Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dead Rite chapter 85.21

“Really?” Dill reached forward to help Amanda off with her lower garments but she batted his hands away, pushing Jasfoup toward her legs instead.

“You want me to do your lower bits?” Jasfoup swapped brushes with Dill. “All right.” He leaned to whisper in Harold's ear. “Couldn't we just dip her?”

“In what? I don't have a vat of resin. Just get on with it. We have to cover her completely else the skin will become saturated with water and rot anyway. The resin with stop the water molecules penetrating her skin while allowing the migration of salt in and blood out. To be really successful we have to get salt inside her skin before the drying process. I tell you, this is going to work. Amanda might be dead but she'll live to be three thousand.”

Dill ran his brush over a breast. “There must be an easier way.”

“Yes. Become a vampire but unfortunately she doesn't have that option.”

“Talking of vampires...” Jasfoup nodded toward the window. “The sun's going down.”

“Yes, I know.” Harold bit his lip as he worked resin into Amanda's scalp. “Gillian's going to be cross.”

“That's an understatement.” Jasfoup slapped the solution onto Amanda's feet. “She's going to wake up in an empty house with no Lucy, no Julie, no us and police tape over the doors. 'Cross' doesn't even begin to cover it.”

Dill glanced up. “Who's Gillian?”

“Lucy's mother.” Harold tried to concentrate getting the resin into Amanda's ears. “She's a vampire.”

“The sort who dresses in black leather and carries lots of weapons? Black hair, pale skin, teeth you could use to spear olives and stir a cocktail with?”

“Sometimes, yes. How did you know?”

“She's right behind you.”

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