The Revenant by Elise Abram

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He wears neither cape nor cowl, but Zulu is a superhero, nevertheless.

Raised from the dead as a revenant more than a hundred years ago, Zulu possesses Spiderman’s stealth, Superman’s speed, and Batman’s keen intellect. His only companion is Morgan the Seer, an old man cursed with longevity and the ability to see the future in his dreams. Zulu has spent the last century training with Morgan in order to save the people in his nightmares from certain and violent death. Branded a vigilante by the Media, Zulu must live his life in the shadows, travelling by night or in the city’s underground unless his quest demands otherwise.

Kat is an empath, someone who sees emotions as colourful auras. Relentlessly bullied by her peers, and believing her life amounts to nothing but a huge cosmic mistake, she finds purpose in her abilities when she is recruited to help Zulu and Morgan complete their missions.

Malchus is Morgan’s long dead twin brother. A powerful necromancer, Malchus manages to find a way to return to the living, and he has a score to settle with Morgan. Believing Morgan responsible for his death and out to seek revenge, Malchus begins to raise an army of undead minions and use them to hunt Morgan down. As Malchus closes in on Morgan and his charges, the trio soon realizes the people most in need of saving are themselves.

 

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Hal

Present day

The plan was simple enough—bring the girls to the ancient Victorian, that Addams Family knock-off, scare the pants off them, be all “there, there” when the time was right, and then literally take the pants off them.

To set the mood, George freaked everyone out at the pizza joint telling the story he’d concocted about the brutal and bloody murder that was supposed to have happened in the basement crawl-space, and how the owners had walled it up along with the body. As far as

George’s brother Hal was concerned, the story was so cheesy, he half expected it to end with a hook on a car door handle.

Much to Hal’s surprise, the girls bought it. Sheila actually trembled as she locked her arm with Hal’s and cozied up against his shoulder.

Hal grinned. He and Sheila had been talking about going all the way for months. Maybe George’s plan wasn’t as half-baked as it sounded and tonight would be the night.

George and Hal and the girls arrived at the house just before midnight. George propped open a basement window and slid in. The girls were next, each of them helped down by Hal and ushered to safety by George once inside. Hal was last to descend. Dank must clouded his nose and he sneezed. “There’s mould down here somewhere,” he said to no one in particular.

George clapped him on the shoulder. Hard. “Don’t be a wuss,” he said. Hal turned to punch him back but he’d already gone.

“C’mon, Hal,” Sheila said. She grabbed his arm and led him deeper into the darkened heart of the house.

“Looky looky,” George said. He slid a box out of his backpack.

“Ooh! A Ouija board,” Lisa squealed.

“Let’s play,” said Sheila.

“Does anyone have any silver on them?” George asked.

One of the girls asked why.

“It is a well-known fact that silver wards away the evil spirits.” Go figure. George: warlock wannabe.

No one had any silver jewellery, but Sheila offered up a toonie.

“Will this work?” she said. She passed it to Hal who flipped it onto the board. “It’s partially silver-coloured.”

“In the absence of anything else…” George said. He centred the coin on the board. They sat cross-legged, knees forming a small circle around it. “What should we ask?”

“Ask about the murder, George,” Lisa said. “Ask if the victim is still here.”

“Forget that!” Sheila said. “Ask if the murderer is still here.”

“I don’t know, George,” Hal said.

“Everybody stop,” George said. “I got it. Is there anybody here tonight with us?” he asked. “We just want to talk to you. We don’t want to hurt you.

“Is there an evil entity here?” he asked.

“George!” Lisa said, sounding every bit as horrified as Hal felt.

“What? If we’re here, we might as well make it interesting.

“Okay,” George said. “If there is anybody here, anybody at all, we ask that you come forward and speak with us.”

 

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About Elise Abram

Elise Abram, B.A. B.Ed., M.Ed Teacher of English and Computer Studies by day, wife and mother by night and author whenever she can steal some time, Elise is the proud author of Phase Shift, The Mummy Wore Combat Boots, and Throwaway Child, available on Amazon and KoboBooks. She pens a blog about literature, popular culture and the human condition whenever the muse moves her. Elise's fourth book, a young adult paranormal thriller entitled The Revenant is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel or the Black Rose Writing page!
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