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Dark Living

By Michael Mulhollon All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Horror

Chapter 1

A middle aged man in a suit and tie that is caked with mud ran through the woods almost out of breath making noises as he repeatedly ran over broken twigs and branches as they snapped beneath his feet in the darkness. A depressing voice called out into the night, “You are making this way to easy.” The man kept running as he occasionally looked back as he believed someone is behind him till he hit a tree root and he fell tumbling down a hill covered with leaves as they crunched and slid beneath his body till he reached the bottom face forward. He groaned in pain and when he looked up he saw a pair of black polished shoes before he continued looking up to see a pair of black pants, red vest and a black overcoat till he saw Crow’s pale face as he smiled revealing his fangs as he said, “Dinner time.” The man screamed in the night under a full moon.

Inside of a small mansion Carol was lying on her back in bed wearing a loose grey top and purple stockings with the curtains drawn in her bedroom as the song “Ballad of Dwight Fry” By Alice Cooper played in the background on her vinyl player. She heard the sound of one of the two large oak front doors open and close and she heard Crow call out, “Dinner will be ready in a moment!” Carol sighed and called out, “I’ll make my way down!” Crow carried the body of the man wrapped in a light brown tarp over his shoulder to what looks like an autopsy room and dropped the man’s body on the large silver table making a dull thud sound. Crow breathed heavily and whipped his brow and said, “I think you should last for the whole mouth big boy.” And he opened the tarp to reveal the man’s face full with shock as his throat was ripped apart and wet blood covered the tarp behind his head and neck. Crow stood over the counter behind him and looked over the sharp instruments ranging from a butcher’s knife to a saw and Crow said, “Hmm. Where shall we begin?” Carol came downstairs swaying and sidestepping as she went till she entered the dinning room with a large table already set up with seats for about a dozen people and she sat in the far right corner.

She sat quietly with a look of boredom as she closed her eyes and leaned back till she heard the sound of a bone saw and later a blow torch as she smiled. Crow entered the dinning room pushing a cart with a large platter on top that is covered with two clear glass pitchers with one filled with red liquid and another with water and he said, “Dinner is ready.” Carol replied depressingly, “About time.” Crow opened the cover of the platter and revealed a large chunk of meat and Carol looked at it with puzzlement and said, “What is that?” Crow replied, “Human Liver.” Carol then sat forward in her chair as she looked wide awake and said, “You’ve read my mind!” Crow took a carving knife and cut a large chunk out and sat it on Carol’s plate before he cut a piece out for himself and poured two glasses of water and two glasses of the red liquid and Carol said, “Is that his blood?” Crow replied, “Yes.” Carol said, “How does it taste?” Crow replied, “I think he drank a lot because it tastes a little like vodka.” Carol sighed and said, “No wonder you brought out water.” They ate using forks and knifes to cut up their meal as quietly enjoyed their meal till Crow said, “Did you find any new friends after what happened last time?” Carol replied, “Well I did run into this hippie group in town that seem pretty nice and I decided I’m going to try to hang out with them.” Crow said emotionless, “That’s nice.” Carol said, “A few of them are older if you want to join.” Crow said, “That’s fine, but you go on ahead.” Carol said, “It’s not a request.” Crow looked at her with his dark eyes and said, “Really?” Carol (not caring about his scary look) said, “Yeah. I see you walking around all day dusting, reading and then call random people that have a criminal history and hunt them for food. May I even repeat what you said to me to get out of the house?” Crow waved his hand at her as he looked frustrated and said, “Fine, you win.” They continued to eat silently till they finished and Carol sat back in her chair and said, “I believe you outdid yourself David. I am so full I don’t think I can get up, let alone climb up the stairs.” Crow said, “Then I guess tonight is going to be a quiet night for both of us.” He whipped the blood from his lips after he finished his glass and looked over at Carol and saw her smiling at him as her left eye glinted.

Outside in the woods surrounding the mansion and the swamp behind the mansion the crickets and other animals made noises or mating calls when suddenly the song, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” By Elvin Bishop played loudly from Carol and David’s room, as the window is open. Not long after the music started playing there is a wolf howl that also came from the mansion and the forest and swamp went suddenly quiet as there is sounds of breaking wood, smashed glass and tearing sounds as the curtains in David and Carol’s bedroom where slashed by claws of a werewolf and when the song suddenly stopped playing, as there was the sound of the needle of the vinyl player being knocked off, the animals in the forest and swamp resumed their noises or mating calls during the night.

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