“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.
Ripley comes to, and he’s in a large room. It’s dripping with some type of ooze all over the walls, he notices something moving out of the corner of his eye. He noticed it had a long scales as skin and a sharp tail, he can hear it breathing and growling. He sees it run behind a wall, he can see it’s red eyes peeking out while it claws dug into the wall. He could tell just by its peaking head that the size and length that it’s larger than a bear and as long as a car. It didn't stand tall, it was hunched over, its head long with the end of it shaping into a sharp horn. Ripley took notice to its back, he could see holes which looked like they were about to sprout something.
“Embrace the darkest part of your soul, unleash your monster” Ripley hears a voice.
“Who is that!?” He takes a step back as the creature comes from behind the wall, Ripley was then able to admire it in its full terror, in its full glory they lock eyes as the creature brushes up against him. Ripley then feels something take over him, he sees a little girl playing in the corner. He recognizes her, “Lucy, what are you doing here?” he calls out to her.
“He’s coming to hurt me again,” she says as the creature begins to growl at something hiding in the shadows. Lucy looks as a man comes out and punches her in the face and then proceeds to beat her with a belt.
“Stop” Ripley faintly says, but he keeps going and Lucy just sits there taking it.
“Embrace the dark, unleash it” the voice comes back as the man throws Lucy to a wall, that is the point when Ripley’s eyes change, they become red like the creature. The creature then runs past Ripley and attack the man mauling and ripping him apart. The creature opens its mouth and a large spike pierces through his head and Lucy sits up untouched. She smiles and appears next to him.
“Thank you for embracing” she hugs him before vanishing.
Ripley wakes up next to the tree, he jumps “Ridger” he pulls out his phone as he begins to dial 911, but before he could press send he feels something happen to his body. He starts to feel something take over him, his eyes become a dark red and his skin turns velvet black. He cries out as scales begin to form over his skin, his body begins to grow and change as he becomes the creature from his dream, he screams as he leaps up into the sky.
Lucy is working on a story when she receives a phone call, “Hello” Lucy said while typing on her computer.
“You might want to head to that little place you and Deb used to hang out,” a familiar voice says to her on the phone.
“Patrick? What? Why?” she stands up frantically.
“A new monster has awakened, and I can feel him. Also, the streets have been talking Deb has gone off the deep end” Patrick hangs up while Lucy takes out her phone and rushes out of her office.
Abandoned Community Center
Ridger wakes up hanging from the ceiling, “What the fuck” he says to himself trying to move, but he feels his whole body tightly restrained by some type of web. “Help!” he screams out only to be swung into a wall, he spits out blood as he sees a large group of spiders crawling on the floor. Ridger begins to panic, he freezes up as the spiders start to make way for something larger coming through. He looks up to see it was a large humanoid spider, he noticed its face and it looks so familiar to him. The spider creature leaps to the wall and begins to crawl to him it moves slowly until it's right in his face.
“Kill” it whispers to him as it stabs him with one of its legs in his shoulder.
“Please,” Ridger says as he closes his eyes ready for the creature to strike until something tackles it off the ceiling and onto the ground. Ridger opens his eyes to see an alien-like creature attacking the spider. It growls as black and red ooze comes out of its mouth. It tackles the spider creature again, stabbing it in the chest. The spider throws it to the wall and strikes with its fang. The alien creature screams out in pain as it cowers back, the spider rushes it, pinning it against the wall, but the alien opens its mouth realizing a sharp horn and it goes through the spider’s shoulder, cutting off one of its legs.
The alien looks up at Ridger and jumps up, latching onto the ceiling, it looks him in the eyes Ridger was scared at first until he noticed something, “Ri...Ripley?” he said as the alien creature cuts him down and gently lets him down on the ground, but it soon falls from the ceiling, crashing through a display. Ridger breaks free from the web and runs to it, “Ripley, hang on,” he said as the spider creature tosses him like a ragdoll across the room. The spider creature slowly makes its way to him, but something stops it. Ridger looks to see something sticking out of its body, it was the tail of the alien creature the spider creature doesn’t even react, it just tosses it over Ridger crashing through a wall. The spider then rushes them only for Lucy to jump in and blocks its way.
“Debb! No!” Lucy tries to talk to the spider, but it just hissed at her. “Are you really gonna hurt me, Debb?” Lucy screams at it only for it to retreat into the darkness and runs away.
“Lucy Quan? What the hell is going on!?” Ridger panics as looks to the Alien Monster slowly transform back to Ripley. “Ripley” Ridger looks at his body to see where he was stabbed.
“He’s most likely paralyzed, Debb’s monster can do that, but I’m shocked to see he held his own” Lucy said as she takes off her coat and uses it cover Ripley's body.
“Monster!?” Ridger was trying to keep up, but his mind was everywhere.
“We need to get out of here, Deb may be gone, but her children aren't” Lucy looks to see various black widow spiders coming out from all corners of the room.
“Wait, you know what that monster was?” Ridger was trying to piece everything together.
“It wasn’t a monster, look it’s complicated!,” Lucy yells as she and Ridger help Ripley up, as they leave Ridger looks around and sees the damage caused.
“Are you sure it’s not a monster?” he said as they leave, but as they leave the spiders to start to crawl back to the corners as Deb steps out of a room missing an arm. She screams as a new arm pops out of the socket, then she disappears.
“Another one for the morgue” Devtive Jeckle says as he pulls a sheet over a dead body.
“Was this one mauled like Mulford?” A young woman walks onto the scene and she just pulls off the sheet aggressively.
“I see you have no respect for the dead” Jeckle chuckled.
“Respect? For this piece of shit? I’ll pass, but I almost feel for her” the woman turns to Jeckle digging her heels into the ground, “This was one of Mulford’s suppliers, I was just on my way bust her” she smiled at Jeckle as she kicks dirt on the body.
“I’m shocked you beat Lucy Quan to this” he said.
“I would say she’s out celebrating, but knowing her I doubt that. If she does show tell her to give the police chief a call” she walks away as Jeckle just idols the body.
“I should have stayed in Haven” he said as he notices a rather large spider crawl into a sewer hatch. “Yep, should have stayed there” he walks away.