The corpse in the bathtub had to have been there for days, if not weeks. The telltale signs of suicide could be seen on the edge.
Shark and Sinbad had stopped with the screaming now, and just gawked at the tub filled with blood. Sagebear just sniffed at the lacerated arm that dangled over the side of the tub.
“No, Sagebear!” Shark told her in order to keep her from getting too close. “I can’t believe nobody knew this body was here…”
The smell of death weighed heavily in the air now. It was a miracle that neither man noticed it before. It must have been what Sagebear was picking out of the air, though.
Afraid to move any further, Sinbad and Shark jumped when they heard sounds coming from the other room. Cautiously, Shark opened the bathroom door and slowly walked out to check.
The other two men hadn’t been seen in a while. Sebastian came in to try and see what happened.
After he’d heard shrieking, he became worried when it stopped. Against his better judgment, Sebastian went into the darkness.
He’d been in the house so many times before, he knew where everything was. His stomach felt heavy as he traversed the place.
When the door to the bedroom opened, he stopped, wide-eyed. He looked like a deer in the headlights until he recognized who it was.
“Oh, it’s you,” the man from the other day said as he came out. “Um…You know that other guy you wanted me to find?”
He looked pale as he pointed back into the bathroom. “I think we found him.”
Shark didn’t think that Sebastian was going to believe what he just told him. It certainly appeared to look that way given the facial expression he saw.
Sebastian almost looked as if he were going to collapse. Instead, he rushed into the bedroom and into the bathroom. Shark followed him in case he was about to do anything drastic.
Now sitting away from the bathtub, Sinbad held Sagebear in an attempt to calm down. Sagebear didn’t seem to mind being squeezed in the least.
The moment Sebastian saw the body, he finally did collapse into tears. He covered his face in an effort to hide his crying.
Shark was about to say something when his phone rang. Reluctantly tearing away from the scene, he answered it.
“Hello? Dad? What is it?”
“Boy, where in the hell are you?” Dennis peeked outside to see the rain coming down. Behind him on the table, Blaise was playing poker with Harwood and Marc. “Mister Brandt’s come home, but not you three!”
Shark mumbled for a bit before telling his father what was going on. “We’re, uh…We’re in some guy’s house. Sagebear led us here, and…Look, can you and the others come here? It’s really creepy and hard to explain!”
After that, Dennis was given directions to a place he didn’t hear about. “All right…In that case, we’ll see you there shortly.”
When he hung up, the other three had their attention squarely on him.
“Where are we going, Denny?” Blaise asked as she set her hand of cards down.
Dennis scratched his head while trying to find the right words to say. “Well, it seems the boy and Mister Rotter want us to head somewhere in a few minutes.”
When Harwood heard this, he slumped. “Aiya, and I finally got a good hand!” To confirm it, Marc looked over at his cards.
The wait was an agonizing one for Shark and Sinbad’s relatives to get there. The entire time that they were waiting on the bed, the could hear Sebastian sobbing in the bathroom.
“So…I guess those two were dating,” Shark whispered to Sinbad. “That’s why he’s taking it so badly.”
“I’ll believe it,” Sinbad replied while nodding. He then felt a question bubbling in his mind. “Hey, you think that maybe…”
Shark looked confused. “Maybe…what?” Sinbad didn’t repeat himself, just gestured behind him. “Oh…that that could’ve been us?”
Now Sinbad nodded. “Who knows-”
Then, the front door to the house could be heard opening, and four pairs of feet reached the bedroom.
“Boy! Oh, finally we got the right house!” Dennis said as he approached his son.
Marc was apparently trying not to breathe in the dust, holding his hand over his nose. “So what’s the emergency, bro?”
Before Sinbad could answer, a loud keening was heard from the bathroom, followed by it morphing into a mortified gasp.
When all of them ran into the bathroom, Sebastian looked aghast at who was now in the room with him and Sagebear.
“No way…” Sinbad looked over at the tub again, then back to the figure that had now appeared before them.