Paul’s Short Story

Here’s my attempt at a short story – hope it’s not too scary!

A Devilish Death
By
Paul Rafferty

Copyright 2014

Creaking his way along the dusty floorboards, Charlie, trembling with fear gasped as
the axe fell downward just a few feet from his piercing gaze. Embedded upon the
bloodied edge was none other than Gus Langer, the town’s leading neurologist. His
usual pink head and rosy cheeks no longer recognisable as they now resembled a river
of crimson wine.
The skull itself was virtually severed into two equal parts. His lower
torso had been stripped bare of flesh as if ravaged by a swarm of tropical piranhas on
a day trip to Florida’s east coast.

The body crashing to the floor created even more lung filling dust, causing Charlie to
have an uncontrollable coughing fit and finally retching violently, vomited upon the
lifeless naked corpse.
It was at that moment that he heard it, ‘the voice’, a loud
grumbling sound not unlike the announcer at Paddington train station, but this was no
passenger terminus – this was the ‘big house’ of Trots Gray.

“Who are you?” Cried Charlie, picking up the discarded weapon in a vain attempt to
protect himself.

Fortune is said to favour the brave, only on this occasion Charlie was clearly out of
his depth. The blackened spike appeared just once, unlike the grey foggy images ever
present in the ‘big house’.
Charlie felt a shiver down his spine as the “whoosh” of the crimson implement fell in the centre of the of the blonde-haired woman’s decapitated fragile frame.

A single drop of sweat splashed from Charlie’s forehead, landing amidst the cobwebs
and wooden strips which supported the leather-strapped slippers protecting the hairy
exterior of his milky white flesh.
Charlie struggled to control his emotions, his face
reddened by the constant belching and throwing up at the sight of human entrails, the
lump in his throat almost choking him as he screamed aloud.

“‘Who the hell are you?”

SILENCE

Charlie’s limbs became stiff and rigid as a feeling of great pain slowly began to take
hold over his nervous system. All that he could remember was the buzzing of
electricity and the tingling sensation that numbed his entire being. Looking upward
came the sight that Charlie had always feared – the room slowly filling with rabid
bats!

Again Charlie cried!

“Oh my God… Dracula, it’s you!”

The ghostly image emerged swiftly along the filth strewn flooring making its way
towards the pathetic shape of Charles Conroy. With an assumption of anger, Charlie
acted like lightening and quickly grabbed the spike, spinning around as he did so, only
to discover that the white fanged demon had vanished.

“Where are you!” Demanded Charlie.

Turning around, Charlie glanced across the room to where the rumbling sound was
now evident along with the acrid aromatic odour of burning human flesh. A six foot
priest wearing long black robes began laughing aloud:

“Ha, ha, ha. Now it’s your turn!”

“Get away from me or I swear I’ll kill you!” Ranted Conroy.

“Oh not again!” Came the devil’s response.

At that moment a bat swooped down low and tore a small piece of bloodied skin from
Charlie’s left ear.

“Arrgh! Get away! Get away!

The sound of pain echoed the chamber in which Charlie
had now found himself.

Charlie flung the rusty weapon at the low flying vulture as it slowly began to take the
form of a female vampire. Her hair short and fair, rather than the stereotypical long
and dark of fabled legend.
The pure white naked temptress invited Conroy to her side by offering her hand, her silky robe having already been discarded to the scurrying rats that plagued the ground beneath her. A mesmerised Charles ventured closer and closer – then it happened…

The officer speaking in a low voice questioned his colleague.

“Do you think he did it himself?”

“Well, Dr Langer did perform the operation on his girlfriend.” Answered the fellow
officer.

“She died, didn’t she?”

“Maybe Langer killed her because of the affair.”

“What do you mean?” Questioned the guard.

“Well, if she was going to tell Charlie, then the neurologist would have been exposed
to the truth.”

“What is the truth?” Enquired the jailer.

“Who knows, who knows?”

The sound of the 09:27 from Paddington entered the mind of Charles Conroy. He
began bellowing times and destinations again and again like a depraved lunatic.

“9:27 to Trots Gray has just left Paddinglon. All devils leave the big house now!”
“I didn’t kill her!”
“10:15 to Florida come and get me!”
“I am not the one!” “’5:32 to Margate – ten minutes late.”
“Leave me alone!”
“Get away from me!” Charlie’s rarnblings becoming louder and louder with every foaming chant.

The guard placed the leather strap tightly around Conroy’s right arm and then the left.
Charlie’s head jerked sharply back with a resonating crunch that seemed to reflect
from wall to wall. His neck suffered a clean break as the first wave of three 10,000
volts entered his huge mass of blood and bone.

Charlie Conroy was executed at 06:00 on Sunday morning.

The guard smiled … revealing two large white fangs.

End

Old English


Old English; Source: Wikipedia.
Old English (Ænglisc, Anglisc, Englisc) or Anglo-Saxon[1] is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southern and eastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century. What survives through writing represents primarily the literary register of Anglo-Saxon.

It is a West Germanic language closely related to Old Frisian and Old Saxon. Old English had a grammar similar in many ways to Classical Latin. In most respects, including its grammar, it was much closer to modern German and Icelandic than to modern English. It was fully inflected with five grammatical cases (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, and instrumental), three grammatical numbers (singular, plural, and dual) and three grammatical genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter). The dual forms occurred in the first and second persons only and referred to groups of two.

Adjectives, pronouns and (sometimes) participles agreed with their antecedent nouns in case, number and gender. Finite verbs agreed with their subject in person and number.

Nouns came in numerous declensions (with deep parallels in Latin, Ancient Greek and Sanskrit). Verbs came in nine main conjugations (seven strong and two weak), each with numerous subtypes, as well as a few additional smaller conjugations and a handful of irregular verbs. The main difference from other ancient Indo-European languages, such as Latin, is that verbs can be conjugated in only two tenses (vs. the six “tenses” – really tense/aspect combinations – of Latin), and have no synthetic passive voice (although it did still exist in Gothic).

Gender in nouns was grammatical, as opposed to the natural gender that prevails in modern English. That is, the grammatical gender of a given noun did not necessarily correspond to its natural gender, even for nouns referring to people. For example, sēo sunne (the Sun) was feminine, se mōna (the Moon) was masculine, and þat wīf “the woman/wife” was neuter. (Compare German cognates die Sonne, der Mond, das Weib.) Pronominal usage could reflect either natural or grammatical gender, when it conflicted.

From the 9th century, Old English experienced heavy influence from Old Norse, a member of the related North Germanic group of languages.

TEFL – What is it?


TEFL; source: Wikipedia
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English. TEFL usually occurs in the student’s own country, either within the state school system, or privately, e.g., in an after-hours language school or with a tutor. TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English.

Present perfect continuous versus Present perfect

Present Perfect Continuous vs Present Perfect – Learn English Tenses

English In The New World

From its early British heritage, the English language has evolved and it will continue to do so as it creeps its way into societies all over the world. The English you know may not be what another person, who lives in another country, knows. Different countries have developed their own unique way of using English. For example, the Australian English, a dialect I have grown accustomed to, uses the letter ‘ u ‘s in certain words. They use suffixes such as – ise instead of – ize as well as – t instead of – ed . Below are some examples of the common differences between how Australians spell words and how these words are spelt elsewhere.

Centre rather than Center

Endeavour rather than Endeavor

Colour instead of Color

Armour instead of Armor

Dreamt instead of Dreamed

Spelt instead of Spelled

Learnt instead of Learned

Jeopardise instead of Jeopardize

Organise instead of Organize

Organisation instead of Organization

When I wrote my book: The Part-Time Currency Trader , I had to think about who my audience was. People who might be interested in this book were not just going to be Australians. In fact, currency trading is big in America , Europe and Asia . I would have to communicate with them as well. Therefore, I had to do a little researching and what I discovered for myself would be relevant to all writers, website owners and anybody who wishes to communicate with the global community and compete internationally.

From its early British heritage, the English language has evolved and it will continue to do so as it creeps its way into societies all over the world. The English you know may not be what another person, who lives in another country, knows. I found it most intriguing that there are so many English dialects.

Below are the types of English dialects (Source: http://www.wikipedia.org):

Types of English that evolved from the British Isles :

English English

Highland English

Mid-Ulster English

Scottish English

Welsh English

Manx English

Irish English

Types of English that evolved from the United States:

AAVE (Ebonics)

American English

Baltimorese

Boston English

California English

General American

North Central American English

Hawaiian English

Southern American English:

Spanglish

Chicano English

Types of English that evolved from Canada :

Canadian English

Newfoundland English

Quebec English

Types of English that evolved in the Oceania :

Australian English

New Zealand English

Types of English that evolved in Asia :

Hong Kong English

Indian English

Malaysian English

Philippine English

Singaporean English

Sri Lankan English

Types of English that evolved in other countries:

Bermudian English

Caribbean English

Jamaican English

Liberian English

Malawian English

South African English

Other Classifications of English:

Basic English

Commonwealth English

Globish

International English

Plain English

Simplified English

Special English

Standard English

With this many types of English to cater for, writing can get complicated, especially when it comes to spelling words. If you are writing a book, people expect you not to make any spelling errors. None of us are perfect and I’m sure there are mistakes in most manuscript or on most websites but the last thing you need as a writer, is that your readers attribute spelling mistakes to you because of these basic differences in English.

If you want to know how I got around this problem, I simply wrote my book in my local dialect, Australian English. Then, I added a page in my book where I explain to the reader the most common differences between the Australian English and the English they may be accustomed to.

I just thought I would let you know and I hope this helps when you are reading or writing.

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Marquez Comelab is the author of the book: The Part-Time Currency Trader. It is a guide for men and women interested in trading currencies in the forex market. Discusses analysis, tools, indicators, trading systems, strategies, discipline and psychology. See: http://marquezcomelab.com.

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