As a grin spread wide on Colton’s face and he got ready to launch into a story, I reached over the bar and shoved my hand up in front of his mouth to stop him.
‘No! They can’t know. It’ll affect the evidence!’ I shouted.
Colton’s face crumpled and he swallowed his words. It was clear he wasn’t a man who was stopped from speaking. He was probably use to spinning the haunting tales of the Coach inn and making sure the listeners were scared. Something he enjoyed doing whenever possible – or so the reviews online had said.
‘I’m sorry, but no. It’s the way we work. Perhaps, afterwards?’ I added.
Colton struggled for words and his face flashed an angry red. His hands became fists and he looked ready to yell at us to leave. I scrambled to find something else to add on to make it right but Lexi bet me to it.
She lent over the bar, giving Colton a full view of her cleavage in the low cut top she had on. Smiling sweetly and batting her eyes, she said gently, ‘Alice is so touchy about our locations staying secret. She thinks it helps the audience believe in us more.’
Colton’s full attention swung to her and we all saw his brown eyes become fixed on her chest.
‘On the other hand, I don’t think the same,’ Lexi continued with a shrug of her shoulders that made her large boobs wobble. ‘and I’d love to hear some spooky stories later. I bet this place has so many!’
Colton give a small nod, but he wasn’t really listening.
‘First though, can we go on that tour? I just love this place all ready! But can you, just a little bit, hold back on the detailed history and the hauntings,’ Lexi added.
There was a pause and I heard Quinn drag in a huge breath.
‘Sure,’ Colton muttered. The beast becoming tame again.
He came around the bar as Lexi turned to us and shot us a disappointed look that really said I just saved your arses. Quinn quickly turned his head away but he was unable to hide the anger and the jealousy. We grabbed our drinks and tried to get back on track.
‘So, this here is the main bar area….’ Colton began.
The tour took about forty minutes as Colton included all the out buildings, including the cottage he, his brother and mother shared. He briefly explained about each room, giving some dates, pointing out original fittings, highlight furniture that could also be original or of other interests. He also told us that the only area out of bounds for our investigation was his cottage. Understandable.
Every time Colton looked like he was about to spill something, Lexi would ‘accidentally’ brush a boob or a hand against him, else she would stand in front of him and ask a question.
Victor and I kept an eye on Quinn who got madder each time she moved like that.
When we arrived back at the bar, Lexi thanked Colton so sweetly it was painful, then she asked, ‘what time is dinner?’
‘We start serving at five,’ Colton replied, ‘guests get a reserved table and here’s some menus for you.’
Lexi took them and pressed them to her chest, without casting her eyes away from Colton’s.
‘You’re welcome to wait here….Would you like another drink?’ Colton tacked on.
‘I’m fine thanks,’ I said, placing my empty glass on the bar, ‘and thanks for the tour it was really useful. See you later.’
I turned and squeezed Victor’s arm. He placed his glass down beside mine, give his thanks and we headed up stairs.
‘Can we get drinks to take up?’ Lexi asked behind us.
I hurried upstairs and into our room. Sitting on the bed, I watched Victor close the door and come to join me. He took my hand and we sat for a few moments. I breathed the tension out, feeling a headache starting.
‘I’m going to have a shower then a nap,’ I blurted.
‘Sure. I’ll unpack some more,’ Victor said.
The shower felt so good and my head cleared. Despite the age of the inn the bathrooms were modern. I fell asleep afterwards but was woken up by loud voices. Pushing my head off the pillow, I looked at the wall above me and realised Quinn and Lexi were arguing.
I sank back down, turned over and bumped straight into Victor. He was curled up next to me, fast asleep. I shook his shoulder and he came back too. We talked with our eyes then both got up and left the room.
I knocked loudly on their door. It took a few tries but then Lexi threw it open. I almost fell inside.
‘What? What do you want?!’ she yelled.
‘Just stop,’ I said.
I pushed her aside and walked into the room. Quinn was on the other side of the bed, pacing like a caged tiger. He was flexing his hands into fists then releasing. He was also grinding his teeth and looking like he wanted to hit something so badly.
‘Just let it all go right now,’ I snapped, ‘I tried so hard to set all this up for us! And I’m not having it ruined over a little flirting! Okay?’
Lexi crossed her arms and turned her nose up.
‘We need this!’ I shouted, ‘or else there’s no point anymore.’
Victor came over and grabbed my arm, he tried to draw me into a hug but I pushed him away.
‘Now, make up!’
Lexi sighed and dropped her arms, ‘okay, I’m sorry, Quinn.’
‘I can’t…’ Quinn growled.
‘Let’s give you some space,’ I suggested.
I took Lexi out of the room and into mine, Victor trailing us.
By dinner time we were all friends again. Sat at our reserved table in the smaller, cosier side corner off the main bar area, we watched as people arrived for meals and drinks. The inn was’t that busy. I guess the sudden turn in the weather had put people off. We order and ate, talking about how we were going to set up for filming.
We went to bed early, tried with food and travelling. I opened the window in the room and let the gale force wind and rain in. It felt so good on my flushed skin. Victor said something from behind me and I turned to ask him what, but he wasn’t in the room.
‘Vic?’ I called.
‘Just a mo!’ he called from the bathroom.
I frowned and did a full circle. There was nothing of course.
The toilet flushed, the tap ran then Victor came out and crossed the room.
‘You okay, bunny?’
‘Dd you just say something….like whilst you were in the bathroom or just before?’ I asked.
‘Erm, no,’ Victor responded.
I nodded and turned back to the window.
‘Did you hear…something?’
‘Yes. I heard you saying…I don’t know, it sounded like ‘Alice, come here’, maybe. Did you?’ I questioned.
I touched the curtain then pulled it across. The wind began flapping the fabric about. I pulled the curtain away and spent a few moments getting the curtains into place.
Victor put a hand on my shoulder and kissed me, ‘and so it starts,’ he whispered into my ear.
We got into bed. I listened to the sound of the wind and rain, the movement of the curtains and the bed shifting as we both moved. From the other room, I heard Lexi and Quinn having sex. I stroked Victor’s arm and we half started making love but then I couldn’t go through with it. My mind was too distracted.
‘What’s wrong?’ Victor asked me in the hushed darkness.
‘I didn’t want to say anything before. You know how I hate….’ I began.
‘Yep. You’re the most sensitive of us all but you deny the supernatural are out there all the time,’ Victor reminded me.
I pressed my lips together. The loud pleasure sounds coming through the wall filled the space were my voice should have been.
‘There’s something here,’ I breathed.
I felt my skin prickling and a waft of heat drift over me. It was hard to describe what I felt, heard or saw sometimes. My parents hadn’t embraced my ‘sixth’ sense but had taught me to ignore it and call it imagination. I wanted it to stay that way but sometimes it was hard to believe that there wasn’t something else out there.
‘With us now?’ Victor asked.
‘No. Something in the inn. It’s been following us…I think,’ I tried to explain.
‘Well, that’s good. Hopefully, we’ll capture it.’
Victor snuggled me and he was soon fast asleep. I though couldn’t and stayed awake. I watched the shadows across the ceiling and guessed every sound. I think, maybe I dozed off a few times but then in the early hours of the morning, I felt the end section of the duvet and sheets began to move.
Half asleep, I just told myself it was Victor shifting or else I’d moved the blankets before. I came fully awake, felt the duvet more move and had to question what was going on. I lay still, letting the duvet be pulled down slowly. I felt a touch of cold air on my arms then I heard the duvet shifting faster. My breathing hitched, I couldn’t move, the duvet stopped and I felt icy fingers grabbing my left boob.
I gasped, threw my arms around my chest and struggled to sit up. I thought I heard a groan or a growl. Flinging my arm out, my hand hit the lamp, knocking it against the wall. I scrambled to catch it then turned it on. Light pooled out, throwing the darkness away. There was no one next to me.
Victor stirred, mumbled something then rolled over. I glanced at him then around the room. I felt like something was watching me from the corner and I knew it was waiting till I turned out the light again then it was going to leave or come at me again. Steadying my breathing, I looked at the end of the bed. The duvet and top sheet really had been moved down.
I eased the bedding back and slipped out. The floor was cold under me, but I got up and walked to the end of the bed. I could just about make out that the duvet was almost to the floor. I breathed deeply, shook my head and tried to pin it on something natural. I went to the bathroom, switching the light on but whilst I was on the toilet, I heard a door creaking open.
I froze, listening as the noise stopped and boot steps echoing down the corridor. It could be Quinn, unable to sleep and going to read in the hallway or walk around the bar. He’d been known to do that before. But I knew it wasn’t him.
Not flushing or washing my hands, I crept back to bed. Snuggling against Victor, I squeezed my eyes shut, blocked out the sounds of someone stomping downstairs and tried to fall asleep again.
To be continued…