Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Weird Shadow Under the El


A strange and hungry shadow lurks in the City beneath the 7th Avenue El near the Grimalkin Street station. How long Has it been there?  No one can recall. Train riders prefer not to see it. They will themselves not to notice the too-complete darkness beneath the slats of the platform, insensitive to the movement of the sun or light sources.

Sometimes people go missing. Bums stumble after the glint of a forgotten bottle of whiskey in the edge to the railway’s shadow. Children follow a wayward toy that seems strangely drawn into the dark. Sometimes, lone travelers, late at night, think they here the voice of someone calling for help. or someone crying softly. People go missing, and they’re not seen again.

The Weird Shadow can be treated as a Greater Shadow with a few differences. It isn’t undead, and can’t be turned. It doesn’t travel, but instead stays beneath the El. It can mimic the voice of anyone it has heard, and reach out tendrils of darkness to grab small objects. It’s sometimes stores these in its formless substance to use as lures.

10 comments:

R.W. Chandler said...

Very, very awesome!

The Angry Lurker said...

That's good and creepy.

Trey said...

Thanks guys!

Needles said...

Honey come away from the shadow. Have you seen the little nipper Annie? Here boy.. Munch munch.. from the shadows..
Very Cool creature!

ze bulette said...

Excellent. I'm not afraid of the dark. I'm afraid of the darkness.

Trey said...

Thanks guys. @ze_bulette - Yes, that's it exactly. :)

Bard said...

Hmmm. I thought I glimpsed something a bit strange the last time I was in Chicago. At the time I thought my eyes were just playing tricks on me.

Trey said...

@Bard - Probably nothing. Probably. ;)

NetherWerks said...

If there's one out there...could there be others?

Trey said...

That is a distinct possibility.