When the boundary between worlds is breached, lives are at risk, balance is disrupted and nothing is the same.
I screeched to a halt, my chest heaving from the exertion of running the length of the tracks, and watched with a horrified gaze as several more of the things slid from the car. I counted a dozen before I stopped counting and started looking for escape options.
It was a trap!
I shook my head even as I had the thought, mad at myself for being so completely drawn into it. I watched them.
They watched me.
Something about them was familiar. Though I was far too agitated at the moment to remember where I’d seen them before.
Or what they were.
The creatures started toward me and I stepped back, my hands coming up and magic sputtering from my fingertips. “Stay back!”
They didn’t even hesitate. In fact, they seemed to move more quickly in my direction. I gathered enough energy to exterminate a room full of Demons and flung it at them, expecting to see them burst into tiny pieces of supernatural ugliness.
They bowed backward when my magic hit them, their shadowy, amorphous shapes bulging outward as the energy hit, and their limbs jerking with the force. The light from my magic flared when it touched them, and then slowly dimmed, seeming to sink beneath their black, lifeless skin.
Instead of exploding into pieces, they seemed energized by my attack. Their eyes glowed brighter as they started forward again.
It was as if they’d absorbed my energy. Like it had made them stronger. The nearest one threw back its head, emitting an ear-splitting shriek that made me cringe away with a cry, covering my ears in self-defense. I saw movement out of the corner of my eye and jerked my head up. The center of the leader’s spider-like form split apart in about a ten-inch vertical slash and a thick, silvery mist sprayed toward me from the breach.
I barely slammed up a protective web before the spray bathed me in foul-smelling magic. It sizzled against my web like acid, eating holes through my energy as I watched.
Horror filled my chest. I started to back away, more energy sputtering at my fingertips, even though I knew I couldn’t use it against them.
It would only make them stronger.
The creatures became more agitated as the magic leached from under my skin, merging together into a vibrating pack and surging forward as if they were drawn helplessly toward the power.
At a loss for anything else to do, I turned and started to run.
A bitter breeze shot down the concrete tunnel, bathing my back and legs in sulfurous stink. I stumbled as it burned my skin, leaving behind a film of ice.
My teeth clacked together from the sheer force of the cold, and it was all I could do to keep running as it hit me.
Deg! I shrieked in my mind as I stumbled forward. Where are you?
His silence was more ominous than the raspy breath of the things who rode my heels down the track. Something was very wrong.
First Littleton and then Deg.
Whatever was going on, if I was going to help them, I couldn’t be next. I reached the wide archway leading to the station but couldn’t stop. If I slowed enough to climb back up onto the platform, they’d be on me before I managed to reach the top.
With every stride I took, they covered an area twice what I could. I was seconds away from being overrun.
There was no doubt in my mind that I would die if they touched me.
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