I sink deeper with each footstep, Bringing me closer to the blue. The blue green water sways Beneath a blue sky so true. A fantasy worth remembering. A dream worth keeping. Take me back to the shore, I long for so much more. My world is so bleak. I can't get to sleep. I gaze at the soulless streets And never fall asleep. If I close my eyes tight, I might see my paradise this night. It will take me back to times When everything was so fine.
Horrified by the deformed creatures, Linda slipped and lost her hold on the slimy rocks. She began to free fall through space…down into the nether reaches of End House. Flashing through her mind were disturbing images of the creatures living beneath the house. Were they somehow related to the creatures that drifted through town? Would she become one of them once she reached the bottom of the tunnel? Was there even a bottom to the tunnel? Would she continue falling forever? How…
Todd’s booming voice interrupted her wild jumble of thoughts. Into the deep unyielding silence, Todd had yelled out, “Stop!” The tunnel obeyed his order and transformed itself back into stairs with the evil creatures retreating to wherever they’d come from.
They were standing once again on top of the sweeping staircase. Let the games begin.
I want to look at the night, Gaze out into the unknown. Dare to dream of flight, A dream of conquering it all. When night comes softly On feet as light as air, I can see more clearly Of what I can dare. Alone on this hilltop With the embracing cold, I will leap past boundaries That I have created of my own. Darkness hides all secrets Beneath its cloak of despair. Secrets that lie safe and secure Until the morning light. At night I can roam free Without the hindrance of others. I can leap over castle walls, Sail forth on gossamer wings. Looking down at all below me, Sleeping in their beds of down, I can see how I am different And can never fit into the mold.
Red sky at night, Sailor's delight. Red sky at Oasis, An omen of things to come. Tides rise in desperation. Sun sets before its time. Birds flee the scene. Time comes to a stop. Brights light criss cross the sky, Angry rumbling joins in. Clouds shed their tears, While the moon hides behind its stars. Sharp raindrops hit me, Glass bullets to the face. Waves rise in panic, While palm trees flinch in despair. Wolf and his army rise from the sand. The Watchers approach from town. Both sides armed and dangerous. One side has the advantage. The Watchers are sanctioned to serve. Selected by the world's vampires. Serve and protect the human race. They will fulfill their mission. I'm surrounded. Wolf's men are taking me. Todd has a gun. He is running after us. "Todd! Please save me!" Wolf takes me in his arms. Todd is left standing in the sand. Human vampires can't fly. Only damn vampires like Wolf can. A fortress on an island That I've never seen before. There's a moat and drawbridge. Armed guards at the front gate. Wolf carries me inside. Suits of armor stand at attention. I've been transported back in time. A caldron simmers in the hearth. "My princess, Welcome to my castle. I'm sure you'll be comfortable. Better amenities than the 17th century." "Am I a prisoner?" I ask. "Yes, for now." He whispers. "Until the battle is won, You will be safe here." Wolf touches my hair almost reverently. "I don't want to stay here! I want to go back to my people. You're my enemy and always will be. Let me go!" I pull away from him with contempt. "The battle is set. The lines are drawn. There's no going back, Only forward." Wolf almost looks sad. "Nothing is set in stone. Let me leave." I am pleading with him now, Pleading with a creature with no heart. "I'm so sorry. I'll come back for you. Goodbye, my ice princess." After one last look of longing, Wolf is gone. I'm left alone. Except for the women in long dresses, Who are staring at me. Maybe they want to feed me Or kill me. I sit down to wait. The Last Game Has Begun THE DEAD GAME
A party not to be missed. A masquerade ball for the elite. A secret party for the rich and famous. A time to make or break alliances. A tall woman stares at me. Her face hidden by a long beak. Her hair a luscious red. Could be real or not. All of this could be an illusion. Set to confuse my mind. I won't be side-tracked by all the beauty. I'm here to locate the elusive host. The first party took two of our own. I won't allow it a second time. I will trust no one. Not even that beautiful woman. Where is Linda? She's supposed to be at my side. She has joined the other residents. Shana is standing by her side. I will leave them be. "Hello Todd," A voice murmurs in my ear. I recognize the deep voice. "Hello Hayden. What do you want?" I have no time for him or Wolf. "Wolf would like to speak with you." Hayden gives a hint of a smile. "Talk with me or kill me? I might find time later." I quickly walk away. The music rocks and rumbles In tune with the throbbing bodies. All intent on keeping up to the beat, Keeping abreast of each other. A creature who loses sight of what's important Becomes fodder for the history books. Hard partying and playing brings results. New acquaintances, new alliances. The lifeblood of the paranormal. Keep silent, listen, and absorb. And never fall behind. I must speak with Wolf. I can't delay the inevitable. I must know what he is planning. I must be prepared. I like playing the game like all the others. I just play it better. Linda is gone again. She is in the garden with the two demons. She mustn't be alone with Wolf and Hayden, For they have turned many a pretty head. I can't see them anymore. There they are behind the rose bushes, Behind the fountain of a mermaid shedding tears. The garden is too quiet. Linda is backing away in fear. Time to intervene and put an end to the charade. Wolf is downed by my blow. Linda is staring at me in horror. It must be my eyes. They must have turned yellow during the attack. I can't let her think I'm a creature like the rest of them. "Linda, don't be afraid of me. It's still me." I walk to her. She moves away. I won't rush her. Too many things to explain to her. Too many choices for her to make. She needs time. And she needs to trust me. Time will tell all. Now I must deal with Wolf and Hayden To the death if I must. They need to be destroyed. The last battle to the death. The Last Game To Be Played. THE DEAD GAME