Monday, June 27

Lullaby part II

I didn’t get much sleep last night… up too late trying figure out what might be done about Dollmaker. I went through Lullaby’s things and didn’t find much more than a handmade doll and clothes. The doll gave me an idea that I wanted to run past Lullaby, but she was still unconscious by the time I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. That in itself was worrying and only the thought that she might be playing possum or kill anyone who tried to help her if she woke at the hospital kept me from going down and untying her. Callus, but I couldn’t think of any alternatives.

I did at least go and shine a flashlight into her eyes to see if her pupils would dilate, which they did. Thus my knowledge of head injuries was exhausted. The hand she’d smashed into the wall was all shades of purple and black, but none of the bones seemed to be broken. I’ll ask Trina to pick up some finger splits when she and her brother go to the store for more ice creams, a daily affair with no freezer in which to keep them. I know Trina will remember even if Ron is too disinterested to care. There are many things which disturb me about him, beginning with the fact that I can barely sense him and ending with his attitude and his propensity for being wherever there is trouble. Though perhaps the last is unfair. He’s not always around when something happens, just most of the time.

It seemed like I had only just fallen asleep, having resolved to take Lullaby to the hospital if she wasn’t awake by morning, when a shriek from the root cellar had me leaping back out of my hammock. Trina woke too, but I refused to let her come down to see Lullaby under any circumstances. Ron appeared from one of the openings in the walls and comforted her while I grabbed a smoldering stick from the fire and scooted down into the root cellar. I had set up some wood and had a small fire burning within seconds. This was small consolation to Lullaby who stared at me in terror.

“Sorry about the ropes.” I picked up the bottle of water I’d taken down earlier and some painkillers and offered them, but she turned her head away. “Look, I’m sorry. I’m not sure who I’m talking to, but you attacked me. I couldn’t just tuck you into bed and hope you woke up sane.”

“I- I did not!” she said.

“Yeah, you did, as soon as you saw these.” I held up her stained clothes, and she flinched.

“What did you do to my clothes? Why are you doing this to me?”

I shook my head with a sigh and pulled out my phone. The battery was nearly dead, but there was still enough juice in it to pull up her web page, which I showed her.

“Why would you write that?” she demanded.

“Look, Lulls…. I haven’t even known you long enough to figure out your favorite foods yet, let alone the password to hack your blog. We both know Dollmaker’s been hyperactive lately, but I really hoped being here where you were safe would make her calm down a bit. Obviously I was wrong.”

“Are you- are you going to kill me?”

I was speechless for a moment. I mean, what - the - hell? If that were the case, I sure wouldn’t have waited for her to wake up. That would just be inhumane. “No. Now you’re just being ridiculous.”

“You should.” She started to cry. “I killed…. The truck driver and the police man. I k-killed Jessica, and I don’t even know who else. I’m a monster!”

the doll, from Lullaby's camera

“You are not! But this Dollmaker thing is out of control.” I set the doll on the ground between us and she looked confused. “I’ve got an idea I can try if you want her out, but it’s going to take a couple days.”

“Anything,” she said and meant it. Gods, I hope my idea works. I didn’t tell her all of what I have planned, on the off chance that Dollmaker could somehow interfere, and I won’t waste time typing it out here… But if it works, I’ll give every detail for the sake of posterity. I don’t think Dollmaker is a normal proxy, but I don’t know what else to call her. If my idea works, maybe it can be utilized on others He’s touched.

I took out the shackles we’d had Sunshine in and fastened them to Lullaby’s ankles. We still have no idea how he got out of them, but they seem to be sound. At least I could untie Lullaby and let her rest more comfortably. I left her her laptop too, not that she has an internet connection down there, but if she wants to make a post, I’ll take it to Shady’s house and hang out outside until I can get a signal and post for her if she trusts me with the password.

More soon, by Wednesday at the latest if I can get everything I need for the ritual I’ve worked out.


  1. I hope that your ritual works. No one deserves to be..indwelt, possessed, whatever you wish to call it, by anything. A person is their own..No one has the right to come in without being invited. Especially not one so bad as this Dollmaker.

  2. Eternity isn't the only one who is hoping that this works. Lullaby is a good person. Just in pain because of Dollmaker. I'm praying for her.


  3. I've spent the day gathering ingredients. The moon is waning; so that's auspicious for removal of things, an exorcism in this case. This will be very much off-the-cuff as I can only use what I have on hand. Luckily, I have a massive garden to utilize and before I came here, I had a tendency to stock-pile things as I came across them. Not so good is the rate I'm going through my stock.

    I couldn't agree with you more, Eternity. Parasites in general just give me the creeps. From things Lullaby found out (from her Grandmother) before coming here though, this Dollmaker is more like some kind of parasitic spiritual twin. My biggest concern is that if this is something Lullaby was born with, she might not be able to live without it.

    Lucas, thank you. Well wishing is always useful energy to bend to any task.

  4. For once I'm going to agree with Eternity also~You belong to you, and that's that. That's why proxies bother me so much..They don't belong to themselves. That and other reasons of course..

    I hope that's not the case..I hope Lullaby can be purged of Dollmaker and survive. I wish you the best Mystery.