Chapter 13: Door Number One

Deidre felt riveted to the spot, wanting to move but unable to tear her eyes away from the shambling freak of nature. The bat-like brutes which had crawled across the ceiling of the dungeon her first night of captivity had been sleek and powerfully built. This pathetic malformed thing with its sickly pallor and unsteady gait managed to seem both […]

Chapter 12: Into the Fire

Completely alone for the first time since her abduction, Deidra let down her guard and surrendered to grief. Great heaving sobs racked her body, until the well of tears ran dry. Gradually, the crying jag subsided. She quieted down enough to hear footsteps enter the sitting room, on the other side of the wall. Were they looking for her already? […]

Chapter 11: Secret Passages

Vincent’s panicked shrieking for help with Caitlyn roused the entire house. Terrified women in their nightgowns cracked open bedroom doors up and down the corridor. Deidra hurried past them, averting her eyes from all the curious stares and glares. Before she could reach the staircase, four men came thundering up the steps. For one panicked second, she imagined they were […]

Chapter 10: The Ultimate Sacrifice

Caitlyn went to her vanity table, pulled back the chair and slipped a hand under the table’s decorative front lip and retrieved a small, concealed object. Deidra was curious and cautiously excited. What could it be? Caitlyn smiled and walked back over to Deidra with her hands behind her back, indicating with an incline of her head that Deidra should […]

Chapter 9: Killer Confession

Caitlyn continued to scream hysterically, until Diedra slapped her across the face. The effect was instantaneous. Caitlyn looked dazed and then came to her senses. She started to speak, then looked back over Deidra’s shoulder towards the bathroom mirror and her knees buckled. Deidra caught Caitlyn and walked her over to the bed, supporting her weight and then easing her […]

Chapter 8: Shock and Horror

Deidra felt like a rat in a trap.  At any given moment, Caitlyn would succeed in breaking  down the door.  No one was coming to help.  Out of desperation, Deidra started talking aloud to her.  If she could somehow talk some sense into Caitlyn, it might buy Deidra enough time to escape. She stepped back over to the door. “Caityln […]

Chapter 7: Changeling

Deidra was surprised to learn that her assignment wasn’t over. Caitlyn said only that she would need help, when she returned. Deidra busied herself straightening up the room and cleaning the bathroom. Vincent dropped off a bologna sandwich, carrot sticks and bottled water for Deidra. She finished her dinner and used her fingers to gather up all of the crumbs. […]

Chapter 6: Terrible Choice

Cold water dashed in Deidra’s unconscious face, soaking her clothes. She came to coughing and sputtering, her vision swimming into focus on Heather’s laughing face. For a few merciful seconds, Deidra had forgotten what transpired. Then she regained all senses and the memory came flooding back. With an anguished cry, Deidra struggled to her feet, determined to help her friend. […]

Chapter 5: Unprovoked Attack

The group sat staring in abject horror at the speed at which the winged creature flew out over their heads and dove towards Jim. It felt surreal to Deidra. She couldn’t tear her eyes away from the hideous creature, taking in the massive wingspan of the veined dun colored leathery wings. The woman on the bench beside her shrieked, momentarily […]

Chapter 4: Asking For Trouble

Jim refused to quiet down. All attempts to warn him off of his reckless behavior only seemed to rile him up even more. Deidra shook turned her back and set to work shoveling clumps of blood soaked dirt into waiting wheelbarrows. The other five prisoners followed suit, working in silence punctuated by Jim’s griping. Heather walked past the group, shooting […]

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