Dusan Gunvaldsson (RPS) Part Fifteen

Dusan Gunvaldsson (RPS) Part Fifteen

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Inside the mansion, all is quiet and appears the same as before. After Taylor enters, you shut the front doors but decide not to re-lock them lest Lucius be forced to break the door down on his way to find you. Taylor’s expression as she looks around the entryway is anything but comforted, and you say,

“Help is on the way.”

“You really think my dad’s a professional?”

“What?”

“Killer, a professional killer?”

“You really think he’s responsible don’t you?”

“Yep.”

“I don’t know if he is or not, but whoever killed Shad is still out there and needs to be dealt with. If Jenna thinks it’s a pro, my bet is, that she’ll send a pro or pros. She told me a man by the name of Lucius is on the way.”

“So, she’s your lovey, this Jenna?”

“Yes. It’s more complicated on her end, but yes, we have been lovers for a while now.”

“I didn’t say, lover. I said lovey. There’s a difference Mr. Dusan, I can assure you.”

Taylor clicks off the flashlight as you step into the middle of the room and cast a glance up the stairwell, before returning your focus to the interior hall. Almost immediately after taking your next step forward, from behind you the curtains in this room appear to be blowing open in the wind. You feel no wind, but the hair on the back of your neck bristles nonetheless.

Seconds later the curtains are mostly horizontal and wavering like banners in the wind. Taylor from across the room is also looking up at the spectacle. You look around the rest of the room again, up the stairwell, and back down the hall leading to the kitchen but see nothing else odd happening.

However, when you glance back at Taylor you now see her standing motionless in front of the open doorway leading into the adjoining room to the south. She appears to be focusing on something in the next room, but from where you are, you are unable to see what has grabbed her attention over the flowing curtains. The fabric of which moving in such a way as to negate any skepticism regarding them being moved by a paranormal presence, and only makes you feel unusually uncomfortable when gazing up at them.

Attempting to interrupt her almost trance-like state, you say to Taylor, “Catch up when you’re ready,” before then continuing along the hallway.

Halfway down, you hear her ask, “So we really gonna try and hide downstairs?”

It’s not hiding, it’s hunkering down and fortifying a position until reinforcements arrive, you think to yourself, as you continue ahead. You reach the stairwell to the cellar and at the halfway point along the first flight you half expect the lights to begin flickering like before but they do not.

Compared to the lighting on the first floor, the stairwell and cellar are much dimmer, and you make a mental note to retrieve your flashlight from Taylor when she catches up. No silhouette greets you this time either, you note, as you make your exit from the second flight of stairs.

Trace amounts of iron and salt are still to be found in and around the scorched circles on the floor from your earlier attempt at warding off the spirits within the house. Spirits that undoubtedly just made the curtains dance upstairs, and tried to kill you the last time you were down in the cellar.

Stepping past the broken rings, you make your way back to the section of wall area where you remember the secret door being. As you begin to re-inspect this the stone and mortar wall, having done so initially only an hour or so earlier, you think back to your phone call with Jenna. For the better part of the last three years of your seeing her romantically, you have heard many tones in her voice, but a couple of the ones you heard tonight were entirely new.

The first occurring after your mention of Taylor, even though you made no mention of her name, and the second after your mention of the Farakashi Codex. You recall her telling you one night after an exceptionally lengthy lovemaking that she despised blood-magic cults and sought out there destruction whenever possible. One of the reasons you have up until a few minutes ago avoided any discussion about your long time search for the book. A personal endeavor long predating even your relationship with Jenna. As you continue searching for the mechanism which opens the secret door, nagging concerns continue to surface in your thoughts.

If this Lucius already knew Jenna and was a Redbark Cove local, why hadn’t she made any mention of him during the last three years or so since your purchase of the downtown bookstore and subsequent living in the Cove? Was she on her way, or even sending Lucius to aid you because of your life being in danger, or were they coming because of your mention of the billions of dollars worth of blackstone embedded into the Harper mansion?

A suspicion, or concern, hinging primarily on her request that you keep Taylor from “wandering off.” What did that even mean coming from a woman like Jenna? Did she expect you to use force to prevent the young woman from leaving your company? Why did she care one way or another what Taylor did or where she went?

It’s then you catch sight of Taylor coming down the stairs. She is still carrying the katana in one hand and your flashlight in the other, but the light is currently off.

“Might give us an edge if we can get back behind here,” you say without turning around as you continue your search.

“Unless he comes up from the caves like I did.”

“There is a locking mechanism on the trap door over the spiral staircase. We can prevent him from getting up at least. If we can re-open this door, that is. Mind if I get my flashlight back?”

She crosses the room and hands you back your light before saying, ” You sure this Lucius fella is gonna be able to find us down here? I mean, you said yourself, cellphones don’t work in here.”

“I told Jenna my plan was to fortify a position in the cellar, and that is was accessible from the kitchen.”

“I know, I was there when you was talkin. It’s just that, well, what happens if this Lucius runs into Conrad on his way here? Look, I am really sorry that your friend got himself murdered tonight because of me, and you seem like a nice guy and this Lucius does too. What I’m trying to say is that you all are only in danger if you are around me, so I should prolly just leave y’all alone and go on my own way.”

Once again, Taylor’s logic is sound by your measure, and if not for Jenna’s instruction to keep her around, you know you would have no issues in parting company. If this Lucius was on his way out here to clean up the murder mess in your car, didn’t that mean that Jenna was not going to involve the local authorities? You can’t help but feel that you are missing a piece of the puzzle, so to speak. Too many variables and unknowns, and not enough answers, as far as your concerned.

To be continued…

Q1: Do you persuade Taylor to stay until Jenna and Lucius arrive? Y/N?

Q2: Do you verbally confirm Taylor’s selfless proposal to part company is the best decision the two of you can make at the moment? Y/N?

Q3: Do you encourage her to help you find the opening mechanism for the secret door? Y/N?

Q4: Do you demand by way of force that Taylor dismiss any thoughts of leaving your side? Y/N?

Q5: Do you inform Taylor that Jenna has requested an audience with her? Y/N?

Q6: Do you keep the Farakashi Codex on your person, or do you seek to find somewhere to “stash” it temporarily until you have had time to talk further with Jenna? Y/N?

Q7: Do you recommend to Taylor that she should “follow her heart in these matters,” before then departing from her company and the mansion altogether, skipping the meeting with Lucius, ditching your phone, and taking a solo route for the time being? Y/N?

One Reply to “Dusan Gunvaldsson (RPS) Part Fifteen”

  1. Q1: Do you persuade Taylor to stay until Jenna and Lucius arrive? Yes we need to stick together not only because of the killer but the house is also a danger.

    Q2: Do you verbally confirm Taylor’s selfless proposal to part company is the best decision the two of you can make at the moment? No

    Q3: Do you encourage her to help you find the opening mechanism for the secret door? Yes while also discussing what we can do to fortify our position.

    Q4: Do you demand by way of force that Taylor dismiss any thoughts of leaving your side? No it will have the opposite effect.

    Q5: Do you inform Taylor that Jenna has requested an audience with her? If it becomes nesecary in order to keep her from leaving.

    Q6: Do you keep the Farakashi Codex on your person, or do you seek to find somewhere to “stash” it temporarily until you have had time to talk further with Jenna? Keep it on my person I have spent told long searching and if i lose it Tads death is meaningless. Besides it may have info on what is in this house spiritwise

    Q7: Do you recommend to Taylor that she should “follow her heart in these matters,” before then departing from her company and the mansion altogether, skipping the meeting with Lucius, ditching your phone, and taking a solo route for the time being? No.

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