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The Dangerous Life of Agnes Pyle
by Jeremy C Kester
(c) Jeremy C Kester – All Rights Reserved
Ahead there was what appeared to Brandt to be an ancient South American pyramid. “It’s a tomb,” he said aloud slowly realizing what was going on.
“A tomb?” Cadence asked with her eyebrow raised curiously. “What good is a tomb in this realm?”
Agnes continued to scan around watching the thousands of demons dance excitedly. None of them advanced. She could see why: a barrier was blocking them. It was likely the same energy force that was disrupting Brandt and Cadence’s ability to sense anything around them. It was though they had been given a protective bubble to move through.
Cadence was keenly aware of Agnes’ stress.
“There’s an ancient soul in there. Likely this is where a powerful demon or something worse was entombed.”
“Why not destroy it?”
“For some reason it probably can’t be destroyed. So they locked it away,” Brandt explained. It was at that moment that he suddenly realized the plot: “they need her to open it.” His words were almost cheerful in their sound as he spoke. “They wanted me to bring her because they needed her.”
Cadence stopped and grabbed Agnes. “What are you talking about?”
Brandt stopped as well. “This was all to get Agnes. It’s a trap. It’s no coincidence that they are killing everything around her. They need her alive and they don’t need anything trying to protect her. I’ve been squabbling over not wanting to recognize that there was something about her that was different, so inconvenienced that I had to care for her that I completely missed what was going on.”
Agnes was not listening. Her focus continued to be on the lurking mass of creatures held at bay. She was waiting breathlessly for the moment that they would be allowed to attack. She feared for that moment.
“What is wrong, Agnes,” Brandt cut in seeing her growing distress.
“They are all around us,” she said, the fear palpable.
Cadence grabbed her and starting moving back. It was her instinct to guard the girl.
“Wait!” Brandt yelled and the pair stopped. Whatever it was that Agnes was seeing worried him. He knew that they would be unable to defend themselves.
“We can’t escape,” Agnes murmured. “They will not let us leave. We can only go to the temple.”
“I need to get her out of here, master!”
“Apprentice, this is a bad idea. Agnes is right. If she is seeing what she is, our only choice for survival would be to play this out. If we try to escape, I am sure that whatever she is seeing would be unleashed. Even your skills and my strength wouldn’t be able to save us.” He paused for a moment and looked at Agnes. The girl was distracted with fear. “And I doubt that she would be much help now.”
“What are we walking into?”
If you would like to skip ahead, you are always welcome to purchase a copy, just click the link HERE (or click up top at the menu bar) to go to the book’s page where there are links to where it is available in both print and ebook.