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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 429) Comfort Zone

“What did she tell you?” Stephen asks as Zsofia pauses in her conversation with the nurse.

“She said Tamas kept repeating your name. He kept saying Stephen over and over as he moved around the room knocking things onto the floor and finally pushing her down before fleeing down the hallway.” The woman begins speaking again as Zsofia turns toward her to listen.

“She chased after him but something happened, she is not sure what, but somehow she was pushed to the floor hard enough to go unconscious.” Zsofia looks over at the area where they found her and then continues. “She said she could hear Tamas yelling and she is positive he was heading in the direction of the woods.

“The manor.” Stephen says, as he looks out the window at the thick grove of trees that tower overhead. “You stay here, with your grandfather, and help the nurse. I’ll go find Tamas.”

He has no idea why, but he feels empowered. Maybe it is because he knows Tamas needs help and cannot defend himself, or maybe it is because he no longer has concern for his own safety. Anger is flooding his veins and this rush of adrenaline is pushing him to step out of his well maintained comfort zone.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 428) Don’t Do That

In getting to know Tamas, Stephen agrees that this is not a reflection of his caring behavior and he would never harm a person, not intentionally anyway. In looking around the room again, he deduces to himself that if Tamas did anything, it was to save the nurse from a horrific attack and yes, he may have very well pushed her to protect her. Yet, how do you explain that to someone unable to see the demon as it moves around you?

After checking to make sure no harm has come to Laszlo. Stephen and Zsofia turn to go back into the hall when they see a bloody hand print on the door frame. Zsofia covers her mouth to keep from crying out for she fears it is from her brother’s hand.

“Don’t do that, don’t think bad things.” Stephen says quietly as he puts his arm around her. “Tamas is fine, okay? Tamas is fine. We just have to find him, and that is all. I haven’t checked upstairs yet.” Stephen starts to say.

“I did just before I came to grandfathers room. Tamas is not up there either.” Zsofia says softly.

Now that the nurse has had time to recover from the ordeal, she is sitting at the kitchen table sipping a cup of tea. She looks up as Stephen and Zsofia enter the room. Speaking in Hungarian, both women engage in conversation and Zsofia looks at Stephen with wide eyes.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 427) Disoriented

Making his way to the guest room at the end of the hall, Stephen finds the elderly man asleep and breathing normal, but Tamas is not here by his grandfather’s side. As he inspects the room more closely, he realizes there must have been a fight, for several books are sitting on the floor and the bookshelves are bare. In the corner, a tall overturned lamp is lying across a dark woven carpet and very quietly, Stephen stands it back up.

Zsofia joins him as she quietly enters the room to sit by her grandfather’s side. Holding his hand and talking to him, she does not receive a response and tears silently begin to roll down her cheeks. It has all started to catch up with her as this moment of silence allows her mind to replay the events of the day.

“How is the nurse?” Stephen questions as he stands next to the bed and puts his arm around Zsofia.

“She is very disoriented and not thinking rationally.” Zsofia replies.

“Why do you say that?” Stephen questions with doubt, for he knows how odd things can appear when not everything is visible, like an attack by the Guta.

“She said Tamas was acting out, breaking things, and she got the cut on her head after he pushed her down.” Zsofia chokes back tears. “Tamas would never do that.” She says as if the air she needs in order to speak words, will not come.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 426) Toppled

Finally, after walking what seemed to be twice as long to get to Zsofia’s house, they arrive winded and thirsty from the warmth of the day. They both had reservations about leaving in the first place, but since both Laszlo and Tamas were under the care of a nurse, it seemed like a few hours would be fine. However, as they enter the house, they realize something is indeed terribly wrong, just as Klara stated.

Sitting on the floor, with her back against the wall, is the nurse. A gash across her brow is bloody and her eyes glassy as she mumbles under her breath. Chairs are toppled and lying on the floor as if someone ran around the table purposely doing so. On the walls, pictures are crooked and displayed in a haphazard fashion when a mere two hours ago, everything was neatly in place.

“Oh no, are you alright?” Zsofia says as she rushes to the woman’s side. “What happened?” She asks the nurse and then she looks up at Stephen with concern.

“I. . . I was.” The nurse begins to speak but then stops.

Stephen quickly picks up on Zsofia’s demeanor and immediately walks down the hall to the adjacent rooms for any sign of Tamas or Laszlo. The entire house is very still, quiet does not explain the strange essence of the rooms as he peeks around the corners hoping not to find a corpse. So far there is no sign of anyone as Stephen heads directly to the last room.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 425) Focus

Stepping to the counter, Klara holds on to it and points out the door. The urgency in her tone is frightening and Zsofia looks at Stephen for answers, but he has no idea what happened to cause this sudden outburst.

“What is going on?” Zsofia questions as she and Stephen quickly exit the shop.

They can hear Klara chanting a phrase over and over as they close the door.

“What is she saying?” Stephen questions.

“I, I don’t know, she is not speaking Hungarian. It is not a language I have ever heard before.” Zsofia says with fear.

Feeling rushed and apprehensive, they hurry towards Zsofia’s house to check on her grandfather and Tamas. Slowing his pace, Zsofia gets a few steps ahead of Stephen, which gives him the opportunity to pull his pills from his pocket. He does not even try to hide them as he pops a couple into his mouth. Zsofia’s focus is so strong she does not notice what he is doing or that he has drifted so far behind.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 424) You Need To Go

Stephen nearly falls over from the abnormal strength this small woman possesses as he stops his movement by grabbing the edge of the counter. Klara’s face is wet from sweat and her eyes gray and lifeless. As she holds him there, she stares off without focusing on him. Pulling back, he breaks her grasp and her body jolts as if she has been shocked. Within seconds, she is normal and looks at him with confusion.

“What are you doing?” She questions in a manner that makes Stephen feel like a little boy in trouble.

“I. . . you were. . .” He does not know what to say and his voice is shaky from the frightening experience.

“It is time for you to go, Zsofia is here.” Klara says as she looks down at her hands as if exhausted.

Immediately the shop door opens flooding the room with bright light as Zsofia enters. She can tell by Stephen and Klara’s expressions that something has happened but she does not say a word. Still holding the door open, she stands still and quiet and looks from Stephen to Klara several times. She does not move from this position, nor does she attempt to shut the door.

“You need to go, and hurry, something is amiss!” The old woman says in a weakened state.

She moves about as she tries to pull the stool, along with herself, up closer to the counter and the candle that is still burning. Stephen reaches out to help her but she pushes him away with a slap to his hand.

“No! Something is wrong, something is horribly wrong!” She yells at Zsofia and then she pushes Stephen back from her once again.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 423) Wild Eyes

A gurgling giggle resonates behind Stephen and he quickly turns around but to his surprise, nothing is there. Looking back at Klara, her eyes still closed, she begins to shake violently in her chair and with a loud gasp, opens her eyes and mouth at the same time sucking in a breath of air.

This frightening motion causes Stephen to take two steps back in a defensive manner and then a loud, animal like scream, comes from the old woman. Looking up at the ceiling as if pleading for help she lets out one final breath and slumps down on the stool. Stephen has never observed anything this strange and now he fears she will fall from her position behind the counter. Being careful and quiet, he slowly walks toward her.

“Ma’am?” He says in a low tone. “Ma’am, are you alright?”

He approaches her, extending his hand to touch her when suddenly she reaches out and grabs his arm pulling him to her with incredible force!

“There is only one way to stop it!” She yells with wild eyes as she pulls him within inches of her face.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 422) Her Agenda

“Why is it after me?” Stephen questions not knowing if he truly wants to hear the answer.

“It was tricked by a member of your family and now that it is free, it seeks revenge.” The woman shivers as she looks toward the door to the shop. “It has started the process and will not stop until all of its desires are filled.”

Together in silence, they remain in the flickering light of the single candle. Stephen is confused and feels Klara’s comment has left him without an out or a way to stop what sounds like impending death. Rushing in his thoughts are the things he has witnessed, the many losses in his life, the wish for happiness and a future. As he looks back at Klara, he realizes her eyes are closed and she is humming, but the tune is barely audible.

“She beckoned for it to come to her.” Klara whispers. “Deceit and lust were her agenda.” Her voice is raspy and eerie as if coming from another realm of existence other than here and now. “The demon walks among us. . . it is laughing.”

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 421) You Have Grown

“Your night of drinking was very informative, you know the Guta far better than you think!” Klara smiles and the creases of her face darken in the flickering light.

“But what is a Guta?” Stephen asks honestly not understanding the full impact of its abilities.

Klara straightens in her chair and looks at him, reading him, searching his eyes for truths. Trying to stay strong and in control, Stephen does not look away as he studies her in return. Slowly she begins to lighten her gaze and a gentle grin forms across her lips.

“You have grown Istvan.” She says in a low tone as she reaches across the counter and pats the top of his hand with her fingers. “Even with the short time you have been here, you have strengthened.”

“You haven’t answered my question.” Stephen states as he slowly slips his hand out from under hers and she does not speak immediately.

“The Guta is feared for it is a true demon.” She folds her hands in her lap and looks up at the ceiling for a few seconds before continuing. “There is evil in this world and the Guta is a spawn of the purest form. It searches out prey to mistreat and abuse until it no longer wishes to play or no longer finds pleasure in it.”

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 420) Vengeance

“Vengeance is what it desires.” Klara says as she lights a candle and sits on a stool behind the counter. “It takes great satisfaction in knowing you can see it.” She scowls at the flame as if reading an appalling passage from a book.

“What exactly is this. . . this thing?” Stephen questions.

Even though he learned much from the men at the bar, but alcohol impaired men at best, he feels Klara has insight that others do not. Does he believe she is psychic? Yes, possibly, for she knows things about him that no other person could have possibly ever come to know. Besides that, she has an uncanny ability to answer questions he believes he is hiding in his mind.

To his surprise, the old woman laughs loudly at Stephen’s question as she looks to her side, much like you would expect of a person hearing a hilarious joke. Leaning forward she places her hand on her forehead and laughs again.

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