Because it’s October, you know I’m going to flaunt the vampire story! This Sunday’s six comes from later on, where Bill gets a full blast of confrontation from the mysterious Tom.
The ends of what was left of Tom’s hair shook against ears that looked to have been half-chewed off. The longer Bill stood in the man’s presence, the more he noticed his rancid smell. It suddenly occurred to him it may not just be because of the skins. “What can I do for you for a drink, boy,” Tom wheezed. “I’ve got a terrible thirst.” His teeth glistened wetly and he waited in the middle of the room as if he had all the time in the world.
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Like many young men at the end of the 1800s Bill has signed on to work in a logging camp to earn a fast paycheck to start his life. Unfortunately his role model is Big John, the camp’s golden boy known for blowing his pay as fast as he makes it. On a cold Saturday night they enter Red’s Saloon to forget the work that takes the sweat and the lives of so many. Red may have plans for their whiskey money, but something else lurks in the shadows, something that badly wants a drink that has nothing to do with alcohol. Can Bill make it back out the shabby door or does someone have their own plans for his future?