Another urban paranormal tale…
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Seagulls normally flew ashore when there was a storm at sea, but that morning was fine and sunny.
As Ed walked across the square in front of Circular Quay, he was amazed by the number of crisp white wings fluttering in the sky and then soaring to the ground.
The gulls were assembling before a tall figure in a long black coat. The man was not feeding them. He merely raised his head to the sky and the gulls soared down. More and more came, until the square was full.
Ed could not go any further. Ed’s mouth fell open as the man strode past him, the army of gulls following.
But the man was ignoring him. Ed realised the man was focussing all his attention on a pale skinned girl standing close by. She was the same girl Ed had noticed on the train for the past few weeks. A very pretty girl, with jet black hair and a flirtatious smile. For a moment Ed forgot the seagulls, and broke into a broad grin.
“Hey there. Can you believe this?”
The girl’s eyes were bright green. So green they were almost glowing.
“I’ve never seen so many birds,” Ed said.
The girl looked with longing at Ed. The squawking of the gulls was almost deafening. She lowered her head and retreated across the quay, without saying a word.
The gulls darted around, as if they were celebrating a victory. The girl kept walking, casting the gulls a resentful glance.
The gulls rose into the sky. It seemed the man had released them as easily as he had summoned them.
Ed glanced at his watch. It was 10.16. The gulls had delayed him for a full five minutes. He was going to be late for his university lecture. He ran quickly across the square.
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The man, known to some as Alvaro, although he had had many names over the centuries, took a piece of bread from his pocket, tossing it to the gull that remained by his side.
Ed had had a lucky escape. The green-eyed vampire girl had been following him for days.
In the shadow world of the city, every minute counted, and both the natural and supernatural had to work together. Alvaro could not let the boy fall under the sway of the girl and the vampire underworld – his own side had great plans for Ed.
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© 2014 M. C. Dulac
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