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are you going, now?” Kassie
Tom asked Colin, who was readying a bag. “I thought you didn’t trust
me to stay here a minute longer.”
don’t,” he said, turning to her. He pushed back his short hair and shifted
his jacket. “Which is why you won’t be able to get out.”
paused. “Not able?”
Colin finished. “The doors will all be locked from the outside.”
nodded. “I guess I deserve that.”
Colin started. “You deserve much more. I’m letting you off lightly. But
you know that as soon as I let you go, everything – and everyone – will
nodded again. She scratched her head, her dry scalp itching due to the
polyester wig she was wearing.
opened the door, exited, and then closed it behind him. Kassie could hear
the door locking as keys shuffled and metal clinked.
gone…” Kassie muttered to herself. She waited a minute after everything
has seemeed calm, and she jotted to the exit door. She tried to open it,
but it was stuck. Locked.
Kassie said, backing away. She whacked the door with her shoulder, but
all she managed to open was a wound. “Ow… That hurt.” Realizing she needed
to get out, she turned to the back and tried to open the back door.
was there. A small, helpless child stuck in the back of a shack.
fact that he left him locked away made her sick.
to open,” Kassie said, grabbing the door’s handled. She turned it and
not really. She wanted it to open.
Kassie said, hitting the door. Just them, she heard crying. It didn’t
sound like he was hungry or tired. He was crying out for someone.
coming!” Kassie cried out, looking around for something to open the door.
Noah’s wailing cuts through her making her want to stop hearing for just
a minute. She got her quivering hands on a crowbar and wedged it in the
she grunted, pushing the bar. A slight cracking sound could be heard.
She took it out and started hitting the knob. Quickly, she replaced the
bar and trusted her entire weight on it.
Presence Memorial Hospital
my God…” Darla Tom gasped, covering her mouth. “This can’t be true.”
Wyndham nodded. “I’m afraid so. You have been diagnosed with… well, I
could give the technical term, but it simple terms: uterine cancer.”
nodded, looking tough. “I see that…”
Donavon came around and put his arm around her. “Don’t you worry. This
will be treated,” Patrick looked up at the doctor, “right?”
course,” Dr. Wyndham said, smiling. “Concerns regarding the pregnancy
you had gone through were stated on your charts.”
was because of the baby?” Darla asked.
Wyndham nodded. “I’m sure your doctor in San Francisco told you of the
risks. When your charts was transferred here, he had mentioned it.”
nodded again. “Y-Yes… I… I just figured because of the technology these
days, nothing could go wrong. I figured it was a scare tactic.”
they are serious,” he said, flipping her chart. “People at your age normally
don’t give birth. Due to age and body condition, usually trouble form.
In your uterus, a few cells had become malignant—in other words, bad—and
it had spread.”
her own mind, Darla felt as if she were going to explode. Thoughts were
pouring in all over, and she couldn’t process them.
had happened to her.
know: You read the magazines and you see it on TV. “Woman get cancer;”
“Man dies of colon cancer;” “Cure for cancer far away.” Everyone think
it couldn’t happen to him or her.
she listened to Dr. Wyndham, her chest felt compressed. Breathing was
a chore, and seeing straight a luxury.
need you to stay here,” the doctor continued. “We’ll need to start treatment
immediately. Chances are you could have had the malignance since you were
With Noah?” Darla moaned. “No… Please… Does this mean he’ll get it, too?”
Wyndham paused. “It increases his risk dramatically. The baby develops
in the uterus. And if there were abnormalities, then Noah’s chances a
grabs Darla, and gives her a light hug. He rested her head on his shoulder,
and she didn’t cry. She wasn’t going to do it.
will be alright,” Patrick promised, rubbing her back.
breathed a breath. “I hope so,” she quivered. “I just pray I’m not being
punished for having Noah with another man.”
couldn’t respond to that. He just hoped for better days ahead.
wing; Room #1; John’s room
after Iris Torres had left, Henderson came into his room to arrange his
clothing. “Mr. King? Why are you packing?”
looked up at the friendly servant. “I’m taking a small daytrip back to
my mayoral duties.”
looked surprised. “But, sir. Muriel and the cook have prepared a special
lunch for the entire family. Constance requested it, and she was hoping
you, Adam, Julian, and Mitchel were to attend.”
did?” John asked. He loosened his tie, and thought about staying. I mean,
there were dozens of other men and women holding down the fort. “Sure,
I’ll stay. No problem.”
soon as he left, John readied himself.
new?” Adam King asked, exasperated by having to stay here with his family.
“You actually expected John to be on time?”
face reddened. “I left him a note. And I sent Muriel.”
been extremely busy,” Julian popped in. “She and the cook have been working
then, “No worries, madam.” Henderson came into the dining room with a
bottle of expensive-looking champagne. “John will be here momentarily.”
fell back into his seat, and observed the seating arrangement. He was
sited on a tableside, with his moth to his left. Julian sat directly diagonal
from him on the opposite side of the table, with John sitting beside him.
this lovely?” Constance asked, trying to be pleasant with her husband
and the arrival of her not-so-saintly son. “We need to do this more often.”
we need bamboo shoots under our fingernails,” Adam muttered. “I had some
plans today.” And it wasn’t a lie. He had planned to take Gillian Evans
home from the guesthouse, and they would both go to Iris’ home. After
they had seen her exit John’s room, they needed answers.
John would have them.
everyone!” came John’s boisterous voice, cutting through Adam’s thoughts.
“Ahh… I see we’re all here… except the new kid. Where’s Mitchel?”
looked coldly over to Julian. “Speak to your father. The ass scared the
boy, and he ran off somewhere.”
the plan is working, thought Julian to himself. He will soon do
anything I want…
sat down beside his father. “You know what this table’s missing?” he asked.
“That little venomous hussy. Poison.”
turned to his son. “Don’t speak about your sister that way,” he scowled.
“Ivy is in Ireland.”
riddance,” Adam cued him, and Constance smiled. The girl had never warmed
up with her mother. They were like enemies.
as Muriel began to bring out the appetizers, Henderson came rushing in.
“Sir. It’s the phone.”
is it?” Julian asked.
daughter, sir. She’s calling from Ireland.”
of the devil,” John popped.
looked around. “Isn’t this wonderful?”
Adam and Constance said nothing.
turned back to Henderson. “Please, Henderson, put her on local speakerphone.
We’ll all have a chat with her.
saw a disappointed look on John’s face. When John and Poison Ivy had been
younger, they always had a rivalry going on. It started off innocently
enough when they were young, but it became fierce when they were older.
They fought over their father’s affections. They always wanted to be the
favorite. John must have thought he was in the clear, coming this year.
on the other hand, didn’t try and attract his father. He was the middle
child, wedged between two rivals. He mostly bonded with his mother, and
they both protected each other from—for lack of a better word—the “evil”
side of the family.
could hear the speakerphone system click on, and they knew they were connected.
Evans opened the door to her home, and threw her purse to the floor. She
had been disappointed that Adam had decided to stay at the mansion, but
she could find out what was up with Iris on her own.
back to the floor, she picked up her thrown purse. She opened it up, and
saw the baggie on cocaine.
Gillian muttered. “I never thought this could have been you. Why?” Replacing
it, Gillian breathed deeply, crossed the living room, and entered her
kitchen. “I need something sweet.”
minutes, she had opened the wrapper of a Twix bar. Unlike many other women
she knew, she wasn’t concerned with calories or weight. She always had
then, the doorbell rang. She bit the last bite on the first Twix stick,
and placed it on the kitchen table. She went back her original route,
and swung the door open. “Oh!”
Gillian,” Iris cooed, stepping inside. “You were at the mansion today.
nodded. “Yes. We’re both very worried about you. You seem to be acting
strangely. We wanted to help.”
don’t!” Iris said pointedly. “I don’t need help. It’s just that… There
have been a lot of big things going on. I’d rather not talk about them.”
moved up to her friend. “Please… I can help.”
she said defensively. “Listen… I don’t want to be judged by you. I don’t
want you looking at me, and pitying me. I would rather be in hell than
live like that.”
backed off. “Okay… Then I’ll tell you what I’ve found…”
came up to her, and grabbed her neck. “No! I want you, and that man who
thinks he loves me—Adam—to leave me alone. I’ve had enough of all of this.
I have new goals. And they don’t involved either of you!”
Evans continued to pester Brooke Wright while she was waiting table at
the Beach Hut. She would wait for her to come back behind the bar to serve
to meet me a Natural Exposure in a few days,” Addy said, smiling. Her
red hair reflected her intensity to Brooke.
looked at her. Since she was so much more youthful, Addy’s age shone through.
“Why am I wasting my time there, again?”
sighed. “It’s a project I’m working on.”
Brooke poured a customer a drink. “I have a bad feeling about everything
that’s going on. Everything is just too weird. You know what I mean?”
remembered making the wish for Gillian to loose faith in Giovanni. It
was on a crystal hand, and a finger bent back. “I guess things have been
nodded. “I mean, I pretended to make love to Giovanni. What the
hell is up with that? I didn’t even remember doing it!”
know what?” Brooke asked, leaning over to Addy. “I don’t feel going about
everything. I just get shivers…”
across the room, an elderly woman sat at a table sipping an exotic drink.
It was Cassandra. “You’re right,” she said. “And Addy’s wish will have
been the cause of what’s to come.”
a room in the Beach Hut, the woman who had been tied up had managed to
get out into the hallway. She spotted the courtesy phone hanging in the
hallway, and thanked God.
got over to it quickly, and dialed a number!
Mateo Consuelos grunted as his hit someone coming up the steps to his
home. “Who are—?” He stopped when he saw her face. “Brianna Huber? Back
from the dead!”
looked dead serious. She didn’t even crack a smile to his over exaggeration.
just like to saw how sorry I am,” Mateo said affectionately. “Even thought
I was possessed my a demon from Hell, I’d like to apologize for my actions.”
without skipping a beat, pulled him out from the doorway and to the side
of the house. “Where have you been?”
looked around curiously. “I’ve been with Father McMurdy… Why are we here?”
Skye won’t see or hear us… Now, why were you at the church? Does he know?”
nodded. “I think as soon as the ravens attacked guests at your funeral
and blood covered your casket, he was confident.”
sighed. “What a horrible mess.”
telling me!” Mateo insisted. “You were just with her, right? Well, I seem
to have fathered her child. A human-demon-human-demon hybrid thing. That’s
Brianna said, intensely. “We need to do something.”
past,” Brianna said, with a strange focus. “We need to get to Skye’s past.”
Skye Lore was completely unaware of what was going on outside. She was
standing in front of a mirror, admiring her enlarging stomach.
knew one moment of passion in February could produce something so wonderful,”
she said, he voice filled with awe. “It’s amazing.”
a small kick could be seen.
Skye said, smiling. “That was some kick. This is going to be a very strong
baby. A very… powerful child…”
Julian started. “Can you hear us?”
course,” came her cool, collected, rather youthful voice. “I have to admit
I wasn’t expecting the speakerphone treatment.”
one spoke, so Julian started again. “How’s school?”
she replied. “Not the best, but I know you’ll be pleased by my term grades.”
smiled. “That’s my girl. When can we expect you back home?”
the term’s done. My marks still hinge on my exams, so I’m not completely
in the clear. Most likely in May.”
cleared his throat. “Hello.”
hi,” came Ivy’s voice. “I wouldn’t have thought you’d still be living
at home. With your parents. It seems both my brothers can’t take care
lifted her hand to Adam, making signal to not get defensive about her
comments. It’s what she wanted.
have you been doing?” John asked carefully.
cleared her throat. “School work, and visiting friends. The people are
very nice here—”
know you’ve been up to something,” John continued. “You can’t pull this
school crap on me. You have definitely been up to something.”
this!” Julian insisted. “Please… We’re have lunch.”
leaned over to his mother. “To tell the truth, I hope she is up to something.
Then John or I could expose it, and she’d finally be tarnished in father’s
shook her head. “Julian always makes up excuses, and you end up being
you can be sure John won’t stop pestering her,” Adam concluded. “Poison’s
always up to something, and it will be found out. And we will never make
her forget it.”
stumbled in, went through the center of the room, and threw open the curtains.
She saw Noah curled up in some fabric. She scooped him up, and turned
back out. Bringing the crowbar, and made her way to the front door.
Noah in her arms, she gave him a light kiss on his cheek. He squirmed.
“We’re getting outta here,” Kassie promised. She got to work.
was free. She was actually free!
the door open with her foot, she walked down the stepped. The bright sun
caused her to squint, and the warm air filled her lungs. She stepped carefully
on the wooden dock. She could hear waves crashing to the coast.
going home…” Kassie said, whispering into Noah’s ear. She looked at him
in his eyes. He looked different, likely due to not seeming him in a while.
“I love you. Little brother.”
came Colin’s voice from behind her.
turned around and screamed. “No!”
grabbed her arm, and pulled her to him. “You crazy bitch… I said
that I would let you go, but you just had to do this, didn’t you?”
out, Colin slapped her across the face.
Kassie said, stumbling back. Her foot catching in a wooden plank, her
grip on Noah loosened, and she dropped him.
waited for the thump of him hitting the dock, but it never came.
was a splash.
Kassie screamed, moving to the edge of the dock. She saw him floating
on the surface, luckily bundled in cloth. But it was dangerous.
got up, and turned to Colin. “You bastard! You cold hearted, no-good,
sickening, filthy, son of a bitch!!” Taking a breath, she punched him
in the nose.
Wyndham has left into his office, so both Patrick and Darla were left
alone in the hospital waiting room.
long will it take to book a room?” asked Darla, trying desperately to
change the topic.
eyed her. He was beyond surprised at how were she was holding together
in the situation. “I don’t know. Anytime I’ve even been in a hospital,
I’ve been unconscious.”
smiled lightly. “I need to ask you something.”
came up to her. He saw a small opening of vulnerability in her face and
heard it in her voice. “What is it?”
eyes sinking, and her lips quivering, she went halfway to breaking down.
“I want to see Kassie,” she pleaded. “I do… Please. Is she okay?” She
carefully wiped away tears.
worry about her,” Patrick insisted. “I have called the police, and they
are on her case. Just worry about yourself. Kassie, whatever situation
she’s in, can take care of herself.”
nodded, wiping away another tear. “You’ve always been so good to her,”
she said, looking at him fondly. “You know that. And for the entire time
you’ve been with her, I am eternally grateful. You’re a good man.”
gave her a hug. “Don’t you go getting me started,” he said humorously.
“I hate crying.”
pulled away. “Always the tough one, aren’t you?” Darla smiled, her mood
brightening slightly. “I meant every word.”
opened his mouth, but his phone rang. He took it out, and looked at the
display. “It’s the police.”
attention was peaked. “About Darla?”
think so,” Patrick stated, slightly unsure. “We’ll see…”
came up to him, and looked intently at his focused face. She knew this
was the man to find her daughter.
walked to finally sit down at a table. She passed many customers, most
of whom were vacationers. They ordered exotic drinks, and even had their
suitcases with them.
they were right beside a beautiful beach. As you walked along the beach,
it would keep getting progressively rockier. But this was a prime location.
came a familiar voice.
turned to a woman sitting at a table. “Cassandra! How did you get here?”
looked at her. “I walked, stupid.”
can’t believe my wish actually came true,” Addy gushed. “And nothing’s
Addy questioned. “What do you mean?”
looked at her. “You know that last night, when Gillian went to see Giovanni,
they were supposed to come back together. That was how the universe had
it didn’t happen,” Addy said.
Cassandra said, “but you’ve changed the future a bit. And not in a good
looked at her. “What do you mean? Changed how?”
smiled, and laughed. “You have actually brought death to two people close
to you!” she snickered. “You have doomed two people you know!
Location, Anywhere in the World
young woman had just been paid to sleep with a man. Nothing in the world
could compare to doing something so humiliating and disgraceful.
she needed the money, and no one in town would hire a teenager.
for sex. It was a sick fact where she lived.
the entire time, she thought of a happy place. A place where she could
be with her mother and sister. A place where she didn’t need to do things
will be get into Skye’s past?” Mateo asked, looking around, obviously
paranoid that Skye would spot them.
remembered from the day before, and she explained the scenes to Mateo…
“No!” Skye screamed, curling up. “Don’t beat me… Please!”
“What…?” Brianna muttered, turning to her. “Calm down… What are you…?”
continued to scream. “No! No! I don’t want to be a part of ‘Imediatos
Placeres Servicios!’ I quit. I want to quit!”
in Skye’s eyes, you could tell this was no demon speaking,” Brianna continued.
“It was the actually person, and a memory had been triggered. A small,
but important memory.”
nodded. “Maybe that could help what me and Father McMurdy need to do.”
that?” Brianna asked curiously.
know the baby, right?” Mateo explained. “Well, as soon as it’s born, there
will be horror.”
nodded. “Well, we have plenty of time, do we not? She got pregnant during
the winter. That means a fall birth.”
shook his head. “No. It will be born this spring or summer. The gestation
period has been reduced.”
turned away. “Dammit! Okay, okay… We need some quick planning. Okay… I
will look into ‘Imediatos Placeres Servicios.’
The place that Skye said she no longer wanted to be a part of. And you
have the great luck of reading her diary. We need anything. Got it?”
Mateo said. “Anything.”
eyes him carefully, her dark hair and skin reflecting her intensity into
his eyes. “We can’t fail. We need this.”
go of me!” Gillian screamed. “I know what’s wrong with you! You’re on
stopped her attack. “So?”
could be your problem,” Gillian continued. “Drugs. It could account for
your sudden behavior change.”
laughed. “That is only half of it.”
they both stared each other down, the telephone rang.
get it,” Gillian said, “seeing as thought it’s my house.” She walked a
few feet to her phone a picked it up. “Hello?”
was a pause, but she could hear panicked breathing.
is this?” Gillian continued, looking back up at Iris.
came the voice. It was familiar. Eerily familiar. “Please help me!”
is it?” Iris demanded from the doorway.
shook her head. “You sound familiar. Please… Tell me who you are. What’s
Iris!” came the voice. It was Iris’ voice. “Please. I need you to come.”
paused. “Is this a joke?”
is it?” Iris repeated, getting angry.
Don’t you know my voice?” came the woman’s voice again, and there was
no mistaking it. “Help!” It was Iris.
remained frozen. Her red hair down over the phone receiver, she raised
her panicked eyes to Iris standing in the doorway. Her breath quickened.
was going on?
came Iris. “Please…”
is on the phone?” came Iris, approaching her.
made no sense. No sense whatsoever.