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Terror Apartments Part Five

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Six, Part SevenPart EightPart NinePart Ten

We all just stood there. I think the gremlins were just as shocked to see us, as we were to see them. Of course, they had to know that I was here because they could feel me, just like I could feel them. That’s one of the perks of being a paladin. I can feel when a monster is close by. So, I’m sure they weren’t surprised to see me, but everyone else that was with me.

“Mygle?” I muttered.

“That’s why I’m here,” he replied.

Kelly and her team held very still, which I was thankful for because I didn’t want anyone on either side to make any sudden movements.

There were seven of them. We outnumbered them but they were all stronger than Kelly and her team. I wasn’t really sure whose side Mygle was on but we were definitely going to find out soon enough.

Kelly looked at me out of the corner of her eye and she was livid. I didn’t blame her. This didn’t look good at all.

“Mygle,” one of the gremlins spoke in a very raspy voice. “What great surprise.” Their English was just as bad as Mygle’s, apparently.

“Hi,” Mygle said back. He seemed a little afraid.

“Which one of you is the Paladin?”

“I am,” I answered.

Kelly turned to me with a look that told me I shouldn’t have done that.

“There’s no benefit in not telling them,” I defended myself.

“Did Mygle bring you here?” the gremlin, whom I assumed was the leader, asked me.

“No. You did when you started terrorizing this place.”

“You’ll regret coming here.”

“So won’t you.”

All hell broke loose. The gremlins exploded toward us with malicious intent buried deep into their eyes. Fighting Mygle was a pain in my rear, so you can imagine what fighting seven of them was like, especially with humans getting in my way. Actually you can’t imagine that because you’ve probably never fought a monster before. Stop nodding your head in agreement.

The gremlins were fast and strong. They didn’t seem to be as good as Mygle was, which made me wonder about him a little more. As I dodged the first one that came at me I turned to Mygle to see what he was going to do. At first he just stood there, obviously afraid of which side to take. I thought he had turned his back on the other gremlins, so why wouldn’t he just start helping us?

Another gremlin jumped at me and tackled me to the ground. As we fell and started to roll backwards I used the momentum to launch the little monster right off of me into a wall, leaving a nice little dent in the plaster. As it came back at me I took a swing with my axe, aimed right at him or her—it might have been a her—but it disappeared right before I could chopped off their head.

I turned to Mygle again.

“Do you plan on helping anytime soon?” I asked him.

He looked back and forth between the battle and I, trying desperately to make a decision. I could see the inner turmoil he was going through but I honestly didn’t care at that moment. We needed his help.

“Sorry, Wes,” he said and then he was gone.

“Are you kidding me?” I complained. I didn’t have time to whine about it, though. There was a fight going on in a crowded hallway and I needed to focus on that.

The gremlins were getting the better of Kelly and the rest of them. They were all good at fighting, even against monsters, but those red devils are just too fast and strong for them.

The gremlin that had spoken to us was leaping at Kelly from behind with a knife held high in the air, ready to bring it down on her exposed back. Now even though I really don’t have any feelings toward Kelly, I couldn’t just let her die, could I? Ha like I was really thinking about letting that happen.

I took out one of my Desert Eagles and shot him right out of the air. It wasn’t a kill shot but he wasn’t ready to attack Kelly anytime soon.

“Thanks,” she said.

“No problem,” I said back.

That moment I spent responding to her was the moment that I got hit in the back of the head. It was just in the right spot too because it didn’t knock me out but it was enough to completely disorient me.

I fell to my knees and that’s when they started to drag Kelly and her team away. I tried to react but I was so woozy that I just stumbled as I tried to get up. If I didn’t do something and fast they were going to get all of us. As they grabbed Lenny and started pulling him away, I pulled out my Desert Eagles and just started firing. My aiming was spot on because the gremlin that was going to drag Lenny down the hall jerked several times and fell. It was dead.

That scared the rest of them and then they were gone, with Kelly and everyone else. I looked over at him and he looked over at me.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” we said in unison…

Terror Apartments: Part Five

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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Terror Apartments

 

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Terror Apartments Part Four

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Five, Part Six, Part SevenPart EightPart NinePart Ten

I looked at Mygle and he looked right back at me. This was not a position that I had wanted to end up in. I never expected for both Kelly and Mygle to meet. To be honest I wasn’t really sure that I would ever see him again. That was just wishful thinking.

Everyone in the group was staring at either Mygle or I and they were obviously looking for some sort of explanation. Like I said, I never really pictured the day when I would have to face this situation so I wasn’t really prepared for it.

“What is this?” Kelly asked.

“That’s Mygle,” I replied.

“Yes, I understand that much. What is this?” She motioned back and forth between us.

“Oh, right. We kind of go back. You guys can let him go.”’

“I don’t think so.”

“Listen to me.” I walked right up to Kelly. “I have run into him on many occasions and even though I would love to kill him—believe me, I would—he has saved my life more than once.”

“You’re so sweet, Wes,” Mygle mocked.

“Shut up.”

Kelly was staring at me and I could see in her eyes that she didn’t have any intentions of letting the little jerk go. I couldn’t really blame her, though. If the roles were reversed I wouldn’t have even waited for Mygle to say anything and would have just killed him. Although, I guess I wouldn’t have because here he was. The first time we met I didn’t kill him. OK, fine. Yes I have tried to kill him on several different occasions but I think if I got my blade close enough I wouldn’t have actually cut it through him. Think what you want.

“I know you don’t trust him,” I started, “but you can trust me.”

That seemed to get somewhere because Kelly was now looking between the two of us again and I could see that she was entertaining the idea.

“You do realize that he is letting you hold him, right?” I asked. “He can get away anytime he wants.”

“Fine,” Kelly finally said. “Let him go.”

“You can’t be serious,” Lenny complained.

“Don’t worry, Lenny,” I said. We both looked at each other and were surprised that I called him by his actual name. That seemed to work, though, because he let it go.

The two guys holding Mygle let go of him and the little gremlin came walking over to me.

“Thanks, buddy,” he said.

“Don’t ever call me buddy,” I demanded.

“Why do you always try to fight our friendship?”

“So how did you guys meet anyways?” Kelly asked.

“Well,” I began, “it was online. I was having a really hard time finding someone and I figured I would give it a try.”

“Seriously.”

“We were both hunting vampires. He kills and eats other monsters not humans.”

“How can you be sure?”

“I just am.”

Kelly still didn’t like the situation but who could really blame her? We hunt monsters yet here I was vouching for one. How could anyone expect her to just let it go and accept that? It was completely understandable.

“I don’t like this,” she said.

“Me either,” I agreed.

“I’m right here,” Mygle pointed out.

“Shut up, Mygle.”

“So feisty.”

Kelly walked up to Mygle. He pretended like he was scared and was hiding behind me but he had a smile on his face.

“What are you doing here?” she asked him. “Are you the one causing all of this trouble?”

“Not exactly,” he replied.

“What do you mean not exactly?”

He pointed behind everyone and I honestly didn’t think it could have gotten any worse. We found out what was causing all of the trouble. There was a large group of gremlins standing there, staring right at us…

Terror Apartments: Part Four

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Terror Apartments

 

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Terror Apartments Part Three

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The dark wasn’t going to stop us from doing our job, especially me. I have my own internal night vision. Did I not mention that before? My bad. I’m sure Kelly and her team has night vision goggles but they obviously didn’t want to scare anyone running around with those looking like they were there to attack the place, so they had flashlights.

“This doesn’t change anything,” said Kelly. “Wes and Lenny, I still want you two to take the 4th floor.”

“Great,” I said sarcastically.

“I can still get security.”

“Don’t bother. Let’s go Jenny.”

Lenny grunted and I half expected him to hit me in the back of the head, but he didn’t. We took the stairs for obvious reasons and ascended up to the 4th floor. There were 16 total so this was going to take while.

For the first five minutes neither of us said a word to each other. We hated one another and all I would do is antagonize him if I did speak. He finally broke the ice.

“We should start knocking on doors,” he suggested.

“Probably,” I said.

“Split up?”

“Gladly.”

“Don’t even think about it,” Kelly’s voice came through the earpiece.

“Don’t worry. Wouldn’t dream of going against your orders. Especially since I work for your agency. Oh wait, I don’t. See ya Jenny.”

“I’ll get security.”

“I don’t care.”

Lenny grabbed my arm as I started to walk away.

“You may not work for her but I do,” he pointed out. “I’d rather not get canned because you’re reckless.”

For a few seconds I just stared at him. I may hate the guy but I didn’t want to get him fired or anything.

“Fine,” I said. “Let’s go.”

We walked up to the next door and began knocking. We waited a minute and then knocked again. Finally after another minute the door open as far as the chain lock would allow.

“Hello?” came an old voice. The woman was tiny and looked very frail.

“Ma’am,” Lenny started. “We’re exterminators and are here to stop the infestation of rats.”

“Oh. Come in, please.”

We stepped through the door after she unlocked it. The apartment was very clean and every shelf in there was littered with porcelain dolls. To be honest I expected that the moment she had opened the door.

“Are you the ones that did this to the power?” she asked us.

“No,” I said. “Whatever is infesting this building probably did it. Rats most likely.”

“Oh no. It’s not rats.”

“No?”

“No.”

“How can you be sure?”

The woman sat down in her chair with a lot of struggle.

“Well,” she began, “when it started there was a lot of strange stuff. Things were getting knocked over, I and several others heard voices, and people have gone missing.”

“The manager didn’t mention anything about that,” said Lenny.

“He wouldn’t. Only a couple have and it’s only been a day or two. A lot of us don’t have family and vacation a lot.”

“How do you know they just didn’t leave then?”

“I know. Plus I’ve seen the little devils.”

I walked over to her.

“What did they look like?” I asked her.

“I didn’t get the best look,” she admitted, “but they were about the size of a child and had red skin.” Uh oh.

Lenny and I both looked at each other.

“Where are you two?” Kelly called through the earpiece.

I stepped away from the woman. “Room 419. Why?”

“Meet us in the hallway.”

I motioned for Lenny and we both did just that. It took a couple minutes for them to show up but when they did I could hear someone struggling.

“We found something,” Kelly informed them.

“And?” Lenny asked.

“They asked for Wes.” Not good.

One of the other team members brought the monster forward and I did not like what I was seeing, or whom I was seeing I should say.

“Hey, Wes,” he said.

“Mygle,” I replied…

Terror Apartments: Part Three

 
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Terror Apartments Part Two

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When we went back to the apartment building I made sure to wear a mask so that the door man wouldn’t recognize who I was. Luckily it worked and we were able to get in without a hitch. Building management had decided what the people had been seeing was rats and called for exterminators. So, Kelly’s agency took that as an opportunity to sneak in. Having their resources really came in handy sometimes. They knew as well as I did that whatever was in there was not rats.

When we were going through the front the doorman did look at me for a second and I thought he was going to realize who I was but he didn’t. That was good, too, because if he did he wouldn’t have let any of us in.

The manager of the apartments was waiting for us in the lobby. He was a short man with his hair slicked back and he wore a cheap blue suit. The man looked like a little sniveling weasel. I don’t really like to make quick assumptions but I was usually right. Most of the time, anyways.

“They are everywhere,” he said. “I’ve been getting complaints all week about these things. I can’t have my building getting this kind of attention. I need you to take care of this now.”

Kelly stared at him. I thought for sure she was going to punch him in the face.

“Can you show us to the basement?” she asked him.

“Right this way,” he replied.

He led us to a service elevator and took us to the basement level.

“If there’s an infestation they will most likely be down here,” Kelly explained.

“I think one of my normal maintenance people might have noticed that,” the manager pointed out.

“Not if they don’t know where to look.”

“Hmmm.”

“Is there any access to the air ducts down here?”

“Yes. Over there.”

“Are there any cameras down here?”

“No.”

“Good. Wes, will you?”

“Gladly,” I responded.

“Huh?” the manager asked right before I punched him unconscious.

“I’m going to go put him somewhere out of sight,” I informed them.

“Good idea,” Kelly agreed.

I put the little jerk in a closet. I was pretty sure that no one was going to find him in there any time soon. I went back to the rest of the group. Everyone was grabbing all of their weapons and dividing them up. I already had mine on me concealed in my costume.

“What do you think we’re dealing with?” Kelly asked me.

“I’m not sure yet,” I admitted.

“Why did we even bother bringing him in?” Lenny asked. He was one of Kelly’s men who really didn’t get along with me.

“Well, Jenny,” I teased, “it’s because I am a paladin. I’m faster, stronger and smarter than you.”

He walked towards me.

“Stop,” Kelly ordered.

Lenny did stop, which is good for him because I would probably just break his nose.

“Let’s just start looking around,” said Kelly. She tossed me an ear piece. “Stay in contact. Let’s take the first four floors and split up in to teams. Wes, you go with Lenny.”

“With all due respect, Kelly,” I began, “I’m going by myself. I work better alone.”

“You could do that. I could also go tell the doorman that you snuck in with us and have security escort you out of the building.”

I looked back and forth between her and Lenny. He was shaking his head and was just as upset about the situation as I was. I could have stood there and kept arguing with her but in the end that was only going to slow everyone down.

“Fine,” I said.

“Good,” Kelly sighed.

“This is bull,” Lenny complained.

“Drop it. We need to ‘distract’ security.”

Just then the lights shut off and all power was gone out of the building. For a second the backup generator came on but it immediately went off. The basement was completely dark now and none of us could see a thing.

“I don’t think we have to worry about security seeing us,” I said. “Also I’m not worried about you getting them to escort me out either.”

Whatever was in there had cut off the power and what was worse than that, they knew that we were there as well…

Terror Apartments: Part Two

 
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Terror Apartments Part One

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New York City. Major cities were not places that I liked to visit very often because there were never really any monsters in them and way too many people. Call me anti-social but I’d rather face a pack of vampires than face a large group of people. This time, however, I didn’t have a choice.

I had been surfing the Internet, as I often do, and found that there is a large apartment building being haunted. Before you go getting any ideas I was pretty sure that it wasn’t a ghost. Why, you ask? I will tell you. It’s not a ghost because people mentioned little creatures running around. I researched the building and there was nothing out of the ordinary as far as deaths go.

I drove around the streets, which were surprisingly easy to navigate, looking for somewhere to park. I couldn’t go to the building’s parking garage because it was gated off. It wasn’t like any small town I normally visit where you can park pretty much anywhere and no one cares. This place was much different.

After much searching I finally found a place where I could park my car overnight. I drove up to the girl at the booth.

“How long?” she asked.

“I’m not really sure,” I admitted. “I think a night but I’ll say two to be safe.”

“Eighty dollars.”

“What?”

“You deaf?”

“No, I just think I heard you wrong.”

“Did you hear me say 80 dollars?”

“Yeah.”

“Then you heard me just fine.”

“OK then.”

I gave her my card and she scanned it.

“You can drive through now,” she said.

“Right,” I replied and searched for a spot.

I wasn’t too happy with the way the girl just treated me but I’m not one to complain. Or maybe I am. The streets were extremely busy with people. No one seemed to mind if they bumped into me and I won’t bother to tell you what they said. Some of them were extremely vulgar.

It was a 20-minute walk to the building and that was 19 minutes longer than I wanted it to be. I walked up to the front of the building and for a second I thought about what I was going to do to get through. I decided that I would pretend to be a relative of someone that lived in the building. There was a Mr. Killingsworth. That seemed good enough to me.

The doorman stopped me as I started to go through.

“Can I help you, sir?” he asked me.

“I’m Robert Killingsworth,” I lied. “I’m here to visit my uncle.”

“And who is that?”

I stared at him like an idiot. I didn’t think he was going to ask me that question. Clearly he saw through my bull crap story.

“Mr. Killingsworth?” I tried.

The doorman laughed. “Nice try, sir. I am going to have to ask you to leave now.”

I let out a long exaggerated sigh. “I guess I had that coming.”

I left and walked down the street out of view while I tried to think of a better way to get in there. The only problem was that the doorman had already seen my face and that put me at a severe disadvantage.

“Wes Parker,” a voice came from behind me. I knew who it was right away.

“Kelly,” I said as I turned around.

“Hi there.”

“Thanks for blowing up that town for me. No one has ever done anything that nice for me.” Just a reminder, Kelly works for an agency of humans that hunt monsters, just like me. She and her group helped me fight against a witch and she blew up a town of werewolves I had discovered.

“Aren’t you sweet?”

“What are guys doing here?”

“The same thing you are.”

“Fair enough.”

She smiled at me and took a step closer to me.

“That was a nice try,” she said mockingly.

“Do you have a better idea?” I asked her.

I looked at her crew as they were gearing up and they were all wearing exterminator outfits.

“Ah,” I said.

“Suit up,” Kelly said.

I was expecting to go on this one alone but I had to admit it was good that they were there. I wouldn’t have been able to get in there without them. This was surely going to be interesting…

Terror Apartments: Part One

 
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