Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 166) Genuine
“You can’t go in there!” Stephen says forcefully and without elaborating. This reaction is a little shocking to Zsofia.
“Okay, I won’t.” Zsofia says in response as she allows him to pull her from the room and out into the hall but she is confused as to why he is so adamant.
Stephen quickly closes the door behind them and stands still for several seconds with his eyes closed. He sees the disturbing images in his head that have been with him for years. The horrible pain on his grandfather’s face and the sneering grin of the evil that destroyed him plays out repeatedly. They have become him, are part of his being, and he fears he will never be free of them, not even after death.
“Are you alright?” Zsofia asks softly but with much concern.
She steps up closer to him and cups her right hand along his jaw line in a soft and caring way. Opening his eyes, Stephen can see the worry on her face as she gazes at him waiting for him to answer. It is obvious to him that her concern is genuine.
“Yeah,” he says as he gently pulls her hand from his face.
“I’m sorry, I just. . .” she pauses as she looks down in embarrassment.
“I’m okay, just haven’t eaten much today and felt dizzy, that’s all.” He says quickly to ease her discomfort and to explain away his need to leave the room so swiftly.
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