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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 301) Late Hour

Leaving the strange woman standing in the road, Stephen immediately turns around and begins to make his way back to the manor defaulting on his attempt at getting a drink at a local eatery or bar. Not only has this old woman eluded that she knows his history, but she acts as if she knows his future as well and this is unsettling to say the least.

Without stopping, he quickens his pace and just as he is about to turn the corner where the town goes out of view, he looks back to find the old woman silently watching. He is chilled to the bone at the thought of her and this presses him to move even faster on his walk back to the secluded dwelling he now calls home.

Following the same steps he took from the manor, Stephen passes in front of Zsofia’s house and sees that all the lights are off except one on the second floor. At this late hour, he is sure the family has gone to bed so he does not even try to conceal himself as he passes by. In a way, he wishes Zsofia would see him and run outside to ask him to stop. He wishes to make sure she understands that he is not with Kate and that she has been out of his life for several months.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 300) Tomorrow

“When you are ready, I will be here.” The elderly woman says to Stephen as she points in the direction of a small shop across the street.

The sign at the top of the door has the name Klara’s written in black iron and lace curtains hang loosely in the window draping across each other in layers. The intricate pattern of iron and wood that he has found throughout the manor also trims this woman’s door as well as the window. This not only fascinates him but it frightens him just the same. In seeing this comparison alone, he knows this woman has ties to the manor in some way.

“Ahh,” says the old woman as she holds her voice steady and grins, “I will see you tomorrow, Istvan.” She giggles and winks as she points up at her forehead. “I will see you tomorrow.” She repeats as if chanting and then she laughs in a most devious and childlike way.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 299) Puzzled

Stephen finds himself puzzled by this elderly woman’s statement and wonders if Kate has been talking about him to the townsfolk. It would be just like her to make as many derogatory statements about him as possible in order to seal his outcast appearance. The hatred he has toward Kate at this moment is beyond anything he has felt before. It never surprises him, with her inconsiderate manners and selfishness somehow she always manages to come out on top. In fact, at this very moment, he is wishing that something horrible would happen to shut her up for good, but he also knows it is just an emotional thought.

“I see many things, Istvan. I know more than you realize.” The old woman whispers in her shaky brittle voice as she tips her head as if reading his thoughts. “I can help you, if you want it. . . and you will.” Her head shakes up and down as she chews on her bottom lip.

She knows his name and Stephen is not sure now if he is more afraid of this woman or the hideous thing that has plagued him all these years. How could she know so much? Is she a friend of his great-aunt looking to make some money off him? He is not sure if he is angry or intrigued but he knows one thing for sure, he wants to get away from this hunch backed little woman as soon as possible.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 298) Revealing

The statement from the old woman and her demeanor sends a sensation of fear through Stephen. Is she talking about the evil thing that he witnessed as a boy, the horrible creature that killed his grandfather? He watches her as she continues to look at him with gray watery eyes.

“I don’t know what you are talking about.” Stephen replies as he starts to walk away.

“It is good that you sent Kate away from the manor, she has a level of evil in her as well. And you know,” the old woman pauses as if she is listening for something, “it would feed off of her and grow.”

The old woman has now caught his full attention. She speaks of him seeing something and then without a doubt or a pause, she describes Kate by name and personality. He wonders if she is for real or has simply been spying on the new kid in town and of course, the demonstration that just took place was revealing enough. His curiosity gets the better of him and he must ask the question.

“What exactly do you know about Kate?” Stephen asks.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 297) Gypsy and Witch

In looking at this woman, the first thing that comes to Stephen’s mind is gypsy and witch. This small elderly woman with a large lump at her shoulders tilts her head sideways to get a better look at him. Due to her stature, her head presses forward making it difficult to look straight up. Her attire is of old tattered fabrics and colors as if she stepped out of the past. She has her long gray hair pulled back into a ponytail, partially covered by a colorful scarf of pink, orange, and blue. This contrasts greatly with her gray sweater and long black skirt.

“You have questions, don’t you?” She says as she looks up at him squinting as if trying to read his thoughts.

“Questions about what?” Stephen replies as he watches the lines in her face deepen under her changing expression.

“Your past, this past.” She turns with her arms out as she looks up and down the street and in a feeble manner, takes a step or two to the side and she now has her back to him.

“Okay and what could you possibly know about my past?” He says as he grins, knowing good and well she is just trying to earn money from him for telling his fortune.

“You have seen it, I know you have, you witnessed its evil, and it has stayed with you.” She says quietly as she turns to look at him. She points a thick and crooked finger at his nose now looking him in the eyes.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 296) Eyes Meet

Still wound up by Kate’s spectacle, Stephen watches as she and this other man close the door to the hotel and from the brightly lit window, he sees them talking to the desk clerk. Turning around to continue on his mission to obtain a stiff drink, he once again and with much relief, finds himself alone.

Walking past shop windows Stephen looks at his reflection then glances in at the goods on display. Peering in the window of an antique shop, he focuses in on several unique pieces when he sees the image of an elderly woman stepping up behind him. She is watching him closely and their eyes meet in the mirrored effect of the glass. Thinking she seems to be acting a bit odd, Stephen slowly turns around to face her.

“Hello,” he says quietly.

“Good evening.” She replies in a crackly tone.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 295) Exhibition

“I’m done with you!” Stephen yells at Kate as he holds his hands out to his side for all to see. “I’m done. Just go back to the states and never try to contact me again!” He says in a lower tone.

“You just wish I was dead, don’t you?” She squeals as she starts to cry.

One thing that is certain about Kate, her acting abilities are top-notch. Stephen knows this entire exhibition is for sympathy from the people in the town and he is not up to playing her game.

“Actually, that’s not a bad idea!” Stephen blurts out and immediately realizes this was not the thing to say.

How horrible must it look to the average person, a woman crying, yelling, obviously upset and after she takes a swing, he agrees with her statement. He is hoping the saving factor will be that no one speaks English but this glimmer is short-lived. Stepping up beside Stephen is a young man, a little older than Stephen himself, who walks over to Kate and escorts her into the hotel lobby. Without any other words, the curtains of the shops and little houses slowly drop back into the loose positions and anyone outside, now goes in.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 294) A Scene

“Stop it, Kate!” Stephen says now in a louder and more demanding tone.

“Stop it!” She barks back loud enough for a few of the individuals who were staying inside to now come out of their dwellings.

“You are making a scene Kate, cut it out.” Stephen says as he puts his arm around her waist, while still controlling her wrist.

“You’re hurting me!” She yells out as he continues to walk her back in the direction of the hotel.

“I’m not hurting you,” He says loudly then looks over at a shop where four people are standing as they watch this scene unfold. “I’m not hurting her.” He says as he acknowledges their presence but they say nothing at all.

“Yes you are!” Kate yells as she swings around catching Stephen’s face with the palm of her other hand and this causes him to stop and release her.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 293) Embarrassment

It is extremely obvious that Kate has been drinking heavily tonight. Her words are slurred and the stumble she repeats with every few steps as she walks in his direction are definite results of over indulgence. Looking down the street for prying eyes, several curtains are pulled back as those inside peer out at the spectacle that is about to take place.

“Stephen! You lousy jerk!” She yells again as she points at him.

“Kate, I don’t want to do this right now.” Stephen says with embarrassment as he tries to keep his voice down.

“Oh yeah, sure! That is a common theme I keep hearing from you.” She is now directly in front of him, still with a raised voice, and poking her salon created fake fingernail into his chest. “I come all this way to surprise you and this is what I get? Some lame hotel room and a few cheap drinks?” She now raises her hand back to slap him across the face and he grabs her wrist before she gets him into focus.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 292) Yell His Name

“Come along grandfather, the food is ready.” Zsofia yells out in her sweet voice that to Stephen radiates happiness.

The call for dinner diverts Laszlo from walking any closer to where Stephen lays frozen in place. As soon as the old man steps into the house, Stephen shakes another pill out into his hand then quickly pops it into his mouth. He can feel the blood rushing to his head as he tries to settle himself down from what could have been a grave misunderstanding. Deciding it is too risky to continue to observe the activity here, Stephen quickly walks through the yard stepping out onto the road he knows to follow into town.

The small village nestled in the valley has only a handful of businesses still open at this late hour. Hanging over locked doors and shuttered windows, dim lanterns glow in a mocking display as if to say you are welcomed, but you cannot enter. Just as Stephen spots what appears to be a bar, he hears someone yell his name from across the street.

“Stephen!” Kate shouts at the top of her lungs.

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