Harry Dresden to the rescue! Murphy’s rescue, specifically. The Nightmare is going to go after either Michael or Murphy next, and Harry figures that Murphy has a far lesser chance of being able to protect herself what with her lack of magical swords.
I got on the phone to Murphy’s place.
So how come phones aren’t affected by oh fuck it I don’t care
Due to a contrived sequence of events Murphy hangs up on Harry after telling him that he just called her five minutes ago to say he was coming over (he didn’t, obviously). That’s actually pretty creepy!
Hell’s bells, it was pretending to be me.
Yes Harry, we got that.
Harry grans a bunch of miscellaneous wizard stuff (which he stuffs into a scooby-doo lunchbox for some reason) and races off to save Murphy. Given how she handled the werewolf in the last book I’m really hoping he’ll show up and she’ll have wrestled the Nightmare to death or something.
The district station Murphy worked in crouched down amongst taller buildings that surrounded it, solid and square and a bit battered, like a tough old sergeant amongst a forest of tall,
I swear to god Harry used this exact same metaphor last time.
The grizzled old sergeant behind the desk
Wait so the building is a grizzled sergeant, but it also has a grizzled sergeant inside of it? If we looked inside him would we find another, even more grizzled sergeant? Is this like some sort of infinite recursion, where if you keep going down far enough eventually you find Sam Vimes?
There’s a bit of Komedy banter with the sergeant and then Harry sprints off for Murphy’s office, where he finds himself pressing his fingers into Murphy’s head and presumably doing evil to her brain parts.
“Be thou silent, wizard,” it murmured, steel and razor blades in its words. “Else I will tear thee apart, as I already have this night.”
Aaaaaand the Nightmare has officially ceased to be creepy. Well done Butcher, it only took one sentence!
A little gibbering shriek of terror started somewhere down in my quivering belly
Why, does bullshit faux-shakespearean dialogue terrify you? I mean it should, but get your priorities together man.
The Nightmare reminds Harry that it has part of his power (forsooth) and uses Harry’s own wizarding to wizard at him. It then strolls casually out the door, leaving Murphy an apparently empty shell- Harry tries SOUL-GAZING with her and can’t see anything.
Another low breath rattled out, not quite making a sound-but I recognized the effort she was making for what it was.
Murphy was screaming.
See this could be so creepy if not for the Nightmare’s dialogue.
Harry sends one of Murphy’s underlings to fetch the book owned by the demon summoner they iced earlier and starts to set up a protective spell around Murphy. This involves Harry “gathering up his rage” again, which is what happens when he needs to do magic that the book has already established he shouldn’t be able to do (he got most of it stolen just a few pages ago, remember?)
The spell puts Murphy to sleep until dawn, when the Nightmare won’t be able to get at her. Murphy’s underlings are all “U BETTER NOT LET ANYTHING HAPPEN TO HER BRO” even though I’m quite sure Murphy is both more capable and mature than any of them.
[short post this time, I’m afraid. I’m working hard on finalizing a second draft of this thing and it’s cutting into blogging time]