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   Chapter 18 She Would Watch Them Perish

The Silverskin By Rian Torr Characters: 11576

Updated: 2018-03-07 15:18


The entire way back, Eva could not stop asking questions about everything that had transpired. Her head spun.

Seven, Olin and Aly took turns fielding her inquiries—trying to play down the stranger highlights by focusing on the fact that they were all still alive. They would make short work of the road home, lest they end up near dead ends again.

But Eva kept remarking about Aly's transformation—and the resurrections—and countless other unbelievable events.

Eventually the rest of them fell deathly quiet—while Eva babbled on—until Aly had to hush her up—because they saw something scurry close by in the Forest.

"Is it Her?" Eva inquired meekly. Her mind had become so dizzied by the avalanche of unnatural occurences—her subconscious was now running off wild.

There was a distant hum—and the limbs of the trees started to sway side-to-side, as if a monsoon were blowing in. The air grew chill as the ground froze.

"See it brother?" Olin said.

"Over near Cray's Aviary?"

"It's Her, " Aly so concluded.

A female falcon figure stood motionless beside an old barn. Seven knew instantly it was Faye, for She wielded Her blue firesword Ierre and bloodshield Hete. She looked back at them with better vision than their own.

"We leave now, " Seven said—and as they took off down the road—Faye the Hellfalcon flew after them—rising above the Forest crown. She swooped and dove at their backs—clawing at all of them except for Eva. She was out for blood.

Meanwhile—the trees both sides of the highway reached toward them—lashing their vines to ensnare the quartet as they pounded the asphalt in full flight.

In her panic, Aly's lizard form triggered—and she morphed into scales once more. She trailed the pack in wait.

Then the next time Faye swooped down—she turned and viciously clawed back at Her. "Stay away from my Man!"

They fell into a rolling melee across the shoulder of the road—blood and feathers flying. They hissed viciously.

Olin stopped. "Take Eva home, brother ... I will stay and handle this my way. This is between Aly and I and Her."

"No—" Seven began to object, but he knew better that Olin would not listen.

"If neither I nor Aly return—speak no ill—just remember the good in us."

Seven nodded—threw Eva over his shoulder—and saluting Olin—he summoned his supernatural strength to carry them back to Bane house in a hurry.

So Olin flew at Faye—but She easily evaded him—leaving Aly all broken and cut up on the road. She waved Ierre.

Aly then reverted to her human form—too beat down to be able to maintain her lizard skin. She lay there vulnerable.

Then just as Olin was helping Aly up—a vine snagged his ankle—and he was dragged like a thief behind a horse into the dark black gut of the wood beyond.

Aly tried to get up by herself—but the Hellfalcon dove down again—tearing into her in a red, raving, frenzied rage—sparing no mercy—Ierre plunging in.

Faye was finally finished with this meddling, mortal bitch—and Seven's nuisance brother. She would kill both.

She would cherish their perishing.

Meanwhile, as Olin was dragged along the forest floor, vine after vine entangled him, until he was nearly suffocating, only able to see through to a slice of daylight. They continued to squeeze him until he began to suffocate.

But then Faye had a better idea than killing him outright—and in a flash She contrived a plan. As She continued to crush him—She began

hem up.

There was no sign of the Silverskin for some time—but they eventually began to see markers that indicated they were going in the opposite direction intended—indicating Faye was manipulating the map.

'See if you can find your way home now, dear brother and sister Alterman …

'Wa-ha-HAAA!!!' she cried aloud.

'You will die of old age before you ever find your way out of here again!!!

'I will enjoy watching the years of your demise, as you hold on to no hope.

"I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN!" Aly declared. "ENJOY EXISTENCE WHILE YOU CAN, YOU WITCH! I WILL KILL YOU!!!"

Faye's ensuing brief silence was enough for Aly to dig deep and press on in renewed determination. It took a woman to see through a woman's bluff that night.

The Silverskin wanted Aly to believe she could never escape French's Forest. She wanted the changeling to think she was powerless and lost to all good fortune.

But Aly was too fiery to live with less than vengeance for all of the pain the Silverskin had now dealt her and Olin. She had finally met wit's end with it all.

She so longed to see Faye dead.

But several hours later, she was beginning to lose hope that they would ever escape the trees—and then days on, hunger pangs gradually began to kick in. It was getting difficult to keep keeping on.

They drank from the Payne to get by, but weeks mounted, until one day, lost deep in the trees, they finally collapsed in defeat—broken in spine and spirit—all but extinguished from the spark of existence.

If they but had enough energy to crawl to the Payne, they might have regenerated and tried again. But their bodies were as defeated as their minds, and the thought of death was more kind.

This was when Faye stepped in to save them—offering them rebirth if they but obeyed Her every whim from then on in. Now, being desperate victims to the survival instincts of weakened minds and souls—they accepted Her arrangement.

They had no idea only a few minutes had actually transpired in the entire ordeal since they had first veered into the Forest. Now the next thing they knew, they were tied up in Aly's bed at home, destined to be used as near future pawns.

The Silverskin would spare their lives, but take them out of the game long enough that She might decide best fates.

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