By Charles L. Grant
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This is an emergency. " "Sir—" "An emergency. " "Sir—" . " And she hung up. He had the feeling now that each time the phone went dead, it stopped the flow of air in the coffin, because the silk seemed to rise around him a little more and his breath fell back on his face like a web. He had never known such darkness, darkness so complete that the mind went out to wander in it. " he screamed. He needed to protest, needed a witness to the unfairness of fate. She had always been his witness. " he whimpered and suddenly resumed dialing.
Gripping the unlighted torch in his right hand, Newton edged his way round the house, being careful to keep well within the shadow, and watched the creature's flight with fearful anxiety. What would be its reaction when it realized that the house was sealed up? There was always the possibility that it might break the glass and, once inside, his plan would be frustrated. After circling the house three times, the winged shape sank down and glided towards Celia's window, where it hovered while the wings flapped with intense rapidity.
He said it quickly, mumbled it, as if it were the most common thing in the world. Long silence. " "Yes. A family mausoleum in back of the house. " "And you're inside. " "That's right, Mr. Johnson. I had the phone installed because of my seizures. It's not all that uncommon—wasn't all that uncommon in the nineteenth century, before embalming practices changed. Grave alarms of all types were popular—" "Eddie! " "Don't play innocent, Eddie. " "Come get you out of a mausoleum! " "I swear to you—" "Seizures!