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Staggering Stories Commentary #219: Doctor Who – Rosa
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, segregated, in front of the 2018 Doctor Who episode, ‘Rosa’, and spout our usual nonsense! Ryan is feeling the sting of history, Graham doesn’t want to be there and the Doctor cannot stop this injustice. But enough of their problems, please sit down with […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #303: The Louboutin Finders
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 02 Dec 2018 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn discuss two Doctor Who stories: Kerblam! and The Witchfinders, give a 30 Second Recommendation, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:42 — Welcome! 02:16 – News: 02:26 — Doctor […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #218: Doctor Who – The Ghost Monument
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 25 Nov 2018 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, trekking, in front of the 2018 Doctor Who episode ‘The Ghost Monument’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor is searching for her baby, Ryan is screaming like a little girl and Epzo is sleeping a lot. But enough of their problems, please sit […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #302: A Villain Conundrum?
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss two Doctor Who stories: The Tsuranga Conundrum and Demons of the Punjab, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:39 — Welcome! 01:50 – News: 01:59 — Doctor Who: Paternoster Gang to be […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #217: Doctor Who – The Woman Who Fell to Earth
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, regenerated, in front of the 2018 Doctor Who premiere episode, ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor cannot remember her own name, Ryan launches a bike and Tim Shaw gets a faceful of salad. But enough of their […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #301: A Whittaker Triple
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 04 Nov 2018 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Jean Riddler and Keith Dunn discuss three Doctor Who stories: The Ghost Monument, Rosa and Arachnids in the UK, play a game, give a 30 Second Recommendation, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:09 — Welcome! 02:31 – […]

Buccaneer Chronicles

The Buccaneer Chronicles:
Vampire Mutations

By Karen Dunn (Despite Interference by Keith Dunn, Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell and Tony Gallichan)


Chapter Fifteen - The Barrier

 

“Damn snow.” Matthias pulled his jacket tight across his chest, leaned back against the branch and took a lung-burning drag of his roley,

Burning with embarrassment after being dismissed so casually by Rafe, he had returned to his duties, alone in the cold, dark forest on the off-chance that a vamp may wander by.

He snorted, tobacco smoke jetting from his nostrils as he laughed. As if he would actually risk his life for any of those high and mighty slayers.

He had only jumped the man and the girl because he had thought it would earn him some alone time with Eleanor - that vamp could suck on his arm any time she liked.

But Rafe had treated him like a kid, a dead brain - a nobody - so they could all get bitten for all he cared.

Shifting his shoulders against the bark, he stubbed out his smoke on the branch and flicked it away, watching the tiny glow of burning ash as it tumbled gently to the ground at the feet of...

“Oh no...”

The vamp grinned up at him, teeth and eyes catching the moonlight like the stuff of nightmares.

Then it started climbing.

Fumbling to pull his club from his jacket, Matthias scrambled across the canopy of branches to the next tree, braced himself against the trunk and waited for the vamp to get within striking distance.

“Come on, then!”

The vamp pulled itself up, its eyes never leaving his, its grin widening as it closed the gap between them. Twelve feet, ten feet, eight feet...

Matthias hefted the club above his head, “Come on!”

The vamp sprang, a flash of golden light streaked between them and suddenly the creature was falling headfirst to the forest floor.

Matthias blinked, “Wha'..?”

He peered down at the vamp, which had found its feet and was swaying dizzily. It threw itself forward and Matthias gasped as the air shimmered and the blood-sucker fell back, stunned.

Returning the club to his jacket, he stretched out a hand and edged along the branch. The air was tingling and he snatched back his hand as a tickling shock shot up his arm.

Dropping from the branch he landed, cat-like, and ran his hand over the invisible barrier, “Devil work!”

The vamp lay motionless just a few feet ahead of him.

He grinned - Devil work or not, it was keeping the monsters out. Eleanor would want to know - and this time Rafe would not be able to belittle him.

He had saved everybody!

A twig snapped behind him. He froze.

They surrounded him in seconds, silent as the grave, teeth bared. He had counted five of them before they tore his throat out and bent to feast, snapping at one another like wild animals.

His last thought was that Devil-made barriers were all well and good when it came to stopping vamps but what did you do about the ones that had already got past?

*

Cre'at paused in mid-flight. The scream that pierced the night had been horrific, full of pain and terror and was silenced all too abruptly.

He ran the voice pattern through his memory bank and dismissed it - it did not belong to any of his shipmates so a pointless rescue attempt of some one who was so obviously already dead was not necessary.

His scanners were showing the force field at full strength. Good. At maximum speed he should reach the town in minutes.

Nothing else showed up on the scans - but he didn't take that to be good news.

***

The Tower

Vampire Mutations: Chapter Sixteen