William finds himself facing a middle-aged female face peering though the narrow space left by the slight opening of the door. The door chain attached to the track is clearly visible, obviously the resident isn't exactly extending an welcoming mat.
Her voice, somewhat tremulously, asks "Yes..?"
In the background the shouted ramblings of whoever is making that ruckus on James Daish's apartment can still be heard; from this distance William can no longer make out words.
"That Daish fellow? Tell me about it! The man is mad's as Alice's hatter. Ain't left his apartment in days. Days, if you belives me. And all that chanting and moaning and shouting at any and all hours, be it day or night! I've already called the superintendent, but he's a useless no good drunkard, he is. And now he's started it again with the chantin'. Why!...I've got half a mind to head to the grocery store, pick the phone and ring da police; or maybe my nephew Patrick. He'd come down, all the way up from Lane on the north side 'cross the river but he'd come for his aunt he would, and batter down that darn door and silence the fool with his fists..."
Then she seems to realize she's nearly shouting at a stranger who knocked on her door and her rant ceases abruptly. The woman takes a moment to compose herself and resumes speaking, in a calmer tone. Daish's sonorous ramblings can still be heard in the background.
"Say young Mister, you look hale yerself. Can't you do nothing about it? You could push the door open and see to Mr. Daish, the hinges ain't that strong. Not worth a rusted dime if ya ask me, damned superintended won't change or fix a darn thing on this building even if we tells him to get off...ahem, I mean as you said he's mad hysteric. Sick maybe! Lord knows what he's capable of doing. Likely keep to shout and scream 'till he drops, or worse!"
The woman's eyes clearly tell William she just wants her neighbor to shut up, by whatever means necessary.
Doing so reveals the apartment beyond it, a small, cramped, single-room bedsit. Immediately noticeable is a naked man, whose features look very much like those on the sketch Quincey made of "Ethean Blane", crouching feral-like in a pentagram on the floor drawn in some dark brownish matter that reeks terribly...are those feces?! Besides the man an old, thick octavo book is lying open on the floor, and bones who look remarkably human from their size and make are arranged in bizarre patterns around the room.
Realizing William's intent, taking advantage of the intruder being taken aback a bit upon seeing the interior of the apartment, and being already in an hyperactive state, the crazed naked man grabs the book and sprints to the only window of the room.
"No, no, NO!" he half-mumbles, half-shouts as he flees flight, "You shan't have it! You shan't have it! You shan't have it!"
With remarkable simian-like agility for a brute of his size Daish is already trying to make his way over the window sill when William gets to act. However, before he reaches the naked fugitive fate conspires against the lunatic tragically. There is a clattering of bones as the foot Daish is using for balance trips on a human skull lying near the windo. He overbalances on the sill for one terrible second before plunging headfirst from it.
As the man vanishes William hears one last shrieked "You shan't have iiiiiiiiiiii......." that the doppler effect makes sound ever more distant for a very short moment, before a sickening dry thud resounds from below. A short moment later a female scream expressing horrid surprise at seeing something can also be heard coming from the street below.
With his mind reeling from this terrible turn of events, William suddenly notices that the book didn't accompany the man on his fall. It is standing on the ground by the window, quite near the skull that prevented Dais from making off with it.
His first thought is to run away, William longs to escape the corruption, the stink of faeces, in the room. Despairingly he fights off his instincts and rushes over to the dropped book, is it the Scipture of Shul?
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