The Symphony's Sacrifice

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
SEQUEL TO "MELODIES IN BLOOD" (this is part 2 in the bloodnote trilogy)

After Scott's death Kate discoveres the dark backround of the Bloodnote...now she has to ride a wave of fear as the uprising begins.

Submitted: November 25, 2007

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The Symphony’s Sacrifice
By Michael Sherlock
Copyright Michael Sherlock 2007 all rights reserved
Detective Kate Rose sat at her desk reading over a piece of paperwork with a horrified grimace. Tears beaded in her eyes and sobs tried desperately to clamber onto her chest. Scott Shane, the only man she had ever loved, was killed while confronting a serial killer two years ago. To the rest of the police force, Detective Shane was a distant memory, but his legacy still burned brightly in Kate’s heart.
The piece of paper she held detailed a sacrificial killing that had occurred the week before. The victim had been found on a stone slab in the middle of a forest, surrounding the slab was a full orchestral set up including instruments and seats. Sheet music was found at the scene titled “The Symphony’s Sacrifice”
The occult killings…the orchestra, it was all too familiar to Kate. The orchestra master that killed Scott suited these criteria perfectly. This time however, they were dealing with an entire cult.
The stubby lamp on Kate’s desk cast a gloomy orange veil over the black and white document that now absorbed her tears with a compassionate grace. When Kate heard footsteps approaching her office she quickly wiped the tears from her eyes and composed herself.
“Kate…” Said the Chief Inspector, walking into the office “ did you read the file?”
Before Kate replied, the Chief looked at her tear streaked face and heaved a heavy sigh.
“I’m sorry” the Chief said “I know this brings back a lot of memories for you.”
“How can it bring them back?” Kate said with a quivering voice “Those memories never left me.”
“Anyway, we shall not be taking this case further” he said, clapping his hands together slowly and frowning.
“What?” Kate said, quivering with rage “How can you neglect this case?”
“We do not have the evidence to see it through”
“Not enough evidence? How much evidence do you need!” Kate shouted, slamming her fist on the table.
The Chief Inspector sighed and cupped his face in his hands. There was a long and awkward silence as the Inspector began to break down.
“We have…nothing to gain from convicting the Bloodnote,” He said hurriedly
“The Bloodnote?” Kate said with a penetrating stare “So you already know who has done this…you are just scared of them!”
The inspectors face went a ghostly white and he rose from his chair. Slowly he turned and staggered out of the office, leaning against the wall as he did so. Kate turned back to the file in front of her and tore it up in a berserk rage. Her government had betrayed her; her colleagues and friends had betrayed her. Most of all, they had betrayed Scott and what he did for them.
As Kate watched the pieces of paper flutter through the air in a solemn dance, she caught site of a piece lying on her desk.
Victim name: Louisa Shane
Kate knew Louisa Shane; it was Scott’s sister. Suddenly her heart was made of lead, dragging her further into her trance like state. This was no co-incidence; she died on the second anniversary of Scott’s death. This was a revenge killing for the loss of one of their members. Slowly, Kate rose from her seat and walked out of the office, with the intention of never returning. Scott had done the same thing two years ago when he left the police force.
Kate left no resignation, no goodbye letter…only a pile of torn paper with the victim’s name staring endlessly with conviction. Slowly, she reached the front door of the police station and pushed it open slowly. The cool night air washed over her face, pushing back her curls of hair. Her fingers slid over the steel handles of the glass door and let it fall shut behind her.
A small flight of stairs led to the sidewalk, and on that sidewalk stood a dark figure. The figure raised a hailing hand and took a step closer as Kate descended the stairs.
“When a man loses everything” The figure began in a gruff growl “He may resolve to hide and cry his sorrows into oblivion. He may sign his fate to the reapers scythe. Or he may take action against those who has taken his life from him”
“Luke…” Kate said in a soft tone.
Luke Shane was the only living member of the Shane family and had recently returned from his life in France. A head of long brown hair fluttered in the wind, revealing a chiselled and handsome face surrounding two glowing green eyes.
“I gather you read the file?” Luke said in a dark tone.
“Yes…and the Bloodnote is protected by the government”
“I know, I’ve been hunting the Bloodnote for quite some time. They are searching for you, Kate, you’re are their next sacrifice.” Luke said solemnly
“Sacrifice?” Kate said wit ha pale look of horror.
“They are an orchestral cult…they believe that the soul of their music is tainted by those that cross them. They eat the hearts of human beings to improve their music.”
“That’s sick.” Kate spat.
Luke nodded and then suddenly broke into a stiff frown.
“What wrong?” Kate asked
“Listen” Luke said, raising his hand to silence her.
Sure enough…the sound of an orchestra playing a perfect melody began to float eerily in the air. Kate froze and turned around. Silhouetted in the moonlight stood a robed orchestra on the roof of the police station. Before she could avert her gaze, Luke had taken her hand and urged her to run.
Together they sprinted through the dark street to Luke’s car. They ran to the blue door and pulled it open. Together the two jumped through the door and locked it tightly.
“Take the wheel” Luke said, pulling her onto the drivers seat.
Kate turned on the ignition and revved the engine. She turned to see Luke taking a rifle from the back seat. He pulled a lever on the side of the gun and Kate heard a clicking noise inside of the barrel. Luke unwound the window with long jolting pulls of the handle.
Just as the car started moving, Luke fired a blast from the rifle and watched as one of the robed men fell from the roof.
“That’s illegal!” Kate screamed over roaring engine as they flew down the road.
“This is a free for all now!” Luke said, pulling the lever again “The police are paying protection money to the Bloodnote but still want them gone. The Bloodnote are protected by the police just the same, they cannot be persecuted for their crimes.”
Kate nodded and swung the car into a road heading for one of the mountainous forests behind Coolangatta. As they sped down the road, more of the robed figures appeared, blocking the road in front of them. Kate began to drive faster and rammed into the barricade of people. A body wearing red robed smash against the windscreen, causing it to crack. Kate shook the body from the bonnet and carried on driving furiously. Luke leant from the window and fired a shot at the figures behind the car, felling another of the players.
“This is insane!” screamed Kate
“What are they?” Luke shouted.
Even over the rifle cracks and the roaring engine, the music got louder. Smoke began to rise in plumed from the town now fading behind them.
“They are burning Coolangatta…this is bad” Luke said slowly.
As they drove faster, a gunshot sounded and smashed through the windscreen, causing a hole in one of the back seats.
“They are shooting at us,” cried Kate.
Luke nodded and fired several return shots at unseen targets before reloading. Over the period of several minutes, more bullets were fired at the car, causing gaping holes in the windows and doors. The forest slowly enveloped them and before long they were driving in a dirt road. The shooting ceased and they appeared safe for the time being.
Kate heaved a sigh of relief and slowed the car down. Luke wiped sweat from his forehead and rested his rifle on his lap. The music still blared an eerie symphony through the tall tree trunks around them, only illuminated by their headlights. Just as the music began to die down, a gunshot was heard and Kate looked around too that Luke had been shot in the shoulder. Kate jolted in surprise and the car swerved violently into a deep bank at the side of the road. The car smashed into a tree and the two fell unconscious.
* * *
Luke awoke hours later with a pounding headache. He felt faint and his shoulder burned with intense pain. Luke groaned and raised his hand to his shoulder and touched a patch of wet blood. His strength was sapped, his vision blurred. He was sure he was dying. The last of the Shane bloodline spilled onto the crumpled metal floor around his seat.
Before he gave up, he looked over at the drivers seat and saw that Kate was missing. Luke found a renewed strength. He picked up his newly reloaded rifle and scrambled out of the wreckage. He fell over the moment he tried to walk, his legs too weak to hold his weight. He leant on his rifle like a walking stick and staggered through the trees in search of Kate.
The sinister music could still be heard within the forest. The sound of the Symphony’s Sacrifice burned Luke’s ears. He breathed sharp air through his bleeding nose as he staggered blindly through the pitch-black forest. He sank into the darkness like tar; it slowly enveloped him and stole his senses. Luke’s head darted rapidly from side-to-side, seeking salvation from this darkness.
* * *
Kate’s eyes stared with cold and blind fear as she lay on the stone slab surrounded by the Bloodnote orchestra. The music resounded through the granite slab and disturbed the blood in her veins. The past and present flashed silently through Kate’s mind, death had found her. Her breathing made her chest rise and fall like a turbulent ocean.
A man in red robes walked up to the slab and stared into Kate’s eyes.
“Rejoice Kate Rose, for you are the Symphony’s Sacrifice.”
Kate had no words to speak, fear had taken her tongue. Tears spilled from her eyes as she watched the robed man undo the buttons of her shirt. The man’s hand grasped her thigh and moved slowly up her leg. Kate could accept death, but being raped before she died was too much to handle.
Kate’s screams pierced the dark forest and caused clouds of birds to rise from the canopy. The hand moved to the button on her jeans as Kate watched his smiling face staring at her with a look of madness.
Kate tried to move her arms and jump free when she realised she was being held down by the robed men, the numbness in her arms and legs had denied her this information. She was trapped, there was no way out…she just had to close her eyes and wait for death.
As the zip of her jeans reached the bottom, a splintering crack shook the forest clearing. There was a short whistling noise followed by a wet thud. The man attempting to rape her fell backwards onto the forest floor. The orchestra stopped playing and bustled about furiously. The men let go of Kate and disappeared into the crowd of robed men. She jumped up from the slab and ran into the forest.
More gunshots sounded and Kate ran towards the flashing light. The Bloodnote began to fire back and soon bullets were tearing bark from the trees around Kate. She stopped running when she saw Luke leaning against a tree, reloading his rifle.
“Go, keep running” Luke said to her with a nod
“No, I wont leave you like I left Scott.”
“What good will dying do? How can you feel better in yourself knowing that you died in vain?” Luke growled, firing another shot into the clearing. “The Bloodnote wont stop here…everyone is in serious danger. You can help, Kate…but you have to survive!”
“Then you’re coming too!” Kate squealed, tears streaming from her eyes.
A shot smashed into Luke’s stomach, spraying blood over the tree he leant on.
“No” Luke shook his head “I don’t have the strength to carry on, I’m dead no matter what I do. The Bloodnote have taken my life, they wont take yours too.”
Kate wiped her eyes and reluctantly ran from Luke, heading out of the forest.
“Goodbye…Kate” whispered Luke, aiming his rifle for another shot.
As Kate ran her jeans began to fall, she quickly pulled them up and fastened the zip and button again. Soon she ran out onto the road and escaped the forest. When the shooting stopped Kate knew Luke was dead. As the road turned to tarmac again, Kate saw bright headlights shining on her face.
“Get in…” called a voice from inside the car.
The End


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