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Episode II: In The Air Tonight, Part II
Łukasz Klebieko
Mar 14, 2018
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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 protection24PENANAMf8IoYu07y

"You okay?" Aleks asked, helping Jamon get up on his feetcopyright protection24PENANADF428tjwhY

"Yeah... yeah, I think I am fine... thanks."copyright protection24PENANAoyc9JY6rhZ

"What on earth was it?"copyright protection24PENANAv3fDLECgEJ

"I have no idea."copyright protection24PENANAOipTkymD5E

Jamon directed his flashlight back towards where the creature was standing, as he heard another strange noise.copyright protection24PENANACtcODVMKn3

"Sergeant LeBlanc" he sighed, relievedcopyright protection24PENANAKT6ZxSE99j

"What are you two doing here?" The man asked surprised "You were supposed to stay on top of the hill."copyright protection24PENANATYCiRWQeAV

"We..." Aleks looked at Jamon, searching for help "We were trying to find a store."copyright protection24PENANAScp5020NMo

"In the middle of a forest?" The man asked, looking at them with suspicion. "Tell me the truth."copyright protection24PENANAQwhXwOQbYZ

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 protection24PENANAuRX69O303E

"We found the dog." He muttered "Or rather, what once was a dog... you did not brainwash that woman?"copyright protection24PENANAWVQl0Rn1E9

"Um... no, actually, sir...we don't have the equipment."copyright protection24PENANAqvGIscxinv

"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 protection24PENANAiSmfZw42w7

"What exactly is this?" Aleks asked.copyright protection24PENANAGt3xO4pb63

"Some junk we found in the forest. I hate when people do that. Now, go. I think your father is coming.copyright protection24PENANAlwy2f1eMkC

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 protection24PENANAiCvESubXwI

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 protection24PENANA5db9LZdabj

"What are you doing?" The boy asked, looking from behind her shoulder.copyright protection24PENANAdwQMy5ONS8

"This is how Fluffy described the creature."copyright protection24PENANAqaLVPEq0BW

"Fluffy?" Bianka tried her best not to laugh.copyright protection24PENANAIGaTPVT354

"The Bear!" The other girl was visibly irritated. "Anyway, take a look at this."copyright protection24PENANAnjBd69jUXc

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 protection24PENANA3onOjcsKd4

"Perhaps this will do for Aruta?" Bianka wonderedcopyright protection24PENANAHVKRPANJDS

"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 protection24PENANAN1bofiyzcw

"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 protection24PENANALfU84elxYy

"I got them hooked up to my computer." The boy replied, an after seeing his friends' expression he added: "wirelessly"copyright protection24PENANABFumwkXj3A

"Shhh... you hear that?" Dagmar suddenly askedcopyright protection24PENANAcQCofRGNqS

"Hear what?"copyright protection24PENANAjc8dlcsGJq

"Shhhh!"copyright protection24PENANAel5JHC3EW6

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 protection24PENANAf8XRxcJd0a

"Footsteps." David Whispered.copyright protection24PENANA6kmeyHr0nb

Finally, after few more seconds, a person appeared, dressed in filthy clothes and unshaved. The man noticed them and turned pale.copyright protection24PENANAqCwwld8oS5

"Who are you?" He asked "What are you doing in my house?"copyright protection24PENANAv7esZLFIYF

"This is your house?" Bianca looked around surprised.copyright protection24PENANAS5ZfjyWKyk

"Yes!" The man answered a bit too quickly and too loudlycopyright protection24PENANAWYWsviFEHy

"No it is not." Dagmar looked at him carefully. "You are homeless, aren't you?"copyright protection24PENANAJcFXFFIloH

The man first paled even more, and then his face slowly has gotten more and more red.copyright protection24PENANA1gM1w6zsR7

"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 protection24PENANANN6JfB2VgJ

"Calm down, sir!" David said sternly and stood up.copyright protection24PENANAtZV9XBOGWc

"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 protection24PENANAoYtbZZhys8

"After the attacks started, yes?" Bianca finished.copyright protection24PENANAGfWMZbo17E

"I don't know what you are talking about, young lady." The man suddenly was calm, perhaps even scared.copyright protection24PENANAKAEGKBhzie

"You don't know? Strange, it is the main subject of conversation lately."copyright protection24PENANAMGcfRcf9KI

"Not here."copyright protection24PENANAhqXedXpBYx

"Do you know what keeps attacking those animals?"copyright protection24PENANAfI8UpSvHrO

"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 protection24PENANAVeu8tmkJv5

"Your cat?" David asked, not believing the old mancopyright protection24PENANArNvp1Imrkk

"Yes!"copyright protection24PENANAZA37us00ar

"You keep him under the floor?"copyright protection24PENANAO5Gje9GyTb

"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 protection24PENANADkZ9K1S6tc

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 protection24PENANArsMvzgYzg8

"Be quiet, be quiet now... Only a few hours left and you shall feed again."copyright protection24PENANA15dHorR50K

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 protection24PENANAgE5gNQiFWL

"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 protection24PENANARoeETNURnb

"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 protection24PENANAZphd7GFYLF

"Yeah, well... maybe David can hack into another banking system. He is our IT kind of guy."copyright protection24PENANAJ2jPi7FBMC

"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 protection24PENANAmD0AiTocKM

"Oh, look what do we have here?" The Middle Eastern boy suddenly got very interested in an expetition of pots and jugs.copyright protection24PENANAoKbGXimCh7

"What? This are just pots?"copyright protection24PENANAi19CRsJw3w

"Just pots?" Jamon picked one up "I'll have you know this one is just for $5.99 each!"copyright protection24PENANA9qa90s2pFN

"So?"copyright protection24PENANAb3xnKvF68X

"AAAAAAAHHHHH!"copyright protection24PENANAerZn3QQNnU

Both the boys quickly turned around and saw a middle aged woman scream continuosly and point at them from an neighbouring alley.copyright protection24PENANAjwktFlVIKA

"AAAH! SECURITY!"copyright protection24PENANAwWE3jozZvH

"What the..." Jamon started.copyright protection24PENANAXJ8W7cMX09

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 protection24PENANASkGcOlyK4j

"Uh-oh."copyright protection24PENANAkAfZEzodyT

*****copyright protection24PENANAVvD4sKhfIh

"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 protection24PENANAoAC5Nqqlav

"That's not what the evidence is pointing to." The balding male was calmly wiggling in his chair.copyright protection24PENANAEv5UvJtTX2

"But I really..."copyright protection24PENANANSyqW0bdfU

"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 protection24PENANAvEu7JiyaEI

"I am sorry, but I think we will have to arrest your son. And put him in Guantanamo."copyright protection24PENANAFieLdJuGDr

"What!?" Jamon, Aleks and Hussein asked simultaneusly.copyright protection24PENANAIqkhRhh2ux

"Sorry, this is the rule of law."copyright protection24PENANAX0br8VKG5o

"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 protection24PENANApLGEwUn1A0

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 protection24PENANAtjrNAj4Smz

"Well?" Hussein demandedcopyright protection24PENANApjzBLIxvpD

"Th-The... FBI..." the cop looked like he was about to pray towards the general.copyright protection24PENANATPoAtVuRW5

"What do you say!?"copyright protection24PENANASpojcZDgSZ

"I am sorry!"copyright protection24PENANAQiiqU38rzx

"My lord and master."copyright protection24PENANA4snt3QoxHk

"Yes! Yes, I am sorry my lord and master!" The police officer now looked like he was about to break into tearscopyright protection24PENANADzJ2TW1wdU

"That's better. Now will you please uncuff my son?"copyright protection24PENANAw3cOt6SCyr

"Yes! Yes, of course!"copyright protection24PENANAaDUx6Xnuv5

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 protection24PENANAP8Fyazuc5H

"Oh, give me that!"copyright protection24PENANA6CLjqeqjQY

The general picked up te keys and himself freed his son.copyright protection24PENANAK1BFyHCWc8

"Thanks, dad." The boy got upcopyright protection24PENANA11hHAsg5Em

"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 protection24PENANANLYy5pNvID

"Son, you disappointed me." Hussein said sternly, not even looking at the boy.copyright protection24PENANAutE59dNM90

"What? But i did not do..."copyright protection24PENANAUb1bSCD9Hi

"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 protection24PENANAvu4u29TPFC

"Well, excuse me, sir, but your son did not do anything wrong!" Aleksander started irritated "It is not his fault that..."copyright protection24PENANAt958fem20v

"I thought I told you not to follow us, did not I?" The older Abedi once again did not look at the boy.copyright protection24PENANA3VH47zHLJo

"Hussein-"copyright protection24PENANA3eS8IViCLX

"Don't start, LeBlanc. It's not one of your buissness anyway. For now let's just focus on those attacks."copyright protection24PENANAef7komyKpz

"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 protection24PENANAgsuXxCxeng

"You mean the monster who attacks the animals?" Aleksander Askedcopyright protection24PENANACqvvzdrRQd

"The Twelfth Hour is almost here."copyright protection24PENANAO4sVoRiXBH

"What do you mean?" Sergeant LeBlanc askedcopyright protection24PENANAxR92PGEmU1

"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 protection24PENANADxs831luSc

"LeBlanc, Rodriguez, Chase, on positions." General Abedi ordered.copyright protection24PENANAHHgaDF1VCD

"The new six-hour... the monster attacks every six hours, doesn't it?"Aleksander continued and the man nodded his head silently.copyright protection24PENANAD9vMbktQHn

"Enough! I will interrogate this man, and you two will return to the hilltop right now!"copyright protection24PENANARkVjsYlOse

"But, dad, we want to help too!"copyright protection24PENANA0aWgkAVmwy

"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 protection24PENANAZ9IuVUOoKv

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 protection24PENANAMBPHViGh68

"Why the hell was he angry at us?" Aleks also was visibly irritatedcopyright protection24PENANAv6jrnE1j0x

"I don't know."copyright protection24PENANARZHzuCui1e

"It's like he was thinking he is better than everybody else."copyright protection24PENANAOOPEwLWc23

"No, he doesn't!" Jamon turned around rapidly "Shut up!"copyright protection24PENANAly9FZxj1Qj

"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 protection24PENANAzIjgiNTM5V

"Don't. Talk. About. My. Father. Like that!" Jamon was now shaking, repeatedly clenching and releasing his fist.copyright protection24PENANA0UKQygCvtE

"Or what?"copyright protection24PENANAyPcIucfNe6

"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 protection24PENANA7OOq46dYTj

"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 protection24PENANATTdDKMUmio

"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 protection24PENANA1QdezIqPvF

Aleksander suddenly felt all his anger leaving himcopyright protection24PENANAVCtJ3yQgwK

"Jamon, I... I didn't know."copyright protection24PENANAzqDM4ozZKR

"Well, now you do. Hopefully you are happy with yourself."copyright protection24PENANAnLIB0hjq6P

"I..."copyright protection24PENANA61szLv8CME

"Come on. The hill is not far."copyright protection24PENANAml508aoH99

For the rest of the way, the boys did not speak to each other again.copyright protection24PENANAzxVh8VzsmF

David and Bianca meanwhile were sitting in front of the laptop and analyzing what the cameras have recorded so far.copyright protection24PENANAisHL2tga53

"I can't understand what you find fascinating in this." The girl yawnedcopyright protection24PENANAPsoVsw5Ree

"This is why I am the computer guy around here" David smiledcopyright protection24PENANA0NMV5VREod

"It's a good thing you changed the wallpaper, though." Dagmar said sarcatically, while sketching again.copyright protection24PENANAkGF1rHvISA

"What wallpaper?" The other girl looked interested.copyright protection24PENANALH3aCvHHnW

"Not important." David replied quickly. "Hey, look here! Camera 5!"copyright protection24PENANAWnKJjPEau2

"I put it above doors in the house at top of the hill. What about it?"copyright protection24PENANAnOJ3QbLlUD

"Can't you see it? Look, it's that homeless guy. What is he doing?"copyright protection24PENANAWFlZQXvxFS

"Looks like he is carrying something to the house... wait, is that...?"copyright protection24PENANAtCgelA30Lx

"A dead animal." David answered slowly.copyright protection24PENANA28mLccWXxQ

"What?" Dagmar was terrified.copyright protection24PENANABtwWtnUYVA

"Come on, let's go." David quickly packed his backpackcopyright protection24PENANARpc8DyIGyt

"Where?"copyright protection24PENANAeBCAnOMkMk

"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 protection24PENANAbnOIji5eg0

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 protection24PENANAO8q0g3zYK8

"What the..." the homeless man opened the door and noticed the group. "It's you kids again!? I told you to go away!"copyright protection24PENANAsYK4z7SmsF

"Sir, what do you know about the recent attacks?" David asked harshlycopyright protection24PENANAHD2vlmNrA4

"I already told you! I don't know anything!"copyright protection24PENANAsodSptVZsG

"I don't believe you are telling the truth."copyright protection24PENANA8UESYe0RAs

"That's not my problem." The man tried to close the door, but David stopped him.copyright protection24PENANAxh5zNrWBSw

"We know about the dead animals."copyright protection24PENANAGkVTdln8kP

"What!?" The man was visibly surprised "How?"copyright protection24PENANAOsKtkJHkAi

"We put some cameras around your house." Dagmar explainedcopyright protection24PENANAN8ASHojEZc

"How... dare you!?" The man yelled "This is my property! I will call the police!"copyright protection24PENANAbFw6zKrWSM

"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 protection24PENANALHfwbAfTVQ

"I... what do you want!?"copyright protection24PENANAbIYMAGaUk9

"You know what we want. We want to know what do you know about the recent attacks."copyright protection24PENANA6vPDCon4lg

The man sighed and opened the door.copyright protection24PENANAQ6Y5C9GS2B

"All right. All right, I will tell you everything. Just promise you won't hurt him."copyright protection24PENANAIejG1UmbOG

"Hurt whom?" Dagmar asked as the group came insidecopyright protection24PENANAlVcbyOAWSV

"It's over." The man knocked a particular fragment of the floor a few times "I'm sorry."copyright protection24PENANAcI2aOFkuxn

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 protection24PENANA6fCpVDjiP8

"OK. what the hell is going on?" Bianca asked confused.copyright protection24PENANAYb3bmBZXyR

"This is Meow." The homeless man replied, petting the creature.copyright protection24PENANASKAVVpAgU8

"Meow?" The girl asked with disbeliefcopyright protection24PENANAD0ngpjTJBJ

"Meow."copyright protection24PENANARAUULhwLf4

"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 protection24PENANAC7Od3KCD0x

"Is it Meow that killed all those animals?" Asked Dagmarcopyright protection24PENANALEx9UXtOG5

"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 protection24PENANAxxGsssKYdZ

"And he keeps finding food on his own." David finished.copyright protection24PENANA2Q7R3aBGOC

"He is just a child, he doesn't know any better!"copyright protection24PENANAdAgKJbIdZo

"I understand." Dagmar said, trying to comfort the man "But, if it's him... We will have to take Meow away."copyright protection24PENANAixWYZoqJmE

"No!" The man reacted "You promised you won't hurt him!"copyright protection24PENANAJouQgy1SeP

"We won't." Bianca replied "We'll send very specialized people who will take very good care of Meow"copyright protection24PENANAusqLdaWVnW

"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 protection24PENANAjFtfEsD4c0

The creature instantly escaped the open door, meow-ing histerically, and quickly vanished in the forest.copyright protection24PENANAJWodNFLOx0

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