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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 350) Quick Slur

Stephen stands up so quickly from the stool he was sitting on that he gains the bartender’s attention.

“Hey, you okay?” The bartender questions as he moves toward Stephen.

“Yeah, I um. . . I guess I just don’t like talking about how people die.” Stephen says quickly hoping his reaction does not come across as odd to the men. The last thing he needs is for everyone to start pointing fingers at him. The authorities would surely take him in for further questioning, and in what little research they would do, could gain access to his extensive past and mental health issues. He sits back down and rests his arms on the bar.

“I’m with Mike on this.” Ferenc says in a quick slur. “I don’t want to hear anymore about it either.”

He waves his hand out in a straight line from right to left, and then puts his arm across Stephen’s shoulders, leaning on him in a drunken stance. It is all Stephen can do to stay upright on the stool under this man’s wobbling pressure.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 349) Screaming

“Did you hear about that woman who died last night?” Armin questions.

The other men shake their heads no while Stephen takes a long drink of beer for he knows Armin must be referring to Kate. Even though they had cut the ties between them, he does not want to hear any details of her death.

“She was alone in her room, doors and windows shut and locked tight from the inside. They said the room was a mess, broken thinks strewn all around like she was fighting to get away, but there was no way anyone could have been in there but her.” Armin says in a firm way. “The expression on her face was as if she was screaming!” Armin’s voice gets louder and Stephen quickly stands up from the stool he was sitting on.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 348) Family Name

The shock of hearing his family name in this conversation raises Stephen’s heart to a rapid rate as his skin becomes moist with nervousness. Can they tell by looking at him that he is nervous? Do they see a resemblance to the family line? Is the creature he saw as a boy, the demon the old woman spoke of, and the Guta, one and the same?

“What does it look like, if anyone could see it, I mean.” Stephen questions as he tries to conceal the shakiness of his voice.

“Our parents and grandparents described it as small but fierce and relentless.” Tiborc states firmly. “It’s supposed to sit atop its victim and pound the hell out of the poor soul until they die.” He slams his fist down on the counter.

“Hey watch it! You break it you buy it!” The bartender says as he glares at Tiborc for his over-zealous behavior.

“That sounds awful.” Armin says softly about the example Tiborc just gave.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 347) Not Natural

“You alright there?” Armin questions as he smacks Stephen on the back. “He’s just telling ghost stories, the old man doesn’t know anything.” He says jokingly and then Tiborc grows angry and says something to him in Hungarian that shuts him up quickly.

“What did you say?” Stephen asks as he looks from face to face.

“Don’t be rude, tell him what you said!” The bartender says as he throws his towel at Tiborc, but the man does not speak. “He claims two of his friends died by the hands of the Guta.” The bartender says as he takes the empty glasses from the counter. “He is always in here talking about it anymore, the story is getting old, like you old man.” The bartender spats off at Tiborc.

“It is true. There is no other explanation for it.” Tiborc says in a solemn way as he looks down in memory. “The Pap’s were wonderful people, but the way they died. . . no. . . no, that was not natural.”

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 346) Restricted

“How can you stop it? If I see the little shit I’ll knock it in the head!” Ferenc says loudly as he punches his fist in the air.

“Hush Ferenc!” Tiborc grabs him by the head and covers his mouth with his other hand.

It is all Stephen can do not to laugh at this trio but the story they are telling is far too familiar for jokes and it keeps his demeanor restricted.

“You cannot see it.” Tiborc slowly releases his hold on Ferenc. “No one sees it to live and talk about it.”

Stephen is shaken by this story of old for it sounds very much like the creature he is so fearful of. Both his grandfather and great-uncle passed due to heart attacks. However, he knows for a fact that his grandfather was brutally bludgeoned to death by something disingenuous. The old woman spoke of this today as well.

“What was it she said?” Stephen thinks to himself. “She mentioned a chamber, something about my great-uncle opening a chamber or cell letting it out, and then he died of a heart attack.”

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 345) Not The Case

“Ah look at him all nonchalant.” Says Tiborc as he leans on the bar. “I betcha never heard of the Guta, now have you?”

“The cheese?” Stephen questions and the men, except for Tiborc, laugh in a very boisterous manner.

“No! No no. The demon!” Tiborc replies as if he is disgusted. “The Guta is feared by all in this region from beyond the mountains and borders of the country to the corpses buried in the graveyards across the land.”

“Fill me up there.” Armin says quietly to the bartender as he moves in closer to the huddling men.

“This demon, and I am not using that term out of context,” he lowers his voice to nearly a whisper, “The Guta is truly a demon. It beats it victims to death.” He pauses as he turns to look at the entrance door as if someone was about to come inside, he then lowers his voice even more.

“You may think the death was from a stroke, or heart attack or paralysis but that is not the case. No, that is not the case at all.” He gulps down nearly a full glass of beer in a matter of a second.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 344) Old Tales

The bartender shakes his head at his three regulars and turns around to clean the mirror behind him but Stephen notices he is watching him in the reflection. The men begin to introduce themselves and the dark-haired man goes first.

“I am Armin.” The man says as he reaches over to shake hands with Stephen.

“My name is Ferenc and my old friend here is. . .” The pudgy man starts to say.

“I think I can say may own name!” The oldest man interrupts with a loud spurt.

“Well hell, say it already!” Ferenc says in a grumpy almost embarrassed manner before he gulps from his glass.

“I would if you’d stop taking up my time!” The man barks and Stephen finds this trio to be quite humorous but he dare not laugh or grin. “I’m Tiborc and it is nice to meet you, Mike.”

“Well Mike,” says Ferenc, “we are dwelling on old tales that used to keep us home at night when we were kids. You know the kind?” He asks as he stumbles over to pull the stool that is next to Stephen out to sit down.

“Um, well yeah, I think we all have ghost stories that haunt us.” Stephen replies as if he is not very interested. “Can I have another?” He asks the bartender as he points to his empty glass.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 343) Mike

Stephen takes a good long drink of beer and sets his glass down. He knows the passing of his uncle was big news in this area and the last thing he needs is a bunch of people snooping around the grounds of the manor.

“So get on with it, keep going with what you were talking about.” The bartender says in English. “This guy looks like he could do for a good story so don’t be rude by leaving him out.” He says as he tips his head toward Stephen. “I need all the customers I can get and don’t want them pushing you out the door in an uncomfortable way.”

“What’s your name?” The older looking man in the group asks as he looks directly at Stephen.

Stephen pauses for if he uses his real name, he is positive they will know who he is. Glancing up at the bartender, Stephen tries to think of a name that would keep any suspicions at bay. The most American sounding name that pops into his head is Mike.

“It’s Mike.” Stephen states and then immediately takes another sip of beer.

“Welcome to you, Mike!” The three say in unison then they look at each other and laugh at their common statement.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 342) Three Patrons

Upon entering the building, Stephen realizes only four other people are there, three men sitting at the bar and the bartender. The three patrons are involved in a serious conversation when Stephen joins them. He sits at the bar leaving two stools between him and the other men. In a quiet tone, he orders a local craft beer from the bartender.

One of the men turns to him and nods hello as the other two hold their glasses up as if asking him to join them. They say something in Hungarian but since Stephen does not speak the language he shakes his head no and looks down at his drink.

“He’s American.” Says the bartender as he swipes a cloth across the top of the bar wiping away water rings and drippings.

“You are from the states, welcome.” The roundest man says before he downs his beer in one quick gulp.

“Where are you staying?” Ask a shorter fellow with dark thick hair and rosy cheeks.

“Um, I’m visiting friends, out on the edge of town.” Stephen replies quickly as to conceal his true identity from them.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 341) I Need To Be

Stephen stops and steps back against the wall of the building in order to observe the interaction between Zsofia and this man without them noticing him. However, there is such a distance between where he is and where they sit, that he cannot make out what they are saying. Zsofia is smiling and laughing and Stephen is deducing this is not another interrogation from the man, but more of a social call.

“I’m a stupid idiot.” Stephen says under his breath.

He is angry that he did not immediately stop Kate’s disruption to his and Zsofia’s conversation and even more upset that he allowed her to stay. Most of all he regrets not following Zsofia out the door as she and Tamas left. He should have made his feelings for her clear because now he fears their friendship is over. Once again, Kate has gotten her way and destroyed something positive in Stephen’s life.

Zsofia and the man break into loud laughter as they stand up from the table. They talk a bit more and then enter the shop together. From down the street in the other direction, loud voices can be heard as two men come out of a bar, singing at the top of their lungs.

“Well, that’s where I need to be.” Stephen says to himself as he walks in the direction of the bar.

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