Jake came up running, barely recognizing that the figure he had collided with was not only still on the ground, but its right arm had come off and one of its legs was at an impossible angle behind its back. He danced around the dismembered mannequin and sprinted up the steps to the side door, slammed the key home and dove through the door, slamming and locking it behind him.
At some point he had entered hill country, and each time he rolled over one of the looming hills his hopes for any variation in the scenery were crushed. He mumbled improvised prayers to whoever was listening to help him find some place where he could stop for a while, maybe get a meal from a good Samaritan, and be on his way renewed for the last leg of his journey.
There were things there. A huge umbrella with a giant mouth and tongue hopping on a human leg. A red colored demon with one horn wearing only a fur loincloth. One was an actual human, or so he thought until the woman her head detached from its body to float above the others tied back to the body by dripping entrails. They were holding torches staring him up and down and walking up close.
At the thought of food, Shane’s gut roiled again. He leaned forward to the silver wastebasket that he suspected the hotel staff would never get clean, and waited. The moment passed, but he knew it was just biding its time, taking a little siesta in his liver or kidneys.
Billy’d died, so he was out. Two left. I couldn’t see what’d killed him, not until I flipped him over. A deep stab wound at the base of the skull, ripped sideways to create a ragged flap. God only knows what she’d done it with. His needle was missing. Shit. Billy made four; Jane wasn’t fucking around.
Thanks to the weather, the park was nearly abandoned spare for a few park service workers. The bold stripes of the lighthouse loomed over menacingly, black and white spiraling upward until they disappeared in the clouds. I relished the first few flights once I got inside, stopping only to glance out the windows at each landing into the downpour that seemed to be getting only worse.