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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 19) Insomnia

Stephen wonders if perhaps after that horrible night of his grandfather’s death, his grandmother could not bear to stay here in this area of Hungary alone. To Stephen that does not seem to be out of the ordinary, in fact he is asking himself that very question now. He wonders if he will be able to stay here even for just one night.

A resting sleep is not an option and he knows this. Unfortunately, it is not a result of travel or being in a new place, or in this case, a place that produced the most frightening moment of his life. Insomnia is something he has suffered with for years and nothing helps him relax or slow his mind from racing though images and words that come at him constantly.

Stephen walks back through the kitchen and unlocks the door that leads outside. The air is cold and biting and as the door swings shut with a squeak, he looks out at his surroundings. The bottom of his shoes make a tapping sound as he steps down onto the cold hard stones of the path that leads to the top of the hill.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 18) Introverted

Carefully folding the pages exactly as they were, Stephen stuffs the document back in the pocket of his jacket and walks over to the fireplace. On the mantel is an old wedding picture of his grandparents. It is brown and white and has aged well over the years in fact it looks exactly as he remembers it from fifteen years ago. He pulls it down and stares at the youthful faces recognizing his father’s features in both young adults.

It occurs to him that he cannot recall what happened to his grandmother, he does not remember a funeral or even an announcement that she passed. He cannot imagine that she would still be alive or that it would even be a possibility. She was very different from his grandfather, quiet, stern, not at all playful or loving.

Her persona did not resemble anything close to what one believes a grandmother to be. She seemed to keep to herself and not join in many conversations or appear to enjoy listening to others. He snickers at himself for this description sounds very much like his own silent and introverted self.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 17) Unaware

The main structure on the property is enormous with numerous bedrooms, a full library, and a massive glass conservatory large enough to place the small apartment building he has lived in for the past six years inside it. He is reading the details and measurements of his new possession but until daybreak, he is completely unaware of how magnificent the place truly is.

This building, where he is now, is what his father referred to as the gatehouse. It is significantly smaller in comparison to the large manor. It served as the core living structure for his aging grandparents because it is all on one level. Upkeep of the larger home would have been nearly impossible for two elderly people and they chose to retain what they owned by locking it up.

According to what he has learned of his deceased great-uncle, the man never set foot in the large house except to check for leaks or broken pipes and general maintenance. He hopes it is as sturdy and sound as the document says or he will have far more work cut out for him in the coming months. One thing he knows for sure is that he will not live here, in this particular dwelling known as the gatehouse, for his memories will not allow it.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 16) Warm

It is moments much like this when Stephen wishes he had his parents to guide him. Together and shortly after his eighteenth birthday, they were killed in an automobile accident. Due to what he witnessed in losing his grandfather as a child, he spent many hours in therapy and the demise of his parents in such a sudden manner only increased his torment.

Losing them demolished his sense of trust and love and took away the only people he felt close too. Most of all his mind wanderings imagined a far worse fate than what actually happened to them. In the darkness of his thoughts, he often wonders if accidents are just that, or if evilness played a role much like what took place here in this house so many years ago.

Walking back to the sitting room where the fireplace is warm and bright, Stephen pulls a folded document from the inner pocket of his jacket. It is the deed to the house and property, which includes forty-two acres of land and several out buildings.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 15) Emptiness

Quickly popping one of the small round pills in his mouth, Stephen swallows it dry. Stepping back, he glances down the hall to see that the candle has now burned out as the last puff of smoke flows upward and dissipates into the air.

The group of visitors tonight brought trays and bowls of food as is the usual protocol with most funerals. They did a good job of wrapping and storing the leftovers in the kitchen but several empty glasses and napkins are still sitting on the tables and mantel of the fireplace of the sitting area.

Finally moving from the spot in the room where his great-aunt left him, Stephen gathers the items and takes them to the kitchen. There is an intense quietness in the house, stillness, a surreal feeling of emptiness and it chills the damp air around him.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 14) He Fumbles

Holding his eyes closed tight, Stephen huddled down on the floor with his head buried in his arms as he tried to block this horrific event out. His grandmother began screaming and the laughter of the creature simply became too much as he yelled out in an attempt to overpower the volume. That was the last thing he remembered before blacking out.

Standing there now, in the same house where his grandfather died in a most disturbing way, Stephen’s anxiety level is at an extreme high. The rooms are dark and the dwelling quiet as he fumbles around in the pocket of his jacket.

Nervously, he pulls a small plastic bottle out of his pocket and due to his shaking hands, the pills are rattling around in the container. A quick chill creeps up his spine for this sound is very reminiscent of the gurgling breath emitted by the beast responsible for his grandfather’s demise.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 13) Quietly Seated

Stephen’s grandfather was gasping and screaming out in pain as this thing continued to attack without any concern to the group that has now gathered in the room. It was hopping around on the bed as if this were a child’s game. Stephens grandmother stood horrified with her hand covering her mouth as she looked from her husband to Stephen and back again.

Suddenly, after one final blow, his grandfather fell back on the bed, lifeless, no longer yelling out, no longer in pain, and no longer alive. As Stephen watched in horror, his father began CPR on the older man and the beast, now quietly seated on the bed, turned and looked Stephen in the eye. The most hideous evil smile Stephen had ever seen came across the monster’s bony distorted face.

Wrinkles and lines cut deep into its leathery skin and around its dark lifeless deep-set eyes. Its deformed arms and legs, bent up around its thin almost skeletal torso as it wiggled each finger on its oversized hands. The grin turned into a giggle and then laughter so loud Stephen had to cover his ears.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 12) Stood Witness

“No!” Stephen screamed as this creature continued to bludgeon the old man repeatedly with each blow harder than the last.

It jumped up in a standing position on the bed and laughed hysterically as it hammered down again on his grandfather’s now frail body. This thing was grinning and giggling with glee as it forced its hands downward.

Stephen’s father ran into the room practically jumping onto the evil beast but that is when young Stephen realized his father did not see it. He was not pulling the monster away or blocking its punches as it kept hitting the same spot on his grandfather’s chest over and over again.

Stephen recalls crying and pointing as he tried to explain what it is that he could see but as family members began congregating about the bed, it was clear that only he stood witness to what was truly happening.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 11) Chuckled

“Grandfather?” The young Stephen questioned as he stood in the doorway.

The elderly man stirred from the sound of his grandson’s voice and opened his eyes. He then turned and looked at Stephen with a loving smile. The creature on the bed chuckled as if finding this exchange to be funny as it pointed a long thin finger at the elder man.

The beast then glanced in Stephen’s direction as if looking to see if the young boy was laughing as well. What happened next is the most appalling part for the monster eased both of its arms high above its head, holding this position for several seconds as if waiting for a cue to move.

Suddenly, with great power, it thrusts its fists down on the old man with such force it jolted him nearly to a sitting position. A look of shock and terror crossed his grandfather’s face as the second blow from this beast hit him.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 10) This Thing

Stephen adored his grandfather dearly and he eagerly ran down the hallway but remembering what his father told him, he made sure he stopped just short of the door. He knew he should avoid frightening the man by bursting into the room so he hesitated before continuing.

As he slowly pushed the door open, he was stunned at what he saw. There on the bed, sitting hunched over and crooked next to his sleeping grandfather sat an old woman, or was it a man? Stephen could not tell and the longer he watched this creature the more he questioned if it was even human.

With its reddish tinted skin pulled tight around its pointy bones, this thing, whatever it was, did not seem to be bothered by Stephen’s watchful eye. It sat very still, almost statue like with arms crossed.  Gradually it bent over breathing in his grandfather’s face as it made a wheezing sound that started with a gurgle deep in its throat as if it were full of water.

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