Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 439) Dazed

With the passing of night, the morning comes with the scent of rain and rumbles of thunder. Tree branches hang heavy with soaked leaves and puddles of water form in low areas of the road and yard. The constant tapping of rainwater leaking through a crack in the conservatory’s frame splatters droplets of water onto the side of Stephen’s face.

Still lying where he fell from the blows he took the night before, the dampness of the area stirs Stephen awake. He moans as he lifts his head and opens one eye. The lights are still on and with the grayness of the sky above, he believes it is still nighttime. Little does he know that he has been unconscious for nearly eleven hours and it is now a new day.

He feels a pain in his back as he rolls from his stomach to his side and finally onto his back. Looking up at the iron walkways above him, he feels dizzy and the room seems to want to spin as it slowly begins to move. Quickly, he closes his eyes to steady himself but even with eyes shut, he continues to feel movement and his stomach begins to gurgle.

“Ah, I’m going to be sick.” He says aloud as he pinches the bridge of his nose with his fingers as another drop of water splashes on the wet floor next to his face.

A low rumble of thunder vibrates through the stone floor as Stephen begins to sit up. With his eyes closed, he slides over to the wall and leans his back against the cool stone. He is dazed and until just now, was not thinking of where he is or how he got here. Most of all, he has no idea about why he was lying on a wet floor.


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