Billy Part 25 - Dark Shadows

2008


Hughie waited in the courtyard of Staibey Nayes. He watched from the encroaching darkness as the workmen switched off the lights inside the building they were working in and made their way home. The smallest of the three buildings, although still dimly lit, was surrounded by such darkness that Hughie was reluctant to get any closer.

He had seen the two men -- the ones Elizabeth had asked him to keep his an eye on -- enter the building earlier. He needed to discover what the mysterious object was that they had in their possession. Hughie gathered all his courage together and entered the building.

The dark shadows completely filled the barren interior, hissing as Hughie passed by. Several flew through him, screeching horribly. Their continued screaming echoed within him, as if some of their particles had somehow lodged themselves within his presence. He pushed on. He wasn’t going to let Elizabeth or the Living down; they needed him.

After what seemed like hours, Hughie broke through the darkness into the room where Davie Blade and Linus Howell were located. Both men were whispering excitedly, encouraged furiously, unbeknown to them, by the dark shadows. Hughie watched as they peered into a small metal urn on the workbench before them.

Valiantly, Hughie continued past the screeching gargoyles and moved into the centre of the room to take a look over the hunched shoulders of the two men. He didn’t know what to expect, but he was genuinely surprised to discover that all the fuss was over a simple pebble. Then something clicked and he remembered exactly what it was he was looking at!

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  • At 30 March 2010 at 14:17, Anonymous Melissa said…

    What? What's he looking at! :D Suspense! I love this: "Several flew through him, screeching horribly. Their continued screaming echoed within him, as if some of their particles had somehow lodged themselves within his presence. He pushed on." I could feel it myself. And I love the idea of the dark shadows encouraging Davie and Linus -- goes right along with what Hughie was telling Peg in the prior scene. Well done!

     
  • At 3 April 2010 at 12:01, Blogger Miladysa said…

    I got the idea from "dark feelings". You know, you're going along getting on with your life and then *poof* there they are - niggling in the pit of your stomach. I tend to shine a bright internal torch in there,

    "Ah...there you are you little b*ggers -- naff off!"

     

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