Chapter 56: The Demon Speaks

Marko and the others arrived at the doorway to the security office in a panting tangle. Their eyes all went to the physician lying facedown inside the doorway. Jason was standing across the room, in front of a wall mounted control panel with his back to them. He paused, on the act of punching a code into the keypad and […]

Chapter 9: Following a Thread

With daylight beginning to fade, Detective Blackhorse revised his previous decision to go down the list of suspects in order and selected a woman at the address closest to his motel. Weariness had settled on his shoulders like a heavy cloak. The sooner he got this next interview over with the better. After sleeping all folded up in his car, […]

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: More Questions Than Answers

Marcus watched the animal control truck to pull off, with Travis drugged and unconscious in the back, chuckling to himself. Let’s see the sonofabitch get out of that one. Marcus stepped back into Travis’ house and closed the door. Now, he could take his time looking around. Travis didn’t strike him as being particularly imaginative or creative. So, Marcus headed […]

Chapter 6: The Law

Dylan stowed Rosa’s body in the basement and returned to his apartment, forcinghimself to walk slow and act normal. He scarcely had time to sit on the couch and catch his breath, before a knock sounded at his door. Dylan cursed under his breath. That would be the cops. He knew without looking, just as he knew who had called […]

Chapter 8: The First Snag

Detective Blackhorse sensed that Alice Barnhill was about to end the interview, before it even began. While he found her reticence a typical small-town reaction to a stranger, it seemed exaggerated. Was she trying to stonewall him? One look at her dilated pupils and he realized that she must have recently eaten, smoked or snorted some illicit substance. Even if […]

Chapter 55: The Body Snatcher

Marko had struggled to his feet, ignoring the nauseating wooziness making his head spin. Desperation forced him to power through the pain. He had to help the physician. The demon could not be allowed to jump onto a living body. If it stayed inside the seeker’s body, then rigor mortis would set in and slow it down. Marko had no […]

Chapter 55: The Ultimatum

It had been an exhausting afternoon filled with hard truths and tough decisions.  Dealing with Rachel’s drama had aggravated Joshua, but it also enabled him to put off dealing with his immense sense of loss. On the drive back to the nursing home, reality abruptly intruded on his thoughts.  Joshua pulled into the nearest spot on a grocery store parking […]

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