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#SwiftFicFriday – Week 129 Winner!

Happy Tuesday!

David A Ludwig (@DavidALudwig) flew the highest this week and takes his twenty-first win!

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The sandstone room had no windows and a sturdy oak door that could be bolted from the outside. As requested. Lakeview Abbey didn’t have many such rooms, and none had been intended for residence. So the monks had emptied a closet near their dormitory and added a cot for Oliver.

“Always lock me in before the sun sets,” Oliver fixed his haunted eyes on Isabella’s. “And promise not to let me out again before sunrise. No matter what.”

Isabella nodded, “Whatever helps you sleep at night.”

“I still think it’s a bad idea for me to stay here.”

The novice nun resisted reaching for the troubled teen’s hand. Since she rescued him from the lake, Oliver had gained some healthy weight and color though he remained skittish and ill at ease.

“You’re making great progress,” She smiled gently. “You even talk to the other brothers and sisters now. Doesn’t that seem good to you?”

Oliver nodded. Isabella wished she could see into his conflicted heart. Still, all things considered, they had made remarkable progress in his short time at the abbey. She learned the teen had experienced something horrific that he blamed himself for.

Oliver even managed to smile several times over the next two weeks. Then came the night one of the monks roused Isabella from her bed.

“I know we’re not supposed to let the boy out at night, but we heard him screaming.”

Isabella put on a robe and followed the monk to Oliver’s door. At first, it was silent. Then there was a scratching on the other side. The nun and monk exchanged glances. The scratching increased in strength and frequency before being drowned out by an inhuman howl that chilled Isabella to the marrow.

The door splintered, releasing a slavering beast, neither man nor wolf.


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