Tag: Game

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 16

The elemental energy, the quicksilver brightness, was gone from Julian’s figure. Jenny was still holding his hand, but it suddenly seemed less substantial. She held tighter-and her fingers met. Julian’s body was dissolving into mist and shadows. In a moment even those had disappeared. Just like that. Like smoke up a chimney. Jenny sat back …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 15

What came next was not a verbal shout-if it had been, Jenny would have thought it was Tom. It wasn’t even a word exactly, more a wave of energy. And the energy was sheer negation, opposition. No! No! Stop. The mist uncoiled. Jenny’s vision unblurred. She was standing, gasping, a little closer to one of …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 14

Jenny spun. Julian was standing beside a ticket booth with a brass telescope on top. He was surrounded by ferns and fake palms. And he looked-tired? He was wearing the duster jacket again, and he had his hands in his pockets. His hair was as white as a winter moon. It was up to her …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 13

Dee took the lead, with Summer following her lightly and Michael and Audrey after that. Jenny wanted the others to go ahead of her partly because she was afraid, and partly because she didn’t want any of them trying to save her if she fell off. Heights. She had always hated heights. But she was …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 12

I’m the one all this is for,” Jenny said. “It’s me you want to despair. So talk to me. Let’s get personal.” “No, let’s get general,” Julian said. “Want to talk about life?” There was a kind of soft triumph in his voice. A cat-pouncing-on-a-mouse tone. As if he knew he had her. “Did you …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 11

They were all four waiting for her when she got out. Summer said, “Where’ve you been?” Audrey said, “Did you-“ Jenny nodded over Summer’s head. Audrey hiked up a copper eyebrow. “Just a little unscheduled detour,” Jenny murmured to Dee and Michael. She said to Summer, “I’m okay. Everything’s okay.” Summer’s M&M’s were lying scattered …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 10

I here was a clatter above Jenny-the sound of a chain racketing along wood. She reacted instinctively, before rational thought could interfere. She seized the body in the china blue dress and pulled it off the table. Not fast enough. The huge disk came straight down-and then veered sideways, knocked out of line by something …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 9

As the coin clunked somewhere in the machine’s innards, Jenny heard a faint buzzing, then a mechanical ticking. The glass brightened, and Jenny could see that two bare lightbulbs had gone on inside. They illuminated a wizard, maybe two feet high and wearing a surprisingly mournful and pained expression. As Jenny watched, it began to …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 8

??Thank God!” a voice shouted in Jenny’s ear. Jenny relaxed against the slim but very strong arms holding her. “Dee-you scared me to death… .” The lights were on the canopy of the merry-go-round across the lake. It was turning and Jenny could hear faint music from a Wurlitzer band organ. “You scared us to …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 7

Gebo, she thought, one flash of coherence, of memory, just before her head slid under the water. Gebo, the rune of sacrifice. Oh, Tom. Dying was painless-but sad. It hurt to think of the people she was leaving behind. She kept picturing her parents, imagining what they would say when Dee and the others got …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 6

Jenny, devastatingly aware that her jeans were crunchy from drying wrinkled and her denim shirt looked as if she’d crawled through a chimney, said, “You invited me to come-and here I am.” He answered as easily as if they’d been talking for hours. “Yes, and you’re off to a bad start. Couldn’t even avoid this …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 5

All the bottles looked old. They were brown, dark blue, green, even pink, and they bore imprints like AVEN HOBOKEN & CO. and PEARSON’S SODA WORKS. “Very authentic,” she said. “I didn’t think Joyland took so much trouble.” The others exchanged glances, but said nothing. “We’d better keep looking,” Jenny added. They passed another trapped …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 4

Words flashed through Jenny’s mind. Did I ever tell you about this amusement park nightmare I had when I was a kid-?” “Listen.” She turned around abruptly. “Besides Michael, has anybody else had amusement park nightmares?” Audrey stopped, flashlight drooping. After a moment she said in a subdued voice, “I have.” Dee said quietly, “Me, …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 3

The old brick house still had electricity, presumably to fuel the alarm system. It was spooky inside anyway, furniture draped with white sheets, clocks stopped on the walls. Jenny kept having the same lurching feeling: familiarity-unfamiliarity. Back and forth, or sometimes both at once. By far the worst was the basement. Jenny’s legs didn’t want …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 2

Why hadn’t she thought of this? Her grandfather had probably always had that alarm system-but it wasn’t the kind of thing a kid would notice. But I’m not a kid anymore. I should have thought now. “There’s got to be a way to get in,” Dee was saying. “Why?” Audrey’s voice was snappish-because she felt …

The Forbidden Game: The Kill Chapter 1

The flight attendant started toward them, and the back of Jenny’s neck began to prickle. Her little fingers tingled. Be casual, she told herself. Be calm. But her heart began to pound as the flight attendant reached their row. She was dressed in navy blue with cream accents and looked rather military. Her face was …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 14

Tom had never shot a gun before. He’d taken this rifle from a case in Zach’s father’s den. Zach’s father wasn’t going to be happy when he found it missing, or when he found the back door jimmied open, either. But Tom wasn’t going to be around to hear about it. He had no illusions …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 13

“Stupid old lady,” Michael said as Dee pulled the Spider out of the carport. “She doesn’t even use this space, but will she let anybody else park here? God forbid. Now we have to go all the way down to the garage-take a left up there and go around the trash cans.” “I didn’t even …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 12

Zach was asleep when he first felt the creeping around his legs. Or half asleep, anyway-he hadn’t really slept for days now. He hadn’t dreamed. His daytime thoughts went on going even when he lay there with his eyes shut for hours. He’d wondered what happened to you when you didn’t dream for days. Hallucinations …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 11

The kitchen was empty. A trickle of water ran out of the faucet, and there was an odd, sharp smell. Sitting grotesquely in the middle of the green linoleum floor was a paper doll. It was folded to allow it to sit, and one arm was twisted up to give it a mockingly casual air. …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 10

In midair she was knocked to the side with stunning force. A brutal blocking tackle. She landed with her face crushed into the sand. Not in the hole, on the beach. Chaos was going on above her. On top of her. A whole football team scrimmaging there. Thick snarls, gasping breath, then suddenly a yelp. …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 9

Everything went gray. Blood roared in Jenny’s ears like the ocean. She was thrown back, in one instant, to the moment when she and Tom and the others had been sucked into the Game, dragged into the Shadow World. She felt the same riptide dragging at her now, the same dark fog overcoming her senses. …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 8

“What can we do?” They were at Audrey’s house, in the second-best family room where no adults would disturb them. Michael was looking at Jenny, his spaniel eyes glazed. “Well, that’s the question, isn’t it?” Zachary said crisply. “What can we do?” “I don’t know,” Jenny whispered. The paper house-or rather its remains-sat on the …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 7

The headboard side-the figure was leaning over her from the headboard side. But there was a wall there. It was leaning out of the wall. “Get away from me!” Shouting broke the spell. She vaulted off the bed, landing in a tangle of sheets in the middle of her room. She kicked the sheets free …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 6

It was that psychic,” Dee said promptly. “She looked like a case of peroxide on the brain to me.” “No,” said Michael. “You know what it really is?” Jenny thought he was going to make a joke, but for once he was serious. “It’s battle fatigue. We’ve all got it. We’re stressed to the max, …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 5

Jenny screamed. Or got out half a scream anyway. The rest was cut off as something knocked her to the ground. It was the dark figure in front of her, and it was shouting something. “Jenny, get down!” Her brain only made sense of the words after she was down. There was a dull crashing …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 4

“What message?” Dee said, frowning. The psychic was still staring at Jenny intently. “You’ve got the look,” she said. “You’ve seen them -the faery folk.” Audrey said sharply, “The faery folk?” In the paper house Audrey’s worst nightmare had been a fairy tale. A story about the Erlking, a spirit who haunted the Black Forest …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 3

The others turned to Jenny. He’s your cousin; you deal with him, their looks said. Jenny took another deep breath. “You know perfectly well it will make a difference,” she said tightly. “If we don’t get the paper house back-you know what could happen.” “And what are you going to do if we do get …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 2

She looked in on Tom’s business law class first, but he wasn’t there. She headed downstairs. Then she began to forge her way across campus, weaving around fellow students who were staking out their favorite benches. She could hear paper bags rustling and smell other peoples’ lunches. Jenny’s group hadn’t been eating together these last …

The Forbidden Game: The Chase Chapter 1

It wasn’t so much the hunting. It was the killing. That was what brought Gordie Wilson out to the Santa Ana foothills on a sunny May morning like this. That was why he was cutting school even though he wasn’t sure he’d get away with forging his morals signature on another readmit. It wasn’t the …