DARX CIRCLE Chapter 1 Segment 3


CHAPTER 1 (iii)

(For links to previous segments see Side Bar)

Rhino Peak (small)‘It doesn’t seem that we’ll be able to stay in the cottage,’ Hugh said as they got back into their car.

‘No,’ Donald agreed.  ‘I gather the Old Fr… the Hendersons … have gone away.   I couldn’t get any sense about where and why, though. At any rate,  I suppose we’ll just have to turn back and find a Bed and Breakfast somewhere.  I don’t feel like driving all the way home again today.’

A sudden thought struck Hugh.  ‘I wonder if the Field of Bees – I mean, Rhino Valley Apiary – is still going strong?’

‘No reason why not,’ his father replied vaguely.  ‘Well, let’s start back and see where we can find to stay.’

Startlingly, just thinking about the Field of Bees had triggered something truly weird in Hugh’s mind.  Sensations he couldn’t describe to himself properly, then or later, came rushing over him.  He was aware of a pressuring, urging presence which had the paradox of familiarity on the one hand, of something he knew and welcomed; while on the other hand also giving a feeling of utter repugnance, of being something alien and hateful.  At the same time, he was aware of a growing force of unrest and wrongness which seemed completely separate from the first presence but was being fed from it.

All this entered his consciousness in a flash, and though he didn’t understand it in the least he was left with a total conviction that he needed to get to the Field of Bees as quickly as possible.   Calm, he told himself.  Be completely calm.

‘It’s fairly close to get there from where we are now,’ he added in as reasonable and casual voice as he could manage, ‘and maybe they can tell us what’s going on.  Anyway, we haven’t had any of that wonderful honey for simply ages.’

‘Hmm,’ said his father.  ‘Yes; you’re right.  Bob and Beryl will know what has happened to the Frogs.  We may as well call in there – only about five minutes out of our way.’

Hugh breathed a huge sigh of relief, but then tried to hide his increasing agitation as the ‘feelings’ returned to him.  The driving pressure was increasing, and the other … person? … force? … was turning from uneasiness to a growing rage and some sort of purpose.

Soon they came to the farm gateway and drove over the cattle grid past the sign which read:

Rhino Valley Apiary

B. Kippen

Robert (always known as Bob) and Beryl Kippen loved relating that when they were first married many people had joked that with their names they should be keeping bees.  They had tried it, loved it, and it had become their lives.

The farm road ran along a hillside jutting out to one side of the house before curving in towards it, and gave a good view of the old verandah-style building and of the neat boxes of the forty hives, set in rows of eight, which it overlooked.  The air above the boxes seemed to be becoming increasingly hazy.

© Colonialist June 2013 (WordPress)

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18 Responses to DARX CIRCLE Chapter 1 Segment 3

  1. Sonel says:

    This doesn’t sound good at all Col. I do hope everyone is going to be okay. 🙂 Thanks for another well written piece. Loved it and it helped a lot for my internet-withdrawal as we had no internet since Tuesday. Some problem with our lines here. Figures. 😀 Anyways, thanks! *hugs*

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    • colonialist says:

      I did think you’d been very quiet. So annoying when line problems set in as too often happens. Our phones have been off and on over the past few days but fortunately it didn’t affect internet. Delighted you are still enjoying – another instalment up, too!

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      • Sonel says:

        Very Col. Especially when you ask them to fix the telephone line and they cut of the adsl side. Then you ask them to fix the adsl line and they cut off the telephone line, but they want to get paid at the end of the month! Very, very annoying! Oh, I truly enjoyed and can’t wait to read the next installment. Now just to catch up. LOL! *hugs*

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  2. adinparadise says:

    Now I’m wondering if something terrible has happened to Bob and Beryl. 😕

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  3. The Asian says:

    What happens next? Don’t leave us hanging for too long!

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  4. 68ghia says:

    Bees…it bodes.
    Looking forward to the next installment Col!

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  5. bulldog says:

    I will be following this one…

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  6. It is impossible for me to remain silent (to most people’s chagrin), but it is very possible for me to not write much. . .as you no doubt have noticed! I will be checking in and reading all the installments a.s.a.p. It has been a long, trying few months, but I have weathered it so far, and expect to see the end of the storm soon. Please check out my photo blog – I put in some photos of the Wright Brothers memorial in there just for you, as we were staying very near it while on the OBX.

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