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Spring Slaughter: Scary Supernatural Horror with Monsters (The Bell Witch Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- Book 4 of 6 in The Bell Witch Series
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Her best intentions had been waylaid not just by her exhaustion, but by Basheba's sudden departure. Something about the word 'pharmacy' had sent the blonde right out the door. Sleep-deprived and sore, Mina could only assume that the local pharmacies carried a brand of candy that Basheba liked and that she was personally offended that Cadwyn hadn't offered to buy her some before he left. Since Buck went with her, Mina had found herself alone with a giant bed beckoning her to get comfortable.
While she had dozed along the way, the long ride had drained her more than she had anticipated. Add that to a long string of sleepless nights and the building ache under her ravaged skin, and she fell asleep within seconds of her head hitting the pillow. The constant patter of the raging storm against the window served as a lullaby. Soothing enough that even the thunder and lightning couldn't stir her. Despite this, the soft creak of the door made her eyes flutter. But the mattress was too comfortable and the sheets too warm to bother greeting the boys properly.
Shuffling footsteps drew closer. The sound invaded her hazy mind and pulled her back to the waking world. It took her a second to realize why. It's not their footsteps. Living in close proximity for so long, Mina had learned the distinctive sound of each boy's stride. Not just their normal step, but how they shuffled when exhausted and tip-toed when they were trying to keep quiet. Someone had entered the room, but it wasn't Jeremiah or Ozzie. Cadwyn moved as silent as a ghost and, if it had been Basheba, the stride would have been accompanied by the scratch of Buck's nails.
A hissing crack of lightning made her jerk upright. The stark light coursed through the gauze curtains, dancing off of the polished surface of the chest of drawers that loomed at the end of the king-sized bed. The glow retreated out through the narrow windows, leaving her to the orange glow of the bedside lamp. Rain lashed the window until it ran down in rivulets. The constant motion sent shadows slithering over the walls. Despite the ambient light and the limited space to hide, she couldn't see anyone. They're under the bed. She felt foolish even as she thought it, but there was no other option. There wasn't anywhere else someone could have hidden so swiftly. She eyed the closed door.
Maybe it was a thief. A part of her wished that it was. After all, she was an injured girl alone in a hotel room. Easy pickings. It might have been a worker, she told herself. Someone who didn't know that there had been a late-night check-in and thought they could sleep some of their graveyard shift away in an empty room. They could have run when they saw me. Thunder boomed, closer than it had been before, and she released a slow breath as it ebbed away. Paranoia still churned in her gut.
She settled down against the pillows. We're in Memphis. Hours of travel still separated them from Black River. Even if Katrina had somehow returned, they were well beyond her influence. Or, at least, we should be. That's how it had always been before. Unless we unleashed it. Fear and guilt raged within her, propelling her thoughts on until she was sure that something was lurking beneath the mattress. The sensations grew until she couldn't breathe. She had to look.
Mina went to sit up once more, but her body refused to move. Fear speared her like a red-hot spike. Desperately, she tried to sit up again. To lift an arm or twitch a finger. Still, she remained frozen in place. Unable to do anything more than blink and breathe. Swallowing thickly, she tried to call out. The boys wouldn't have left her for long. They wouldn't have gone far. She was sure that even the meekest scream would draw their attention. Air swelled within her lungs, but it lodged like stones in her throat. She couldn't breathe until she gave up trying to scream.
Panting hard, she searched the room with wide eyes. A floorboard creaked. A rasping sound could be heard as something was dragged across the thin carpet. Lightning struck again and a brilliant white haze flooded the room. Without the shadows, Mina could see the woman standing at the end of the bed. Haggard and twisted with age, the crone's spine almost doubled over on itself. Her shoulders were hunched to her ears while her thin arms dangled limply by her sides. The light faded and the woman launched herself into the air.
The mattress lurched as the hag landed on it, her hands and knees splayed on each side of Mina's motionless body. Filthy, matted hair fell around her in tangled clumps. Rotten teeth turned the woman's breath foul, the stench becoming eyewatering as the hag giggled and grinned. Mina tried to thrash, to slide away or push the woman aside, but her body remained riveted in place.
The hag pressed her face closer until Mina almost gagged on the putrid smell. Mattress springs squeaked as the evil woman shifted her weight. Boney knees dragged over Mina's torso to rest upon her sternum. Bit by bit, the hag's weight increased. Mina couldn't scream. Couldn't move. She remained as she was, frozen in place, forced to stare into the crone's eyes as boney hands squeezed her throat.
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- Publisher : ScareStreet.com (December 6, 2019)
- Publication Date : December 6, 2019
- Print Length : 169 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0823WYP4F
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
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