ari-the-night-vale-intern asked: Hello sir, I'm the new intern at the radio station! Someone told me I should introduce myself.
Oh…you must be the new intern at the station.
My flies have been whispering about you, bored little things. And here I thought I had trained them out of such bad manners.Nice to meet you… Ari, was it? My memory isn’t always the best. I am known as the Man in the Tan Jacket, but lately I’ve preferred going by John Novak.
Apologies for the late reply, I was off doing some…
Strex will take a while to get back on their feet. It was worth bringing them down, even if only for a little while.
"If you say so, well…I’m inclined to believe you rather than be eaten or…whatever those things do."
The beast snarls, and Ari takes that as a cue to start running. Fast.
John doesn’t hesitate to follow Ari, already taking long strides to attempt to catch up to her.
'I thought the Gateway had been locked behind me…I thought nothing could have left, the other times a fluke due to the alignment of things. The Ackerman brothers were witness to one of those flukes, but I thought that was the last one…and that was almost seven years ago, maybe eight come to think of it? Fuck it all, why can they come and go those son of a bitches when I'm trapped here?' He thinks rather angrily, hands clenching into fists even as he tries to concentrate on only running.
There are cracks starting to form in the sidewalk making it even harder to run right, he’s starting to attempt to dodge globs of black goop getting tossed by the beast he partially recognizes, and he wonders how the hell the bastard found him in a town as muddled as this.
He also hopes Miss Ari will live. She seems nice enough.
Ari trips after her foot snags on one of the widening cracks in the sidewalk, her hands landing in one of the globs of black slime tossed by the beast. Whatever it is seems to burn her hands, turning the pale skin of her palms a sickening red, but she doesn’t have the time to care about that right now.
The footsteps of the creature shake the concrete.
Run, run, run, as fast as you can,
The beast is coming for the girl and the man
Run, run, run, like the Devil is nipping at your heels,
Run, because the Devil is already here.
He sees the intern fall, and if the lump of flesh in his chest still beat it would have stilled.
No. Nononono. I will not let one of THEM devour one under my protection. This territory has been CLAIMED damn them all, and these people are mine whether they know it or not. I protect my territory, as this is all I have left.
THEY can return home. I have nothing.
"Miss Ari, come on!" He says, decorum all but gone as he offers the girl a hand, an offer to help her up and to just keep running even farther.
The creature is gaining, second by agonizing second, and he hopes that she acts sooner than later before that VILE creatures finally reaches them.
He doesn’t want to fight, not today. He’s already fought enough recently.