Catherine saw him before he saw her. He was striding across the courtyard to the
large sinkhole in the lawn that had developed in her absence. Several ropes had been
placed around the hole so that no one would fall in. Even altough Malcolm knew the pit
was there, he did not stop or slow down. Catherine watched the ropes snap as he pushed
his way through them. When he reached the edge, he stopped and looked over. Cathe-
rine opened her mouth to my out his name, but no sound escaped her numb throat. She
watched in horror as he began his gait again and stepped over the edge.
Malcolm, no!" she finally managed to cry. But her plea was too late and his form
disappeared into the precipice. Catherine ran on gelatinous legs toward the hole.
However, the closer she came to it, the larger and more expansive the pit grew, until it
was nothing but a gaping soar in front of her. She fell to her knees at the ledge. Several
rocks dislodged themselves from the crumbled earth and tumbled downward into the
blackness. "" the called. Her voice echoed, bouncing tdf the solid rock walls
below. She waited, but heard nothing in return.
Suddenly, she felt herself being pulled upward by her feet. She tried to squeal in
surprise, but her voice had stopped working again. Before she could realize her bearings,
she was upside down above the precipice, being held by some invisible force. No longer
did she see the green grass of the courtyard or the gray stone walls of the castle. She was
now in some sort of enclosed cave. She could hear the walls dripping and imagined a
slimy substance crawling its way across the rocks. There seemed to be a faint glow ema-
nating from somewhere, but she was unable to determine the source or direction. She
attempted to struggle he or lift herself up, but was hereon to the spot.
Thurs when she noticed the shadows. There was a set of them - fat, black masses
unlike any creature she' d ever seen or heard of. They began to change shape, morphing
into masses of writhing limbs that seemed to be reaching for her. Then she heard the
sounds. Hideous, snarling, squealing noises filtered up feom the bottom of the pit. She
sculpted in the blackness but saw nothing. Then, she opened her mouth to scream.