“Laurie you know knocking any louder won’t work if no one is here right?”
“Ripley said he was going to be here!” Laurie bangs her head on the door.
“Banging your head won’t work either” Luke grins at her.
“Shut up,” Laurie said as she pulls out her phone and dialed his number they both soon hear a ringing. “Do you hear that?” Laurie asked him as they look around.
“My vision is messed up Laurie, not my hearing,” Luke said as he tried to listen closer, “I think it’s coming from over here. Both Laurie and Luke make their way over to a tree in the front yard. Luke picks up a phone.
“That’s Ripley's phone, but there is no Ripley attached to it” Laurie takes it from Luke, while Luke looks up at the sees web on the tree.
“Is web supposed to be this thick and tough?” Luke tries to shake it off his hand.
“Laurie?” Preston comes up behind them.
“Preston!” Laurie grabs her and hugs her tight “It’s so good to see you big sis!” she said.
“Okay let me go, it’s good to see you too I guess” Preston forces a smile. “Now, where is Ripley, I’ve been trying to call his phone, but I can’t get an answer,” Preston said as she pulled out her phone and dialed his number. The phone beings to ring and Laurie lifts it up.
“We just found it here,” Laurie said as Preston’s phone begins to ring.
“Hello,” she answers it, “Ridger where is Rip…” Preston falls silent, “Okay we'll be there!” Preston hangs up the phone. “Come on Ripley is in the hospital” they all jump into her car and Preston speeds there.
Fallen Oaks Hospital
Preston, Laurie, and Luke make it to the hospital, “Guys over here!” They see Ridger waiting by Ripley's room. “He's here” he leads them in where they see Lucy watching him along with Maze.
“Who are you,” Preston says as she points at Maze, “I know who you are, Lucy. It’s nice to see you again” Preston said with a fake smile.
“I didn’t know you were Ripley’s sister, and this is Maze” she smiles at him,
“Okay, this reunion is awkward what happened to Rip, I’m his sister, his younger sister” Laurie goes to shake their hands.
“Nice to meet you, and Ripley was found by Mr. Ridger over there” Maze pointed to him while he just smiles nervously Laurie looks at him and Maze.
“Okay, you two are lying, but we’ll deal with that later,” Laurie said as she goes to check on Ripley she stands on the other side of his bed while Preston stands on the other.
“Is he going to be okay?” Preston asked.
“Yes, he just needs some rest. While don’t we give you a moment” Lucy ushers everyone out of the room.
“How did you know they were lying?” Preston asked him.
“I just know, like I know you were lying when you said you were happy to see me” Laurie looks away.
“Look we can talk about this later, let’s just focus on Rip,” Preston says as Ripley begins to open his eyes and tries to speak. “Rip, it’s okay we’re here” Laurie and Preston grab his hands while they try to make out what he was saying.
“What is he saying?” Laurie asked.
“I don’t know” Preston leans in.
“I think he said embrace,” Preston says as Ripley's eyes burst open and he squeezes their hands, they both try to break away but his hold only grows stronger. “Ripley” Preston said as she tries to break free. Both of their eyes wander to his and his eyes glow. Both Preston and Laurie begin to have flashes seeing creatures, monsters. Ripley finally let’s go of them.
“What was that?” Laurie says as Preston just rubs her hands.
“I don’t know,” Preston said as Laurie began to feel sick.
“I gotta go to the bathroom,” Laurie rushes out of the room and runs pass, Luke.
“Laurie?” Luke goes after her while Lucy sees something on the ground, it looked like a strange feather, black and glowing a pinkish color.
“What is this?” She picks it up, and she soon is taken into a vision. She finds Laurie and Preston in corners of a room. “Preston” she goes to touch her but she feels cold, and then she finds something hovering over Laurie. She looks up to see some type of Shadow Monster, with feathers and some bird face shaped by shadows. It claws at her and she jumps back. It then lands on its legs and wraps its shadowed wings around Laurie. Both Laurie and the monster glare at Lucy before she awakens from her vision.
“What happened?” Maze asked her.
“Laurie…” Lucy leaps up and runs after her and Luke.
Luke makes it to the women's bathroom where Laurie has locked herself in. “Laurie, are you okay?” He knocks on the door. He hears nothing, he looks down to see feathers on the ground. Laurie looks at herself in the mirror, where she hears something in her ear. Telling her to embrace, give in, and let go. She looks at her hands, she sees feathers growing out of them. A shadow appears around. Shaped like a bird, and grabs her and all the lights in the hospital go out for a split second.
“Laurie!” Luke barges in and Lucy comes in behind him. They see the mirror broken, and glass on the ground. They soon hear a scream as they look out a broken window to see something flying in the sky casting a shadow.
Luke and Lucy just watch as the creature flies through the sky. The creature sends chills through the air, but they also notice the feathers falling from its shadowed wings. “What the hell is going on!” Luke turns to Lucy.
“I’ll explain later, but first we gotta go and save your girlfriend” Lucy rushes out of the bathroom.
“Does that thing have her!?” Luke rushes behind her, “And she is not my girlfriend”.
Both of them make it outside where they see people picking up the feathers, the feathers begin to emit a pinkish shadowy glow.
“What in the hell?” Lucy said as a woman picked up one of the feathers her eyes become engulfed in shadow and her eyes glow a darkish pink. She turns to man to leaps on top of him Lucy runs over to them and pulled her off of him, but then the man pushes her to the wall choking her. His eyes were glowing as well, Lucy began to lose focus until Luke comes and knocks the man over the head with a rock.
“You’re welcome, now what the hell is wrong with these people?” Luke looks to see people attacking each other as if they were in Lust.
“This must be her monsters powers,” Lucy said as she finds a feather on the ground she goes to pick it up.
“I don’t think you should touch that,” Luke said to her.
“It’s okay, I’m immune to monsters abilities” Lucy touches it and she sees the creature flying through the sky it was heading in the direction of the of a tower. “I know where she’s going” Lucy stands up while Luke turns her around.
“What the hell is going on here?” Luke asked her again, “And where the hell is Laurie?” Lucy could tell Luke was frantic, but trying his best to keep calm.
“The same thing happening to Ripley is the same thing happening to her”
“Ripley turned into a Monster, and the same thing just happened with Laurie, but she’s emerged faster than he did, and she is already causing damage” Lucy pulled out her keys “I’ll explain more after we find her” they both run to her car and get in.
Fallen Oaks Tower
Lucy and Luke follow the trail of shadowed feathers to the Fallen Oaks Tower.
“Wow that’s tall, I’m surprised I didn’t notice it when we drove here” Luke admires the tower, and he senses something coming from it.
“Legend has it that the tower is not really here, well not really here in our world” Lucy goes to the main entrance while Luke just stares at a window. He sees the monster moving around, shaking its wings and letting it feathers float off into the wind.
“So are you going to tell me more about these Monsters,” Luke asked her as they both go up the stairs.
“All I can say is that be careful what you embrace” Lucy stops talking as Luke ponders what she said. They make it to the top of the tower, where they see a huge bell hanging from the ceiling.
“Now, how the hell did we not notice that?” Luke admires it. “It’s marvelous” he whispers to himself as Lucy just looks at him. “History major, the paranormal history that is. I’ve read about this bell in books” he tries to remember what the page said, “Ring the bell, and bring on the things that lurk in the dark…”
“But beware because the things that lurk in the dark are never far, as the darkness is everywhere…” Lucy finishes the passage as she notices the bell swinging by itself. They both look up to see the Monster looking at them. It was covered in shadow, but it still had beauty, its wings were enormous, but its face resembled a bird, but shaped by white mist, white shadow.
“Laurie, if that’s you in there it’s Luke,” he said as the monster leaps down in front of him. Its empty, shadowed eyes send a shock down his soul. Lucy just watches them as she sees thin pieces of web on the floor.
“Oh no,” Lucy said as something yanks both her and Luck out of the tower window swinging them in the air.
“What happened?” Luke screamed as Lucy scans the area.
“We’re in trouble” Lucy looks down to see a group of spiders crawling over a body. Something emerges, “Deb?” Lucy said as the spider monster looks at them both getting ready to strike them until something cuts them down. Both of them scream, but before they hit the pavement something catches them and lowers them on the ground. They see the shadow bird monster hovering in the air it lets out a scream as the spider monster looks up.
“Looks like we're not in trouble anymore,” Luke looks up.
“No, the trouble is only beginning” Lucy looks over to see Deb standing by a car, but Lucy does not see her shadow, but the shadow of her monster.