Suddenly, the vampire grabbed Fisher’s neck and threw him to the ground. The monsters loomed over him like a nightmare gang, their eyes as black as night.
Fisher realized in that moment that the Halloweeners – the revered protectors of Halloween – no longer existed. Only the monsters remained. And they were about to destroy him.
I’m surrounded by cattails. They jog the memory of the egret, tall and reed-thin. Something not quite reight about those spindly legs, the curved beak tucked to its breast, the eyes like beads of volcanic glass.
I turn slightly, and it’s there: tall, dark egret shape, the head cocked in study of me. I jolt, flashes of thought (egret – Mumbler – run) slamming through me, but my feet are rooted, and I nearly fall.