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Light and Shadow

By Night All Rights Reserved ©

Horror

Light

This woman must be crazy. Prophecy, haven, apocalypse, what the hell is she talking about?

"You'll believe me as soon as you let me kill you," she said impatiently.

I almost choked on the coffee I was sipping. "Okay, I think you need to leave now." No matter how hot this chick was, I wasn't into the whole crazy business. She was obviously getting pissed. If looks could kill, I'd have been dead a thousand times over. But whatever. This chick was insane.

"I'd kill you now, but Adam says you need to die willingly."

"Riight..." I said. "The centaur from another world." I was so done with this. "Look," What was her name again? Alice, Ariel? "Alliera, was it?" Her hazel eyes bore into me. "Tell you what. You bring this Adam guy--thing--to me, and you can do whatever you want." I silently congratulated myself for my smug remark.

It was wet and cold and I was tired. My muscles ached from spending all day being tossed around the back of an ambulance. She was blocking my exit, so I made a move to push past her.

Strangely, I didn't feel anything. Weird. She must have moved aside at the last second. It was dark, and I couldn't tell.

"I don't think you want to go that way," she said from behind me.

"Whatever." I turned to give her my best smart-ass sayonara wave. When I turned back towards the street, I nearly lost my shit.

"What the fuck is that?!" I screamed like a little girl. Standing in front of me, literally inches away from my face, was a dragon. But it wasn't like a real dragon. It was a creepy, greenish ghost dragon-thing.

I nearly pissed myself.

"It's not quite the centaur you wanted, but I assume it's a fair substitute." She was the smug one now. Not wanting to turn my back on that thing, I walked backward into the recess of the alley. My hands lead me along the wet brick wall.

The only response I could give her was a whimper of pure, honest-to-god terror.

"Now if you'll excuse me," Alliera said tersely, appearing next to me without making a hint of a sound, "I believe you agreed to let me kill you."

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E_W_Hemmings: First of all, sorry this review took so long: I've had science mocks recently and then when I came to read this, I made notes to put in the review like I usually do... but then I deleted them. Well done me. As a result, this review is a bit more general than most reviews I write, but hey ho, let'...

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