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Black Shudder Chapter EightChapter 8
I was surprised that the hut's front door didn't fall off as Zero pushed it open. The hinges squeaked so loudly that the noise cut through the patter of the rain.
The hut wasn't exactly luxurious--you could tell no one had lived there for a while. There was a broken chair missing three legs thrown in the middle of the room, and there were patches of straw strewn about the entire room. On the far end, there was an unbalanced table that had a tipped vase with wilted flowers upon it. One chair was pushed in under the wooden-table. Above that table was the only window that was in the room that had crippled shutters that seemed to never be able to work again. Across from the window on the opposite wall was a stone hearth, ash-filled, cold and dusty.
After putting my bag next on the floor, Zero immediately moved to a door to the right of the hearth and disappeared through it. I tried to shut the front door behind me, but it wouldn't seem to fit right into the latch, so I left it sl
Black Shudder Chapter SevenChapter Seven
Neither Gen nor Iskim were in the common room when Zero and I walked in, still hand in hand. I had carefully dodged all the stares and whispers on the way to the Inn, keeping my gaze down from their hurtful gazes.
"Where could they be at?" I wondered aloud, looking around the room. There were only a few people in the room, all of them sitting at one table. None of them gave us more than a look of curiosity before returning to their conversation.
Zero, who had stayed silent since we were in the forest, nodded his head up the stairs. "They're on the second floor."
I glanced at him, ready to ask how he knew that, but I stopped myself short, noticing the rims of his eyes had darkened again. Instead of asking him, I let him lead me towards the stairs, allowing him to gently take some of my weight with every step. At the top of the stairs, the door farthest to the left, which was Iskim's room, opened, and both of my 'family' members walked out. They stopped talking when they sa
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