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Between the Worlds
Episode II: In The Air Tonight, Part II
Łukasz Klebieko
Mar 14, 2018
14 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!JpDba36PxRk1OXrROf8wposted on PENANA

The creature emitted yet another sound, only this time more angry, and Aleks just now noticed it. Whatever it was, now it wasn't moving forward anymore, only eyeing the boys, clearly unhappy another one showed up. Finally it started to back away, and suddenly ran into another part of the forest.copyright protection4PENANAVFSaUuwGKd

"You okay?" Aleks asked, helping Jamon get up on his feetcopyright protection4PENANACuDgFNjLCQ

"Yeah... yeah, I think I am fine... thanks."copyright protection4PENANADXRrVjjJys

"What on earth was it?"copyright protection4PENANAgt88E2DaJn

"I have no idea."copyright protection4PENANAolS1BxPUjs

Jamon directed his flashlight back towards where the creature was standing, as he heard another strange noise.copyright protection4PENANALWqDolWI5u

"Sergeant LeBlanc" he sighed, relievedcopyright protection4PENANAblYjuDm7N5

"What are you two doing here?" The man asked surprised "You were supposed to stay on top of the hill."copyright protection4PENANAvcrne2V3Xe

"We..." Aleks looked at Jamon, searching for help "We were trying to find a store."copyright protection4PENANAwIbWlAhiim

"In the middle of a forest?" The man asked, looking at them with suspicion. "Tell me the truth."copyright protection4PENANANuILNco9jc

The two boys did not have a choice, mostly because of mud on Jamon's face, and explained what happened a few moments earlier. To their surprise, the French sergeant did not appear angry after they finished. He appeared rather understanding.copyright protection4PENANAfPpGcDI7HG

"We found the dog." He muttered "Or rather, what once was a dog... you did not brainwash that woman?"copyright protection4PENANAmdpyaL8r3r

"Um... no, actually, sir...we don't have the equipment."copyright protection4PENANAOQVwCIJ1S3

"We will have to notify the scientific wing and they'll find her then. All right, you boys get out of here... before Hussein sees you here. By the way, please find a trash can and throw this in." The man handed them over some wires and spikes. Jamon put them in his pocket.copyright protection4PENANAd8SCO4gxcX

"What exactly is this?" Aleks asked.copyright protection4PENANAdzbC7lofNr

"Some junk we found in the forest. I hate when people do that. Now, go. I think your father is coming.copyright protection4PENANAGBhB8UkSVd

Both Aleksander and Jamon nodded and quickly left the forest the same way they came in. The dog's owner was nowhere to be seen.copyright protection4PENANAV9lNM9S2H5

Meanwhile David, Dagmar and Bianca finished up setting the equipment in the forest, and decided to also place some more cameras around the house located on top of the hill - specifically above southern and northern windows and one above the door. Finally, they sat by a dirty table in what probably used to be kitchen. While David and Bianca rested after completing the task, Dagmar was busy sketching in her notebook.copyright protection4PENANA0VEbyMwW1j

"What are you doing?" The boy asked, looking from behind her shoulder.copyright protection4PENANAnIVFk4zFWu

"This is how Fluffy described the creature."copyright protection4PENANASSDeFpoxs5

"Fluffy?" Bianka tried her best not to laugh.copyright protection4PENANACs0hDy39u5

"The Bear!" The other girl was visibly irritated. "Anyway, take a look at this."copyright protection4PENANAtSOpx8u6Oq

The Sketch showed a strange looking, furred creature. It was rather small, but had spiky ears which made it look bigger. It's face was unlike any animal the group ever saw - it looked like a perfect square with two big yellow eyes and a mouth which did not look like it could be in any way naturally closed. The creature also had unnaturally slim body, perhaps this was why it appeared to lean forward on it's feet.copyright protection4PENANAAHieVYEjw6

"Perhaps this will do for Aruta?" Bianka wonderedcopyright protection4PENANAp9yqqbZulu

"I don't think so." David replied "She specifically asked us to catch the creature on tape. We will have to make some photos, at the very least."copyright protection4PENANAzPmoeTwI0l

"Oh, by the way, how are we supposed to keep track of what's going on? I understand the cameras, but the motion and temperature sensors..."copyright protection4PENANA9B2sPXrthX

"I got them hooked up to my computer." The boy replied, an after seeing his friends' expression he added: "wirelessly"copyright protection4PENANAzH687xj61F

"Shhh... you hear that?" Dagmar suddenly askedcopyright protection4PENANABBuXZJRwsR

"Hear what?"copyright protection4PENANARBtU4iRvM9

"Shhhh!"copyright protection4PENANAsmQzuY6O58

Something was clapping and knocking on the floor innthe corridor, clearly moving towards where they have been located. It did not take long for the group to realize that those noses were in fact...copyright protection4PENANAtGJXDJGvg8

"Footsteps." David Whispered.copyright protection4PENANAn8KQ2P8TkV

Finally, after few more seconds, a person appeared, dressed in filthy clothes and unshaved. The man noticed them and turned pale.copyright protection4PENANA3NhTmMRtAW

"Who are you?" He asked "What are you doing in my house?"copyright protection4PENANAB3Cl1g5HLl

"This is your house?" Bianca looked around surprised.copyright protection4PENANAQ9tBZvq8pK

"Yes!" The man answered a bit too quickly and too loudlycopyright protection4PENANA3sylmU8eoI

"No it is not." Dagmar looked at him carefully. "You are homeless, aren't you?"copyright protection4PENANAaZMNlN4qvQ

The man first paled even more, and then his face slowly has gotten more and more red.copyright protection4PENANALmZfXYLn6a

"How dare you!" He screamed and neared in. He threw his half-empty beer bottle onto the wall, and it shattered into pieces "You... just... Get out of here! Get out I said!"copyright protection4PENANA8aDGwZBEeZ

"Calm down, sir!" David said sternly and stood up.copyright protection4PENANAnoZ9ckXhKs

"You kids think you can just come to my house and tell me what to do? Do you even know how hard it is to life here after..."copyright protection4PENANA7wO6LM5wac

"After the attacks started, yes?" Bianca finished.copyright protection4PENANAHimlZTkBxy

"I don't know what you are talking about, young lady." The man suddenly was calm, perhaps even scared.copyright protection4PENANAAUXA3aU0rF

"You don't know? Strange, it is the main subject of conversation lately."copyright protection4PENANAtzciGX4Luf

"Not here."copyright protection4PENANAXcykxxdS9K

"Do you know what keeps attacking those animals?"copyright protection4PENANArKFpkJzfK1

"No! Get out right now, or..." the man stopped as suddenly a meow-like sound, only harsher, emitted seemingly from beneath the floor. "It's just... my cat."copyright protection4PENANAUdA6wg4B1z

"Your cat?" David asked, not believing the old mancopyright protection4PENANAQZLokjWxb5

"Yes!"copyright protection4PENANAiCPX1aHBpr

"You keep him under the floor?"copyright protection4PENANACkFcqbtvMv

"That's it!" The homeless looked like he was going to hit the boy "Either you leave, or I will make you go away!"copyright protection4PENANA5DuQ1OaXmm

David, Bianca and Dagmar looked at each other and shrug their shoulder. They picked themselves up, packed their stuff and silently left the house. After he made sure they are nowhere in view, the homeless man kneeled and knocked the floor a few times.copyright protection4PENANA3EZTC03kCs

"Be quiet, be quiet now... Only a few hours left and you shall feed again."copyright protection4PENANALfMqsdCVIp

At the same time as the group left the place, Jamon and Aleks (after cleaning themselves up at least a bit) found a store, which was actually surprisingly big for a small village. It was definitely not the size of wall-mart or other huge superstores, but it had few different alleys, so the selection of products was decent enough. The boys were now browsing through different beverages.copyright protection4PENANAqN2VE3JP15

"Actually, why are we even thinking about what to buy?" Jamon asked, and Aleksander looked at him "I mean, we won't have pay for anything. The PISF will pay for everything."copyright protection4PENANAb5KaYnb1HN

"I don't think mrs. Aruta will be happy when she notices we've spend a hundred or more dollars for snacks and drinks."copyright protection4PENANAut3gTvuwqd

"Yeah, well... maybe David can hack into another banking system. He is our IT kind of guy."copyright protection4PENANAVQ1YLG2vv3

"So, wait. David is an <<IT kind of guy>>, Dagmar can comunicate with Animals, Bianca is generally physically and tactically skilled... what do you do?"copyright protection4PENANABG9mR7K28r

"Oh, look what do we have here?" The Middle Eastern boy suddenly got very interested in an expetition of pots and jugs.copyright protection4PENANAQCUTTOonlP

"What? This are just pots?"copyright protection4PENANAAhGBfshhXN

"Just pots?" Jamon picked one up "I'll have you know this one is just for $5.99 each!"copyright protection4PENANAlzuuVlBFoK

"So?"copyright protection4PENANA7en28hRxEc

"AAAAAAAHHHHH!"copyright protection4PENANAmft3RIv9Zs

Both the boys quickly turned around and saw a middle aged woman scream continuosly and point at them from an neighbouring alley.copyright protection4PENANAWk2qPYMqDa

"AAAH! SECURITY!"copyright protection4PENANAbLpzOyQF5v

"What the..." Jamon started.copyright protection4PENANASsLmvC50M5

The middle eastern boy cut in mid sentence and started to put the pieces together. First, he noticed the pot he was carrying did not have an lid. Secondly, he realized his clothes were still filthy from the mud he fell in to. Finally he also saw wires given to him by sergeant LeBlanc were now visibly sticking out from his pocket. Lastly, he also noticed a rather big and muscular man was coming towards them with surprising speed. He looked at Aleksander, who was now facepalming.copyright protection4PENANAtIqv9ftVG7

"Uh-oh."copyright protection4PENANA5RTvrH3hn8

*****copyright protection4PENANAMgByC6aH7W

"Look, officer McHarness" Hussein Abedi desperately tried to calm down "I am telling you once again, that my son is not a terrorist and he was not carrying a bomb!"copyright protection4PENANANAFd6OsAK9

"That's not what the evidence is pointing to." The balding male was calmly wiggling in his chair.copyright protection4PENANAIQ0ClskoJH

"But I really..."copyright protection4PENANAxwY94Affin

"Shut up!" The older Abedi hushed his son, while sergeant LeBlanc, Aleksander and the two other men were standing quietly behind them. All of them were now facepalming.copyright protection4PENANAc5YRi5GLFq

"I am sorry, but I think we will have to arrest your son. And put him in Guantanamo."copyright protection4PENANAUogV1Bnl07

"What!?" Jamon, Aleks and Hussein asked simultaneusly.copyright protection4PENANA3yD1HIBXXU

"Sorry, this is the rule of law."copyright protection4PENANAk9Zi1inH33

"Screw this!" The older Abedi reached to his pocket and picked a small piece of plastic, that looked like a small I.D "You want some rule of law? How about this!?"copyright protection4PENANA7YsoUt0hO0

Officer McHarness paled drastically when he saw whatever was written on the plastic. He tried to speak, but apparently the shock and fear made him incapable to.copyright protection4PENANApSz2TgLvdI

"Well?" Hussein demandedcopyright protection4PENANAqxSpQTIdAM

"Th-The... FBI..." the cop looked like he was about to pray towards the general.copyright protection4PENANAhIKJ6Ec6W1

"What do you say!?"copyright protection4PENANA7lUGoOW9ka

"I am sorry!"copyright protection4PENANASKIKayESMf

"My lord and master."copyright protection4PENANAE4XpN440b1

"Yes! Yes, I am sorry my lord and master!" The police officer now looked like he was about to break into tearscopyright protection4PENANA2imWZLLWV5

"That's better. Now will you please uncuff my son?"copyright protection4PENANA6NPPy0ocSb

"Yes! Yes, of course!"copyright protection4PENANArxfpX2u13G

The police officer quickly got up and ran towards Jamon. He tried to uncuff Jamon, but his hands were shaking heavily and all he achieved was dropping the keys a few times.copyright protection4PENANA25Zp2YbNU6

"Oh, give me that!"copyright protection4PENANAT1TIRrJfEB

The general picked up te keys and himself freed his son.copyright protection4PENANAq69Fw6I08M

"Thanks, dad." The boy got upcopyright protection4PENANAGbSFAUELIz

"We'll just go now." Sergeant LeBlanc opened the door and simply left, leaving the cop astounded. The rest of the group followed him quickly.copyright protection4PENANARCALksc4HR

"Son, you disappointed me." Hussein said sternly, not even looking at the boy.copyright protection4PENANAF7XPNtVwt4

"What? But i did not do..."copyright protection4PENANAiafaQP5uBO

"Enough. If not for Aruta, I would send you back right now. But since she desperately wants to prove you kids are worth anything, I will deal with you later."copyright protection4PENANA3tqEeL6rPO

"Well, excuse me, sir, but your son did not do anything wrong!" Aleksander started irritated "It is not his fault that..."copyright protection4PENANAiuWfkJIfgc

"I thought I told you not to follow us, did not I?" The older Abedi once again did not look at the boy.copyright protection4PENANAjynzIdoOI0

"Hussein-"copyright protection4PENANACMt2rINyaC

"Don't start, LeBlanc. It's not one of your buissness anyway. For now let's just focus on those attacks."copyright protection4PENANAms7jIr3rHj

"His next strike is coming." The group turned around and noticed an old man sitting on a bench in the waiting room. "The Fallen shall hunt again when the next six-hour will begin."copyright protection4PENANAE1R1AAfZoY

"You mean the monster who attacks the animals?" Aleksander Askedcopyright protection4PENANAZ1Kt3bcRJm

"The Twelfth Hour is almost here."copyright protection4PENANAt6PApy2sZJ

"What do you mean?" Sergeant LeBlanc askedcopyright protection4PENANAMDKDFleVkD

"I think it is obvious what he means" Aleksander pointed at a small wooden clock above the recepcionist's desk. "It is 11:29 PM. The Twelfth hour will strike in... exactly half an hour now."copyright protection4PENANATkEDNIP0zz

"LeBlanc, Rodriguez, Chase, on positions." General Abedi ordered.copyright protection4PENANAn3FcE5KGyK

"The new six-hour... the monster attacks every six hours, doesn't it?"Aleksander continued and the man nodded his head silently.copyright protection4PENANAqknaY3wcYQ

"Enough! I will interrogate this man, and you two will return to the hilltop right now!"copyright protection4PENANAQSavvYdkYN

"But, dad, we want to help too!"copyright protection4PENANAUlQzyuFibd

"You two have <<helped>> enough, I'd say. Get out now. And tell the rest to hide themselves in the house on top of the hill."copyright protection4PENANA3ByrMwuiJt

Jamon looked like he was about to protest, but he noticed his father's angry expression and decided not to irritate him anymore. He silently left the small police station, and the other boy quickly followed him. The Middle Eastern boy angrily clenched his fists.copyright protection4PENANA8zlj5Rhjcg

"Why the hell was he angry at us?" Aleks also was visibly irritatedcopyright protection4PENANA66CXGbsluD

"I don't know."copyright protection4PENANAzxf7Y1Dsjm

"It's like he was thinking he is better than everybody else."copyright protection4PENANAWsWiM293ll

"No, he doesn't!" Jamon turned around rapidly "Shut up!"copyright protection4PENANAkssXp88StC

"Oh, come on!" Aleksander crossed his hands "You are going to defend him after all this? Are you blind? You really can't see what sort of person he is!?"copyright protection4PENANAw29La7MNA6

"Don't. Talk. About. My. Father. Like that!" Jamon was now shaking, repeatedly clenching and releasing his fist.copyright protection4PENANAaxz7Pl9Ypu

"Or what?"copyright protection4PENANAkKWMHmUPeo

"You think you know everything? You just came here, straight from your amazing life in Canada, where your biggest problem was probably having a standard PS4 instead of the enhanced version, a few days ago you had no idea about what we do, yet you somehow think you are qualified enough to cricitize my father? You don't know anything about him!"copyright protection4PENANArKrBwBIjpj

"You think I want to be here!?" Aleksander neared towards the other boy and desperately fought the urge to hit him "The only reason I am here is because, thanks to you guys, I don't have a family anymore! Do you even know how it is to lose the only person who cared about you!?"copyright protection4PENANAqzQZHFlQEL

"YES, I DO!" Jamon screamed in his face "If you want to know, it just so happens that I lost my mother when she tried to save a civilian from an Shadow Contour attack when one of the investigations has gone wrong. It completely sucked her soul. THAT'S when my father started acting like he does now, and THAT'S why he cries everytime someone mentions her name!copyright protection4PENANAlYvhLcEF2T

Aleksander suddenly felt all his anger leaving himcopyright protection4PENANA4uEv5a7Otw

"Jamon, I... I didn't know."copyright protection4PENANA7T6YTNDfEi

"Well, now you do. Hopefully you are happy with yourself."copyright protection4PENANA0Zgvh1IVHL

"I..."copyright protection4PENANAOLfthlDp97

"Come on. The hill is not far."copyright protection4PENANAVh12fVQTau

For the rest of the way, the boys did not speak to each other again.copyright protection4PENANAbbtrHKtpGb

David and Bianca meanwhile were sitting in front of the laptop and analyzing what the cameras have recorded so far.copyright protection4PENANAbvXqYeMCEV

"I can't understand what you find fascinating in this." The girl yawnedcopyright protection4PENANAKzdMCsHslS

"This is why I am the computer guy around here" David smiledcopyright protection4PENANAXw3qYKbsaS

"It's a good thing you changed the wallpaper, though." Dagmar said sarcatically, while sketching again.copyright protection4PENANADmnANmPzZt

"What wallpaper?" The other girl looked interested.copyright protection4PENANAvJ3IwGae8w

"Not important." David replied quickly. "Hey, look here! Camera 5!"copyright protection4PENANA653aw1VIu6

"I put it above doors in the house at top of the hill. What about it?"copyright protection4PENANAA7sYIflyPk

"Can't you see it? Look, it's that homeless guy. What is he doing?"copyright protection4PENANA2k462AMcOV

"Looks like he is carrying something to the house... wait, is that...?"copyright protection4PENANAJV0M6xO2gi

"A dead animal." David answered slowly.copyright protection4PENANA8RpBP8RbHG

"What?" Dagmar was terrified.copyright protection4PENANAvJ0AP2aCfZ

"Come on, let's go." David quickly packed his backpackcopyright protection4PENANAxYVyK26y4m

"Where?"copyright protection4PENANARcdgO3pFe6

"He may have thrown us out of <<his house>>, but carrying dead animals is enough at least to threaten him with police. And " David pointed at the sky "looks like a thunderstorm is coming."copyright protection4PENANAlKPmkFoviD

The two girls looked at him, still not really understanding. They did not ask any further questions,however, and followed David to the top of the hill. As soon as they reached the house, the boy knocked at the door rather agressively.copyright protection4PENANAuPCqonsuWw

"What the..." the homeless man opened the door and noticed the group. "It's you kids again!? I told you to go away!"copyright protection4PENANAQNJ44y7tem

"Sir, what do you know about the recent attacks?" David asked harshlycopyright protection4PENANAAz6qWq6kVo

"I already told you! I don't know anything!"copyright protection4PENANAYqdBRCYk6V

"I don't believe you are telling the truth."copyright protection4PENANAQXIA1N99gn

"That's not my problem." The man tried to close the door, but David stopped him.copyright protection4PENANAwQXChT3neZ

"We know about the dead animals."copyright protection4PENANALcpZOhBMBI

"What!?" The man was visibly surprised "How?"copyright protection4PENANAIsFq3HdcRu

"We put some cameras around your house." Dagmar explainedcopyright protection4PENANAznlx0Cq3ZE

"How... dare you!?" The man yelled "This is my property! I will call the police!"copyright protection4PENANA2LRsKFJmsk

"Ah, cut it!" The boy replied "We all know that you are lying. About the police - please, by all means. They will be rather interested in all those killed animals"copyright protection4PENANA4aMKBPrP2i

"I... what do you want!?"copyright protection4PENANAjBGE8GhzJh

"You know what we want. We want to know what do you know about the recent attacks."copyright protection4PENANAeL25eNLX9e

The man sighed and opened the door.copyright protection4PENANAhep4Y0UpPW

"All right. All right, I will tell you everything. Just promise you won't hurt him."copyright protection4PENANAI9xoOG46gO

"Hurt whom?" Dagmar asked as the group came insidecopyright protection4PENANAnuApAOdmLn

"It's over." The man knocked a particular fragment of the floor a few times "I'm sorry."copyright protection4PENANAA3B08A120R

As soon as he stepped back, the fragment of the floor he knocked at suddenly moved a bit, and then was pushed up. Finally it revealed a small hole, out of which two grey furred hands and a square-shaped head were now sticking through. Soon, the creature got out and hid, evidently scared behind the man, which patted it's head carrefully. It was a rather weird sight, as it's body was extremely slim and short , yet it's spiky ears and open mouth made him look much more puissant.copyright protection4PENANAYI0w7PccVt

"OK. what the hell is going on?" Bianca asked confused.copyright protection4PENANA0iXAIyoWUa

"This is Meow." The homeless man replied, petting the creature.copyright protection4PENANAjveVwmvxov

"Meow?" The girl asked with disbeliefcopyright protection4PENANAomepSle5x9

"Meow."copyright protection4PENANAyysw8b5x70

"I found him where this... thing crashed, you see. There were two more, much bigger than he is, but they were dead. Meow was the only one that was left, and he looked so helpless and alone. I could not leave him there ... He was also wounded. But I took him home, I cared for him, and somehow he survived." The man said. He picked up a dead squirrel and the creature opened his mouth even wider.copyright protection4PENANAHqvWl2iQzG

"Is it Meow that killed all those animals?" Asked Dagmarcopyright protection4PENANAmY2AnVVC0t

"He is just a baby, he needs to feed... Meat is all he wants to eat, too. Sometimes i bring him dead animals I find in the forest. But he needs fresh air too, so I let him run free once in a while. But I can't control what he does."copyright protection4PENANAMz1f6aqbHx

"And he keeps finding food on his own." David finished.copyright protection4PENANAbpYHljJDaj

"He is just a child, he doesn't know any better!"copyright protection4PENANAkxhn7Fi3hj

"I understand." Dagmar said, trying to comfort the man "But, if it's him... We will have to take Meow away."copyright protection4PENANAw4TyjZIJbq

"No!" The man reacted "You promised you won't hurt him!"copyright protection4PENANAhnPf4bzOPK

"We won't." Bianca replied "We'll send very specialized people who will take very good care of Meow"copyright protection4PENANA89hpwp4Psm

"Okay. Okay, let me just..." the man vanished in another room for a moment before returning with another dead squirrel. He came near the creature and it seemed like he wanted to feed it again. Suddenly, he pushed the back door open and threw the dead animal "Meow, RUN!"copyright protection4PENANA9Zr2xK2gue

The creature instantly escaped the open door, meow-ing histerically, and quickly vanished in the forest.copyright protection4PENANAGLBw1GHAvw

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