Sydney's Song, Verse II

The Dark Place

by Michael J. Pollack

Jimmie Knight drowned in a pond on his twelfth birthday. Dead and gone. Oh sure, someone revived him, but the little girl he’d frantically chased into its depths wasn’t as lucky. Five years pass by, and Ember Grace dances into his life. She is his light, but a shadow preys on her. The same unwanted gift of foresight that had given young Jimmie a vision of the drowning child now re-awakens to warn of the darkness sweeping over Ember. Her soul is hunted by an evil presence that dwells in the pond; Ember is the key to drawing the town’s children into an army of darkness. Jimmie sets out to overcome his fear of the dark water and deliver some serious payback before the night claims Ember and the children. Redemption is within reach, but victory demands sacrifice, and Jimmie doesn’t have much to give.