WE COULD ALWAYS USE MORE LIGHT IN OUR LIVES.
AT TIMES, WHEN DAYS ARE DARK AND GLOOMY,
WE COULD USE A LITTLE LIGHT TO LEAD OUR WAY.
WHEN HOPE IS LOST AND GONE,
WE COULD USE SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO.
IT COULD BE A PERSON, A SONG, A SCENE…
OR IT COULD JUST BE A RAY OF HOPE.