Although I was still sitting on my sofa, everything around me had changed. The room was dark and full of writhing whispering shadows. Objects floated before me, indistinguishable at first, and then one by one, they came into focus. I was back under the bridge, lying on the ground, dying! I watched the life trickle away from me. A man lay dying next to his truck, moaning, clinging to life. A dark shadow crossed his face and he breathed no more. I saw a woman standing by a grave, crying. I knew it was his wife. A little girl held her hand, her face full of grief.
“No, stop I can’t watch this.” I yelled.
“Hush be still, I’m here.” Jeff whispered. I looked at him, he seemed to glow. He looked strong.
A cold harsh laugh pierced the darkness of the room. “Who dares to call me?”
Jeff spoke, and although I heard his gentle calming voice, I knew not what he said. It sounded like a prayer, but in a language I’d never heard.
“Go away, you can’t hurt me with your mumbling.”
Jeff continued to chant. Objects flew towards us and I cowered, my hands in front of my face, but nothing reached us. Some hidden force field protected us. Jeff continued to chant.
The voice of the Dark Angel laughed, shrieking. “You’ll never escape me, until I’m done with you. I kept you alive. You ungrateful bitch.”
“I’d rather be dead than owe you anything.” I shouted, trying to be brave.
“Oh I want to pleasure myself a little longer, you haven’t suffered enough yet,” the evil voice responded.
Jeff continued to chant. We were in the eye of a storm in my own home. I saw things I didn’t want to see. People writhing in pain, world-wide disasters. Were these visions things that had already happened, or a preview of what was yet to come. I grew dizzy……..the phone rang.
Everything stopped moving. Jeff stopped chanting. The dark fog that filled the room faded away.
“Answer the phone,” Jeff said, as thought nothing had happened.
“The phone, answer it, it’s the vicar!”
I picked up the phone. “Lucy, I think I’ve found someone to help us with your problem. Can you take the day off work tomorrow. I think we’re running out of time.”
I gulped, “Yes, I’ll call in sick.”
I put the phone down and looked at Jeff, who was packing his canvas bag. How did he know who was calling?
“What the hell just happened?” I asked.
“We’ve begun our fight against the evil that haunts you. We have quite the battle on our hands. It seems you owe it your life.”
I looked around me, everything was still neatly in place. No sign of the chaos I’d just witnessed, except a scattering of dark feathers on the rug. Jeff followed my gaze and walked over to them. “We have to keep working at this. Whenever you see a dark feather, burn it. It weakens her.”
He gathered the feathers, counting them as he did so. There were seven. He dropped them in the sink and put a match to them. The odor they emitted as they burned smelled of decaying flesh. I covered my mouth and nose while Jeff washed away the ashes.
“Please will you stay with me tonight?” I asked.”I’m scared!”
Jeff smiled, “I’m moving in for a while, it’s not safe for you to be alone anymore.”
My first novel, Dead of July, is available on Amazon and Smashwords, see the links below.
Coming soon, a new short story by Sandra Thompson – Fire and Darkness – more info to follow soon.