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   Chapter 45 Ghosts Of The New London Ripjoys

The Silverskin By Rian Torr Characters: 2756

Updated: 2018-03-07 15:18

In French's Forest legend, women were once brought to the Witchling Isle by the radical New London Ripjoys—vampires from the city who used the Forest for their occult rituals and ceremonial witch executions. They reveled in all bloodlust.

The Ripjoys hung women from the Old Blacktree to see which were human—and which were witch. It was their way to be sure they killed only those deserving.

If a woman died, then she was human after all—and the Ripjoys would cut her down out of their respect—saluting as she plummeted to the pool far below.

If she did not die, however, even from her broken neck—but rather pulled and writhed at her noose to get free—then they knew that she was a witch after all.

They would cut her down, spitting on her as she plunged below—to churn and burn alive underwater, for they well

cracked and lightning came raining down—striking the Hellfawn's antlers—lighting Her up in a brilliant flash that scintillated in the air all around Her. She was electrified by the sky, amplified.

"What?" Eva said―eyes fluttering open―but only smoke now remained where the Hellfawn had just there stood.

"Out of the water! Now!" Seven ordered. He had no time to explain, but just mobilize them to get out to safety.

They climbed up the shore, just as more lightning crashed into the Payne, electrifying the river, nearly killing them.

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