Buzzing townspeople littered the streets, emitting an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation. Basil leaves that atmosphere behind, weaving through the dim alleyways, each turn further distancing him from the noise. Soon the cobble path turned into gravel, each step making a crunch that bounced and echoed on the decaying walls. A cool breeze from behind him pulled at his gray cloak, entering the dark abyss of the warehouse entrance before him. He steels himself— shoulders lowered, chin up, and back straight— and enters the shadowed entrance. “I’m here for the order,” Basil’s voice echoes. He clenches his jaw as the echoes reflect the tense anxiousness of his voice. No weakness. He can’t show any weakness while on the job. To supplement …show more content…
He felt that if he answered, he’d be swallowed up in the dark, not that he had any useful information to give. The whole kingdom knew everything from her tutors, to her hobbies, and even her childhood mischiefs. But strangely enough, no one knew her appearance. The most troubling discrepancy, one that average citizens may shrug at, but politicians grow crazed from, are her political ambitions. All they knew was the tagline on the posters advertising her arrival, “Peace all throughout.” “Don’t know, don’t care,” Basil said. “Just take the damn order and pay up.” The man clicked his tongue and sauntered to a room in the back. Feeling awkward, Basil walked around the open warehouse. He eyed the stacks of crates warily, curious about the contents. A dimly lit hallway extended before him, but snooping around any further could arouse suspicion. Basil turned around to return to his original spot, but not before a languid voice poured out from one of the rooms down the hallway. “— under the bridge, grab the country princess and kill her. The gunpowder we ordered is gonna be your distraction. Boom.” Instinctively, Basil grasped the pouch he was sent to deliver. Within it, a small container held the “gray gold” coveted by every nation’s military: gunpowder. It’s primary use are for guns now, but it’s more well known for explosive. As Basil connected the dots in his head, he nearly
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The stone streets were a veil at this time of night, with who knows how many menacing horrors hiding behind the curtain. The lingering gas hovering over the ground was timid, dispersing at the sight of anyone who strayed near. The moon tried to pry into the city’s shadows, but it was too thick to cut. The buildings were nothing but faded memories: gray, eroded structures that once boasted splendor and beauty. Street rats, both rodent and human, scuttled about in the alleyways, knocking assortments over and fleeing if anyone walked past, just like the gas. A dog barked in the distance. Car horns blared on 5th Avenue nearby. Tank sighed. No place like home.
The evening was ominous and gray. The cold wind blew softly, and carried a heavy scent of blood through the streets. A loud intense screech pierced the ears of its listener, leaving the body trembling in fear.
Dawn’s early morning light crept over the city, the various shades of amber emanating from the horizon bringing life to the shapeless skyline. Outside Booker’s apartment, the resident sparrows began their morning song of joy, their cheerful chirrup filtering through the dark-haired officer’s dream, pulling him toward consciousness. Moments later, his alarm sounded, the annoying bee-dee-dee-deep, bee-dee-dee-deep shattering what remained of his slumber. With a sigh, he rolled over and hit the off button, returning peace to the cramped room, and stifling a yawn, he speculated about the upcoming day. He’d arranged to meet Tom at the abandoned warehouse before school so they could discuss strategies. But after the previous night’s events, he wasn’t sure where their friendship
Crumpled newspapers scattered the table like the bones of dead bodies after war. Windows wiped down of memories huddled between oak frames, facing a street with cosy cottages. Single embroidered carpets hugged the floor, covering the marble tiles in delicate silk. A whisper of wind floated in through cracks of the panes of glass, whispering it's songs of misery throughout the house. I breathed in gulps of air, allowing the icy coolness to fill my lungs, and the morning frost creep out. My glistening blue eyes presented purple bags, and my sleek hair was a tangled cobweb. My feet dragged along the stone floor like the walking of the undead. I’d been up all night, searching and seeking for answers.
As she opened the door, she hoped to herself that the inside was nearly as well done, to her delight... it was. The carpenters had fully replaced the banister and painted it and the blood trail was gone from the hardwood. All of the workers were huddled inside the cafe sipping on some coffee, they appeared to be taking a break. Her heart began to race as she ran up the stairs, it was rounding on five and they couldn’t afford a break...or could they. Cleo froze on the top step, it was unimaginable. Every fleck of wall and every particle of dust was in its original condition. No blood, no knives, not a single atom out of place. In stunned silence, she paced the hardwood floor, she walked from the railing to the bathrooms. She wasn’t sure how
I took a deep breath as I walked through the doorway. The door was stuck open, hanging on just one of its hinges. It was clear that no one had been near this place in a long time. As I entered, a stench hit me. It smelt sickly sweet, almost like rotten fairy floss. I looked around the room at the faded and ripped wallpaper, and the broken furniture. The air was so thick with dust it was almost impossible to breathe, and everything was thickly covered with dust. The little light there was came from the cracks in the yellowed blinds.
Frantically trying to find her way up the cold, dark stairs she trips over old, dirt covered shoes, dusty ragged dolls who’s dresses have been torn, and moldy glass bottles. As she gets to the the top she pulls trying to open the brown, wooden door, her hope of getting out anytime soon starts to vanish as the flickering light goes off behind her. Never being in the basement for very long , she never noticed how badly it had smelled of insects, and rotting mice. Deliberately she climbs back down the uneven staircase to the cobwebbed entrance.
He goes to Boston to meet two cousins, Mrs. Luna, the elder, dynamic, and experienced widow, and her sister, Miss Olive Chancellor, ahardworking and reliable woman, wholly dedicated to the cause of female “emancipation.” Now Basil follows her to the meeting, and there he gets anacquaintance with the girl who gives a speech that day, Verena Tarrant. She is the daughter of a crude charlatan, who gains profit from his daughter’s gift of pleasantvoice and fluently flowing oration. Basil and Olive both attract towards Verena and later on fall in love with her: the rich Olive takes Verena under her security and gives the training for their cause, while Basil very skilfully wins her heart over; Verena eventually disappears in her lover’s arms, leaving Olive lonely to tackle her crumbled dreams and unfulfilled
She reaches for the lock and he bites off her arm, and then the people start spewing out of the windows and each is a rat dragging a building and screaming for her to unloose them. She wakes up and, afraid that she might get used to all that he hat and fears about the street, resolves to keep fighting and get away. She thinks of an afternoon the spring before when she had seen a crowd around a man who had been stabbed by a butcher on Lenox Avenue and
Little Marie ran up them as fast as she could, skipping steps along the way. It was a little bit lighter up in the attic because of the small square window. She liked it up there much better even though it wasn’t any safer. First off, the thing that is chasing her could still be up there and second, the building is falling apart piece by piece. As she started to walk, the wood creaked and splinters of wood started to fall from the ceiling. She walked a little faster, but calmer this time. She heard noises from the other side of the room. She hid in and out of the junk that was piled up in the attic of the old Lidtke Mill. Marie
“Really?” Adair asks, “okay.” He sighs and makes his way to the back; picking up the bag of trash slumped against the wall and carrying it to the back door, grunting and groaning. He pushes the door open and steps into the dim alley backing the restaurant, shivering against the bitter November cold. He fumbles with the keys in his pocket until he finds the right one for the garbage. He hears a banging noise and spins around. There’s a man standing behind him, he stares at Adair with fearful eyes. His thin sweater pulled tightly around his frail body.
“She ran pass that way and up the stairs…” He never finishes as the men take off, running again in the opposite direction I am. Joy flitters through me. He didn’t turn me in. “You’re welcome!” Flich yells after them, sarcasm thick in his words. Minutes later after the yelling and footsteps died down, the door opens and there stand Flich, holding his side in pain, but a smile is on his face. His face is slightly bruised and swollen.
I climbed on a low brick wall that had crumbled over time. My eyes roamed over the graffiti and my hands couldn't help but rub against the cracks and ridges that had been there for far too long. A few spare weeds dryly coughed in the air. My impatient hands tightened against the cold structure involuntary. "There you are!" I heard a voice over the stammering of feet. I twisted around to find the caller. He was just another face in pushing and pulling in the tide of people. "Over here!" He shouted again. My eye caught hands frantically brushing the sky with his fingertips. I pushed through the stampede. "Where have you been all day? I couldn't find you at lunch." Ross (that was his name, right?) guided me through the crowded parking
On Wednesday morning some tenants in Tank’s building were gathering outside his door. They hadn't seen him for a few days birthing a feeling of dread. Emanating from under his door is a faint, sickeningly sweet smell. They thought he had gone away and didn’t take out the garbage
As they walked through the forest, hearing the crunching of leaves beneath their feet, Leon drew weary of the quiet. The silence hadn’t bothered him when he was alone, but when other people were entirely quiet he found it difficult to read them. He felt as though the awkwardness was like a gas in the air, suffocating him. The two forest dwellers on the other hand appeared unperturbed.