Chapter 155 – Piecing it all Together

Chapter 155 – Piecing it all Together


 

Isaac and I, haven’t talked much since the trip. We’re not avoiding each other but there isn’t much to say. Tonight, he asked me where I was going and I told him he couldn’t come. Still, he’s been following me through the woods for almost an hour, pretending I can’t hear him or maybe he thinks I can’t hear him. I keep hoping he’ll get tired and stop following me, but he’s probably lost and I’d rather nothing happen to him in the next few days.

Destiny’s journal mentioned an shed that Granny and Old Ben didn’t let anyone go near. I spent the last few days looking around the property and from the rooftop, I could just barely catch a glimpse of something through the woods. I decided that I’d try to check it out when nobody was paying attention; but that’s hard to do when you live on a plantation with a bunch of vampires that rarely ever sleep. I think I’m the only one who actually tries to sleep every night. I figured at night, at least the few humans around here wouldn’t notice me sneaking out. I was wrong, I made sure I was out of the room all day so Isaac wouldn’t know when I was leaving. I guess he was looking out of a window or something when he saw me leave.

The old shack is just that, an old shack. But the door and the lock are new. There’re bars on the windows and someone has gone through a lot of trouble to repair spots that were damaged. The new wood stands out in places, a much lighter shade than the original wood. It isn’t long before Isaac joins me, lurking in the shadows.

“You can come out now,” I call out to Isaac who scurries up.

“Why are you out here visiting a creepy old shack?”

“Because Destiny said it held the secret to what Granny and Old Ben were doing.”

“You realize you sound crazy when you word it like that. It makes it sound like you talked to her yesterday and we both know that wasn’t possible.”

“Her journal, her journal said it.”

“So you came all the way to the middle of nowhere, a place called Dulac that nobody ever heard of until they tripped, fell and landed here. Just so you can solve a mystery she left you in a journal?”

“That’s not why we came here. It’s coincidence she mentioned it in her journal. I wasn’t feeling right about this place for a while.”

“So, are we going to go in?”

I step up and grip the lock, it’s nothing but a regular padlock. It’s not meant to keep us out, it’s meant to keep something in. The lock snaps easily when I tug at it. I push the door open and there’s complete darkness. Isaac feels around on the walls until he finds a light switch. The shack is as expected, dust and dirt cover every inch of the place, the windows are frosted with dust and impossible to see through. A single toilet and sink, no fridge or bed. But the part that sets off my danger sense is the cages. Not just regular cages, but cages large enough for humans. I saw enough Marson workings to know that this place caged humans. With the lock being so new, probably recently. Sometime during my stay there were people being held captive in this building and I had no clue about it at all. Destiny was here for years and couldn’t figure it out. They didn’t even hide it, you just had to know where to look.

“What do you think was in these cages,” Isaac asks.

“People. They’re human traffickers.”

“How do you know?”

“I’ve seen it before. The cages, the locks, but only on the outside. Terrible living conditions. Space heaters but no actual heat, and there’s probably a small generator providing the light out back.”

“You’re serious,” Isaac takes a different tone. “Who do you think is behind it.”

“Granny and Old Ben. The others might know too.”

“What if it’s like, a hideout for The Underground Railroad?”

“They were never slaves and this was never a hideout. Look at it, modern plumbing and electricity, those cages are worn, but not slavery worn. It’s all for show, just a damn cult.”

“I don’t know yet, burn it all down. Kill everyone here, I don’t know.”

“Well, wait until the ceremony.”

“That’s what you’re thinking about?”

“Yeah, you’re already Adze. I’ve put up with shit before you came along. James made us drink blood, and eat leaches. All kinds of shit. My goal is in sight. I’ve compromised a lot of who I am for this. Give me a couple of days before you start building bombs.”

“Fine, but when the time comes you help me.”

“Alright,” Isaac extends his hand. “I’ve got your back.”

The walk back is silent. There’s nothing to talk about, both of our minds have been made up. I’ll let him turn, and he’ll keep quiet about my plans. For a moment, I swear I spot Isis looking at us from the house as we approach. It might just be my imagination, or paranoia. The mystery of how the Marson family knew about killing Adze is solved. They probably met Granny and Old Ben at some trafficking convention. I’ll deal with them too eventually.

“You coming in,” Isaac asks as he opens the back door.

“Nah, I’m going to stay out here and think for a moment.”

“Okay, nighty night.”

“Night.”

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