The Saviour

“You aren’t hurt?” the nurse asks again.

Max shakes his head. “No.”

She turns her attention to me. “What about you?” she nods to my arm.

“Just bruised,” I say.

“The creature used its claws?”

I shake my head. “It never touched me. He did.” I look at Colin.

Colin is wrapping the sleeve of his shirt around the wound. “Did the creature do that?” the nurse asks.

Colin nods and the nurse turn fully toward him. It isn’t a friendly stance though, instead she appears aggressive.

“What’s your name?” she asks.

I introduce us.

“I’m Dee,” she says with a faint smile. “Bitsy, why don’t you move over here toward me.”

I frown but do as I’m told. I don’t like having the open door behind me. I stand next to Dee and turn to Colin, whom Dee hasn’t looked away from.

“Who hurt you?” she asks, but I think she already knows.

Colin looks at her. “Aren’t you going to help me?” he asks.

“What hurt you?”

Colin ties off his make-shift bandage. “That thing did.”

Dee smiles but it is a sad grin that shows no humour. “I’m sorry.”

Colin looks up, frowning.

We all stare at her. Dee looks at each of us in turn but the spear is pointed at Colin the whole time.

“We have to kill him,” she says.

“What?” Colin murmurs, struggling to rise.

Dee immediately centres the spear squarely onto his chest and Colin freezes.

“Why?” Max says, though he doesn’t move to stop her. But then neither do I.

“He’s been hurt by one. Was it a bite or the claws?”

“Claws,” Colin says, but his voice is slow and slurred.

Dee brings the spear up a little. “Then I suppose you have a chance. Come on. We need to move.” With that she walks away, down a dark corridor. Max starts toward Colin to help.

“I wouldn’t,” Dee says. “If he turns you don’t want to be holding him.”

“Turns?” I ask.

She gives a mirthless chuckle. “Come on.”

Slowly we follow, Colin behind us, weaving as if drunk.


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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  1. Kate says:

    Reblogged this on Kate Murray and commented:

    The next part of Chapter 5 of ‘The Gone’. Who has saved them?

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