I turn the corner and can see the alley up ahead.
The presence is getting stronger. Why is there a murderous presence in a dead-end alleyway?
I slowly peak around the corner.
No one's here.
I walk into the alleyway and it's obvious that nobody's here.
Maybe I was wrong, but my gut feeling is almost never wrong.
I turn around and start heading back towards the bakery when all of a sudden I hear this dark, low, creepy chuckle. I turn around and yell,
I swear nobody was in that corner before! How did he get there?!
Where there once was an empty corner, now stood this creepy dark figure. He wore a black cloaked hood that covered his whole body. The shadows covered his face, but his eyes glowed a bright, vibrant red.
"What the hell?!"
Before I could do anything the figure appeared in front of me, grabbed me by the neck and raised me against the wall. I was grasping for air and trying to make him let go of me. From the light of the now setting sun, I could see an evil grin appear on his face. My face showed struggle and fear, which is probably what he wanted since he started squeezing my neck even more. Just as I was about to reach for my hidden knife, the cloaked figure screamed in pain. He dropped me to the ground and turned around.
What the hell?! The Phantom Troupe?!
The sexy short guy from before had slashed him with his sword.
Where did the sword come from?! eBay?
The cloaked figure growled in defeat.
"We'll meet again soon, Mei. By the way, how's your mother doing?" He said with an evil grin and a chuckle before disappearing.
My eyes widened with shock and disbelief. I was so stuck in my own thoughts that I didn't see Brady Bunch and Sexy walk up to me. The boy whose name was Shalnark, I think, reached his hand out to the stunned and shocked, me, and asked,
"Do you need some hel..."
"WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK?!" I screamed at the top of my lungs.
Shalnark looked a bit taken back by that.
"Oh sorry. I didn't mean that towards you. I meant that freak show that just threatened me!!!"
"Well I've never seen anything like that before. We haven't been formally introduced. My name is Shalnark."
"Well, thank you Shalnark and Feitan for helping me, even though I might've blown out your ear drums earlier today" I sheepishly say while rubbing the back of my neck.
"It's fine" Shalnark said.
"Now do you wanna tell me why you've been watching me since we left the flower shop?" I said with a smirk.
"Ahhhh I knew you were smart. If you're gonna follow me still, you don't really have to hide it anymore."
"Well it's time to go" I start walking out of the alleyway.
"Well, are you two coming or what?"