Spores: The Nemeses Within Finale
The Rising of the Blue Moon ...
It is finally here—the Rising of the Blue Moon. Dr. Benjamin Riley has become so captivated in what Audrey Frye has told him until he has convinced Shirley Woodard to accompany him to the library.
“I’ve never seen you so caught up in anything that is not of scientific interest.” Shirley attest.
“That’s because I have never been introduced to something this fascinating, Shirl. The implications are extraordinary!” Ben says as he sits in front of a 30” monitor, moving from page to page.
“We could have done this at the Research Center, Ben.” Shirley chuckles.
“And have one of the techs see me searching for more information on the occult? Not in your life! I wanted you here because you’ve always been openminded regarding anything new or different. I need that kind of objectivism right now, hon.” Ben says, smiling at Shirley.
In spite of herself—Shirley still gets that old feeling when in proximity of Ben. However, she knows better than to get her hopes up. Besides, she needs to get fully over Jeremy. A part of her hasn’t yet.
“Hmm, this is interesting. It talks about the Silver Bullet.” Ben replies and both sit to look it over.
“It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get this revolver. Do you think you’ll be able to find a Modified Baby Browning 32?” Shirley queries.
“There’s this gunsmith I know, Simon Piedmont. He’s a collector of rare firearms and the like. If anyone would have one or know where I can get my hands on one—he would.” Ben answers as he closes down the computer and ushers Shirley out the door.
It’s a twenty-five minute drive to the outskirts of town where Simon lives. He and his wife Elizabeth own several acres of land that border the woods with a tall fence. Simon is relaxing on the Patio when they walk around the back to greet him.
“Dr. Benjamin Riley! To what do I owe the pleasure of your company? I see you brought your pretty missus with you. Bout time you settled down.” The burly man replies before Ben can correct him he calls out—
“Beth, come see who’s come a calling and brought his woman with him.”
Ben gives Shirley a sheepish look and she just looks on in amusement.
“You’re on your own to explain this one, Ben.” Shirley laughs.
Elizabeth comes hurrying out the door to say hello.
“Well—it’s about time.” She boasts.
“This is Shirley Woodard and we are not married.” Ben tries to explain.
“That’s a mighty pretty hunk of rock she’s sporting on her ring finger—left hand.” Elizabeth retorts, moving close to Shirley and observing her hand.
“This was given to me by someone else—I just haven’t returned it yet.” Shirley decides to help Ben out a little.
“Pity. Let me give you a word of advice missy. If it didn’t work out between you and whoever he is—I’d still keep that ring for my trouble.” Elizabeth concludes.
“I may do just that, Beth.” Shirley smiles, contemplating the suggestion.
“Now, what can I do you for Ben?” Simon asks.
Under strictest confidentiality, Ben begins to spin his web of facts while both Elizabeth and Simon listen in awe. Finally, Elizabeth speaks.
“That Audrey lady sure knows her stuff. Everything she says is 100% fact. Now, what can you do for him, Simon sweetie.”
“I have such a revolver in my possession. However, the matter of forging silver bullets might be a bit of a problem.” Simon informs him.
“No it won’t.” Elizabeth speaks up. “Do you remember that old coin that I found while digging in my flower bed?”
“Oh yeah, I’d been meaning to have that coin appraised. It could be worth a small mint.” Simon adds speculatively.
“How much is a human life worth?” Ben asks him.
Simon beckons to his wife to retrieve the large coin. It is a half-dollar. Simon takes the coin and goes to his workshop to get busy. Elizabeth takes Ben and Shirley into the kitchen for a cup of hot cocoa and a couple of cookies fresh out of the oven. Otherwise, they wait. and the day moves on.
By late afternoon, Ben has his Modified Baby Browning 32 along with two silver-coated bullets. He is taking Shirley back to Janice’s place.
“Thanks Shirley for coming with me. First, to the library and then to see Simon . This must be difficult for you.” Ben’s attempt at showing empathy.
“Thanks for asking me, Ben. I do have strong feelings for both you and Jeremy, but it doesn’t cloud my mind. If Jeremy escapes he will have to be stopped. Especially, if he has changed.” At that particular moment, Ben feels very proud to have her as a friend.
“That was a very brave thing you just said, Shirley. I’m sorry that things haven’t worked out between us—maybe I still have some feelings regarding Shirley Crenshaw that haven’t been resolved, I don’t know. But for now, both of us need to concentrate on Jeremy and the Rising Blue Moon.” Been decides.
“Right, let’s get back to the Albertson Labs.” Shirley agrees and Ben helps her into her seat.
Twenty-five minutes later they are back at work. Shirley goes to her station in front of Ben’s office while he goes to the Containment Chamber to check on Jeremy. Ben is surprised to see him looking perfectly calm and is watching TV and enjoying his lunch.
“Has he been like this all day?” Ben whispers to Officer Coleman.
“Yes, very relaxed as if in anticipation of something that he has been expecting and knows that it’s eminent.” Officer Coleman whispers back. Jeremy interrupts their conversation without turning to face them.
“I know you are talking about me, so you needn’t whisper. Yes, I am in great anticipation.” He says in his low husky voice. Both Officer Coleman and Ben approach the chamber.
“What are you talking about, Jeremy?” Ben questions.
“You know exactly what I am referring to Ben. Why the Blue Moon of course.” Jeremy replies calmly.
“What do you know about that?” Ben presses the matter.
“As much as you do, Dr. Riley. I know that all kinds of mischief happens during that time period. I was in one of Dr. Audrey Frye’s classes or have you forgotten?” Jeremy now turns toward Ben with a wicked grin on his face.
“Yes, I do remember.” Ben concedes. He had suggested that it would be good if some of the staff availed themselves of the free courses being offered at the university.
“I never knew you were interested in the occult?” Ben resumes the conversation.
“Oh yes. In fact Officer Coleman was also in that particular class, weren’t you Clarence?” This time Jeremy displays frightening canine teeth. Officer Coleman nods in the affirmative.
“Better watch out, Dr. Riley. It is said that beasts are their strongest when there is a Blauer Monde.” Jeremy reminds him and then returns to watch TV.
Ben motions to Officer Coleman and they step into the hall.
“So it’s true that you’ve had the class, isn’t it.” Ben questions.
“Yes Dr. Riley and everything Dr. Evans says is true according to Dr. Frye. I must admit that I fail to contradict her.” Officer Coleman says.
“How do you feel about it?” Ben inquirers.
“Don’t pass this around—scared. I’ve experienced what that madman can do under normal circumstances. Add a full moon—a Blue Full Moon and you’ve got yourself double trouble.” Officer Coleman concludes.
“I’m going to ask that my associates Drs. Cooper and Frye join me for the night. Double, no triple the watch. I think it’s going to be a rough one.” Ben pulls out the Modified Baby Browning 32 and shows it to him.
“You got the silver bullets. It ain’t nothing but a pop gun without those things.” Officer Coleman reminds him. Ben pulls out two and put them in.
“I’m a crack shot.” Ben says.
“I know—I’ve been on the range when you were practicing. Who’d think a doctor would—” Just then there is a large crashing sound as if a wall has just caved-in. Jeremy has escaped!
Continued in Lycanthropy: Night of the Full Moon
Spores: The Nemeses Within Aftermath
- Spores: The Nemeses Within Aftermath
The transformation is complete even before the sun has drifted completely out of sight. Jeremy is no longer the handsome, reckless individual. He has joined the ranks of the bizarre and frightening. His handsome face has been replaced with another—
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