Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dead Rite chapter 76.03

Ada stood and crossed the kitchen. She put her hand on his forehead as if she was checking his temperature. “And you've had no ill effects?”

“None. Look, are you sure you just want coffee?” Harold placed his sandwich on the cutting board and sliced off the crusts with a cleaver. “I could do you a sandwich if you like.”

“No ta. I eat like a bird these days.” His mother glanced back at the table where her two-year old granddaughter was eating cheese. “Lucy's quiet.”

“She's having a bit of a dance.” Harold smiled at the back of his child, who was waving her arms madly. “She does that a lot.”

“How sweet.” Ada watched her. “Are you sure she's dancing? Her arm movements are getting smaller and smaller.”


Ada went closer to look at Lucy from the front. “Are you all right, darling?” Her eyes widened. “Harold! She's choking! Her whole face is purple.”

Harold crossed the intervening space in no time at all. “What do we do?”

“Bang her on the back.”

“Won't that hurt her?”

“Not as much as death from choking will.”

“All right.” Harold picked Lucy up, held her upside-down by the ankles and banged her on the back. A boiled sweet flew out of her mouth and pinged off the teapot. She began to scream. “Now what's wrong with her?”

“You were too rough. You've hurt her.”

“I only did what you told me to do.”

“If I told you to get some common sense would you?” Ada took one of Lucy's hands. “Where does it hurt, love?”

Lucy coughed up a gout of blood..

“You've pushed a rib into her lungs. She needs the hospital, fast.”

“I'll get the van...”

Lucy's eyes rolled to white, then filmed over with black. She coughed another mouthful of blood, took several deep breaths and sat us. Her eyes returned to noormal, her tears dried and she gazed at Ada. “Sweetie?”

Harold breathed a sigh of relief and picked her up. “Having a demon possess your daughter has some benefits after all.”


Stephanie said...

That was frightening!

Leatherdykeuk said...

I'll take that as a compliment. Thank you!