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Chapter 7: Carnival of Crows Part #6

Timmy’s father started to feel a little strange. His eye sight was blurred. He looked to his wife, she was fairing no better. All around him, the parents were acting odd as if they had been drugged.

“Louise? Get up! Something’s wrong!”

The woman flopped lazily as the drug quickly took effect. Timmy’s father could barely see around him. The Crows, they were now carrying lethal looking knives as they made their way through the aisles. People were now screaming.

Nathan lifted his wife, the man swaying; his constitution an unexpected defender of the attack on his system.

“Tim? Mother’s sick.... Have to go.....”

“Go where?” Timmy growled in a voice his father had never before seen. Nathan looked on his son now terrified by what he was seeing. The rare and expensive original costume, it had grafted itself around his son tightly.

The evil looking jack o’ lantern mask, was breathing a strange reddish orange smoke. The eyes of the mask ablaze. The costume began to expand. Timmy’s frail structure snapped and cracked; as his body altered itself to conform to the demands of its new host.

“Tim? No! What the hell are you? What have you done with my son?”

All around the three, the costumes children wore were altering their being. Timmy’s father could not believe what he could see.

“It is time for the festival of Samhain..... Of his power are we released..... Of his claim are you his for the feast.....”

The ground beneath the event tent began to crack and rumble. The falling blood from the slain parents gathered breaking an unknown seal that lies beneath.

“Samhain! he rises.....”

“Timmy? No! we have to get out of here! This is not right!”

“..... The name is Jack Lantern Jack..... Timmy is no more..... I am his being in dominated superiority.....”

Jordrain Crow advanced slowly on Nathan and his wife, as he attempted to stumble away from the grisly scene.

“No, no, no..... We can’t have you running away..... The master Samhain, he is wanting of your sacrifice; and you and your wife shall make excellent meals for our feast.....”

Nathan found himself trapped. Lantern Jack for a single moment, looked on the two adults with Timmy’s eyes.

On Jack’s calling, thorn vines burst upward from beneath. Samhain roared on the interruption of his release. The grounds began to violently quake. Thorn vines quickly ensnared the advancing Crow. The thorns bit deep injecting a poison into the freak’s blood stream. The vine crushing his bone.

Jordrain Crow crumpled to the ground motionless.

Neadra Crow screamed.

“No! Fool! Samhain will destroy us all!”

Lantern Jack ignored the words of the cannibalistic freak.

“Leave this place! Never return! Never look for me!”

Thorn vines cleared a path for Timmy’s father and mother to escape.

Tears in his eyes, Nathan did as he was told. His wife in his arms; the man fled through the carnival grounds and out into the partially filled lot, to his waiting automobile. Nobody chasing after him.

Flames carried fast on Jack’s vines. Fleeing victims and advancing Crows forced easily from his path.

The entity known as Lantern Jack, drew himself quietly into a wide breached crack. The earth beneath his feet, the vines at his beck and call; guiding him to the nearest pumpkin patch.

Samhain raged. One boy and an elemental of primordial supernatural influence had defeated him this eve. The Crows were grabbed by extensions of rock and of earth unexpectedly from beneath. Their frail crushed bodies drawn down below, where Samhain may feast of their flesh and gnaw of their bones.

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