Subcutaneous Magazine Fall 2016 - Page 26

down V. Pushing them each to their side, I entered a round room with old wooden chairs painted green surrounding a large gray, perhaps aged ivory table. The floor was still concrete, but now it felt textured. This room was also lit by candles, but their flames seemed pallid in comparison. At the far side of the table sat a hunched figure, its face hidden by a hood, its arms sleeved and hands gloved. In front of it, on the table, a miniature cauldron sat. The figure gestured to the chairs and in a wispy, scratching voice, that I believed to be male, it bade me to sit. I stepped forward and choosing the chair furthest from him, I sat. Lifting its head, features still shadowed, orange eyes glowed out at me from beneath the hood. “Do not fear,” he stated. “You are protected here.” Taking off his gloves, his hands revealed pale, wrinkled and, moldy, skin? Inside my head I yelled, JUMP! I yelled, RUN! I wanted to rush from the room, but my muscles would not respond to my internal pleas. “Please relax,” he told me. The candles all flickered as if a breeze had moved through. I began to feel a warm, calm feeling, somehow soothed by a strange voice, from a strange person, in a strange house. Dropping something in the small cauldron on the table, he put his hands forth. The candles went out as a wind swirled around us. Fire and smoke spewed from the cauldron for a few moments, sh ѥЁɽչѡɽ))ɕ́ɕѡɽ՝)ѡа͵)ɵ̸QݕɔȰЁЁаፕа%Ё݅́ѽեѼɔ($)Qɽɕ܁եЁ͕)х)Ё́Ց䁅́Ёɕ܁ѡ́)($+qeȁՕѥ́ѡЁ́Ёեєͼɕمа5ȸɕٕ̳tѡͅ($+q'eͽt$ɕq$eЁչхt($+qeԁɔͭѼݥѠѡ$)մeԁ܁ѡЁݡԁɔ )ԁ݅ЁѼ܁Ёѡѕɱ͕eԁɔ)ͭѼѼ役今t($+q9QӊéЁɥЇt$ɕ5䁵ѡȸ)eԁ܁ѡЁ$ݥ͠ѼѼ䁵ѡȸ($)Qɔѕ́́ɽ՝Ёݸ)($+q$܁ѡаͽtхѕѡɔ%́)ݥѕɽɥ她ɴѼ͡)͵ٕͥ䁵ѡȸqeԁݥ͠ѼѼ)ЁѡӊéЁݡ׊eɔɔЁѡ՝t(($)QٽѼ́ܰ)ͅѽ䁵ѡȁ݅́٥ѡ)ɽѥͬɔqeԁЁȁɔ)ѡѥչ́лt($)$хɕѼх͡䁍ȁ($+qe̸̳t$ͅq$ɽ՝Ё丁$ɽ՝)ݡЁ$݅́ѽt($)5䁍ȁ́$ѽɕ)Ѽ̸+q9tЁɕqQЁ́ЁݡЁԁݕɔ($)ѽMлt($)%́ɕѡ՝$ݥ͡а$)啐AѡȰ$ͅЁ͡ՙ͕ȁѼѡх($)Qɕɔ胊qAЁȁ́)ѡхt($)$́$݅́ѽͭȁɵѥqe)ͅѡЁ$݅́ͅɔt($+q$ͅѡЁԁݕɔɽѕѕtЁɕ+q!ݕٕȰ$ЁɽѕЁ)ɽѡЁݡԁɕ䁅ɔt($q]Ё́ѡЁt$)͡ѕq$ɔe̸=)$չхt($)$䁉ݡ$)ЁݥѠ$ͥхѱ)ɕͥѡ)ձЁѡ͵%)́ݕɔݥݥѠ)ȸ%Ё͝ѕ)$Ёѡѡх)ȁݡЁ$յ݅́)ͅɥ($M)ͅ胊q9Ёͅ䁑ȁ5ȸɕ̸ٕ9)ͅ䁅Ёeԁ͕ȁЁ)I͔ȁɥt($)$ѽѡչɕɔ͕ЁЁѡ)ɽչ%ЁɅե䰁Ѽ́չݸЁ$)ѡЁЁ݅́Ёݽձͅ($+qAȁ́ѡхtЁхѕ($)$́Ёͭ($+qQ͔ѡЁɽչ԰ѡ͔ѡЁͥ)ͥԁɕ䁭܁ȁݕȳtͅ($+q]Ёݕt$ͭ($)Q́ɽչݥѠ䁙ɕ̰)̰ѕѼѡմ)ѕѼ($+qQՔɕͽԁɔɔeԁɕ)܁ѡݕȰЁݡЁԁɔЁ݅ɔ)ѡЁԁٔݼ̳tɕ($)Q她ͭͥ́Ѡɕэ)́啱ݕѕѠѠ!͵($+q ЁаݕȁѡՕѥt($+q9<t$͡ѕ($)!͵ݥ܁$ͅ܁)ͼͅЁЁЁ($+q9t$q!܁ѡt$ɕ$((