Horror Inc.: Hungry part 14

Continued from here part 13

Rome, 85 BCE The Coliseum

Two men sit among the crowd watching as the gladiators march out. The larger of the two was a man who would come to be called Johan, beside him was a former king named Lycaon. Lycaon had become fascinated by a gladiator who had just been brought up from Greece called Hektor.

Johan looked to Lycaon, "He doesn't look like much."

Lycaon chuckled, "Exactly, to his enemies he appears to be an average man but just watch."

***

Hektor strolled out on to the sand, looking almost bored as he approached his much larger opponents. As he walked toward them he picked a shield up from the ground then stopped. He looked on the sword that had been left for him and then to the largest of his opponents who held a three pronged spear then spoke to him, "I'd prefer the trident, bring it to me."

The man roared as he ran toward the motionless Hektor. As he came in striking distance Hektor deflected the trident and slammed a fist into the man's jaw shattering it as he snatched the weapon from his hand and plunged it into his chest. The remaining three charged as Hektor freed his weapon and hurled it into the midsection of his nearest enemy then grabbing the sword from the ground.

The next man through out a net to ensnare him but Hektor used his sword to tangle it and dragged the man to him where he smashed his skull with his shield. The last tried to strike him down with an ax but Hektor chopped off his hand then drove his blade into his heart. The crowd erupted in a chorus of boos over the too quick battle.

In the stands Johan looked to his brother, "That man is wasted here, if the Roman's had proper minds he'd be on a battle field."

Lycaon nodded, "So we're in agreement then?"

Johan sighed, "Are you planning on paying this time? I have no problem killing the odd slaver now and again but I'm in no mood to pick a fight with the legion in their capital."

Lycaon chuckled, "Relax brother, I've already dealt with it. His master is glad to be rid of him, the Romans prefer gladiators who take their time on the sand."

***

Present day

Sam and Steve sat in the truck as they had a quick dinner of fast food before sundown. Steve stopped Sam for a moment, "Edgar is here?"

Sam nodded as he swallowed, "You know about him?"

"Yeah, he's got a death mark signed by all thirteen vamp clan. Apparently he offed one of the First in a bar fight a few years back."

Sam put down his sandwich, "I thought elder vamps were supposed to be magic or something."

"They don't like to call it that but basically yea, but don't matter since it doesn't work on wolves. I heard that scares witches so bad they won't come within five miles of one if they can help it."

Sam shrugged, "My brother's a witch hunter, I should ask him about that some time."

He then looked up in the sky, "About time for your buddy to wake up."

***

Mathew hit the cellar floor causing Jack instinctively reach for the machete as his son began writhing in pain from the change. A tear rolled out of his one good eye as Mathew's claws ripped out from his hands. Without a moment's hesitation Jack struck his son's head off and dropped back down on the bench he was chained to and began considering his escape options.

Robert and Edgar went quiet when the screams stopped early. Robert then looked over, "Thought it'd be harder for him."

Edgar shook his head tossed a set of keys down in the cellar, "Its as it should be."

Robert looked shocked as Edgar walked away, "Johan's gonna be pissed about that."

Edgar didn't break stride, "Don't care."

Robert then felt the familiar pull that told him the change was coming as Edgar entered the house.

(To be continued)

12 Comments
12 Comments
Posted by joshmightbe
Posted by Guardiandevil83

Dude nice opening! I have to try and get this more views man. I love the switching of timelines to tell the stories of who these characters are and who they were. Chris is someone I feel I know personally. I love how this world seems real, despite the unnatural elements. One of the reason I love True Blood and again, Teen Wolf. You never feel like your looking or reading a cartoony-over the top piece comic strip. It all makes sense. Plus, being a fan of Warriors of days past (Vikings/Knights/Spartans, ect) this story is the ish and feeding both my cravings. Someone is gonna get eaten or impaled with the tips of an axe all in one story. Lol

Posted by BumpyBoo

Another fine installment! ^___^

I really love that you have been able to jump back into this, and so seamlessly too. Not sure I would be able to do that. Very excited to see how it will all end! :D

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Posted by joshmightbe

@bumpyboo: I'm working out my end game for this arc but I'm considering a volume 2 afterwards.

Posted by BumpyBoo

@joshmightbe: Fantastic! :) I would very much like to read another story set in this universe.

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Posted by joshmightbe

@bumpyboo: I was actually considering including some of the other things I've mentioned here like vampires and witches and the like in volume 2.

Posted by BumpyBoo

@joshmightbe: Feel free to add in whatever you like, it is your story and I think that could really make it interesting (not that it isn't interesting now of course!). Just because it is centered around one type of creature, don't feel it has to be only about that :)

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Edited by joshmightbe

@bumpyboo: It kind of just keeps expanding in my head.

Posted by BumpyBoo

@joshmightbe: Excellent, I probably don't need to tell you what a great sign that is. Looking forward to it ^__^

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Edited by wildvine

I like the witch reference. The origin bit was nicely written.

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Posted by joshmightbe
Edited by cbishop

"I'd prefer the trident, bring it to me." <--that, and the bits about magic vamps and how witches feel were great.