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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 189) Insults

Stephen is taking it slow and steady for Tamas has a slight limp that keeps him from having a very fast stride. This wooded area blocks the sun to a point that Stephen even begins to wonder if time has escaped him and evening is approaching. There is not much conversation on this stroll except for the occasional tap from Tamas as he points out birds and small woodland animals when they scurry by.

As they near the stone and wood house that Tamas calls home, Stephen discretely takes a pill from his bottle and slips it into his mouth, undetected of course by his young friend. He is expecting an encounter with the old man and from what transpired earlier in the day, he worries it will be another bout of name-calling and insults.

As if on cue, Laszlo Eszes comes marching out of his home to meet them in the yard and Stephen is mentally preparing himself for an argument. The look on the old man’s face is of stress and worry.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 188) Interacted

To Stephen, the sound and description from Tamas, validates what he himself has seen in the past and what he believes he is currently seeing here at the manor. Tamas has a childlike mind and there is no way he could invent such a horrible thing on his own. It is obvious he has interacted with the creature here and possibly communicated with it as well. But why? What could this evil thing gain from such an innocent soul? For that matter, what does it gain from killing old men?

“I need to get you home, Tamas. Will you show me the way?” He asks politely but feels nervous and worried for not only Tamas and himself, but also for anyone who enters the walls of the manor.

“Yes,” replies Tamas as he claps his hands happily.

After locking the main door, Stephen and Tamas begin walking along the path and about one fourth of the way down from the manor, they veer off to the left on a footpath that leads deep into the woods. The air is cool but comfortable as they slowly stroll thought the thick canopy of trees and delicate underbrush.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 187) Next Question

Looking behind him at the second floor landing, there is nothing out of the ordinary. It is empty and undisturbed but when Stephen turns back, Tamas is out in front of the manor looking up at the windows once again. In an attempt to catch sight of what Tamas is seeing, Stephen runs outside and stands next to the young man but does not notice any movement from the windows above. He looks at Tamas who grins and then looks down at the ground as if the game is over.

“When you play, is it with a man or boy?” Stephen asks and Tamas frowns and shakes his head no.

“A woman or girl?” This question receives the same result. He is afraid to frighten Tamas, but he is compelled to ask the next question.

“Does your friend wear shoes? Like you and me?” Stephen taps the bottom of his shoe with his fingers. Tamas frowns and then shakes his head no and bends down to remove his own shoe.

“No, no. It’s okay, leave your shoes on, I understand.” Replies Stephen and Tamas grins happily.

“You are doing great, Tamas.” Stephen states as he pats the young man on the back. “I just have one more question, okay?” He asks.

“Yes,” Tamas replies as he nods his head up and down.

“Does your friend talk?” Stephen waits while Tamas turns his head and seems to be trying to say something. After a few seconds of tipping his head and attempting to speak, Tamas lets out a long wheezing sound that is such a close match to what Stephen has heard that he takes several steps back from Tamas. An uneasy nervousness seems to surround Stephen as he looks back up at the manor, then to his young innocent friend.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 186) Points

“You were hiding?” Repeats Stephen. “Why were you hiding?”

“Game,” replies Tamas as he claps his hands.

“You were playing hide and seek? With Zsofia?” questions Stephen but Tamas shakes his head no then steps back, looks up at the house, then steps back to the door.

“I’m sorry, Tamas. I don’t understand.” Stephen says gently and as he lets go of the door, it swings open farther than it had been. “Can you tell me who you were playing with?” Stephen questions as he watches Tamas closely.

To his surprise, Tamas giggles and runs his hands along the side of his face as he nods yes and makes a loud squeaking sound. It is obvious this is a positive and happy expression. Smiling that they are having this conversation, Stephen laughs with him and asks once again.

“So you can? You can tell me who was playing with you?” Stephen laughs as he feels this is a breakthrough in their ability to communicate.

To his surprise, Tamas steps to the side and smiles wide as he points up at the top of the staircase behind Stephen. This is not at all what Stephen expected and the freezing chill of fear runs along his spine as he quickly turns around to see whom or what might be there.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 185) I Hide

Turning slowly Stephen steps back, merely staring at the wooden door as if questioning what he heard. Again, there is a knock, it is faint but is clearly coming from someone outside.

“Who is it?” Stephen yells rudely hoping that will deter the person and send them back down the road. He doubts it would be Zsofia, she would knock and yell out to get his attention instead of just standing there, tapping.

“It’s times like this when a peephole would be nice.” He says to himself as he becomes angry for no apparent reason. “I said who is it?” He yells as he flings the door open. Standing just outside the door is Tamas. He is waving slowly and has a gentle smile on his face as he looks at Stephen.

“Tamas,” Stephen says in a calm tone. “Are you looking for Zsofia? She just left. You must have passed her on the path.”

Zsofia left only a minute or so ago and she said it takes twenty to thirty minutes to get to her house or to town. How is it that she did not see her brother? Stephen looks around the door in the direction Zsofia went, but she would already be out of sight and hidden by the line of trees at this point.

“No Zsó. . .fia.” Tamas states slowly. “I hide.” He says and then laughs.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 184) Nonchalant

“I’m usually at the teahouse for about thirty minutes after we close at five, so if you get bored or want to sit with a friend for dinner, you can always look me up.” Zsofia says quickly as she walks down the hall toward the main entry.

“I may do that, you know, sometime in the future.” Stephen replies as he follows her to the main door, which is still secure and locked from when they entered hours ago.

Pushing the bolt to the side, he swings the door open and without turning around or stopping to say goodbye, Zsofia continues walking and exits the structure. Not until she is several steps away and out from under the shade of the house does she lift her hand and wave.

“See you later!” She says without turning to look at him.

Her nonchalant conduct causes Stephen to grin as he closes the main door and turns to face the room. Slowly his expression grows solemn and he reaches for his pills. Several times, in the last two hours, he wished he could take one but not in front of someone who seems to handle things in a very informed manner.

Mostly though, he does not want Zsofia to think he needs such a vice. She would never understand his dependency and may even consider him weak for it. He pops two pills into his mouth and slowly swallows just before there is a knock at the door.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 183) The Spiral

“So what are your thoughts?” Zsofia asks not stating any specific subject.

“On what, the house as a whole?” Stephen questions as he carefully follows her but keeps checking above them too for anyone or anything that may follow.

“Well, that and. . . have you gone into town yet?” She questions.

“No, I haven’t.” he replies quickly and Zsofia stops and turns to look at him.

“Oh, well then you need to come into town and have a snack at my tea house sometime. It’s only a thirty minute walk, that’s how I get back and forth.” She smiles.

“Okay, sure. I should do that.” He says as he looks up once more at the steps above them.

“I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.” She teases then turns and continues down the steps.

Even though she is not looking at him, Stephen can tell Zsofia is smiling as he follows her down the spiral of steps until reaching the bottom floor.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 182) Reaction

“Are you okay?” Zsofia asks with a worried look on her face as she takes Stephens hand in hers.

“Yeah, I think so.” He says in a weak voice. He replies, trying to act as if everything is fine, but he knows something is definitely wrong. He has never had such a strange sensation before and of all the things he has found to be troublesome in his life, nothing has ever caused such a reaction.

“Here, let’s go over to the north-west corner.” Stephen says as he starts walking in that direction and Zsofia follows all the while, watching him closely.

Just as he expected, in the corner is a glass door that opens to the spiral staircase that will take them down, allowing access to all four floors. Feeling a little stronger than just a few minutes ago, he pulls the door open and allows Zsofia to go in first. Their shoes make clinking sounds on the metal steps as they begin to descend to the lower levels.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 181) Clear

“Did you hear that?” Zsofia laughs as she refers to the ridiculous echo the room produced from such a simple sound as the click of a door. “Imagine if you had a band playing up here, perfect acoustics!” She yells with hands out to her side as she walks toward Stephen then laughs at the sound of her own voice.

Stephen slowly starts to walk toward her but his legs feel heavy and his head is not clear. With cloudy vision, all he can think about is getting downstairs and out of the manor safely but his eyes will not focus properly.

“Stephen?” Zsofia questions as she come near. “Are you alright?”

As her voice reverberates loudly in his ears, the strange reaction he was having immediately ceases and he finds himself standing directly in front of her. Her voice is clear and the weight in his legs is no longer holding him down.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 180) Paralyzed

Just as Stephen enters the glass corridor and closes the door behind him, he hears an unsettling scratchy and gurgling voice. “I see you Istvan” it states in an ambiguous muffled way.

This run of words sends chills across his shoulders and down to his legs as he freezes in place. He cannot move and there is a thick full pressure in his throat. He is watching, paralyzed and helpless, as Zsofia walks further and further away but he cannot yell for help. That voice, that horrible nasty wicked voice. Where did it come from? There is no one else here except for him and Zsofia. If it is the creature, why now is he not able to see it?

All the way on the other side of the open floor, Zsofia pulls the door closed with a loud click that seems to resonate far longer and more intense than normal. Turning around she looks at Stephen and grins.

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