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Thirty-five

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Thirty-five

The heavy footfalls of the intruding Rabid drew closer to her hiding spot. Minutes had passed since the beast had infiltrated her safe haven. Surely someone would be in to save her soon, right? One of her group members must have heard the loud banging. It shook the wall for Pete's sake. If they hadn't heard it, surely, they felt it.

Unless they had Rabids of their own to attend to. The thought made her blood run cold. This had been a safe place for the past two months. How could everything go wrong in a matter of hours?

Losing herself in thought, she didn't notice until it was too late that one of her shoes had slipped near the inner edge of the toilet seat. Her foot splashed into the warm water, getting caught in the bowl. She felt her body lurch forward, slamming hard against the stall door. The door swung open with such a force that it bounced back towards her, hitting the tender skin on her forehead. A cry escaped her lips.

The grimy water had soaked in through her sneaker, making her sock cling to her like a second skin.

A snarl sounded in front of Arryn. Glancing up, she saw the rotting corpse moving towards her. Skeleton showed more than flesh. But one thing remained consistent—no matter how much their bodies withered, the black, soulless eyes remained.

She hated those eyes. They had taken everything away from her, and if she didn't do something quick, they would take her life as well.

She scanned the room, searching for any object she could use to defend herself. Nothing.

The smell hit her before the weight did. The scent of the beast reminded her of all the fish she had helped skin. Even the texture of the remaining flesh on the Rabid felt slimy like the fish. The skin fell apart in her grasp, feeling wobbly and slick like gelatin. A few drops of black blood trickled from the exposed muscle of the arm. The tissue appeared withered and dried out like a worm left to squirm in direct sunlight.

Within seconds, the Rabid had her pinned to the ground. Her arms shook as she fought against the creature's strength. Hungry growls dripped from its mouth as it snapped at her wildly. The pressure became more than she could handle. If she kept pressing back on the Rabid's might, she believed her bones would snap.

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