Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dublin Daes/Purple Roses Adventure Part one


A somber mood settled onto the group of weary teenagers as they trudged silently through the streets of Dublin. Above, the afternoon sun was hidden behind gray clouds doing nothing to chase away the fog below or the worry of the small group.

Clutching her coat tighter, Kallista glanced shiftily about, taking in the vast array of pedestrians hurrying to and fro from the various shops. Feeling unsettled she tried to keep in between Adra and NJ, unable to shake the feeling of being watched. Yet when she looked around, there was no one in particular who caught her attention.

“Do you think Em is in Dublin?” She murmured in a low voice to Adra.

“Not according to our sources,” Adra patiently responded, not taking her eyes off their destination. “However, we are about to find out just where Emerald might be.”

Without missing a beat, Adra led everyone through the heavy carved wooden doors into the cozy yet elegant book store.

The proprietor, Gepard Valk stepped forward, a pleasant smile on his face that slipped a little when he saw Kallista.

With a sigh he motioned them all to the private back room, meeting the apologetic eyes of Adra.

“I’m sorry Sam,” She murmured, calling him by his nickname as she went by, “Kallista insisted on coming.”

“No worries,” He sighed. “I know how it goes when dealing with her.”

As he closed the double doors, leaving his trusted assistant in charge, his gaze went around the room at the select operatives who had come for the mission.

Of course Noam and Daniel were there together, Octaboona standing beside them.  Adra and NJ were trying to keep Kallista from upsetting the drink cart as she spun in the lush leather wheeled chair next to it. Purposely ignoring the happy squeals, Robin, Flame, and Reginald looked the other way.

They were a small group out of the entirety of the Purple Roses. There were many who Sam counted as friends who could not be there.  But he knew that help was finally there to seek a lost friend and fellow Purple Rose.

“In addition to Emerald missing, there have been some strange activities occurring during the nights here in Dublin.” Gep pressed on as he gestured for the tired and weary group to help themselves to the refreshments.

Listening, they settled in and took for themselves whatever Kallista had left behind.

“What kind of strange activity are we looking at?” Robin asked, her keen eyes focused on her friend Gep.

As the others looked towards him expectantly, Gep hesitated.

“It’s hard to explain…” He began slowly, “It’s something we have never encountered before in our previous cases….”

“Just spit it out Gep, quit stalling.” Flame snapped, impatient.

The two glared at each other long and hard even as Gep tried to come up with the best way to put it.

“Magic,” He finally spoke, so softly that everyone has to lean forward.

After a moment Kallista spoke, breaking the silence.

“You mean like LEPRECHAUNS?” she breathed out in wonder, “I should have brought my trusty cereal, Lucky Charms. They’re magically delicious!”

Once again everyone found themselves trying to ignore her as she attempted, over and over, to kick her heels together without much success.  Despite the loud thuds that occurred each time Kallista fell on her face, they managed to carry on.

“There are some things that can never be fully explained.” Gep said. “What happens here at night in this city is unexplainable. What I have seen is amazing. People have disappeared in front of me without a trace. I’ve been stalked by something that I barely got a glimpse of and it was not human.”

Noam felt the hairs on the back of her arms raise. She had known Gep a long time and he was never one to joke during serious situations such as the missing Em.

“People have been reported missing. So be careful when you are out there.”

A scream cut through the eerie silence like a knife. It was Kal and this time there was a look of fear on her face that replaced the usual stupid looking one.

“There was a face in the window, a huge hairy doggy type of face!” She burst out at their questioning looks.

“Impossible,” Adra said as she went to look out the back window Kallista was pointing crazily at. “We are at second story position here in the back with the alleyway behind this building. Look, see how the alley slopes downwards from a hill? It’s impossible for even six foot tall person to look in, much less a dog.”

“Even if they had a ladder, we would have seen the person by now.” Daniel spoke as he looked out the window next to Adra. “I don’t see anyone in either direction, Kal. You must be overtired from the flight over.”

“Sorry, I forgot that it had not been that long ago since you all landed in Ireland. “ Gep sighed wearily. “It’s best you head to your hotels and get settled in. I will be over later this evening and will tell you more. I have a lead on where Em is.”

“Tell us now, Gep. We won’t be able to get any rest till we know she is ok.” Octaboona spoke vehemently.

The rest of the group, minus Kal who was spinning in a chair, gathered around him and looked at Gep for long awaited answers.

“Fine then,” He brushed a hand over his head, as if to let out the stress that had been building for a long time.  “I’ve spotted her in the region of Killiney. There is a castle there, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. Though it’s a fine hotel, there are not many people who visit there. It’s in the outskirts of the town, real desolate.”
“Not a good place for Em at such a time as this.” NJ frowned.  “But if she is safe then I will feel better.”

“Let’s just hope we can all convince her to come back,” Flame said. “As to what all this magic is, let’s just hope that it doesn’t get in our way.”

That night Kallista stood alone in her room, the only light came from the city lights outside. Shadows played along the wall, the only other thing moving besides her in the room. Yet she could not shake the feeling of being hunted. Even being on the fourth floor of the solid brick building did not give her a sense of safety. The usual muffled noise of evening traffic did not ease the growing fear. But even as it grew, she pushed it back and numbed it, willing it to be distant from her. That is what she always did when fear threatened her.  This time she was truly alone. There was no one who was with her who could help her.  Feeling detached she slumped against the side of the huge window and sank down to her knees.  Outside the wind was picking up speed, as if to warn against another rainstorm.  There were few people now outside braving the tempestuous night. Slowly her eyes drifted to the park across the way then darted back to the Green. A gasp escaped her as a huge dark shape seemed to have come out of nowhere, disappearing again into the small forest of the park.

“What the heck…” She sat up straighter, fear breaking through the false illusion of safety.

It was that same hairy dog thing she’d seen earlier.  By now she wanted to flee to the next room where Noam was and tell her, but she knew no one would believe her.

A sudden movement in the corner of her eye caught her attention. Standing just below her window, looking up at her was a tall man. She could not see all of his face, just his eyes. But they were mesmerizing.  Giddiness filled her and she rose then moved to the door to seek him out. It was her mission; she could feel it in her heart.  A few minutes later she was walking through the hotel foyer and stepped outside.

The next morning a quiet group met over breakfast in the hotel dining room. As coffee was poured and orders were taken, they noticed Kallista was not there.

“Where is that girl?” NJ wondered out loud, “We are supposed to head out soon.”

“I’ll go get her,” Noam volunteered.

“She probably got wasted on candy again.” Gep shrugged as Noam got up.

Just then, the ditzy girl they were all talking about rushed into the room. For a change she was dressed rather nicely with a pretty scarf tied around her neck.

“Sorry I‘m late!” she gushed as she sat down next to Daniel, pulling a startled Noam back in the seat with them. “I had the weirdest dream last night-“
“You can tell us on the way to see Em,” Gep interrupted her.  “We need to get going. I don’t like the thought of Em being on her own with all the disappearances I have been hearing about.”

Distracted by a plate full of French toast and syrup, Kal forgot about her dream.  Soon everyone climbed into the van and headed to Killiney.  

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel was breathtakingly beautiful. Kallista could see why Em wanted to be there.  It was Octaboona who hacked into the Hotel security and found what room Em was in.

“Room 306, let’s go!” Gep spoke as he read over Octa’s shoulder.

As rehearsed, the Purple Roses meandered in as pairs or single, as if they were all separate from one another.  Then they met at Em’s room where Flame picked the lock.

NJ was the first to go in, signaling to the others to follow her when she saw Em was in her bed.

Stunned, they stopped at their first glance of Emerald. Not realizing anyone had come in, the girl sat alone at a table staring down into nothingness.

“My gosh!” NJ exclaimed, “Em looks as white as a ghost!”

Kallista came straggling in then only to hear the last part of NJ’s sentence.

Shock and dismay covered her face as she gasped. “Em’s a GHOST?”

Gulping nervously Kal hurried over to Em before anyone could stop her.

“Em,” She spoke kindly and gently, trying to keep her teats at bay ”You need to go into the light. Don’t be afraid.”

“What?” Em looked up startled. “Kal?”

“Yes, it’s me sister.” Kal was weeping now. “We have to say goodbye and let you go on into the light.”

“What the heck are you talking about?” Em’s voice rose in bemusement.

“OH MY GOSH!” Kal staged whispered dramatically as she whirled back to her friends. “Poor Em doesn’t know she is dead! We must help her!”

Now Em was standing and staring aghast at all of them.  Kallista took Em’s hands in hers and crooned softly. “Don’t worry Em, I will be your ghost whisperer and help you into the light. Just promise not to haunt me!”

“I’m not dead!” Em snapped, yanking her hand from Kal’s grasp. “What are you all doing here? I thought I had told you all I needed some time to myself!”

“Oh no….” Kal spoke lowly as she scurried away quickly, “This is where ghost Em is gonna go berserk with her head turning all away around and stuff. GET BACK EVERYONE!”

Grunting intensely, she dove behind a couch and clutched a make shift cross.

“Em is not dead!” Everyone shouted at the quivering Kallista who was still not quite convinced.

Uncertain, she hung back a bit, occasionally darting forth to softly poke at Em’s arm then jumping behind NJ to hide.

“We need you back Em,” Gep began as gently as he could but getting straight to the point, “It’s not the same without you.”

“Are you going to make us grieve you too?” Noam asked quietly.

“I see what this is,” Em spoke through a clenched jaw, “You are the intervention group come to take me back home like a helpless little girl!”

“Not at all, Em!” Kallista spoke up helpfully. “We want to take you home as a helpless big girl!”

For all her helpfulness all Kallista got was an elbow in the gut.  While she stoop over and puked her breakfast out in the corner garbage can, Noam tried to smooth things over for Em.

“We want you home yes, you’re our sister after all!”

Em turned away from them with hunched shoulders. “You were not supposed to find me.”
“Well, we are the Purple Roses, we can find anyone.” Daniel smiled, encouragingly.

“It’s just that…I can’t leave now.” Em confessed. “I have been grieving yes, but I am on a mission of my own.”

Everyone waited for her to tell them more but she stayed quiet.

“Well?” Gep asked, slightly annoyed.

“Well, what?” Em looked back at them innocent.

“Aren’t you going to tell us about it?”

“Nope.”

That was an answer no one took well, but Em ignored them as she walked into the bathroom to get ready for the day. An awkward silence lingered about while they waited. Finally Kallista spoke up.

“I’m feeling kinda funny today,” She complained, rubbing her neck.

“Well you look funny so that’s no surprise.”

Kallista was the only one to laugh.

“What do we do now that Em refuses to go home with us?” Noam asked, worried.

“I say we kidnap her!” Kallista growled.

Everyone ignored her.

“I say you go home without me and let me come back when I’m ready!” Em spoke as she came out of the bathroom.

“We are worried about you, Em” NJ spoke quietly.

Em’s frustrated look melted as she surveyed them. “Look guys, I’m into something deep here; it’s best you don’t get involved.”

“You don’t think we can handle it?” Flame asked defiantly.

“It’s not that,” Em spoke with exasperation, trying to explain, “It’s just that-“

A knock on her door interrupted her before she could finish and the door flung open surprising them all, except Em.

“Emerald! Your friends are here and we need-“  The man’s voice died down as he stalked in and saw them all. “It’s too late!”

He looked at all the Purple Roses intently finally settling on the sleeping form of Kallista. Used to her odd antics everyone ignored her except for the strange man.

“Who are you?” Gep asked the obvious question. “What is it you and Em need to do?”

Adra took one look at Em’s white face and knew it was not good. She was staring at Kallista.

“This is not good.” She spoke lowly as she moved towards the prone girl.

“It’s just Kallista,” Flame shrugged, “She is never good. We want to know who this dude is?”

“And what he wants to do with us,” Octa added.

“I’m Drew,” The man spoke without looking at them. Instead he took off the scarf Kallista had been wearing. “It looks like your friend was bitten by a werewolf. I came to late…. You never should have come.”

4 comments:

  1. Oooh this is wonderful. I really loved the surprise ending!

    I also loved the Em ghost section, I remember reading it before, it is nice to see where it fits in.

    You are such a talented writer!

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  2. This was fantastic! Amazing writing, as usual :D :D :D
    That was a surprising ending, so I hope you'll be able to write part 2 ASAP :D *hands her tons of cookies as a bribe*

    :D

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  3. Oooh nooo! We need a lycanthrope cure! Who was that strange man Kallista followed?? The only thing that bugged me about this story is how everyone ignores Kal or treats her poorly :/
    My favorite part was this:
    “I see what this is,” Em spoke through a clenched jaw, “You are the intervention group come to take me back home like a helpless little girl!”

    “Not at all, Em!” Kallista spoke up helpfully. “We want to take you home as a helpless big girl!”

    That was so funny xD
    Thanks for posting, Kal! I'm so glad you could get some writing in! I missed reading your stories!!!

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  4. Well, that was a plot twist!
    I hope Kallista gets cured, unless being a werewolf is a good thing, in which case AWESOME!!
    Loved the story and I can't wait for more :D

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