• The HOST - Part 1

      Van Meter stepped back from behind the nurses station as the new assistant orderly arrived.

      “Take her to sub-level C, room five.”

      “Understood,” Nathan answered, “but do you think it's really right to send a new guy down there this soon?”. He gestured to the newly arrived orderly, a twenty-something man of average build, short, mousy brown hair and an unassuming face.

      “He'll be fine. Won't you, Martin?”

      “Uh... sure, I guess. It's just part of the job, right?”

      Van Meter replied with a coy smile, “Yes. Precisely: just part of the job.”

      Nathan looked back at his fallen coworker, “Alright. Hey Ronnie, you gonna be okay? She tore the hell out of that neck.”

      “I'll manage, “ came the half pained but fully embarrassed reply. Just wait till I get a minute alone with you, you little bitch, he thought. “Hurts like hell, but I'm okay”.

      “Alright, well, just make sure you get that bandaged up before it gets infected. Doc says this one's heading for level C, so it's not like you'll have a chance to do that again anytime soon.”
      Nathan and Martin waited with the restraints open and ready as Dr. Van Meter quietly ushered the girl onto the waiting gurney. As the men secured the restraints, a near inaudible whisper came from her, “H... hh.. Horace...”

      Placing a single index finger to her lips, Dr. Van Meter replied, “Shhhhh...”

      “How'd she know you're name, Doc? Looks like you forgot your tag tonight.” asked Nathan, more than a little unnerved.

      “I must have given her my name when I was calming her down. Pay it no mind.”

      “Uh... okay. You're the boss. This is definitely a weird one, though.”

      “Just make sure she is jacketed and safely in her room, Nathan. Her treatments will begin soon enough. I expect her to be a challenge, but I'm sure we can provide the help she needs”.

      "I'M OUT"

      “This isn't so bad.” His first trip to level C was proving far less bizarre than the stories he had heard from Nathan and the others.

      The silence as they exited the elevator into the hallway was deafening to Nathan. C-Level was the worse part of the job, the place you did not want to be sent, but eventually had to go. Other areas of the facility could occasionally get rough, crazy people acting out some bizarre fantasy lives that sometimes meant they had to be subdued. But here things were different. Usually, the lone, dark hallway, was a tunnel of screams. It was as though time had forgotten this place, this lonely block of cells below ground, the only place in the entire facility that wasn't completely renovated some forty years back. Nathan had always felt a kind of sadness for the people in level C, as though this was the place you were taken to be forgot. But then he would have to return for some errand and there would be the screaming that made him wish that could, in fact, forget.

      Tonight, however, was different. As he and Martin wheeled the gurney carrying their Jane Doe down the hall, there was rapt silence. Each patient stood staring from the window of their cell, and as they passed, she seemed to give a knowing look back to each of them.

      Roughly midway down the hall, the door to room five stood open, having been freshly sanitized sometime earlier in anticipation of any potential new arrivals. Nathan brought the gurney to a halt as Martin reached to the small shelf beneath the bed for the straight jacket tucked away there. Braced for a fight, the two men then released the restraints holding the small woman down, though they were surprised when she did exactly as she was told and stood still, arms out before them. The men took their places on either side of her, pulling the straight jacket over her arms, then tucking her arms across her sides and finally latching the clasps in place. Martin thought he saw some kind of movement from beneath the chest of the jacket as they finished the job, but shook it off as just a trick of the stark, dim lighting in the hall.

      Comments 29 Comments
      1. Admin-Traveler's Avatar
        Admin-Traveler -
        I actually got the chance to read this several times when I was putting the pages together, then I sat down and read it all again in one go. FANTASTIC! You had my skin crawling there. And Toodles.... OMG!!!! Worthy of his own spin off story.

        Can't wait for Part 2!
      1. sixus1's Avatar
        sixus1 -
        Actually, Rebekah has been writing for sometime now about the Cirque Du Macabre and it's just amazing stuff that can be taken on it's own or as being loosely linked to the fate of dear old Toodles as shown here. Thanks for the kind words on the Host so far. If you like what's here, you'll love where it goes in the next installment! -Les
      1. lilwolff's Avatar
        lilwolff -
        Oh I love a good scare me. This is great Rebekah, descriptive, suspenseful and scary! All I can say is - more please!
      1. sixus1's Avatar
        sixus1 -
        I didn't write this little beauty, Les did. My writings will actually have to be cleaned up a lot due to it being too graphic.

        Wait until you read the rest....it only gets better.

      1. cylithera's Avatar
        cylithera -
        Deliciously grisly! Excellent artwork to go with an excellent story. I especially like the clown image and I really do like this character of Nathan. ;D I love me some insane asylum stories! <3
      1. dpanzee's Avatar
        dpanzee -
        This is fantastic, real scary. Can't wait for the next instalment.
      1. aliwonder's Avatar
        aliwonder -
        I love horror stories, can't wait for more.

        Shame you have to edit yours Rebekah, I don't think I've read a book yet that was too graphic for me.
      1. dayna2's Avatar
        dayna2 -
        Claps fantastic intro
      1. vasago's Avatar
        vasago -
        Wonderful! Where's the rest? *bounces in seat in anticipation*
      1. texboy's Avatar
        texboy -
        Thanks to both of you for this horrific little tale, and the figures to go along with it; delightfully shivery!!
      1. madbat's Avatar
        madbat -
        Oh this was juicy and delicious! I needed a Lovecraft fix.
      1. sixus1's Avatar
        sixus1 -
        Thanks for checking it out, everyone! As Syyd and Eric know, this is just the beginning, the first piece of a story that takes you through my little world, and there is a LOT more on the way. The next installment should have all of it's art finished and be going through proofing sometime in the next couple weeks, so keep an eye out for it. The Mythos/Specimen product lines are my way of giving users the tools to literally walk around and stage their own ideas inside this gigantic universe of Lovecraftian horror that bobs around my brain pretty much 24-7. This first installment of "The Host" is just the beginning little piece of what is, basically, a full length novel that I am re-writing/writing/polishing for this special online publishing method here at RDNA. Some of what is contained within has been with me for years, some of it is very recent, but it all comes together to give you the first full journey into the world as my imagination interprets a great deal of it. It can be a very bleak place, but in that you can bet you'll also find humanity and heroism that only can come from people dealing with the deepest of stresses, the most unspeakable of horrors. Thanks for coming along so far, both in reading the story and in supporting the art and for-sale content tied to it all. The ride may be a dark one, but it's nice see a few new companions along the way. -Les
      1. hairybiker's Avatar
        hairybiker -
        fantastic story, Les! Looking forward to the next installment!
      1. rodneyrenouf's Avatar
        rodneyrenouf -
        I agree with the other comments completely. I can't wait to see where this story goes from here. Hopefully a little revenge for some badly treated patients and some justice for others.
      1. viciouscircle's Avatar
        viciouscircle -
        ... just finished reading it. Cant wait to see more of this. Just fantastic, Les. Superb. Love it. Publish it. Even when i have to read sometimes two or three times the same phrase to understand what it means (english is not my main language) i enjoyed it a lot. And that awesome artwork... Could be a must graphic novel.
      1. midnghtrider1's Avatar
        midnghtrider1 -
        Me either this is really great stuff as always
      1. gojira2006's Avatar
        gojira2006 -
        Very cool stuff . . . !
      1. shari123's Avatar
        shari123 -
        I just finished reading the full first release and (I know you can't see but...) I'm giving you a standing ovation!!! You really know how to tickle the imagination. Going into the human psyche is the most exquisite form of horror. Lovecraft would have been thrilled with this novel!!! Excellent work!!!!
      1. nerdbird's Avatar
        nerdbird -
        I am very impressed. I've read mythos stories starting with Lovecraft and on up to the present. Your writing fits in well. I look forward to reading more of this.
      1. smoovie's Avatar
        smoovie -
        I sure wish I knew where I could get that straight jacket

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