-Three Nights Ago-
Ring. Ring. Ring.
“Hello?” Eurus asked. Giggling came through the other line. Eurus froze.
“Hello?” she asked again. “Who is this? Hello? Hello?” Only one message came through loud and clear.
“Each night as you sleep, I destroy the world.”
Then the line went dead. Eurus stared at the phone as the color drained from her face. She’s heard that voice before.
Eurus made another call.
“Hello?” Angus asked.
“She’s back,” she said. There was a pause on the other line.
“You can’t be serious,” he said in a low voice.
“I am,” she said. There was another pause over the phone.
“Want to meet up in the morning?” Angus asked.
“Yes,” Eurus said.
“The usual place?” he asked.
“Yes,” she said again. “Goodbye.” The boss hung up with a trembling hand. If this was what she thought it was, they were going to need back-up. Eurus turned to her computer. It didn’t need to be a long message either.
“The Hell Mouth is calling again. Be ready to fight them off. Contact me ASAP.”
The boss lady hit send.
Eurus sat alone at her usual table. She looked at her pocket watch. She would have to check her email tonight. The woman looked at her phone. There had been no calls as of late. But still…
“Can I get you anything?” the waiter asked.
“Just some black tea,” Eurus said. “With a little bit of honey.” The waiter wrote down her order and went into the back. The woman had to keep it together. So far her employees didn’t know how serious things were about to get. Until now, the Hell Mouth in the park hadn’t been active. Something was drawing it Bristol to open.
Her phone buzzed in her purse. Eurus froze and looked down at her bag. It couldn’t be making another call that soon. What if it was Angus? The vibrating stopped. Eurus pulled out her phone.
One missed call.
She looked up to see the door open. Angus walked in through the café. Eurus shoved away her phone as he looked around for her. Eurus put up her arm in a wave. The therapist turned and spotted her. He walked over and sat down in front of her.
“Morning,” Angus said in a low voice.
“Good morning,” Eurus said back. The waiter came back with her tea.
“Thank you,” she whispered. Angus held up his hand.
“Can I get a coffee please?” he asked.
“Yes, sir,” the waiter said. He turned and walked back to the counter. The therapist turned back to his old friend.
“Have you gotten anymore calls lately?” he asked. Eurus hesitated at first.
“Well…” she began. She took out her phone and showed it to Angus. He looked down at the screen.
“This was this morning,” he said. The therapist lifted his head. “Have you listened to it yet?” Eurus shook her head.
“Well why have you not?” he asked.
“Because you walked in,” she said. “I have not had a chance to look yet.”
“Okay, okay,” Angus said. “Let’s have a listen.” Eurus reluctantly pressed play. At first came the static. Three clicks followed. Then a long pause. This could be compared to being put on hold while dealing with customer service. Angus and Eurus looked at each other. Neither one dared to speak. The silence lingered on as the waiter came back Angus’ coffee.
“Here you are,” he said.
“Shhh!” the therapist whispered. The waiter went quiet as he backed away. Eurus and Angus turned back to each other.
“How long is this message?” he mouthed at her. Eurus shook her head. At first came the giggling. Giggling that lasted about five minutes. The therapist and the boss sat looking pale. Neither one could speak.
That’s when they heard the new message.
“Time to come with me now! I can see you. Each night as you sleep, I destroy the world.” The line went dead. Eurus and Angus didn’t speak at first.
“Did you hear anything else?” she asked. He nodded once. She knew that she wasn’t going to like the answer to this.
“What did you hear?” Eurus asked in a whisper. He sat quiet at first. Angus slowly lowered his eyes.
“Angus?” she asked.
“It was another voice,” he said in a harsh whisper. The color drained from Eurus’ face.
“Don’t tell me…” she trailed off.
“I heard him laughing,” Angus said in a low voice. His hand trembled as he held his coffee cup. Suddenly, their phones rang. Eurus and Angus looked down. They already had a guess of who was calling them.
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