The Barrier: The End- Chapter Two

Three and half weeks after Ethan had told the board that they would be taking a break, it finally happened. The team got together, as they had been, and Ethan rented some old comedies. Halfway through one of the Abbot and Costello Meets series, Riley finally came back to herself. Riley ended up folded over, practically falling off the couch laughing. A wave of relief … Continue reading The Barrier: The End- Chapter Two

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 Eleven

Ethan, Daniel, Josh, and Gabrielle had worked late into the night on their plan to get rid of this shade. Ethan was exhausted by the time he made it back to his room, leaving Emily with Riley and Miller and Josh to watch the monitors. He felt bad for Josh, but the cheerful man told him not to worry that he would nap but remain … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Eleven

The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Ten

Gabrielle grabbed Riley’s head to keep her from hurting herself and yelled out. “Someone grab her body, but do not hold her tightly.” “What is happening?” Mike questioned desperately. “I am guessing she is having a reaction to everything that just happened,” Gabrielle answered, still focused on Riley while Daniel began to chant a little over her. “Is she have a seizure?” Emily asked. “Not … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Ten

The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Nine

The next morning Riley woke from a restless sleep. She had spent most of her night in her own thoughts, wanting to deny what had happened yesterday. In the stillness of the early morning though, she had finally reached acceptance that it had happened, and a hatred began to settle in her heart. “What happened was not your fault,” Grace’s voice whispered to her. “No, … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Nine

The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Eight

Riley’s hands were shaking a little, and she was thoroughly confused. She had no idea what just happened, but was relieved it least seemed to temporarily work. “You’re bleeding,” Emily said softly, walking over with a tissue. Riley quickly jerked back, “Please don’t touch me.” Emily nodded and stretched out her hand so that Riley could take it. “Are you okay?” Miller asked. “Not really,” … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Eight

The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Seven

Riley broke into a grin and ran into Daniel’s arms, causing him to exclaim a little when she hit him. They both felt a bit of a jolt, but the need for comfort overruled it for Riley. He quickly pulled her in tightly, though already feeling the dangers in this place, he was glad they called him. He glanced up at Ethan with an apologetic … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Four- Chapter Seven

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