The Curse of Gary (Part 151)

Gary chuckled and poked Victor with his finger, giving a jovial, “Boop.” Victor fell back and sprawled on the floor. Gary stood over him and grinned. “Time to go, Victor.” He nudged Victor with his foot and sent him flying across the floor like a hockey puck. When Victor crashed into the wall on the... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 150)

“No,” said Victor. “I’ve been in here… I never saw this door.” “No one did,” said Gary. “Everyone was so busy watching for vampire Arthur that they never checked here. Anyway, there are seven more rooms through here that are still cursed. They will be destroyed with the rest of the house.” “More rooms?” Victor... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 149)

The light receded to reveal Victor’s surroundings: a large room almost identical to the one in which he had defeated The Dragon Lady, empty but for the piano and its stool. Gary—his own aura restrained to a soft, pulsing glow—stepped over to the door and opened it. “The curse is broken, Victor. You must leave.”... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 148)

In the fading light a girl made her way up the hill toward the mansion, her soft shoes tapping delicately on the footpath. She stopped a few feet back from the mansion’s short stone fence, adjusted her glasses and squinted up at the notorious manor. She sighed. Soon, two boys approached, laughing and shoving one... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 147)

The Dragon Lady growled. Her throat glowed red, smoke trickled up from her nostrils, and the horns on her head grew another six inches to create a demonic mohawk. “It doesn’t matter,” she snarled through clenched teeth. “He didn’t play the music, so he must die.” Gary looked upward and scratched his left sideburn as... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 146)

Fury burned in The Dragon Lady’s darting eyes. “You can’t do that. He is mine.” “Let him go,” said Gary. Hatred flooded The Dragon Lady’s face; her head shook a little; she said nothing and kept her hold on Victor. Gary looked and Victor with a proud smile. “Watch this,” he said. He aimed the... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 145)

Victor shook his head. “That’s wrong." The tentacle that was formerly the woman’s leg reached up to the fallboard. “No, wait!” Victor yelled. “That was wrong. That wasn’t the tempo.” “What?” hissed The Dragon Lady. Her tentacles squeezed Victor’s chest. “You counted too slow,” said Victor, breathlessly, as he watched the third tentacle caressing the... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 144)

The woman’s nightmarish appendages constricted at Victor’s forearms and forced him to open his fists; his fingers hovered, trembling, over the keys. “Now,” hissed the reptilian woman—the cursed Dragon Lady, “once more from the top, starting on the E—and do try to keep in time.” The two tentacles tightened around Victor’s wrists, holding them in... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 143)

“Good,” said the woman. The blowfly flipped onto its feet and crawled along the raised black key. “Ready? Starting on the E, I’ll count you in. And two, three, four.” The room shuddered as she slammed her foot to the floor in time with her count. The thunderous noise stunned Victor; he failed to play... Continue Reading →

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