Only In The Dark

A boy with his eye on two worlds and a disappearing family, Oliver Shawl is put to the test to finish his father's work and save man kind from the monsters and demons that walk among us in the dark.
This was my Nano write that I, unfortunately, was late to sign up for due to technical difficulties.


17. Secrets

Oliver stood in the living room and looked around before turning and heading up the stairs. He still didn’t know where Sylvia was and if she was still here than she would be upstairs. There were a few pictures, surprisingly, still on the wall. They were of Sylvia and her… family? No coworkers. He didn’t think she had any family left and she obviously lived alone. Everything was peaceful upstairs as he walked through the hall to a door that was closed. Another door next to it was open and he peeked in to see a bedroom. It looked as normal as any other adult bedroom except for the garbage.

    He focused back on the closed door and gently rapped on the oak wood door. “Sylvia?” He didn’t hear a reply so he grabbed ahold of the handle, hearing nothing he opened the door a crack to look inside. His eyes were adjusted to the somewhat darkness and he almost lost his food before slamming the door shut. He quickly ran back downstairs and threw open the front door to see a bunch of shadow people walking up and down the road. Cars drove by and he could hear the city sounds, everything was almost the opposite of what he was used to. Human people, and things in his world, were shadows. The monsters he was seeing were real and in color, solid figures. He began to pant as he slammed the door shut and looked back up the stairway at the empty hall.

    His head felt like it was spinning and he had to grab it and close his eyes to make it stop. He then remembered Talon and Tanith, knowing they must be somewhere out there unless they, for some reason, didn’t end up being sucked through the portal. The portal! His eyes shot open and he looked around the room for the watch. Seeing it on the ground he ran over and picked it up. It looked the same as it had in the other world and he examined it, shut it, then set it in his pocket before looking around once more.

    The front door swung open and Talon and Tanith ran in and shut the door. They were both breathing heavily and Oliver knew what they were going to say. “I don’t know where we are and I’m not sure how to get back home but I’ll figure it out.”

    “You better figure it out because I have to get home before my mom calls the police!” Tanith glared at Oliver after catching her breath.

    “Excuse me? You’re the one that decided to follow us in the first place stalker!” Oliver stood up and walked closer to her. “Maybe I should get a restraining order against you.” She pursed her lips and stood up straight.

“I was supposed to look after you. It’s my job.”

“Your job? What are you, my mother? Get away from me!” Talon stands by and watches then hears something creaking upstairs.


“I wouldn’t have to look after you if you were smart enough to have just stayed away!”

“Stayed away? Stayed away from what, stalker? You really are a wacko!”

“Guys!” Talon shouted to get their attention but they continued to bicker.

“I’m not a whacko! It’s my job!”

“Your job to stalk me you creep!”

Talon ran to the kitchen and found a bar from the window, for the curtains to hang on, then ran up the stairs cautiously. He turned the corner after checking for anything seeing the far door was open. It was sort of dark inside but it was lit up from the moon outside the window. It looked like it was a babies room. There was a cradle, some toys, and a dresser from what he could see.

“You’re a real idiot!”

“Where’s Talon?” They both drew away from their argument, both still steamed up.

Talon stood by the entrance to the room, the bar ready to swing as he took in a deep breath then turned into the room quickly. Inside, the room was covered in candles and blood coated everything. Limbs from babies, multiple children, were laying around the room and heads were hanging from the fan. A book laid in the middle of a circle on the ground made from bones and animal heads. The stench finally reached him and he gagged as he turned around quickly, covering his nose and ready to hurl.

Oliver appeared in front of him and pulled the door shut over Talon’s shoulder. Tanith was behind him, trying to look in at whatever they were trying to hide. “What’s in there?”

“Go back downstairs. Now!” Oliver demanded and she scowled up at him before stomping down the stairs. Oliver looked back to Talon who had his eyes closed and his face covered. His hair was like a veil over his face and Oliver leaned against the wall next to him staring off at the wall across from him. “I think she was making sacrifices. That’s why the demon warned me she was evil.”

“Why would a demon tell you that? Aren’t demons evil?” He stood up slowly taking in a deep breath. Trying his hardest to erase the image from his mind.

“Maybe it needs me. Maybe it thinks I can help it in some way and decided to save me from Sylvia.”

“Wasn’t Sylvia trying to help? I thought she was against the demons.”

“I thought so too. I’m guessing she might be the reason my parents ran. Maybe she hinted off to their work on who destroyed their machine.” They stood there in silence a little longer before they decided to join Tanith downstairs. She was sitting on the couch in the corner of the living room, looking out the window between the curtain and wall.

“What are those things?”

“Not the question to be asking right now. Why did you follow us?” Oliver snapped.

“I told you it’s my job.” She sighed softly then turned to look at him. “My father was your father’s friend. Because of your dad’s stupid plan, my dad is now dead. He left me a direct order to keep an eye on you and to make sure you don’t get yourself killed before you finish your dad’s work.”

“Who’s your dad?”

“Colton Detweiler.” Oliver stared off in space for a moment before looking back at her.

“How did he die?” Talon hit his arm hard and Oliver grabbed it in pain. Tanith looked hurt as well and turned back to looking out the window.

“He jumped off a building almost 9 years ago.” They were quiet for a long while. Oliver was finally beginning to feel sorry for how he treated her. He walked over and sat beside her, they met each other’s eyes.

“I’m sorry for your loss.” Oliver said kindheartedly. Tanith nodded slightly and looked back outside to the streets. Oliver did also to see a bunch of demons walking among the shadows of humans.

He could actually see every single beast clearly and their features even more frightening. Red Eyed Spite Yak (red eyes, human body, unicorn head, smell of cat  urine, blood covered the neck and chest like the head had been sewn on). Wild Sprite Critter (12 inches tall, dark blue, long wings, spiky hair, big green eyes, always smiling, sharp teeth). Hea Bani (muscled, 7 ft tall, all black, big mouth, black eyes, make loud moaning noises, legs like a goat). Odentyrus (12 inch scraggly horn, two long legs, 5 feet tall, all black, dark tucked wings). Tragelaphes (5 feet tall, two 4 feet legs, horse legs around torso, lion’s mane in middle of torso, human face in middle of torso, runs fast). Zaradofs (more human shape, kind of like ghosts, can talk, makes crackling noises when moving).

The humans, shadows from what he could see, were walking among them. Not knowing the danger they were in if one of the beasts could see them and make contact. If one of them had some sort of connection to theirs’ and the human world. “Is this what you constantly see?” Talon asked as he took a look outside.

Oliver nodded. “A few I’ve never seen though. Like those big ones I’ve never seen possibly because it is too dark to pick it out and I might have mistaken it’s legs for gigantic trees or something.”

“You’ve seen these things before?” Tanith kept her eyes outside.

“Mhm.” Quiet after that.

“How are we going to get home?” Tanith whispered softly, breaking the stillness. The particles in the air whirled away from her mouth as she spoke and her eyes began to water.

“Well didn’t your little portal thing send us here? Can’t you just have it send us back?” Talon sat across from Oliver, pulling his legs up onto the couch and hugging them. Oliver watched him, his friend’s body slightly shivering.

“I don’t know how to use it. I don’t even know how it started up when I didn’t press any buttons.”

“Maybe it hit something and triggered it.”

“I don’t think that’s how it works.” Oliver rolled his eyes at Talon’s input. Tanith’s eyes wandered around the house.

“I think we should find somewhere else to stay because this place freaks me out.”

“I don’t blame you.” Talon began to shiver more and Oliver noticed.

“Are you okay?” He asked curiously and Talon nodded.

“I’m fine, just a bit cold.” Oliver noticed how it was getting kinda chilly. Tanith pulled out her phone and tried to turn it on.

“I guess we don’t have service here or something. What time is it?” Oliver looks outside, remembering it’s night he pulls out his watch and checks the time.

“It’s, I think, around 10 O’clock.” He thinks back to the night before and how he got home late. How Britney was upset. “Oh god my grandma’s gonna be so worried.” He stood up and looked around for some answer to suddenly spring up. “We should go back home.”

“Well duh.”

“No I mean we should actually go home. Everything here seems to be exactly the same but in a different world. Our homes still should be here so I think we should start there.”

Tanith shot up off the couch. “I’m not going home and sitting there alone with monsters walking around outside my door!”

“Than you can come with me and Talon.” Talon stood up slowly and rubbed his arms through his sweatshirt.

    “How will we get by the monsters though?” Tallon asked.

    Tanith added, “If they see us they’ll tear us to shreds.”

    “I don’t know. We’ll just have to do our best.” Oliver checked his pocket to make sure the watch didn’t come out then picked up his bag that was laying on the kitchen floor. “We better get going now.” Tanith and Talon took in deep breaths, dreading the thought of going back out there. “Whatever you do, don’t give them any attention. If you believe they aren’t there it’ll help you believe that they really aren’t there.”

    He walked over to the door paused, looking at the carvings on the door. The claw marks. Like something was trying to get out. Chills ran up his spine and he opened the door, looking around before motioning for them to come out. He looked back in at the, hopefully, empty house. Then shut the door.

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