December 19th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Twenty Part Three | Index | Chapter Twenty One Part One
A/N: Just getting the posts that were lost when the server went down back up. This week’s Haventon Post will go up on Saturday due to the problems.
Ragnar hid the car away from the road in the overgrown garden of the derelict house that he had set up as one of his safe houses. Only the cellar was intact and it wasn’t the best equipped but it was closest and he had made sure it had most things he might need in an emergency. He carried Anna and laid her on a mattress before attaching her chains securely to the ring fastened to the wall above it. Then he bolted and barricaded the door before looking down at her thoughtfully. She was still unconscious but beginning to stir.
“This is crazy,” he said to himself. “Why didn’t I leave you behind? They’ll keep looking for me and you’ll slow me down.” He knew he should cut his losses, kill her and try to flee the town – though he doubted the accursed place would let him yet. But even if he had to stay here he would be able to move faster and avoid their pursuit without her. Read the rest of this entry »
November 6th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Twenty Part Two | Index | Chapter Twenty Part Four
“What on earth!” Tanya stopped the people carrier as they turned into the street where Ragnar’s procurer lived.
“What is it?” Leisa asked.
“There’s police and an ambulance outside the procurer’s house,” Tanya replied. Read the rest of this entry »
October 30th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Twenty Part One | Index | Chapter Twenty Part Three
Ragnar grabbed the end of the pole and knocked George flying into the bannister before pulling down the ladder himself. He climbed it silenntly and peered through the hatch. There was a gaunt young woman chained to the wall at the end of the loft staring fearfully towards the hatch but there was little light in the attic. Her hair was matted and she had several cuts that had obviously been inflicted on her deliberately the main source of the blood scent, however was her fingers. She’d been prying at the point where her chains met the wall, trying to free herself. She must have been quietly working away at the crumbling mortar for days because he suspected one good tug would free her now. Read the rest of this entry »
October 23rd, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Nineteen Part Four | Index | Chapter Twenty Part Two
Ragnar swore to himself as he drove towards George’s house. He usually avoided his slave’s home just in case anyone made the exact connection that Anna had made between his victims’ disappearances and his slave. And right now it was an even more risky place to head to because they knew where George lived and Ragnar’s connection to him. But it was the closest place he might find shelter – nearer than any of his bolt holes. He needed somewhere he could get this stake out and figure out his next move before they realised where he was.
Ahead of him a traffic light turned red. Ragnar’s foot twitched towards the accelerator. He gritted his teeth and forced himself to brake instead. The last thing he needed was to attract more attention in this situation so he had to drive carefully. Read the rest of this entry »
October 16th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Nineteen Part Three | Index | Chapter Twenty Part One
David’s head was filling with a strange fog as he waited with Liam, Penny and Jason for the others to return. He closed his eyes and rested his forehead against the seat in front of him.
“Brain fog?” Penny asked softly.
David looked over at her and nodded. “I feel weird.” Read the rest of this entry »
October 9th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Nineteen Part Two | Index | Chapter Nineteen Part Four
Ragnar swore to himself again and tried to dart past Leisa into the cell. She must have come from there which meant that there was a good chance that someone else was in there taking the girls while he was distracted with this fight. That would not do.
Unfortunately she anticipated him and leapt between him and the doorway again. Over her shoulder he spotted a woman who was obviously of the same kind as his male attacker. His sharp hearing made out her tell Caroline that she was a daemon. How interesting. Daemons were less common that fairies and he still had no idea what kind she was. Not that it mattered she was stealing his girls, so he was going to kill her. Read the rest of this entry »
October 2nd, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Nineteen Part One | Index | Chapter Nineteen Part Three
Leisa leapt back as Ragnar swung at her with a knife. She slipped out of the way and flipped out one of the stakes she had tucked into her belt. His lunge overbalanced him slightly and she took full advantage of it, curving in and thrusting the stake at his heart. He threw out his arm to ward himself and managed to knock the stake down so it missed his heart by inches. Still a length of rowan through his rib cage would slow him down which was all to the good. She pushed it in a bit further before snapping it so he would not easily be able to remove it and pulling another from her belt. Read the rest of this entry »
September 25th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Eighteen Part Two | Index | Chapter Nineteen Part Two
A faint sound disturbed Ragnar’s dreams and drew him up towards wakefulness but before he fully shook of sleep something grabbed hold of him and yanked him back into the dream world. He struck out at his assailant, they were invisible in the dreamscape but as he hit home he had an impression of a black horse with flaming red eyes. A nightmare then? But why? He bore no ill will towards the fairies.
“Honoured fairy child,” he said formally even as he tried to slip back towards the real world. “Have I offended you somehow?”
She didn’t answer but her shadow wrapped around him stopping his escape, and he was vaguely aware that the sounds from the waking world were continuing. He sighed to himself. Read the rest of this entry »
September 18th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Eighteen Part One | Index | Chapter Nineteen Part One
David found it easier to track Anna when he closed his eyes. Meredith had managed to borrow a small minibus from somewhere and they were all squashed into it. Even Jason had insisted on coming along even though he couldn’t do anything. Not surprising since it was his sister in danger of course.
David’s reverie was broken as Anna’s presence in his mind floated to the left as the road curved gently right.
“We’re slipping off course,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11th, 2012 |
Start | Chapter Seventeen Part Three | Index | Chapter Eighteen Part Two
The two people who answered Liam’s appeal for help were a father and daughter team who looked human, to David’s eyes, perhaps a little too human. There was something artfully studied about their mundanity. He wouldn’t have looked twice at them in the street. Even right there face to face with them he was finding it hard to retain the details of their appearance beyond an impression of mousy hair, hazel eyes and bland features. He had a definite feeling that he might not even remember them tomorrow, except Liam apparently did.
“Oh, I’m pretty sure you will,” the young woman extended her hand to him. “I’m Brenna, you can call me Bren if you want.” As she spoke it seemed that she grew several inches and her arms and legs became unnaturally thinner and longer, her hair darkened slightly while her eyes deepened to a rich brown and her features sharpened and developed an angular cast which while not conventionally pretty was striking. So this was the real face she’d been hiding beneath the veil of mundanity. Read the rest of this entry »