Danger Signs

Another short excerpt from the story.  I promise to start writing more frequently this week.  Enjoy previous posts! Links below.  Excerpt after the jump.

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Before Max could reply, Andie was already a blur of black down the hallway, stopping at the security desk next to the revolving door.

Had she not been so preoccupied with the night’s events, she would have immediately noticed the oddities of the scene before her.  The doorman wasn’t at his post and the security desk was unattended.  The sleek white linoleum floor was marred with a swath of red leading from the front door to behind the security desk to the doorman’s crumpled body.

“Jesus,” Max exhaled when he came up behind Andie.  He stared at the doorman for a second before springing into action; he immediately began surveying the scene.

“There’s no sign of forced entry,” Max said as he examined the latch on the front doors.  He searched the floor for any sign of a bullet or weapon before looking up at the ceiling.  The security camera was fitted in the corner above the security desk.  It was twisted into a smoking hunk of plastic and metal like it had been blasted by a torch.  It couldn’t have been a coincidence that the night they were attacked by mercenary vampires the apartment building was robbed.  He locked the front doors behind him and drew his gun out as he slowly walked to the door leading to the emergency staircase.  The handle was smeared with dried blood.

Andie had dragged the doorman out from under the desk and touched his pulse.

“He’s still alive.  We need to call Wallace and find Hugh,” Andie called out.

“I think we should go upstairs,” Max replied in a low voice.

Andie didn’t hesitate upon seeing the look on Max’s face.  “Let’s take the stairs.  It’ll be faster,” she said striding over to Max.

“For you,” Max reminded Andie.  She lived on the 19th floor, “I’ll take the elevator, I don’t want to slow you down.”

“Ok,” looking back at Max, Andie’s hand hesitated on the doorknob.

“I’ll meet you up there,” Max placed a hand on Andie’s shoulder. “Be careful.”

That was all she needed.

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