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Misdirection Part Four

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It was dark, as all caves usually are, but given that we are paladins it wasn’t that dark to us.

“Being able to see in the dark makes life a whole lot easier,” Alex whispered.

“Yes it does,” I replied.

“Let’s find those vampires and kill them.”

“I really don’t think we are going to find any in here.”

“What? Why?”

“I don’t trust Arthur.”

Even though I can see in the dark it’s not perfect vision, but I didn’t need perfect vision to see that Alex was about to get really defensive on me.

“There’s nothing wrong with him,” she fired at me, raising her voice. “Why don’t you give him a break? The vampires killed his dog.”

“Relax, will ya?” I replied. “I’d rather not alert anything that we are here.”

“I thought you said that there weren’t any vampires in here?”

“I said I don’t think we will find any, which doesn’t mean that I’m right so if you would please keep your voice down, that would be ideal.”


We took the rest of the time in silence.

The cave was a lot deeper than I expected it to be, almost like it was carved into the side of a mountain, but we were not near any. It wasn’t like the caves you find with those rock spikes pointing up from the ground or hanging from the ceiling—what are those things called again? The place was just a long hallway of solid rock, slightly glistening from the moisture.

We reached the end of the cave and I will say that I was wrong; there were definitely vampires in that cave.

“Well,” I began, “I was wrong.”

“I don’t get it,” she said. “They’re already dead.” I could see the disappointment in her face. I don’t think it was just because it was obvious that Arthur was probably lying to us but also that she isn’t going to be able to kill any vampires.

“I told you something was fishy about this. We need to get out of here, like now.”

“Wait, why are they dead?”

“Because someone killed them.”

“Maybe they just died?”

“Unless there’s a new airborne virus that kills vampires or a sun roof here then I don’t think so.”

“I’m telling you, Arthur did not trick us.”

“We’re leaving.” I headed back towards the mouth of the cave.

Alex was upset because she liked the kid so she couldn’t see what was clearly happening here. She was also young and new to this so I don’t know if she has learned to not trust certain people yet. All I knew was that we needed to get out of there.

We got to the entrance of the cave and I was even more surprised than I had expected to be. I knew that Arthur was lying to us but I had no idea why. That was no longer a question inside my head for there was Roy, Lenny and a whole bunch of other agents standing there, waiting. We were set up.

“Hey Wes,” he said…

Misdirection: Part Four

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Posted by on February 13, 2016 in Misdirection


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Misdirection Part Three

Part One, Part Two, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven

I asked Arthur to take us to the spot where he saw the vampires to which he gladly agreed. He explained how they chased him through the woods into his backyard. From the sound of it he was a couple of miles into the woods when he encountered the vampires so it was going to take us some time to get there. Arthur was leading the way with Alex standing right next to him while I hung back a few yards.

“I’m sorry about your dog,” Alex said to him.

“Thanks,” he replied not looking over to her.

“I’m Alex. My brother’s name is Wes.”

It was odd that we never said our names before and he quickly agreed to go to the woods with strangers, to a place where he was attacked by vampires. That would scare anyone. I didn’t trust this kid.

“Who are you guys?” Arthur asked her.

“We search for monsters and hunt them,” she said boastfully.

“Alex,” I scolded. She shouldn’t be so cavalier telling people that, even if she did want to show off. She simply shrugged her shoulders.

“But you’re both so young,” Arthur pointed out.

“I’m older than you,” I fired back.

“Relax, Wes,” Alex said, trying to calm me down. I was really not digging this. Do people still say that?

Arthur smiled at Alex. I walked up right in between the two of them.

“Wes!” Alex complained loudly.

“Just wanted to get a better spot,” I responded, not really lying to her. It was better for me.

The three of us continued to walk in silence, neither of them really wanting to talk to me. That was fine with me, just as long as she didn’t get close with the kid I definitely didn’t trust.

“This is where I found them,” Arthur said when we reached a cave.

“That’s a little cliché,” I muttered.

“A cave?” Alex asked.

“Yeah, they live in caves in the movies, don’t they?”


“They did in Lost Boys.”

“Are we going in there?”

“What do you think?”

“Let’s get in there then.”

We started for the cave but Arthur hung back.

“If it’s cool with you I’d rather stay back here,” he informed us. I didn’t really blame him for not wanting to walk in there. I wouldn’t want to either if I weren’t a paladin.

“Okay,” I said. “Just stay here and if you hear anything just run.”


Alex looked like she was actually worried about him but she didn’t say anything and headed toward the cave.

“Be careful,” Arthur called out to Alex.

She turned back to flash a smile at him.

“You too,” she said back. He smiled back at her.

I tapped her on the back and pointed to cave.

“I’m going,” she snapped at me. I put my hands up in defense and we continued to the cave.

As we stepped through the mouth of the cave it felt like I was being swallowed up and about to be spit back out…

Misdirection: Part Three

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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Misdirection


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Misdirection Part Two

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The town was an absolutely crap-hole. I mean, I have been to some pretty awful places, including the town full of werewolves. Okay, fine. This place wasn’t as bad as that but it was still not somewhere I wanted to spend a vacation at. Vacationing is something that I have not done since before my parents were killed. Sorry, I got a little off track there.

The town wasn’t exactly small but it was just in terrible shape. It wasn’t in the back swamps like the town Kelly and I blew up but all of the buildings looked like they were going to fall apart from years of termite damage. The people themselves—the ones walking around anyway—looked well enough but it just looked like the town was deprived of any sort of budget whatsoever. It was a perfect place for vampires to attack. It was nestled somewhere in the center of Montana, which believe it or not is a state I haven’t visited too much.

Alex and I found a big enough parking lot to keep the car for the time being, since I didn’t want to stay any place in the town. Then we began our search, which believe it or not didn’t take us that long.

The site that posted about the vampires was from right out of this town. That seemed strange to me since there seemed to be no money to support anything, but then again websites won’t exactly break the bank.

We headed to the house where we traced the post from.

“This place sucks,” Alex complained.

“You’re going to see that a lot,” I let her know, drowning any hopes of seeing nice places. I think she kind of figured that out herself.

“You think this is some dork living in his mom’s basement?”

Man, girls are so mean.

“Probably,” I agreed with a laugh. Hey I never said I was the nicest person in the world.

I knocked on the front door and seconds later it whipped open. Well, only part way because it had one of those chain locks. There was boy that we could see through the crack of the door that the chain link would allow. He looked to be not much older than Alex.

“Hi,” I said in the nicest voice that I could.

“Hi,” he said back in a somewhat sheepish voice.

“I’m looking for Arthur Gildhardt?”

There was a flash of fear in his eyes, more than there already was anyways.

“What about him?” he asked me.

“We wanted to talk to him about the vampire post,” I answered him.

“Are you here to make fun of me…I mean him too? Crap.” He muttered that part under his breath.

“No we are not. I just wanted to see what you know. Or what Arthur knows.”

He shut the door, unlinked the chain and opened the door up for us.

“Come in,” he said as he started walking deeper into the house. It was weird for him to just trust us like that.

As we entered the door we passed by the living room and there was a woman snoring on the couch with the TV on. All of the blinds were closed and it was a cloudy day, so the only light was coming off of the TV.

“She won’t wake up,” he promised and continued into the basement. I laughed to myself.

Alex had been oddly quiet. I nudged her.

“You okay?” I asked her.

“Yeah,” she replied, nodding her head a little too much.

“Okay then.”

Arthur led us into a basement that looked like it was his bedroom with a TV, computer and a bunch of gaming equipment. He sat on the chair in front of his computer and just started typing.

“What can you tell us about the attacks?” I asked him, breaking the awkward silence.

“Nothing more than what I wrote on the website,” he replied

“How do you know they are vampires?”

That seemed to trip him up a little bit. “I saw them,” he said. “They chased me to my house, but they didn’t come in because I didn’t invite them.”

“Nope, they don’t need to be. If they didn’t follow you in either you are lucky or lying.”

“I’m not lying. Bald guys, sharp teeth, extremely pale?”

Alex laughed, like a really stupid laugh. I looked over at her and shrugged my shoulders. She quickly stopped herself and her face was beat red.

“Sorry,” she apologized. I think she liked him. That’s just great. That’s exactly what I needed to deal with.

“Look,” he began, tears starting to well up in his eyes, “they killed my dog, okay?”

“I’m sorry,” I said to him. “We are here to stop them, I promise you.”

We were definitely going to stop them, that and a whole lot more…

Misdirection: Part Two

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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Misdirection


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Misdirection Part One

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Fighting my sister became a lot more difficult. Look I’m not saying I could beat her but now that she has her own weapon, one that she picked out, it was like she had years of experience. Was it the same way for me when I got my axes?

Once again, it wasn’t that I wasn’t better than her, but she was fighting with such brutality that it was just unexpected.

I knocked her swing to the side and brought my right axe up to her neck. She then spun and kicked the axe away while swinging her axe at my head. I ducked, hooked my left axe behind her leg and pulled it out from underneath her.

“You’re getting better,” I told her as I paced around her. “You still need work, though.”

She didn’t bother mincing words but attacked me instead. We sparred for another twenty minutes before calling it a day.

It had been a couple weeks since our zombie adventure and luckily the agency never saw us leaving, which meant they didn’t follow us. Nothing has happened either within that timeframe so we just practiced while trying to find out how to save Kelly. The last thing we heard was from a good witch—yeah, apparently that is a thing—and that was “Fortel” written in blood and neither of us knew what that meant.

The motel we were in was just as crappy as every other place I’ve ever stayed in. For once I would like to stay somewhere nice, but I definitely couldn’t now because the agency would be on us in a second. There were stains on the walls and floors, and a smell that no amount of bleach would get rid of.

I just came out of the shower and Alex was on the computer, searching.

“You find anything?” I asked her, already knowing the answer.

“Nope,” she replied as she turned her attention to me. “But you already knew that.”

“Yes I did. What the hell does “Fortel” mean?”

“A name?”

“Probably.” Another thing that bothered me is that the agency had to have seen that too and were also probably trying to figure it out as well. We had to figure out what it meant before they did.

“Oh shit, finally,” Alex blurted.

I jumped up and ran over to her. “What? And don’t swear.”

“Shut up. Look at this.” She pointed at the screen.

There was a news story about an attack at a town that was only a few towns over from where we were. It was vampires. How would I know so quickly, you ask? Because it literally said there were vampire attacks. It was obviously some tabloid website but that didn’t mean that I was going to take any chances.

“I guess we are hunting vampires,” I said.

“Good,” Alex said, a little anger under her breadth. Vampires were present at her adoptive parents death so I imagined that she was a little bitter. Kind of how I feel about werewolves. “Do you think it is real?”

“No idea, but we are going to find out.”

“Okay then.”

“Let’s pack up.”

“It’s still morning time.”


“Vampires only attack at night.”

“Yes but we need to go investigate.”


She quickly showered, packed up, and then we were out the door.

Something about this one felt odd. It was close to where we were and it was just so blatantly obvious what the problem was, which usually wasn’t the case. I felt like something bad was going to happen and I was going to learn how good my gut feelings really are…

Misdirection: Part One

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Misdirection


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