Hell was turning out to be a lot more boring than she had expected. Not a soul in sight and after her fright on the bridge she had not seen a flicker of movement other than the stirring of debris. No noise, no movement, no people and definitely no Daemon Kindred.
Charlie wasn’t certain whether it was a good thing that she was bored or not. At least boredom indicated a certain level of safety, but still everything was just so, ‘Booooooooring,’
she huffed, completing the sentence aloud.
As if in response to the sound of her voice, the door closest on her left suddenly rattled and shook on its hinges, making Charlie yelp and jump. She scampered a couple of steps down the corridor before her bravado caught up. Spinning around, she unsheathed her sword and hesitantly made her way back to the door. It clattered in its frame, then fell silent.
Charlie stared at it accusingly. Slowly she reached for it, thought better of it and slowly backed away.
It rattled again, but the further she moved away the quieter it became until finally it stopped.
Charlie stood there, sword still raised, and waited.
And waited. But nothing happened.
She gave the door a dirty, speculative look then continued on her way. When barking, howling and scratching noises came from behind a door marked with a circle she jumped again. With the sword at the ready she edged past.
A few doors further down she heard a whistling voice: ‘. . . sit, stir the blue one. Yes, sit, stir the blue one. Yes, sit, stir the . . .’
Again she backed away from the repeated nonsense until it faded to nothing.
For a while after that she heard nothing, although she did see odd neon colours glistening beneath a door and felt an intense cold emanating from another. She hastened past both until finally she saw the end of the corridor and the last three doors on the right. ‘Oh, Leaf and Sap, is someone there?’
Charlie froze in her tracks, she slowly turned to face the door with the voice. It was marked with a cross.
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