The sky was a canvas of orange, red and yellow, stretching across the horizon. A halo formed around his head from the setting sunlight. Seeing him this way, speeded the throb of my heart. There were few sights that dizzied me—he was one of them. His hooded eyes and dimples that showed with his smile weakened more than the fatigue of skipping breakfast and lunch, two terrible habits I struggled to rid myself of. Between his physical charm, his intellect was his real draw, I’d followed from the University to the wilderness. His charisma and talk of urban legends and cryptozoology might have cost him his job but I didn’t care if the rest of the world viewed him as a lunatic.
“Just 5 more miles,” he hollered as he strode ten steps ahead. I followed behind him, admiring each step his muscled legs took to further us to our destination. Soon we’d have our names recorded in journals and new articles as well as books, documentaries and movies would flood the world about our discovery. Finally, those who had mocked the authenticity of hunting creatures that failed to fall into the taxonomy categories within science would marvel.
“Is that the spot?” I shouted at him as we drew closer to a large hole in the earth. It appeared to be an endless pool of darkness.
“Yes, they say the treasure was cast down here. He hunched down beside the hole and shouted into it. His voice echoed back, bouncing off the walls of the vertical cave. He inhaled and exhaled, the aroma of soil mixed with the rich pigments of.
A shrill scream escaped his lips, jolting me from my daze of, watching him. His head turned around so fast that I thought his neck would snap, and his eyes, nose and mouth were oozing of red rivers.
“Professor?” I backed away from him as he stood up, stalking closer to me. The blood flowing from every orifice was staining his dress shirt.
“You’ve always been my favorite pupil, Ida,” he said. His once gentle voice was guttural like he suffered from a bad cold.
“What happened to you?”
“What happened to me?” He chuckled, clutching his stomach. “I never felt so alive. You should experience the gift this discovery has brought me. When he laughed, his once rounded teeth were sharper and jagged like a mouth of daggers. “You should experience the gift this discovery has brought me.” When he laughed, his once rounded teeth were sharper and jagged like a mouth of daggers.
“No!” I backed away as he walked closer, gripping both my shoulders.
“You will experience the rebirth!” He dug his sharpened nails into my shoulders and I yowled as they pierced my skin. I wiggled free and turned to dash away, but he gripped the fabric of my jacket and cast me backward and I flew backward falling into the hole.
It was hard to resist the stiffening my body responded with but I feared fractioning a bone. Before I could hit the floor, a blast of light blinded me as an erruption of roars and growls exploded in my ears.