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The Willow Room, part24Mahlia flinched and covered her ears. John dropped with a yell. He struggled in pain on the ground. The bullet had torn straight through his shoulder.Maggie was somewhat shaken by the sudden shot herself, and found some of her anger had drained. She blinked the tears from her eyes and recomposed herself.Mahlia was staring at him on the floor, too afraid of her mother to go to him."Get up," she kicked his leg, "Get some pants on and come with me.""I can't do that," John groaned as he picked himself up, wincing as he moved."Don't fuck with me; I'll shoot you again!""That wouldn't do either of us any good."John stood calmly before her, arms slightly raised, and drew her attention to his shoulder with the inclination of his head.She could see right through it, a neat little hole. Maggie's eyes widened as the hole began to shrink. She watched his wound knit together neatly, leaving only a smearing of blood on his skin as evidence he'd been hurt at all.Her gun fell from her tremblin
The Willow Room, part23"Ok, thank you for your time, sir. Goodnight."The door creaked shut and Maggie sighed. She trudged up yet another flight of steps, wondering how many more there could be. An adrenaline rush froze her at the top of the stairs, as she realised there were no more, and on her right was the very last apartment in the building. To her left was a rough old door marked 'TO ROOF'.This was it. She had tried every door, and none of the homeowners who were in that evening had matched the perp's description or seen Mahlia. Her fist shook as she raised it to knock on the door.Everything around him was hazy, apart from Mahlia. It felt as though the whole world had faded away, lost amidst warm breath, flushed skin, and an entanglement of white sheets. The immersion was somewhat broken, however, when three loud and somehow insistent knocks echoed down the hallway. John raised his head to look at his bedroom door."It's locked," Mahlia reminded, sliding a hand through his hair and pulling his lips ba