Hell Found Me...A Short Story

Hell found me”

The low hanging light flickered overhead as the detective leaned forward, placing a tape recorder on the table in front of me, his large chubby fingers pressing play before he sat back his stern features lost in the shadows just beyond the table that I was handcuffed to.

“Tell me” he prompted the flare of flame from his lighter as he drew back on the cigarette made me close my eyes.

The image of her burning as the flames licked over her perfect skin flashed behind my eyelids. Gasping for breath I sat back, shaking as my hands balled into tight fists.

“At this point Mr…” with a sigh the detective looked down at his notes “Hagen, you are going to charged, so if you have anything to say at all now is the time to do it”

Lifting my head I stared at his eyes,

“Do you believe in the devil detective?” my voice was still raw and raspy as I cleared my throat

With a confident smile the cop shook his head, “no, mankind has been blaming…”

“He believes in you” I couldn’t help the dark humourless smile that twisted my lips, “Trust me detective…” peering into the darkness I read his nametag easily “Cooper, he knows you”

“What happened to your girlfriend Hagen? Where did all the blood come from?” the tone was a little less friendly now, as he leaned into the light, his face stern as he glared at me.

“Did you kill her?”

“Jessica?” the sound of her scream as she tried to escape echoed in my ears again as I shook my head slowly. Staring at the blood covering my hands I couldn’t help but flinch as he watched my every expression.

 

“I didn’t kill her” Looking up slowly I met his judgemental eyes “you did”

Giving a short snort of a laugh the detective shook his head, “Haven’t heard that one before, are you forgetting that it was you found in a house covered in blood?”

Ignoring him I stared into my memories as her face seemed to float behind him.

“Jessica was beautiful, inside and out” my voice seemed to strengthen with every word, “just meeting her made people feel special”

“Is that why you killed her?”

“It’s why she was chosen, lured here to your town” my fingers tightened around the steel of the handcuffs, Jessica was the only good thing I had ever had in my life, she had made every bad thing in my life fade into nothing with just a smile and a soft touch. What this town had done to her was unforgivable.

“Arriving here she found hell all dressed up, waiting for her” moving my eyes from her haunting image I glared back at him. My anger starting to swell again as I looked into his eyes, evil hiding behind a badge, with no idea of the danger he had placed him self in.

We hadn’t known the danger we were in, as we had packed for the free holiday she won, arriving at the old manor had seemed a dream come true, its old world beauty, charming as the staff had fawned over her arrival. Perfect, until the other guests awoke for the night.

“They came for her straight away,” Holding his gaze I refused to look away. “Tearing at her like vultures as she tried to escape” There had been so many of the pale strangers with their glowing eyes that we never had a chance.

Forced to watch her struggle the demons had pinned me down, their fangs flashing as they bit into my body, so many times I lost count, leaving me to drain out on the marble floor.

“She was taken to the masters chambers, like some lamb for his feast “My lips curled up over my teeth as I growled. I could do nothing more but scream her name, left to die in misery in the dark empty room my throat growing raw as I cursed them all.

The chair the detective was sitting on rocked backwards with his shock as he fell to the floor, his eyes wide he scrambled to his feet, staring at my face dumbly  

“Are you alright detective?” my head tilted to the side, the sight of my teeth lost to him as I frowned.

His breathing ragged he nodded as his gaze flickering to the handcuffs still around my wrist’s keeping me firmly secured to the table.

Pulling the chair back up, he ran a hand over his bald head before sitting gingerly down again.

“Let me get this right, your now blaming your other victims for the murder of your girlfriend?”

“Victims?” again I couldn’t help the evil smirk that crossed my face “How many bodies do you have detective?”

“You’re covered in blood Hagen, and not a scratch on you, looks awfully suspicious”

I had lain lost for a long time neither dead nor alive, my blood pooling around me trembling as the heavy footsteps crossed the crimson surface.

His eyes intense in the darkness, he had kneeled down in my blood, his words filled with evil promise as her screams faded beyond my mortal hearing. Ignoring the light that tried to beckon me, I had turned to him, grasping his hand with the last of my strength; his eyes had glowed before he had dragged me into hell.

“Hagen!” Looking back at the cop I blinked my eyes refocusing on his tanned face slowly.

“What happened to Jessica?”

“The master had chosen her for his new bride” She had died on satin sheets in the arms of a stranger, tears on her cheeks and my name on my lips. The images had haunted me again and again feeding my rage past anything my mortal body would have been able to handle. Leaving me filled with nothing but vengeance and anger, a never-ending thirst I happily accepted.

“So she left you,” the cop gave a smirk in the darkness, “Is that why you killed her and everyone else?”

“You are a fool” how I hated this man, with his smooth voice and bald head. “I killed all of them because of what they made Jessica” Leaning closer to the tape recorder I glared at him “A vampire”

Meeting my eyes the man swallowed hard, “You keep working that insanity defence” his voice not as strong or as smooth as it had been, the glow in my eyes making his heart beat faster as he looked back at the interview room door

“She tried to escape,” my voice dropping to a low whisper, “found an unlocked door, by the time the sun hit her body she was too far from the manor to return. The flames…” my voice stopped as the memory threatened to break my careful control.

Nothing I experienced in climbing out of hell had been close to the agony of finding her burning. Everywhere the sun touched her newly changed flesh; flames would burst across the once creamy skin. Her horrified screams as she reached for me were going to haunt me for all time.

The blood that coated my clothes was only the start of my vengeance, so much more had been promised me,

“I think we have enough” His voice was shaky as his hand reached out to turn off the tape recorder. “Robert Hagen you are under arrest…”

Snapping the handcuffs without thought, my fingers snaked around his wrist as I pulled him to me, my right hand tight over his mouth.

“Do you really think I will take the blame for your crime?” I growled my carefully controlled rage finally snapping as he struggled. “How many other girls did you send free holidays?” Pushing him away I muttered a word of power as the door he was racing for melded with the walls, trapping him in the room.

“How many did you send to that house of horrors?”

Running frantic hands over the now smooth walls, he turned to face me his hand finally reaching for his gun, pausing as I shook my head.

“What are you?”

I no longer knew every day in hell had been a minute here, the torture of my change was not something I was willing to think about right now.

“Answer the question” I growled again as the darkness stated to cover my skin, the back of my shirt ripping as I towered over him. My thoughts becoming more clear to me as I breathed in his fear.

“I  ...I  ...Had no choice, the vampires have always been here, and I had to…to protect the township...”

“You lure girls that you know the vampires will like, with fake competitions, never caring what the hell happens to them, as long as you and yours are safe?”

“I’m sorry, we have no choice”

“There is always a choice,” flexing the claws that had extended from my fingers I snarled “and now I have to fulfil mine”

With a quick thrust he was doubled over, bleeding over the floor as he tried to hold his stomach together.

“You have to die, Detective cooper” sighing I drank deeper of my rage, “you betrayed your own kind for the devil, and soon you will seek redemption,” leaning down I dragged his head up by his hair. “And he doesn’t want that, forgiveness for all you have done here” the very thought of it made the demonic fangs in my mouth lengthen, “you don’t deserve to be forgiven!”

Without a thought I threw him across the room, turning my face away from the spray of blood and intestines as he landed in a crumpled mess, his face pale as he gasped for breath.

“Hell has finally found you detective,” looking down at him I smiled as I held my hand out to her. Drawing her out from the shadow’s where my new powers had hidden her, her every step painful as her burnt skin flacked off behind her.

The smell of her burnt charred flesh filling the small room as he screamed, His voice raw with fear as he tried to drag himself away from her bloody touch. her lipless mouth filling with vampiric fangs as I pinned him beneath her...

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In a year’s time the small town stood empty, those that hadn’t died in the unexplained murder spree had left without even bothering to try and sell the houses in a town now considered cursed. Watching the last car’s headlights disappear into the night I smiled, taking her scarred hand we walked back into the manor, back into the hell that had become our home.

Comments 34 comments

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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK

Girl, you stories are so captivating. Once i start reading, i can't stop. Keep this up and you'll be winning the KT awards best short story again next year.

Awesome!

And in case you missed the awards, check out:

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-Kiru-Taye-On...

You are in it. :o))


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well hell may have found you - but it's the heaven in my mind which is being rewarded right now by a writer who is daring, original and unique in every sense of those three words!!!!


rx4u 5 years ago

I agree Epigramman!!! NH your writing is also captivating and suspenseful, I look forward to reading each new post!


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Strong atmosphere, hits the ground running and grips throughout. Well done, nighthag. love it.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

kirutaye,

I am thrilled that you liked it! thank you so much and i cant wait to check out the awards :)

Epigramman

you have got me blushing again, thankyou so much for such a wonderful compliment! your support never fails to inspire :)

rx4u,

I am so glad that you liked this, thank you for the fantastic compliments, its a real pleasure to have my stories not only read but enjoyed! Thank you for such great support

Docmo

This story has been in my head for months waiting for all the others to be written before it demanded its time, I am so glad that you liked it! thankyou for leaving such a wonderful comment!


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Always nice to drop in and watch you dabble in the darkness. Fun to read about that cursed small town but I sure as hell wouldn't want to live there. "Too many damn vampires." (Remember that one?) Cheers.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow!This was scary.Cops are always the bad guys.You are a great suspense writer.Thank's


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Doug Iam thrilled that you like this one :) thanks so much for great comment! Who could possibly forget such a great quote from lost boys, one of my all time favorite movies!!

thanks so much for stopping by :)


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Always exploring,

I am so glad that you found this scary :)I've never written flashbacks before so i was a little worried i wouldn't get it right, Thanks so much for the great compliment i am glad you enjoyed it :)


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

I love the idea of a story where there are no heroes only villains. Evil triumphs over evil. Such a devilish plot :) I must explore this line of thought and perhaps be able to come up with a plot for a horror story. Thank you.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

I am so glad that you enjoyed and even more happy that i may have inspired you :) what a fantastic compliment, Thank You!

(I did have a bit of fun, writing only bad guys, lots more room to play with!)


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mysterylady 89 5 years ago from Florida

You did a great job of establishing mood, and I loved it that the lady was still alive - or sort of alive!


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

This piece was a bit different for me, so I am so glad to hear that you liked it! I couldn't bring myself to completely kill her off, finding more enjoyment in bringing her back to take the killing blow...

thanks so much for taking the time to read and leave your thoughts, it means a lot :)


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Ouch scary - but I so appreciated your writing.


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Kimberly Bunch 5 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

Awesome!


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

acaetnna, I seem unable to help myself when I write short fiction, there always needs to be some fact of scare, I am glad that you enjoyed it, thanks so much for stopping by, its always a pleasure to have you visit :)

Kimberly, I am thrilled that you liked it, thanks so much for letting me know :)


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jonihnj 5 years ago from Metro New York

I enjoyed this nighthag. You really nailed the atmosphere and made me wanting more. Bravo! Are you stitching the pieces together into a longer story.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

wow, I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed it so much, thank you.

I am working on a novel at the moment, and some of the ideas that i am not using in my novel are finding their way into my shorter fiction, I hadn't thought of weaving them together to create a on going story, Will definitely have to consider such a good idea!

thanks so much for taking the time to read and leaving such wonderful feedback!


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arthurchappell 5 years ago from Manchester, England

Wow, very impressive and dark - kept me gripped right through


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

:) thanks very much, It's always a pleasure to hear that my story was enjoyed and coming from a great short story writer it means even more ...thank you


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a wonderful horror story, with a great plot and atmosphere! It kept me captivated all the way through.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

Its always a huge to thrill to me to have some one like my writing, Thank you so much I am so glad that you enjoyed it :)


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cynamans 5 years ago from Washington DC

You are an amazing writer. keep up the great work.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

thanks you so much, I am thrilled that you enjoyed it


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

I am so glad I just read this short story. This is so scary and captivating. What a great ending~letting his girlfriend

finish off the dirty cop. I can't wait to read more. I love para-normal and psychological thrillers.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

I am so glad and flattered that you enjoyed my short story, It has been a while since I have posted a new but I am currently working on a few ideas so I hope to have something new for you soon :)

Thank you for taking the time to read over this, every comment is cherished


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Your writing makes Stephen King's look tame.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

oh Wow what a huge compliment thank you


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baygirl33 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

Wow! That was a scary story! Lots of twists.

Keep on scaring us,you have the talent to do it realistically.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

baygirl33

Thank you so much!!

I often struggle with writers block which i sometimes think should be retitled writers doubt :) so its always a pleasure to have such kind and wonderful feed back... thank you

I hope to be posting more soon and sincerely hope to have you visit again...


clockworkbohemian 4 years ago from San Diego CA

great story! such a pleasure to read. i love the descriptive writing. very well done.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you so much, I do love to hear when others have enjoyed my short stories, its always a bit of a thrill :)

so glad you enjoyed it!


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JyurriOukan 3 years ago

Your writing is wonderful, I find myself drawn in. Good job!


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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

JyurriOukan

thank you so very much, I am simply thrilled that you enjoyed it :)

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