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Vishtitza - Part 3
By Lee Cushing
Saturday, February 12, 2011

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He walked to the top of the stairs and glanced back, “We hope the Vishtitza are still outside and do what we can to keep them out there.”
Opening a guest room door as William and Claire headed down the stairs, Christian Todd emerged from his room and watched them disappear into the dining room.


Rushing down the stairs to the hotel lobby, Christian stopped by the door to the dining room, staring at William and Claire.
        Keeping his voice loud enough for everyone else to hear, Christian approached the table where William and Claire were sitting. “What’s this Vishtitza you two were talking about?”
        William gave his wife a quick glance before looking around at the other people in the dining room as they turned to look back at him. He hesitated before answering, “It’s something dangerous. That’s all any of you need to know.”
        Kenny stood up, “Not good enough, mate.”
        Rising to her feet when William hesitated in giving a reply, Claire looked at the faces of everyone else now looking in her direction. “Vishtitza are moths.” She tried not to look on the anger that had appeared on William’s face, “Flesh eating moths. And they are loose somewhere outside.”
        Stepping forward from the table was had been sitting at with Claudia Gibbs, Samantha Britt approached Claire. “Surely they won’t survive, it’s too cold outside.”
        Claire shook her head, “It won’t even slow them down.”
        “Listen to me.” Rising from his chair, William looked around the dining room. “None of this changes anything. We have to make sure the Vishtitza stay outside.”
        Viki took a few steps from her table, “I don’t want to sound worried, but wasn’t the manager supposed to checking the kitchen.”
        William exchanged glances with Kenny, “I think we better check it out, don’t you?”
        Standing and moving to William’s side, Kenny glanced for an instant back at Viki, noticing the fear on her face. He turned back towards William, “Let’s go.”
        Leading the way out of the dining room, William crossed the lobby and reached the door to the kitchen. Pushing it open, he glanced back as he stepped through.
        Noticing the open door to the garage straight away, William approached it with Kenny close behind. Entering, he stopped when he saw the remains on the floor.
        Kenny did not get past the door frame before the sight of the flesh stripped skeleton made him throw up on the kitchen floor.
        Beginning to approach the remains, William halted again when a drop of blood hit his cheek and he began to look upwards.
        The Vishtitza were almost completely covering the ceiling.
        Backing away towards the door as he continued looking up, William heard the flapping wings as the Vishtitza began to move.
        Acting out of instinct, he pushed Kenny back further into the kitchen and pulled the door shut. He held onto the door handle as the moths began to land on his face and hands.
        Reaching the door on the other side, Kenny tried pulling it open in the hope of dragging William out, but William kept holding onto the handle to stop him.
        Watching from the other side, Kenny watch him begin to falter as the moths began to cover his face.
        Kenny saw William drop and blood begin to ooze out from under the moth covered body.
        Within minutes, the moths begin to retreat back to the ceiling, leaving the bloodied skeleton behind.
        Entering the kitchen from the lobby, Viki began to approach Kenny. “I was getting worried. I thought...” She fell silent when she saw William’s remains through the glass door. “God.”
        His gaze fixed on the body, Kenny shook his head. “He wouldn’t let me save him. I tried but he wouldn’t let me.”
        Claire was stood in the doorway to the lobby as they turned, “He was doing his job, keeping those things from getting to us.”
        “I don’t understand.” Kenny looked at her, “What are you talking about?”
        Stepping further into the kitchen, Claire glanced at the remains. “The Vishtitza decimated an entire village a couple of miles away. We were sent to stop them. Me, my husband, Janine and Ray, the guy upstairs. It’s our job to stop them.”
        “The body outside?” Viki focused on Claire.
        She nodded, “That was Janine.”
        Kenny approached her, “You don’t seem too broken up by Will back there.”
        Claire hesitated replying, “I don’t have the luxury of grieving, not if any of us are going to survive this.” She looked at them, “I need you two to tell the others that we have to make sure that every window is secure. If the Vishtitza manage to get inside the hotel, we won’t stand a chance. You do that while I’m check on Ray.”
        Waiting until Kenny and Viki had nodded in agreement, Claire headed back into the lobby and up the stairs.
        Approaching the door to the room where Ray had been taken, she pushed it open and turned on the light.
        She came to a halt when she saw the blood soaking the sheets. Closing the door behind her, she approached the bed and looked at the deep gash that had been made across Ray’s throat. “Damn.”

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