As the heavy thump of boots rained down on the stairs above their heads, Davin felt Misa’s teeth press against his neck near his jugular vein, and he tugged on Greg’s shirt. At first, Greg brushed him off, but sensing his friend’s urgency, he turned his head just in time to see what was happening by the faint glow provided by the sheriff deputy’s flashlight. The deputy, by that time, stood parallel with the staircase, just a few feet away. Using the noise from the ascent of the deputy’s partner as cover, Greg backhanded Misa in the forehead. God, I’ve wanted to do that for a while, he thought. Misa jerked back in surprise and released her hold on Davin.
The sheriff’s deputy hadn’t heard a thing. He walked past the stairs and entered the main hallway, and Greg and Davin breathed a sigh of relief. Misa, although clearly upset, regained her balance and bit her tongue. If she got caught, she knew even more than Greg or Davin, or even Mike, it would mean spending the rest of her life in a hospital, fed a steady diet of Thorazine. Furthermore, she knew she had temporarily lost control, and if Greg hadn’t acted, being caught trespassing would have been the least of their worries. Still, it took all her willpower to stop from lashing out in retribution.
As the footsteps of the deputies disappeared deep into the interior of the abandoned hotel, The Fallen allowed themselves to relax. They shifted position, so that Misa stood in front of Greg and Davin. Davin rubbed his neck bitterly, and checked his hand to make sure no blood had been drawn. Finally, after a moment, Greg gently pushed Misa and whispered “let’s go,” in her ear.
What happens next? Find out, and read more of The Fallen’s adventures, in the Legends and Lore of Illinois. This issue, along with all its color photos and extras, is now exclusively available on CD-ROM.
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Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Fallen Chronicles
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