Alright people, some hours back our Overlord let it be known to your all that the first installment of the original story Passage Through Midnight was hitting today. I should silently say that the others tortured me into getting this out into the light… Well, this is it, and it’s here for your viewing pleasure, and maybe a few pieces of scrutiny. Still, little talk, time to read.
Biola walked calmly through the bushes, watching each step carefully. It was out here, and somewhere in these bushes it was watching its steps just like her. Biola perked her ears up, listening attentively for the slightest sound that would give its position away… keeping in mind that it would be trying as much as possible to keep that hidden.
It feared her, which she knew. It was also intimidated, which she also knew.
And she was trying as much as possible to use this to her advantage. She was scared quite alright, and that she admitted to herself. But, she definitely couldn’t let that overwhelm her. She had faced one of these before, and the only obstacle she had right now was moving through the bushes. She hadn’t quite prepared for a bush attack.
“Just a minor inconvenience, shouldn’t be much of a bother”
It wasn’t, not really anyways. Moving through bushes wasn’t a problem for Biola. Being born and bred in Nigeria helped give an edge to that. What the precise problem however, was why she was seeing one here. Chupacabras inhabit the Americas, and seeing one in the tropical region was definitely a very weird thing. A sight for sore eyes at that, she needed to let Eric know about this… in the meantime she had to get rid of this one before it began a rampage.
Stealthily Biola walked, checking every angle she could, studying each large cover crop and leaf she came across. Her eyesight wasn’t exactly 20/20, but it was supplemented greatly with very sensitive ears, and with those she tried to distinguish the sounds of other creatures from the sounds of the chupacabra’s fast feet. Concentrating at a large mass of dead leaves, she thought she saw something… but just as she was about to shift her attention to another area, the mass moved.
Slowly, she got her bow ready, kept a steady arm, and fired. The chupacabra sprung up, completely dazed at the fact that its hiding place had been found as the arrow missed its tail by only an inch. With instinct backing it up, it began to run towards Biola, not to attack, but to try and run under her… which eventually worked as she was too surprised to think of such a tactic. Taking aim again, Biola let another arrow fly, this one hitting it squarely on the back. Because of its speed, the chupacabra flew from the impact of the arrow before hitting the ground. As it lay limp, something weird began to happen, something Biola had never seen before happen to a chupacabra. It began to shimmer… like it was giving out green pixie dusts. Biola stepped closer in amazement as she viewed the chupacabra disintegrate before her very eyes. Disappearing in green clouds of dust, it left nothing but a yellowish smear on the arrow’s head.
“Uh oh… something’s not right around here…”
“Fancy getting a call from you, what’s up?”
“I just saw something pretty strange Chika.”
“Heh, tell me about it… I just saw something strange here as well. Rather I killed something strange.”
Biola’s stomach tightened a bit when she heard that.
“What… was it?”
“Eh… you know this thing that Dexter created just because he wanted to scare Dee-Dee? That thing that got the Mexicans running up and down…”
La Chupacabra… so there was another one here in Nigeria, in the East for that matter. Things were definitely not right at the moment.
“B? Are you there?”
“Y-yes… it’s a chupacabra.”
“Oh yeah! How could I forget the name? Fast little devil that thing…”
“Chika, you said you killed it.”
“Yeah, thing was eating goats here and people were getting terrified. I chased it around a little bit before it ran into some bushes. Wasn’t quite easy to find, but was fun nevertheless.”
“Sometimes, I question your definition of fun.”
“So do I darling. Either way, I didn’t know that they were magical creatures…”
Biola’s stomach tightened even more…
“Yes. The thing gave me a show of green-”
“-Clouds and dust…” Biola finished.
“Exactly! Wait… how did you know?”
“First off, chupacabras aren’t magical creatures. They don’t emit or give off green lights or whatever, and when they die, they rot and decay just like every other animal…”
“So… in essence, what I killed wasn’t a chupacabra?”
“I’m not sure… really.”
“This is why you called… you killed one a few minutes ago didn’t you? And the same thing happened.” It was more of a stated fact than a question.
“Yes. I was thinking you might be able to shed some light on my confusion, but seeing as you just killed one-”
“-When they are only found in the Americas, I’m probably as confused as you are.”
Biola uncontrollably gave a soft smile. He always knew when to do the talking when she wasn’t quite ready to do it.
“I think we should call one of the others, if they’re having any similar situations at their end. And we should get in touch with Seyi or Eric. Seeing as they’re the experts with these things, they might shed a light on some sort of migration that these chus are embarking on.”
“Chupacabras is sort of a tongue twister, and long. Chus sounds kinda nice don’t you think?”
“Right… I don’t have enough credit for international calls. So I’ll go get and give Eric a call. Already had him in mind when I first saw the chu.” Drat, she had already been infected by one of his slangs. This one was pretty fast.
“OK. I’ll give Seyi a call, after calling someone else here in Naija.”
They hung up.
And plus, he would come up with the next step to take.
And there is our first installment. Next one will be tomorrow, and may probably contain the same amount of words or more. Either way, that’s not the important deal here. Just so you know, the installments will comprise the whole of Chapter One; so be on the lookout out people.
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