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The Intruder

The Intruder

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Published by Brian Fatah Steele
In a Caribbean paradise, scholars from Miskatonic University discover a lost horror's new vessel. A short Lovecraft tribute that appears in the collection "Fragments Of Ruin."
In a Caribbean paradise, scholars from Miskatonic University discover a lost horror's new vessel. A short Lovecraft tribute that appears in the collection "Fragments Of Ruin."

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Published by: Brian Fatah Steele on Mar 25, 2011
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The following short story, “The Intruder,” appears in the collection
Fragments Of Ruin
by Brian Fatah Steele.
That collection is dedicated tohis grandmother, Mary Betteridge.Find more by the author athttp://brianfatahsteele.com
 
Pagnotti climbed the few wooden steps and turned back to look at the beachbefore entering. They had made a good choice coming here to St. Croix, it was thebest find yet. And he couldn’t have wished for a better atmosphere. Sun, sand andsurf; just the opposite of the dreary University halls back home.He had been on break and had taken a leisurely stroll down the beach,enjoying all the sights the island had to offer. The beautiful dark-skinnedinhabitants and their easy going manners were infectious, as was the island rum hehad been consuming at a quickening pace. Wandering past a group of youngstudents on holiday from the Netherlands, he had paused to listen to theiwonderful speaking voices. Further down the beach, he had stopped at a smallocean side bar for a drink and a serving of the delicious chicken curry that he hadgrown fond of.Now back at the house he and his colleagues were renting, he smiled sadly.They had already been here three weeks and soon their allotted time away wouldbe up. Called back to show results, they would have to return to Miskatonic andreport. It wasn’t that they had nothing to show for their time here, quite theopposite. Pagnotti, however, simply wished he could remain forever in thisparadise instead.Stepping into the small house, he was greeted by a flurry of activity. Masonwas running back and forth between two computers and Sansgaard was shouting atBrown as the young doctor tried to stick pins in a large map. Fullton was nowhereto be seen, so that meant he was probably in the bathroom.“Where have you been?” shouted Sansgaard at Pagnotti, his anger nowturned toward the newcomer.“I was on break, I walked down the beach. Why, what’s happened?“Fucking hell, you better not have been getting wasted on their Caribbeanrot-gut again or...”“Calm down,” said Pagnotti. “What’s going on?”“She moved,” said Mason from one of the computer terminals.“Wait, what? ‘She?’ She or the...” tried Pagnotti.Brown pulled away from the map, clearly side-stepping Sansgaard and tyingup her long, curly brown hair. She walked over to her small desk and picked up atee shirt that was lying across the back of the chair and threw it at Pagnotti. Hecaught it as he realized in was the one she had been wearing earlier. It was wet.“She moved,” said Brown. “She sat up... quickly.”“My god. Is the subject still...”“It seems fine,” said Mason. “It started communicating right after she wentback down into the water.”

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