The Barrier: The End- Chapter One

Ethan was on a conference call with the board five days later. “We are taking a break, the whole team,” he stated plainly. “Why would you do that?” a voice replied. “We were unprepared for the last case. Mike is still recovering in the hospital from his wounds and the infection they caused, and Riley will be out of commission for who knows how long. … Continue reading The Barrier: The End- Chapter One

The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Twelve

Back at the lodge, Ethan felt like pulling out his hair. He knew he had made the right call with focusing on the shade first, but everything about this felt so wrong to him. He wanted to find Riley and Mike now. Daniel was drawing an ornate circle on the floor with a few Latin phrases around it while Gabrielle followed behind, adding French. When … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Twelve

The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Six

“What did Timm have to say?” Gabrielle asked when Riley joined the group again. “Nothing all that different from what we already established. I shouldn’t be alone, and my best bet is the shade being defeated. He did say he wanted everything Emily was researching, both on the shade and the case itself. When I said the shade would not give up much, he insisted … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Six

The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Five

When Riley woke and saw that she was safe, the feeling of sadness, her own as well as Grace’s and the others, overwhelmed her. Riley could feel her body being wracked with sobs and desperately wanted to get it under control. She felt a blanket settle over her and closed her eyes to try to count her breathing. She wasn’t even fully in control of … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Five

The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Twelve

The pain she felt with the kids fading was like nothing she had ever experienced before. It seemed to go to her bones, both emotional and physical. The group watched in silence and hated that they could not go to her. Ethan had put his hand up when Emily had tried, knowing that it would likely only increase her pain as well as cause it … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Twelve

The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Eleven

While Emily was helping Riley, Josh took over for Gabrielle, waiting for the police by the ditch. Emily was able to slowly help Riley get dressed, which was difficult with Emily needing to avoid touching Riley as much as possible. They were able to do it and get her back to base, but not without pain for both of them. The blankets had been changed … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Eleven

The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Ten

Riley was standing in the ditch, looking around, desperately searching for any way to get herself out. She used the flashlight on her phone and scanned to see if there was anything nearby she could climb, but realized it was a wasted effort. She started to scan the ditch to see if anything stood out, but all there was, was a few graffiti symbols on … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Ten

The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Nine

The three went inside, and Riley picked a corner of the room where she would have space from the group but still be close enough to properly participate. “Riley made contact,” Ethan informed the group, and Riley tried not to be too annoyed with Miller’s outward display of disbelief. “We know,” Josh said. Ethan nodded at Josh to explain. “When Emily noticed that Riley had … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Nine

The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Eight

“Riley, Emily, Josh, go take readings,” Ethan said after the group had sat in silence for roughly an hour. They nodded and quickly got to it. When they were outside, it was almost completely dark, just the last bit of sun was hanging on. The three walked quietly to the various locations. As they neared the camera closest to where the children had been killed, … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Eight