“Come on. The museum is closing in thirty minutes.” She grabbed my hand and pulled me toward revolving doors.
“Babes you know this is your thing, not mine.”
She threw me a look over her shoulder before dashing through the doors and out of sight. I sighed and followed her. The museum was dark and cool after the glare of the day. A guard nodded at me and pointed toward a exhibit hall to the left. I nodded my thanks and set off in pursuit of my wife.
The exhibit was dimmer than the main hall with spot lights illuminating the various exhibits. Some where near the back of the gallery I found her entranced in front of three statues.
“Okay Babes. I’m here. They’re great let’s go.”
“Shush. Just watch the shadows.”
I glanced up. Everything seemed normal, a shiver traced up my spine. The shadow of the middle figure was leaning to the statue on the left. I looked at the exhibit, nothing had changed they were standing straight in a line. I looked back up and swallowed hard. The left shadow was caressing the middle shadow. While the right statue had turned to face them.
“Babes come on. Funny but let’s go.” I touched her shoulder and she snarled. I backed away, her face was different. I felt the stares of the shadows and statues, my hair was standing on end.
“You would leave before the sacrifice” Her voice was husky and dark, old and not hers.
“Shannon enough let’s go. Now. This isn’t right.”
A jangle of keys caught my attention, and the scream of a metal gate shocked me into shouting.
“Hey wait. We are still in here. Hey come back.” I jogged towards the gate, the lights dimmed and went dark. I rattled the gate, “Hey is anyone there?”
The jingle of keys and footsteps echoed, the guard appeared in the gloom. “Funny I thought I heard somthing.”
I rattled the gate, “Here. I’m right here.”
The guard jumped staring at the gate. “Creeping bloody statues. They say the gates are to keep people out. I think they are trying to keep something in.” He turned and walked quickly away. He didn’t look back.
I looked towards Shannon, she was backlit by the only remaing light in the hall. There was something off putting about the way she stood, I glanced to the ceiling. A fourth shadow, her shadow had joined the three. Anticipation filled the air. Sweat ran down my back.
“Come to me. The sacrafice is ready.” She called to me in that old dark alien voice. My feet started to move as I fought to stay by the gate.
To Be Continued…..