Part 1918 – An Intruder In The Dark.

Capernaum tried to gain some control over his fall, but it was over as fast as it had began.

He stood on solid ground.

Darkness engulfed him. It was the only thing to see. The only thing to hear. The only thing that seemed to exist.

There was nothing else.

“Hello?”

Not even an echo.

He glanced around, trying to decide on a direction.

I’m not sure if it even matters which way I go. So, I’ll go straight.

***

The nae bi sha snapped to attention.

There was something new in the air.

He released Isellta and transformed into his true form: a creature of shadows and glowing eyes.

He stalked towards the newness, ready to bite and shred and tear it apart.

***

Capernaum walked through the darkness, listening for any small sound to pursue. “Isellta? Are you here? Isellta!”

***

Isellta slowly opened his eyes. He lay there, listless and dizzy as the world spun around him on a poorly designed axis. He waited for Robin to touch him again, to pull him into his arms and kiss him again.

It took him a while to realize that Robin was no longer there.

***

The nae bi sha traveled easily through the darkness. It was familiar land. He knew all of the right paths to take. All of the right turns. All of the good hiding places where those with even the sharpest eyes wouldn’t be able to see him.

The intruder was making a lot of noise. A lot of yelling. It…He was calling for Isellta.

The nae bi sha raced towards him on all fours.

I must not let him find Isellta and take him away.

The nae bi sha bared his sharp teeth.

He will not take away my meal.

****

Isellta stared straight upwards, wanting to cry but struggling to breathe.

Robin was gone.

Robin wasn’t there.

Inhale.

Pause.

Pause.

Where was he?

Pause.

Pause.

Exhale.

Isellta scanned the darkness above him, but there was no light, no sound.

He inhaled.

Pause.

Pause.

Pause.

Pause.

Pause.

Exhale.

He haltingly turned his head to the left.

Inhale.

He flared out his fingers.

Pause.

Pause.

Pause.

Pause.

Pause.

There was nothing to see and no one touched his hand.

Exhale.

Robin wasn’t there.

Isellta was alone.

Inhale.

***

The nae bi sha found his quarry – a man edged in white light floating in a straight line. He crouched low and narrowed his eyes.

What is this? He is a spirit, but he is not fey. What is he doing in fey territory?

***

Capernaum kept moving in a straight line. He couldn’t explain why, but it felt like the right direction.

“You aren’t fey.”

Capernaum stopped. “Who’s there?”

“Who I am doesn’t matter. I belong here. You don’t. This is my hunting grounds. Not yours. Leave or I will hunt you.”

“I’m looking for a fey.”

“I’m warning you, spirit. Go back to wherever you belong.”

“His name is Isellta.”

“Get out of here!”

“His friends are looking for him. They want him to return.”

“OUT!”

“If you don’t tell me—”

“If you don’t leave—”

“—-I’ll find him on my own.’

“—-I’ll tear your throat open and feast on your marrow!”

Capernaum smiled. “That is a worthless threat. I’m already dead.”

“Then, I will feast upon you now.”

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