The Warrior

The creature must have hit something on the wall. Just above its twitching form is a square button. I look along and there is another, closer to Colin. It must activate the door.

“Colin,” I say. “The button.” I point with my good arm and he sees it.

My other arm is numb and I can’t feel my hand at all. I try to shake it but the pain from my upper arm makes me gasp. Colin reaches backwards for the button and pushes it. The door to the outside starts to open. As he is turning the creature reaches up and grabs his arm, sinking its claws into his flesh. It then releases him as Max hits it again with the extinguisher. The doors behind me are open as I stand. Do I run or help?

With one arm useless I’m not sure what I can do but I move to Max, keeping out of Colin’s reach.

Colin looks up. He is trying to stem the bleeding from his forearm.

“Help me,” he says.

At the same time Max gives a cry. The creature has grasped the extinguisher and torn it from Max’s grasp. It is on its feet and it flings the extinguisher away. It moves toward Max with its alien fluid grace.

“No,” I whisper. But it hears me and turns, fixing its pale eyes on me. It changes direction, probably thinking I’d make an easier meal. It’s not wrong either, I am barely able to lift my arm.

Just as it comes towards me something tents the gown at its chest and then burst through. It looks like a spear head. I gaze in horror as the thing looks down and then explodes into ash.

I fall to the floor. I can’t believe what happened. Now that the creature is gone I can see that a nurse is standing with what appears to be a spear in her hands. She looks at me, Max and then Colin. She turns to Max first.

“Are you hurt?”

He just looks from the ash to the nurse and back again. She slams the end of the spear into the ground next to her, making the floor ring with a tinny sound.

“Are you alright,” she repeats into the silence.

Max nods.


About Kate

Kate Murray has recently completed her Masters in Creative Writing and is currently working as an illustrator and writer. Her first anthology of short stories ‘The Phantom Horse’ was published in December 2013 and she subsequently has had another anthology published by Raging Aardvark; “Love Just Is” looks at the truth of love, in all its guises from romantic to obsessive. She is currently working on an anthology of ghost stories which should be published at the end of October 2014 and is also writing her first novel. Kate runs two blogs, one is about her life as a writer ( and the other is a serialisation of a novel, “The Gone”; a disaster hits the world while Bitsy is on a flight from Italy. She lands to find that the world is completely altered and she must learn to survive in a place where everyone is not who they appear to be ( Kate has had short stories published in magazines and e-zines, including ‘The Lampeter Review’, ‘Jotter’s United’, and ‘What The Dickens’. She has had short stories included in the ‘Twisted Tales 2013’ anthology published by Raging Aardvark, and the ‘Busker Anthology’ and ‘Spooky Tales Anthology’ published by What the Dickens. Kate’s artwork has been exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art in Machynlleth where she was selected after entering the art competition and at Aberglasney Gardens as part of the Mid Wales Art group. Her artwork has been published by companies from Norway to Australia and her latest works will have illustrations in it. She has also had a series of line drawings published by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in their biodiversity action plan. Kate currently works in the foothill of the Cambrian Mountains where she has a purpose built workshop that she affectionately calls her ‘house’ as she spends far more time in there than anywhere else.
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One Response to The Warrior

  1. Kate says:

    Reblogged this on Kate Murray and commented:

    The second part to Chapter 5…

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