Misty Streets

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Interlude 3: a ball.

A boy runs into the road after a ball and comes face to face with a massive SUV. Kiernan MacBaird’s powers manifest, but will it be enough to save the child?

Later, Kiernan hangs out with his brother, watching the Celtics soccer match on TV until he is haunted by the terrible cries from the past, and a threat from the present.

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Chapter 2

After a strange encounter with a girl on a bus, Kiernan is more perturbed than ever. His day continues to spiral when he sees things that couldn’t be real. But something tells him it’s more than just a drug-induced flashback…

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Interlude 2

Kiernan must make a choice that may change the very course of his life. In a dream about the angel Janet, he perceives three paths before him and must make a choice.

Janet shows him a terrible fate that awaits him, and urges him to be strong. When Kiernan asks to see her murderer, she shows him a horrible creature that disturbs him to his very core…

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Chapter 1

Kiernan meets with someone who talks to him about the strange circumstances surrounding his brother’s street. Have these horrible types of murders happened before? Is his brother’s wife’s death only one in a long string of murders in the area? Kiernan questions the death of Janet and turns to someone for advice, someone who may have more answers than he lets on…

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Interlude 1

Kiernan conducts his own investigation into the death of Janet. He checks in with an old friend to discover Maeve’s current wherabouts. He uncovers terrible atrocities committed in the neighborhood where Brodie MacBaird and Janet lived.

When the police officer in charge of the homicide brushes off Kiernan’s findings, he is convinced that there is more going on…

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Kiernan MacBaird thought he had escaped his old life to start a new one. He had no idea how much of his life would change when he moved to be closer to his family in Chicago. A new job, a new crush, a new apartment… but something tragic opens his eyes to a reality he never knew existed.

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Chapter 4 Full

So, you step into what on the outside looked like a small cottage coverd in moss. As you walk in the room you feel dizzy for a moment, and as you get your bearings you see that you’re in a very large indoor garden. Complete with a fountain in the center shooting water about ten feet in the air. Onehorn is carrying your brother off to another room, and Lisa is trying to lead you in that direction while helping carry your mother.

“A bit… out of place…” He squints an eye at the fountain like he’s trying to see if it’s real.

Onehorn grins at you, “The ladies love it.”

“What happens if they wake up here?” Kiernan asks softly.

“There’s a normal looking room over here we can put them in until we figure out what to do.”

“I mean… mum would be so scared to see this and Brodie.. I don’t know what he’d do.”

And true to his word as Onehorn opens a door it opens into a perfectly normal looking living room. Onehorn gently puts your brother down on a couch and goes and lights a fire in the fireplace.

“I appreciate this…” He says to Onehorn as he puts his mother on a recliner.

“Any friend of Lisa’s is a friend of mine. They should be OK in here… I’ll have Neville let me know if they wake up.” He says before walking back out into the garden.

“We can’t hide forever,” he says to Lisa quietly.

“No… I was just hoping to buy us some time til we figure out what’s going on.”

“I mean, I can’t… you, you don’t have to deal with this mess,” he adds.

“Well, I kinda do, but even if I didn’t I wouldn’t want you trying to deal with this on your own.”

she yawns “irregardless… we should get some rest while we’re here and figure out what to do once we’ve gotten some sleep.  I’ m exhausted.”

The use of irregardless totally doesn’t bother you in the slightest, sounds perfectly correct You’re pretty sure it just means without lack of regard.

Lisa walks out into the garden, “Hey Horn, you got any food, I’m starving”

Yeah, he’ll close the door behind him. He is trying to not know too much about crazytown.

As you walk out, you smell a very distinct smell coming from the garden… http://cornerstork.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/marijuana-leaf.jpg

He seems relieved.

Lisa is walking towards a small grassy hill in the garden where you see Onehorn sitting with a pipe in his mouth as you approach you find a veritable feast of Funyuns and microwaved burritos

He’ll kind of walk around the hill before approaching them, just to make sure there’s no creepy shit nearby.

It’s a very beautiful garden, there are some plants there you don’t recognize but other than that you don’t notice anything out of place

Onehorn clears his throat “Please help yourself… now care to tell me what’s happening?”

“There’s a bloody ghost in my mum’s house,” he states matter-of-factly. “And I don’t know what it wants or why it wants ta hurt them so much.”

Lisa: ””And Kevin here was getting attacked by a Bhargest for some reason and his family was put under some sleep enchantment” Onehorn looks blankly at Lisa and she responds “It’s like… a devil dog” He nods and looks over at you. “Is that from the dog?”  He gestures at your wound

Kiernan nods and holds his arm close to his body to keep pressure against his ribs. “Yeah.”

He stands up “Wait here… I’ll be right back”

“I’m not gonna turn into a werewolf or sumthin’, am I?” He sighs.

Lisa laughs for a second “That’s not how werewolves are made”

“When two werewolves really love each other, eh?” He grits his teeth as he lowers himself to the ground slowly.

“Actually… that’s not too far from the truth”

He looks at her, wondering if she’s messing with him, and decides it doesn’t matter either way.

“You OK?”

“Rough week,” he clears his throat and considers Onehorn’s pipe…

She may be messing with you, you’re not really sure, assuuming werewolves even exist Onehorn comes back with a very bizarre looking fruit

He doesn’t say anything, but starts looking for an escape casually.

He pulls out a knife and slices the fruit into four slices and hands them to you “That should help with the injury”

“What is it? Medicine?”

He nods “Very potent, can only be grown here”

He considers Onehorn, and decides he can probably trust him, and eats the fruit.

Much to your surprise it’s delicious It has a mild flavor with a honey aftertaste The pain from your wound deadens to a dull ache

“You’ll still need some rest, but that should help with the healing process”

“You could make a fair quid off that stuff,” he puts a hand on his wound, relieved from much of the pain.

“Chicago is a bit dangerous these days…” he says absently, but in jest

Onehorn stands up “I need to do a few things, you are welcome to rest here as long as you’d like, there’s some sleeping bags if you’d like in that bag over there”

“Thanks… that’ll do fine,” he smiles earnestly at Onehorn.

He smiles at the both of you and wanders off leaving you alone with Lisa. Lisa walks over to the duffel bag and pulls out two sleeping bags.

“Odd sort of bloke,” he says absently as he unrolls the bag. “Must be hard for him.”

“It’s not so bad, well, considering where he came from” “Night Kevin, I’m sure in the morning things won’t seem as bad”

“Things aren’t as bad. Everyone’s alive,” he points out as he rolls up under the blanket. “That’s good enough for tonight.”

The tranquility of the garden soon puts you to sleep, and you sleep very well that night.  Not a single nightmare.

Any shexxxy dreams? Only about Maury Povich  

You wake up the next morning and you can see through a window that it’s now light outside

When Lisa sees you up she grins… “Who’s Maury?”

“Maury,” he starts off slowly. “Maury is my power animal. Gives me strength in times of woe.” He grins.

“Yeah… and Onehorn farts rainbows

“He does?” He looks amazed!

She stretches and looks thoughtful for a moment, “Actually it wouldn’t surprise me if he could pull of a trick like that” “Aww, look at that!” She walks over to a wilting flower and kneels in front of it She fiddles with her earring and speaks something that sounds like gibberish… but green sparkles fall from her outstretched hand onto the flower and it perks up and begins to open.

“A flower?” He looks down at it without much interest.

“There, all better!’

He just hmms to himself.

“Did you read that book I gave you?”

“The one about the sci-fi show?”


“I saw a bit of it once, it’s not really my kinda show though,” he shrugs.

“What are you talking about?  And you call me nutters…”

“People who travel to other worlds or sumthin’, live in Atlantis or sumthin’ right? What about it?” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_Atlantis

She looks at you… “Well, you’re part right, but I’m not talking about that part 

“Did you read about the nitty gritty, you know, magic?”

“Uh?” He rolls his eyes upward, trying to remember. “I don’t think I got to that bit.”

“OK… well.  I’ll give you the reader’s digest version” “Magic is divided into different, what we call, Arcana” “Each of these Arcana represents a way in which we can change the  world around us” “I for example, am mostl skilled in the life Arcana, which is how I healed that flower, and your scar”

“Oh, and what about the duggy and the nailpolish?”

“That was the spirit arcana… I basically exorcised it that thing.  The nailpolish was run of the mill holy water”

“You’re a priest…” he adds, “-ess?” and looks a bit confused.

“So, what can YOU do?  What have you done? She laughs “Not quite, got that stuff from a catholic church, never know when it will come in handy”

“What do you mean, what can I do?”

“I’m more like… a wicca I guess”

“if you want to lump me in with something” “Well, you’ve used some magic right?  What weird has been happening around you?”

“I saw your hands go green,” he scratches the back of his head awkwardly. “And the bus was green.”

“For example… have you maybe been able to tell what was going to happen before it happened?” “All mages can see other mages magic… just all of ours looks different”

“I work in an office, I don’t, you know… do this sort of thing,” he shrugs.

“OK well… have things moved around you without you touching them? “Seen things that shouldn’t be there?  Feel like you can read peoples minds?  Any of this rining a bell?”

“Oh shite, what time is it?” He realizes he left his watch with his stuff at the house. “Is today a weekend?” “I work in an office,” he says stubbornly. “Or I hope I still do…”

“OK, seriously, I’m getting tired of this shit.  I’m trying to help you, work with me here” “You’re telling me you haven’t experienced anything unusual besides last nights events?”

“You might be able to make money grow from magical fairy trees, but I can’t,” he folds his arms over his chest defensively.

“Not all magic is flashy, usually the more powerful stuff is subtle”

“Right, so, I don’t know what it is in your book, but I heard a girl think something about me,” he remembers Pam thinking he was cute one day.

“There we go, that’s a start.  Anything else happen like that?  Like you hear what people are saying without the saying anything?”

“I heard it, in my head, and so, what is that then?” He frowns.

“There’s an arcana called Mind” “It can allow you to read peoples thoughts, or even influence their thoughts and actions”

“Yea, no words or nuthin’, they just turn away and I hear things that I swear I didn’t think up myself.”

“It’s like those old dracula movies, ya know, where he’s like “Come to me” (she does so in her best Dracula impression) and even the girl doesn’t want to she walks up to him anyways

He thinks about it for a moment, and smiles just a bit before saying, “No, I don’t think I can do that.”

“Here, try it, what am I thinking right now?”

You get the oddest mental image… of Onehorn lifting a leg and farting rainbows

He rubs his forehead. “Rainbows…”

She giggls and claps happily “I think we’ve figured out one of them!”  

“What do you mean one?” His eyes widen. “I think that’s all I have.”

She shrugs “Maybe… but maybe the others haven’t manifested yet”

You just remembed that kid you saved from the SUV… maybe you weren’t just seeing things

“One time, I thought I saw … well, I thought I pushed a kid, well.. ” he turns around for a moment, recollecting his thoughts of the kid and the SUV.

”... you pushed a kid?”

“Yeah,” he turns back to Lisa. “I think I pushed a kid away from a car before it hit him, but I didn’t move. I donno how to explain it.”

She looks thoughtful “Did you actually like, push him, or was he suddenly somewhere else?”

“I wanted to push him out of the way,” he thinks about it. “But he just… it was like a flash.. and everything stopped.. and then he was standin’ over there on the sidewalk and everything was back again,” he trails off. ” I donno, I’m sorry.”

“It’s fine… I wish I knew more, but that sounds like it could be forces or space… I have an idea” “Try it again, try to move Onehorn’s pipe somewhere” She puts Onehorns pipe on top of a tree stump

“Oh, well, sure…”

Where do you try to move it to?

He’d first think of holding it, since he misses it. ;P

It’s suddenly not on the stump anymore but resting comfortably in your hand “Wow, good job!”

He holds it up and looks it over.

“That’s impressive, two out of two on your first try!” It looks exactly the same, still packed even “I think that’s Space magic”

“Space… you and sci-fi, girly,” he smiles.

She smiles back “Not like outerspace… it’s more like spatial relationships between objects”

“Sounds complicated.”

“Yeah… it does…. HEY, I got an idea!” “We might be able to figure out what’s wrong with you mom and brother”

“You think so?”

She nods “If we work together I think we might be able to”

“Let’s go to the room where they’re sleeping”

“I don’t really know the rules for this stuff,” he protests weakly. But follows her. “Don’t you know someone else who’s good at this shite?” he whispers as they walk into the room.

“You’ll find it gets easiier the more you do it…” “Yes… that I trust?  Not nessecarily”

“Oh, so you trust me, eh?” He smiles and then kneels down in front of his brother. “What about Onehorn?”

“You seem like an OK fellow” “His magic is… different” “He doesn’t talk about it much, but from what I can tell it has something to do with making deals”

“Loan shark?”

Your thoughts go to the 100$ bill in yoru pocket “Hah, well it’s weird.  More like… if he wants the water to water his garden, he makes some kind of pact with it”

He looks down at the bill oddly and stuffs it deeper in his pocket.

“As far as I can tell every kind of magic works a little different… like vampire magic is completely different than ours” she says matter of factly as she looks at your brother

“Wait, what, vampires?”

“Alright, I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen, but take my hand”

He reaches over and takes her hand. His hand is cold from being nervous.

She puts one of her hands on his chest “Put your other hand on his forehead, physical connections can really help with this stuff

He does so.

“Alright, now try and experience what he’s experiencing” She chants softly and green sparkles start flowing over your brothers skin

He looks at his brother and whispers, “Hey boyo, what’s going on in there?” as he concentrates on his brother’s thoughts.

You close your eyes for a moment, and when you open your eyes you’re very happy with Janet Part of you knows you should wake up… but you don’t want to, why would you leave this? The scene is constantly changing… the first time you two met, the day you proposed, the wedding, buying your first house

Does he feel like he’s Kiernan or Brodie?

You know you’re Kiernan, but you’re experiencing these things as if your’e Brodie Something is shaking your shoulder, “Kev?”

He’d think, “Brodie, can you hear me brotha?”

Janet turns to you, and her eyes flash black “He’s staying here” Shocked you reel back and find yourself back in the room

He’ll pull back in shock towards Lisa’s voice, if he can.

Brodie looks troubled for a moment, but his face relaxes back into a smile “Did you see anything?  I couldn’t feel anything physically wrong with him”

“Lisa?” he breaks off contact from Brodie. “He’s dreaming sweet dreams, but that thing is in there with him.”

She frowns, “Well whatever it’s doing, it doesn’t seem to be hurting him… just trying to keep him out of the picture” “It’s almost like it’s just goading you or something”

“You look like you’re about to bust a vein, stop thinking so hard”

“There’s this cop, I guess, and he was lookin’ into the death of,” he whispers Janet’s name as if Brodie might be able to hear it otherwise. “He said people were killed there since way back.. hundreds.. maybe back to Indians or summat.”

“Well, sounds like a better lead than any we have now.  What do you want to do with them?  They should be safe here” “I doubt even that creature knows where they are now… “

“I.. well, I think he thought something.. out there… was going on, but he didn’t tell me more,” he snaps his finger. “But he did have your book, girly. Said he was a right collector of rare books.”

“He had THAT book?”

“Your star wars book, yea. And his eyes went all wonky like your hands, but purply.”

“What was his name?”

“Erhm, he went by VK, but his real name.. Ethan Daniels,” he shrugs. “I have his email and number.”

“VK… VK… that sounds familiar.  I doubt I’d know him by his real name… in our Community we all go by a different name” “I, for example, go by Isis”

“Oh yea, so Lisa’s not your real name?” he asks in passing, and then adds, “I’d have to pull his number from a computer.”

“Lisa’s actually my real name.”

He hmms. “Mine’s not Kevin.”

“So you don’t tell your real name to crazy people you meet on the bus?”  She tries too look offended… but fails miserably.

“It’s Kiernan. Nice to meet you,” he smiles sheepishly, realizing he should have corrected that long ago.

She shakes his hand “Lisa Conklin”

“Well, it sounds like we need to head back up, do you want me to ask Onehorn to keep watch over them?”

“I’m sure he wouldn ‘t mind, and i really do think they’re safer down here than up there”

“Yeah but,” he looks back at the van. “How do we.. uh.. get outta here?”

“Well… can’t go out the same way in the middle of the day… but there are many exits from this place.  There’s actually one that opens up to where I work, it’s how I met Onehorn”

“Oh, in the buffalo place,” he nods absently.. pretending like the maze of crazy makes sense.

“Follow me… have you ever seen that Narnia movie?”

“Uh.. narnia… is that the one with vin diesel?”

She starts laughing uncontrollably After a minute she calms down, wiping a tear from her eye “I’d love to see that movie”

He clears his throat, “it’s on Brodie’s netflix…”

she takes a deep breath to calm herself “Well, let’s just say something in that movie is similar to what’s about to happen” “I need you to walk into that closet, knock on the wall three times, and whisper this phrase, ‘David Bowie est a mulier.’ ” “I’ll go first”

“Oh, well, of course…”

She walks into the closet ... ... About 30 seconds pass and as far as you know nothing has happened.

Is she still standing in there?

The door is shut

He’ll knock on the door and open it if there’s no response.

You open the door and see what looks like a small empty closet

He’ll get in and try to repeat that phrase

Nothing seems to happen… but your’e not sure you said it right, care to tr again?

He thinks about it and tries again after he peeks out to make sure he’s no where new…

You’re prety sure you said it right, and after a second you hear some Feist song playing


He isn’t able to identify the song, but he thinks it sounds a bit like the stuff that Lisa had on in her store last time, so he comes out and looks around.

You find yourself in Buffalo Exchange standing outside of a dressing room

Chapter 3
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Kiernan MacBaird wake up to sounds… sounds like something hitting the window. Kiernan takes a second to get his bearings, remembering he’s at the guest bedroom in his parent’s house.

He gets up and goes to the window and looks out to see a humanoid shape standing in the darkness of the lawn.

“Psst! Kevin, you NEED to get out of there!” A voice calls out from the darkness.

He opens the window and sticks his head up, “What? How did you find me?” He recognizes the voice as Lisa’s and wonders how long he was sleeping and how long she had been throwing pebbles at his window.

“I can tell you once you’re out of there… there’s something REALLY bad in that house with you!” Her whisper elevates with emphasis, and despite his confusion, he seems to think she’s genuinely concerned for him.

“Well my family is in here. What do you expect me to do?” He leans out the window and looks around, but doesn’t see anyone else.

She paces around, agitated. “I need you to listen closely and not ask any questions. I need you to close your eyes and focus on… well… it’s kind of like listening.. but with your mind.”

He turns to look around his room, checking to see if anyone is in there with him, then looks back out the window, “Focus on what, exactly?”

“Just close your eyes and try to listen… that should work.”

“Well I can listen with my ears just fine,” he sighs and does as she asks. He tries to focus on listening.

At first he hears nothing but his own breathing, and just as he’s about to give up he feels like a new sense takes over. He can hear his mom and brother sleeping in other areas of the house, and gets the quickest glimpses of their dreams. Then he feels a presence of pure malevolence coming from downstairs. As he senses it, he gets the distinct impression that it senses him as well, and it begins to move.

“It knows I was listening!” He hisses from the window in a panic.

“Shit!” She rummages through a pocket and pulls something out. “Catch!”

“Uh…” Kiernan manages to grab what turns out to be a bottle of nail polish. He turns it over in his hand and looks at her, confused.

“Open it up and try and throw it on that thing… it should get rid of it,” she says matter-of-factly.

“You ARE a nutter!” He shouts and slams the window closed just as he hears growling from outside the bedroom door.

“Go away, get out of this house!” He seethes at the door.

The door starts to shake and Kiernan begins to look for a weapon of some sort. Unfortunately since it’s mostly a guest room, there’s not much in there besides a lamp, and an alarm clock.

The door doesn’t seem like it’s going to hold much longer, so Kiernan backs up toward the window and grabs the lamp. He thought about grabbing the clock radio, but his face twitched and he grabbed the lamp instead. The door swings open and what looks like some kind of horrifying black dog is standing in the threshold.

Kiernan throws the lamp at the creature and the shot looks like its going to connect. As it is about to connect the beast seems to become very hazy and the lamp sails cleanly through it and hits the wall, shattering.

It growls and leaps at Kiernan who is able to get his hands up to block the creature’s cruel looking teeth to dig into his flesh. However,the beast lands squarely on top of him and is now frighteningly solid. Kiernan jumps onto the bed to attempt to move towards the door and lock the hellish hound in the room, but as he tumbles past the creature, its paw swipes at Kiernan and effortlessly knocks him down.

That’s going to leave a nice bruise. Kiernan winces as he struggles to keep the beast from biting him. He shouts at the thing, “GET! GO!” and beats it in the eyes with his fist. He gets a solid hit to its face and the beast stumbles back for a second as Kiernan hears the sound of someone running up the stairs.

“Don’t come in here!” Kiernan shouts warningly.

The beast growls and whirls around, “Oh fuck!” he hears a female voice from out in the hallway.

MUM?!” He shrieks and tries to get out of the grapple with the beast and run to the door.

“Shit, oh shit, try and hold it still… fuck I haven’t done this before!” The voice rambles frantically in the hallway as blue sparkles blow in from the door and start to surround the beast. Kiernan could hear some soft chanting but it sounded like gibberish. He could tell that it was definitely not his mother though.

Remembering what Lisa threw at him earlier, he grits his teeth and gets the nail polish from his pocket. He kicks the beast as hard as he can and tries to use the momentum to push himself away from it, but before he can, the beast bites into Kiernan’s leg. Before Kiernan can register the pain, he manages to unscrew the bottle and try to fling the liquid at the beast. Instead of nail polish a clear liquid comes flying out that sizzles as it hits the beast, who howls madly as the flesh under the polish begins to sizzle away.

Kiernan drags himself up to his feet and then moves toward the door as fast as he can. The chant continues and the beast becomes completely enveloped in the blue sparkles.

After a few tense moments the sparkles begin to fade and the beast lies on the floor. Kiernan raises his fists shakily and throws the door completely open.

Lisa is standing just outside the door, supporting herself against the wall, her face is completely drained of color and sweat is pouring down her face.

“What the fuck, holy shite!” Kiernan gasps, holding onto the door frame for support.

“You should,” she pants heavily, almost unable to speak, “check on your family.”

He puts a hand on Lisa’s shoulder in thanks and moves to his mother’s room first. “Mum? Mum I’m coming in,” he says before he opens the door. He walks in and his mother looks like she’s sleeping soundly. He breathes a sigh of relief, and almost turns around, but then decides to check just to be sure.

He walks closer and he hears her breathing gently, although it’s odd all the noise didn’t wake her up.

He shakes her shoulder, “Mum, are you ok?”

Her eyes open “What baby, can’t this wait til morning? I’m really tired…” she rolls over and falls back asleep.

“Sure mum, go back to sleep,” he checks under her bed and in the closet before leaving for Brodie’s room, where it’s much the same story.

Kiernan rubs his temples, remembering why he fell asleep last night…

“I already told you I’m not here,” she giggles. “Maybe I’m just a figment of your overactive imagination… you look like you could use some sleep.”

“Fuck you…” he murmurs as his eyes get heavy. And with that, Kiernan falls over, asleep. The last thing he saw were her black eyes staring into his.

Kiernan heads back to the hallway and finds Lisa sitting on the floor with her back against the wall. “There was this woman… girl.. something with black eyes, she made me fall asleep, like them…”

“Do you know who she is? Whoever she is seems to have it out for you,” Lisa wonders aloud.

“I need to get them out of here,” he leans against the wall, holding pressure on his wounds. “I think she killed my sister in law.”

“Why are you here?” He asks with genuine curiousity.

“I… I was told to look after you… I wasn’t expecting anything like this. I was more just making sure you didn’t do something stupid with your magic.” She shakes her head, “We should get that bandaged.”

“Look after me?” He seems puzzled. “It’s ok,” he says, even if it’s not true. “They need to get out of here though.”

“How do you want to do that?”

“I can put them in Brodie’s car, I will try to carry them…” He’ll go back in for his brother first.

She follows you and helps you “What are you going to tell them?”

“I don’t know… there’s a bloody serial killing ghost and her precious dog in my mum’s house?!” Kiernan’s voice cracks. The strain of all that has happened is beginning to show on his face.

“Believe me… for them the truth probably won’t work” Lisa’s eyes drift as she says this.

“Well I don’t care if they think I’m a loon, as long as they’re ok.”

She nods slowly… “Well, I don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into but I wasn’t lying earlier when I said you don’t have to deal with this alone”

“I don’t understand why I have to deal with this at all,” he balls his hands into fists.

Lisa looks at Kiernan thoughtfully, “Hon, since when do we get to choose what cards are dealt to us? At any rate I think I might know where we might be able to take them, it’d kinda like a sanctuary”

“Or sometimes we just get what we deserve,” with the help of Lisa, Kiernan is able to move his mother and brother out to her car. Lisa climbs in the drivers seat and starts the car.

“I need to make a quick call, OK?”

“Ok, sure.” He turns on the radio softly.

“Hey, Onehorn? ... Yeah, this is Lisa … I need a safe place for the night … For four … in about fifteen minutes? ... Thanks babe you’re a life saver” She closes her phone and turns to Kiernan. “Anything else you want to grab from there?” she asks while gesturing at the house.

“No, I don’t think so.”

“Alright, then, we’re off! Now.. try not to be too startled by our host, he’s a good guy… he just… looks odd.”

“As long as he’s not trying to bite my face off, I don’t mind if he looks like the Queen of England’s bum.”

“Hah… well… you’ll see” She puts the car in drive and starts without a look back leaves the house behind.

“Lisa,” he’ll say at some point. “What did you mean back there, with… like… with the truth not working?”

She hesitates for a moment, opening and closing her mouth a few times before she begins talking ” ... how can I explain this. You know how I told you the process you want through is what We call Awakening?”

“Yea, Atlantis, right, I saw your book… a bit…”

“Well, they’re what we call sleepers. And their minds have become so closed to the possibility of magic the sight of it can … it can cause problems for them.” She trails off and bites her lips “They can be shown it, but it has to be very gradual. Just dumping them into it is like jumping into the middle of a frozen lake naked”

“Ok… and… let me guess. They got all heebs an’ called you a nutter, which by the way I apologize for… that was uncalled for,” he looks at her sincerely.

She smiles, “Oh, I’ve been called worse, it’s not how they treat you, it’s what can happen to them”

“What could happen to them?”

“When I Awoke… I… well I accidently used a lot of magic in front of my boyfriend. He um… he’s uh been in a coma ever since. It’s not usually that bad, but it can be… it can be worse.”

“I’m sorry, Lisa,” he says quietly.

“I’ve heard stories of people going mad, or even forcing a person to Awaken. But now you can understand why I was watching you…. making sure you didn’t make the same mistakes as me”

“I don’t even know how to do any of your magic stuff,” he shrugs. “You can probably just forget about me after I move them to a new house, I’ll be good,” he promises.

“I wish it were that simple… something is trying to KILL you. I’m not sure that simply moving will fix that”

“I did some research, and I think it’s a serial killer’s ghost… and she likes this one dumb neighborhood, so I’ll just move mum and Brodie and…” he rubs his forehead. “I don’t know what to do. Call a priest maybe.”

“Besides… even if you try to never use magic… it has the potential to just unleash it self uncontrolled” She pauses as if she just heard what Kiernan had been saying. “A serial killer’s ghost? What makes you think that?”

“I did some research after Janet… and… well, I talked to this bloke on the force, and I dunno, there seems to be a pattern. He… he,” he taps the steering wheel with his finger. “He’s a magician too, innit he?”

She shrugs “It’s possible… there’s a lot of us in this city.”

“I think he had your book.”

“Oh, that book? It’s a little dangerous printing it but We’ve found it helps some people.”

After an awkward silence Lisa starts talking again, “It’s just that thing back there attacked you… I’ve never heard of a ghost being able to do that. There’s got to be something else to this”

“Well I don’t bloody know what else it could be. A giant vicious pokemon for all I know, I just don’t want to ever see it again.”

A few uneventful minutes pass with no more sound then rain splattering on the windshield.

All of a sudden Lisa snaps her fingers “Barghest! That’s what they’re called”

“Pardon me?”

“It’d been buggin me” she says, fiddling with the radio

“Well, cheers,” he flips open the glove compartment looking for cigarettes.

“I’ve heard of them before… but they’re usually lapdogs of powerful nasties. Like… hell hounds or something”

“That’s brilliant, I’m really happy to hear that,” Kiernan mumbles.

She shrugs again “We can find someone who knows more… I really don’t know much about this kinda stuff”

He pulls out a stick and lights it, cracking open the window as an after-thought. “She’s probably hurting lotsa people on that street.”

She nods and pulls into a closed down Burger King’s parking lot and pulls up to the drive thru.

“Nothin for me,” he says dismissively, pulling a long drag from his sweet sweet baccy.

She rolls down the window and starts making a very elaborate order. Kiernan isn’t paying much attention until he hears her finish with ” ... and a half coconut of sprite” .

She looks over at Kiernan “You should buckle up,” she says while fastening her own seatbelt.

“Are you knocked up er sumthin?” He leans back, looking at her and notices that the Burger King is completely closed. He quickly puts on his seat belt without any further questioning.

All of a sudden the car begins to free fall… Kiernan remembers having Alice in Wonderland read to him as a child by his mother and the absurdity of the entire situation makes him laugh harder than he has in a long time

Lisa turns and looks at him like he’s the nutter for once

After about 30 seconds of this the car slows down and comes to rest lightly on a idyllic looking grassy meadow

“Don’t venture too far, appearances can be deceiving here” she says matter of factly as she unbuckles her seat belt.

He catches his breath, holding his sides, and shakes his head. “Thanks for that… that was amusing…” he wipes tears from his eyes. “Yea, ok.”

She opens the car door and stands outside and stretches “Wait here a minute, kay?”

Without waiting for a reply she walks to a nearby hut that looks like it’s made of moss.

“Aye.” Kiernan replies as he finishes his smoke and puts it out.

He sees her knocks on the door… before the resident of the hut can make an apperance however something on the ground nearby catches his attention.

Kiernan sees what looks like a hundred dollar bill just sitting on the ground nearby… but as he looks closer he notices it’s at the center of a perfect circle of mushrooms. Something about that strikes him as very bad… something his mum told him back in Scotland, but he can’t remember for the life of him what it was.

“Money, on the ground like that… Is it yours, Lisa?” he mutters to noone in particular. Without a further thought he takes a step into the circle of mushrooms and bends down to grab the note.

Kiernan hears a very small voice giggling, and the hundred dollar bill turns into a small ball of glowing yellow light It flits around Kiernan before it slows down and hovers in front of Kiernan’s face and he find yourself looking at a very tiny winged naked woman

He blinks. “Did I take something? That WAS a cigarette wasn’t it? It was, yea…” He answers himself, while silently reminding himself to never take things in Lisa’s car for granted

“Hey, hey! Want this 100 dollar bill? You can have it for just a small favor!!” the small woman flits around in front of his face. Although when she speaks Kiernan can see that her mouth is filled completely with tiny sharp teeth.

“Uh? Oh yeah, what do you need, small bloomers? Maybe a tiny band-aid? I’m pure screwed,” he grumbles.

“How would I know what I want? I don’t even KNOW you yet! But I’ll let you know within 5 days!”

The fairy flits dizzily around Kiernan’s head.

“Whatever,” he shrugs and waves a hand around his head.

“Yay! This will be OUR little secret!” She disappears and Kiernan finds a crisp 100 bill in his pocket

“Lisa? This place is fucked,” he calls out even though he can’t see her.

“Hey Kev,” you hear from a short distance away “I want you to meet Onehorn”

“If he’s a two inch tall naked…” he mutters as he walks towards her voice. Kiernan turns around padding his pocket and finds himself looking at what looks like the bizarre lovechild of a goat and a man. He’s about 7 feet tall, and one of his horns looks like it was broken off at the base.

“Oh, I see,” he spins around on his heels and heads back for the car.

She runs towards Kiernan and stops him, “I told you he looks odd, but he’s a good guy, trust me! He didn’t always look like that… and your family, when they wake up, won’t even see him like that.”

He sighs and turns back around. “I’m going mad, you know. How do you even know I see what you see anymore?”

“Um, do you see a tall one horned satyr?”

“I don’t know what that is, I never paid attention to mum’s stories,” he shrugs. “Well, I sometimes did… but… I mean…” He thinks about the horseshoe over his door at home. He walks up to the guy and extends his hand. “Nice to meet you Onehorn.”

He shakes Kiernan’s hand with a very large, albeit human, hand. “Pleasure to meet you”

“Anywho, if you try hard enough you can see what most people see him as,” Lisa interjects. “At least he was kind enough to let us stay here. It’s safe in his home. If you help me carry your mom he should be able to get your brother.”

“Yea, thanks for that, Onehorn.” They return to the car and between the three of them are able to carry Kiernan’s mother and brother to the moss hut.

As Kiernan crosses the threshold to the humble looking hut he enters what looks like a large beautiful indoor garden.


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