My name is Warren Bigelow and in part one of this story i told you how i got a job after visiting my local library.
Desperate for work i stumbled across a business card posted on the community notice board.
The employer apex industries were seeking a handyman who also liked to read.
Well i would read books 24/7 if i could but i am not very handy on the tools so i replaced the business card and made my way home.
Imagine my surprise when the next day i received a phone call from the owner of apex industries Daphne Pincombe offering me the job sight unseen. ( I still don’t know how she got hold of my phone number )
I explain to her that i am not very good working with tools ‘That is alright Warren i just know that you are the perfect person to fill the position’
So i find myself accepting her job offer and i arrive at my new workplace a little before midnight .
I am greeted by an elderly lady who introduces herself ‘Hello Warren pleased to meet you and i don’t mean to offend you but you have been visiting me in my dreams for the last few months so it is nice to finally meet you in person’
To say that i was shocked and a little creeped out would be an understatement but i stay silent and listen as she continues to talk ‘Dont worry about the handyman part of the job description it is really your ability with words that got you the job’
‘Every night we will be visiting clients in their homes at hospital or wherever your special skills are needed’
‘And after many years experience i have found that after midnight is the best time to achieve maximum results’
Daphne reaches out and grabs my hand’Warren i am sure that you have noticed that i am rather old and when i die i want you to carry on my legacy for many years to come’
So tell me all about your special power Warren’
I have no idea what Daphne is talking about’What special power?
‘Don’t worry Warren you obviously haven;t had the need to use it yet but i have seen your special power in action when you visited me in my dreams and i am sure you will utilize it when you have to’
The first three weeks at my new job went fast with nothing out of the ordinary happening but that all changed one night when we visited a young girl in hospital who had lost the will to live after a horse riding accident left her a quadriplegic.
After reading to the frightened teen all night with no effect the girl closed her eyes and said goodbye to the world.
Well i was having none of that so with not really knowing what i was doing i pointed my fingers towards her and blue sparks flew from my finger tips striking her with recharged energy that pulled her out of the funk leaving her sleeping peacefully.
Around Christmas time Daphne arrived at work in a distressed state and after drinking a strong cup of coffee she told me the reason why ‘Warren a evil mass rapist and murderer from the 1920’s named Cedric Otis invaded my dreams and turned it into a living nightmare’
Warren Otis died by in 1947 after being sentenced to death and soon after he died strapped to an electric chair’
‘Otis might be dead Warren but his demonic spirit still wanders the dark corridors of the afterlife and every now and then he enters my dreams in an attempt to kill me because he sees my goodness as a threat and i am afraid that if he visits me again he will be successful in his quest’
Daphne soon after becomes a shell of herself barely able to function and fight off the evil fucker Cedric Otis’
Will Warren be able to save Daphne in time ? Or will his entire world br turned upside down/
To find the answers to these questions just continue to read.
It is with a heavy heart that i tell that my dear friend Daphe Pincombe passed away last night.
She will be greatly missed my me and also the people she has saved with her words of wisdom over many years.
Just before she died Daphne held my hand and said’ Remember Warren that Cedric Otis will target you now that my time is nigh so beware’
Then Daphne closed her eyes and passed over to the other side and not for the first time i soon realized .
A few days later i received a letter from Daphne’s solicitor asking me to attend his office for the reading of her last will and testament.
And imagine my surprise when upon arrival he informed me that i was Daphne’s sole beneficiary.
Now i own Apex Industries along with Daphne’s home plus various shares and annuities.
Daphne and i were only acquainted for a few months but she obviously saw me as some sort of kindred spirit so now my only desire is to live up to her expectations and make her proud.
Ten days later i arrived at Apex Industries to start a new chapter in my life but more importantly carry on Daphne’s legacy.
Walking into my new office a wave of fear overtook me when it hit me that i was completely out of my depth but i should have known that Daphne wouldn’t have left me in the lurch because sitting front and center on her desk was a single sheet of paper.
Dear Warren thank you for being a great friend and employee, sorry to leave you so soon but i am sure that we will meet again one day.’
‘I don’t mean to scare you Warren but you want gain new clients via email or phone instead you will hear voices when you daydream and while you sleep at night’
‘Please don’t be alarmed Warren because the voices wish you no harm they belong to people who have died and their only concern is for a relative or friend who are having suicidal thoughts or who need some strong words of advice before they self harm’
And understand Warren that you want be able to save everyone in distress because some people will be beyond your reach’
Plus Warren please heed my earlier warning concerning Cedric Otis because he will sometimes visit your dreams and thoughts in an attempt to mess with your mind’
Otis is the meanest fucker currently residing here on the other side and his wish is to gather enough souls so he can once again walk among the living causing pain and sorrow to innocents along his travels’
‘I am sorry that i have placed you in danger Warren but you are the only person capable of killing Otis once and for all’
‘Use your words and super power wisely because Otis has been slain three times already but the arsehole refuses to die’
PS If you need any help just holler’
It has now been three weeks since Daphne left this world and in that time no one has talked to me in my dreams or thoughts and i have to admit that i am getting a little worried because like everybody else i have bills to pay and put food on the table.
I decide to take a nap on the office couch to pass the day and hopefully a client will visit my sleep and offer me a chance to show off my skills.
And i am in luck because a scratchy voice enters my head and begins to talk ‘Warren my name is May Collins and i died in 2006 aged 74 years and i have been watching over my family ever since and lately i have become concerned about my niece Sharon who it seems wants to join me over here in eternal motion’
‘She is only 26 years old and has a lot of living to do before she comes to stay with me so please help me if you can Warren’
I wake not quite knowing where i am but i remember the voice in my dream then notice that i have written a name and address on a notepad.
So i take a quick shower to shake off the cobwebs before i drive over to Parramatta where Sharon Collins resides and just after midnight i use my trusty screwdriver to enter her humble abode.
Sharon is asleep in her bed and judging by the empty wine bottles strewn around the room she has had a hard night.
May’s niece obviously has some problems but i am here to perform a service and hopefully save her from herself so i reach into my backpack for a copy of ‘Wuthering Heights’ and begin to read.
Just as begin chapter ten of Sharons favourite book a small smile creases her face and her eyes flicker behind the closed lids.
My reading is having the desired affect so i finish the book then lean close and whisper in her ear ‘Sharon your Aunt May has been in touch and even though she loves you deeply she doesn’t want you to cross over until you are old and grey’
‘She wants you to be happy and enjoy a long life’ Sharon nods in understanding and for the first time in years has a peaceful sleep.
Over the following couple of months i have travelled all over the state visiting people in need after a deceased relative contacted me for assistance.
I have read books by Stephen King ,James Patterson ,Anne Rice plus old classics by Dickens ,Robert Louis Stevenson and Poe plus a personal message for them from beyond the grave.
And so far i haven’t had to use my super power plus Cedric Otis has been conspicuously absent.
Having dead people invading my daydreams and visiting me while i sleep has started to wear thin and is affecting my health.
I know that i am doing good and helping people in their hour of need but the constant invasion of my head space is really taking a toll.
Everytime my mind wanders a voice enters my brain asking for my help regarding a relative who wishes to enter the after life before their due date.
I want to help but i am only one man and i am starting to believe that i have taken on too much.
But i keep on helping night after night even though i am feeling worn out and then things take a turn for the worse one rainy night in December when an evil voice turns a dream into a nightmare ‘Hello motherfucker stop interfering with the food chain’
‘If the tortured souls and broken hearted want to venture over to my side of the fence then let them’
‘Because if you keep sticking your nose into my business i will bite off your tongue and eat it’
‘Lets how well you can talk then’
‘How am i supposed to fill my belly on the carcasses of the suffering fools if you keep meddling?’
‘So keep your nose clean or suffer the consequences ‘
I sit bolt upright in bed knowing that my visitor was none other than Cedric Otis who was executed for a string of violent crimes in 1899 but unfortunately he continues to travel the highways and byways of hell feasting on the lost souls that get a little too close.
I drink three cups of coffee in an attempt to stay awake but i am dog tired and soon i drift away.
And Otis hasn’t quite finished with me yet ‘ Still with me you little shit? Here is a taste of the pain i will inflict if you defy me’
I try to wake up but my eyes refuse to open and in my minds eye i see a silver glint flashing in front of me and when the pain hits i realise that Otis is slashing me with a knife.
The pain is horrendous and still i don’t wake then thankfully a friendly voice talks to me from her freshly dug plot’ Don’t worry Warren’ Daphne says’ I am here now so stay calm and i will have you all stitched up ready to face a brand new day’
I woke at 6 am with a full bladder with a face that feels like it has been stung by one thousand hornet’s.
As i wrestle with Mr Johnson i sneak a look at the bathroom mirror and a bruised stitched up stranger stares back at me.
My face is swollen with 50 stitches criss cross from ear to ear.
I didn’t expect to be attacked by a long dead when i signed up at Apex Industries but here i find myself carved up like a roast turkey and sporting more stitches than a cricket ball.
Then i remember Daphne’s kind words and her belief in me so i swallow my pride and scream down into the bowels of hell ‘Fuck you Mr fucking Otis and the horse you rode in on’
I know that i am fighting with fire but i cant let an evil man like Cedric Otis destroy all of Daphne’s good work.
Now i am even more determined to destroy Otis once and for all.
And i still have my super power up my sleeve .
I have only used it once with no idea how to use it or garner its strength.
The power helped me save a young girl on my first week on the job so i am confident that my power will save me if i am put in mortal danger.
Deep down beneath the soil Cedric Otis body was long ago eaten by assorted worms and beetles but his evil soul and spirit are still very much alive.
He visits the vulnerable when they are at their lowest tempting them to come down into his lair where he can devour them at his leisure.
Cedric is also wary of that interfering arsehole Warren Bigelow who might look like a wimp but the turd has been his toughest opponent so far along with that old bitch Daphne Pincombe.
It is almost 3 am on a cold winters night and Warren is at work reading the latest thriller by David Baldacci to a teenager who if he doesn’t mend his ways will soon be in the company of Cedric Otis.
Warren is a big Baldacci fan so he reads the book with passion giving voice to every character and his client strapped to his hospital bed dreams long forgotten happy thoughts.
As he drives home after another successful shift Warren sings along with an old eagles song and for a second he lets his mind wander and that is just the opening that Cedric was waiting for.
A stench fills the interior of Warrens car that almost makes him lose control of the Corolla.
Warren gags in distress as the smell of decomposition renders him useless for a few seconds but he soon joins the land of the living when the voice of Cedric Otis pipes up from the passenger ‘Last time i let you off with a few cuts and bruises but this time i am playing for keeps.’
Warren braces himself for the onslaught to come but nothing happens then a familiar kind voice whispers in his ear. ‘Keep calm and vigilant Warren’ Daphne says ‘Remember that good will always triumph over evil so keep that fucker out of your head and you will prevail’
Arriving home alive and in one piece Warren collapses on his couch knowing that he has just dodged a bullet.
If Daphne hadn’t intervened when she did Warren knows that he would be dead meat right now.
Warren enters the kitchen to brew a huge pot of coffee because he plans on staying awake for the foreseeable future because he knows that if he lets Cedric Otis into his mind again then he wont survive this time.
He also knows that he can no longer work for Apex Industries because he is completely emotionally and physically drained.
After 36 hours with no sleep Warrens eyelids say enough is enough and close.
He is now the mercy of the gods and thankfully for him Daphne gets to him first. Warren don’t be so hard on yourself because Cedric Otis is a forminable opponent with a heart full of black’
‘And Warren my dear boy you have a heart of gold and a power that Otis doesn’t know you possess’
‘So use your power along with some words of wisdom and you will defeat that prick ‘
For sixteen hours Warren wrestles with his sheets and thoughts and luckily Otis is preoccupied elsewhere.
Feeling refreshed and invigorated Warren now knows exactly what he needs to do.
That evil piece of shit Cedric Otis needs to die again.
And this time for good.
Warren is now confident that he has the tools and skill to defeat Otis and send him back to hell on a one way ticket.
Then he stumbles and almost falls when Otis once again enters his brain ‘Hello Warren have you missed me? Y’know Warren i kind of like living inside your head and i have no plans to move out anytime soon’
‘I have conquered you Warren so now we are one and the same’
‘Now we can travel the mystical highway as one devouring lost souls and broken hearts’
Warren tries to respond but the words wont come so he now has only one course of action left to him.
He concentrates with his last vestige of strength and soon the static electricity leaves the room and enters his body then he shoves all ten fingers under the ribs of Otis and fires.
Blue sparks and flame pierce Otis skin and his internal organs are cooked and electrified.
Otis collapses and is dead before he hits the ground but Warren knows that the evil prick has already died a few times this century and last so he stays vigilant and waits .
Four hours later an apparition leaves Otis body and begins to float away back to the safety of hell but Warren isn’t having any of that ‘Not this time motherfucker the world has had enough of your evil presence so your soul doesn’t deserve to live to fight another day’
And with that Warren points a finger skyward and shoots that soul into oblivion.
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