Index was once a small and close-knit community, but the town located on the western side of Washington state has grown in recent years beyond anyone's expectations. It is the ideal place for those who work in Seattle but can't afford the city's high real estate prices, and for others the natural beauty attracts them to the town. And Index truly is a beautiful place - surrounded by thick evergreen trees, tall mountains and glistening rivers and lakes. While weather is typically rainy with overcast skies even this does nothing to take away from the beauty of the town, and it is only highlighted further when the heavy snow graces the town and caps the mountains in winter. To many, Index would seem like a paradise. And yet lurking beneath this visual beauty there is more to this town than anyone might ever imagine...

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Shane Mathis | Warlock; Necromancer

Posted on Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:56 pm

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New Bedford, MA | Gloomy | 4pm

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This happens about a month after This post.

The house barely had a front yard, and what little yard it had was taken by the bushes which were unkempt. The chain link fence was barely a foot away from the handrails of the steps that lead up to the front porch of the white house with brown trim. Arlo stood at the edge of the yard, resting on the fence, arms crossed as he watched me.

”This is small time, Shane, but you have to start somewhere. In the grand scheme of things this is that damn succulent in your window.”

I turned around and left the steps, walking closer to Arlo. You should go in. I mean, shouldn’t you scout out the place? Make sure there are no surprises?
”I could, but that defeats the purpose of this, doesn’t it? You need confidence, Shane. You’re a force. It doesn’t matter if there are surprises. You’re not a fucker to be messed with.”

I don’t mean that, Disco. I mean… I looked back toward the house. There wasn’t much of a story to be told from it, and all I’d had was a name and an address. I was beginning to regret not doing more research first. I started around to the side of the building, looking in the backyard. Honestly, I was relieved when all I saw was grass and a young tree. It wasn’t a guarantee, but no toys, no jungle gym, no dog. Maybe the guy was like me - a loner. Smart enough to know better than to have people that depended on him, let alone the other way around.

”Stop looking for an excuse, Shane. Just get it done.”

I shook my head and gave him an annoyed eyeroll, returning to the front of the house. I skipped up the steps and didn’t hesitate now to knock on the door. I waited a minute, pulled my phone from my pocket and checked the time, waited a little longer, and knocked again. After a minute I heard rustling, and clumsy steps toward the door. The curtain obscuring the small window in the door opened for a split second, and even though I only caught a brief glimpse of the face I knew it was him. I heard a small amount of swearing, likely because he knew I’d seen him. He knew I’d heard him, and he was too late to pretend he wasn’t home. I heard the click of the lock and the sound of the deadbolt being released and the door opened.

”I don’t know why you’re here, Danny, but I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Why would that be, Corbin?
”Listen, Shane, I had nothing to do with any-” I placed my hand on his chest and pushed him out of the way, stepping inside and looking around as I did. To an extent I felt as though I could sense life as I could death, but I didn’t trust it. There were no specifics, just.. energies. I might have sensed more than just Corbin, but it could have been a thriving ficus tree for all I knew.

Anyone upstairs?
”No, but I can’t help you, Shane. They’ll do to me what they’ve done to you. I’m sure you understand taking care of numero uno first, right?”
I don’t need your help, Corbin. You’re just the beginning of a long list of people who need help. But I’m afraid you’re out of time. I paced around the living room, eyeing small details. No sign of any womanly details, really, just the basics. Clean, but there were no frills. It was simple, utilitarian. No photos, no personal touches. This place was temporary.

I heard Disco through the window, just peeking his head in, ”Stop stalling, he’s just a peon. Get it done.”

And just like that I turned around, placed my hand on his chest, and began to pull that energy. I watched as his eyes widened, and it should have been strange, it should have felt wrong. But instead the smile on my face widened and I felt… powerful. I felt for the first time in ages, fearless. I couldn’t remember how long it had been since I had known, as strongly as I did at this moment, that I didn’t have to run anymore.

You started it all, Corbin. So it’s fitting I start with you, I explained as I watched the light fade from his eyes and the body fell limp to the ground.

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