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.


4. Sunday Night (Couple Hours Before Attack)

The lights and cameras were down as Tim ran to the room containing the machine, his pocket watch was set and counting down the minutes. While running in the dark, he tried not to shake the bag on his back too much. He could see a flashing coming from somewhere in the center of computers and followed it. As he neared it he was hit with a strong smell of sulfur, it was so strong it burned the inside of his nose and caused his eyes to water. Although it was dark, he could see a large, square shaped box in the middle of a circle of wires. It was taller than him and almost several feet long. He cautiously walked over and examined the box from the outside. There were more flashes coming from inside the box, the brightness of it practically blinded him. Wires ran along the walls and a door which looked like it opened only from the inside. He set his hand on it, it felt of cool metal and it was vibrating. After holding his hand on it for so long he felt a little shock go through his body. He pulled back his hand and rubbed his palm as the time in his pocket ticked to tell him he had 3 minutes left.

He snapped out of his trance and quickly knelt down next to the box and placed the bomb next to it. The wires on the bomb stuck out in opposite directions, he then placed each end against a wire so they touched the same wire then began to click a few buttons on the miniature box. His head was dripping with sweat as he worked and the room was quiet for a long while before he could hear the guards coming down the hallway. He could picture their bodies in army and guns in their hands, prepared to take out what ever caused the power outage. Of course Tim knew they they knew they were being sabotaged.

The wires sparked on his fingers and he fell back onto his bottom, the smaller box began to beep every five seconds and the timer on his watch ticked to tell him one more minute. Tim shot up to his feet and began to run for the exit, behind him he could hear the metal door on the other side of the room burst open and hit the wall. Quick rhythmic feet marched into the room and Tim was out of sight, running down the hall in the dark. He had spent all night studying the map that Silvia gave him so he knew where he was going.

Suddenly he heard a loud crashing sound behind him, he swore he could hear men screaming. He didn’t look or turn back to see; but he didn’t hear the bomb go off… It didn’t slow him down nor did he think about stopping. He ran till he could see the front desk and as he passed it he heard the loud explosion of his tiny makeshift bomb destroying the machine. His heart was hammering in his chest and his lungs burned as he ran out of the building just as it began to shake and fall.

The air was cold and burned his lungs as he caught his breath. The building began to burn behind him and he looked around the empty field and the half empty parking lot. He knew people were burning alive in there and he wanted so bad to take back what he had done. It fell to pieces in front of his eyes. His head felt like it was pounding in his skull. He began to back up towards the parking lot as he watched the flames swallow up the building and the walls crumbling to the ground to bury the men and woman, who died to create that box. He fell to his knees and watched, tears poured down his cheeks. “What have I done?”

    A hand grasped Tim’s shoulder and he turned with his eyes shut and fell to his back. “Tim are you alright?” A familiar man’s voice asked. He opened his eyes to see Colton standing over him, holding out his hand for Tim to take. He slowly took it and stood up straight.

    “I’m fine.”

    “Are you sure? We’ve been calling for you and you didn’t give us any recognition.” Colton studied him with curious eyes.

    “I am sorry. I am alright. I am very tired and should get home before my wife starts to worry. Did everyone get out okay?”

    Colton motioned to the other’s who were standing by their cars talking and looking at the two men in the field. “Yea they got out.”


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