“What are we going to do? This creature will not let me move,” Gabriel shouted.
“His name is Diablo,” Oscar inserted. “He a chupacabra. Not sure how it appeared here. I dream’t about it.”
The backdoors opened. The driver of the ambulance disappeared from the front seat and shouted at the others to close the door.
Gabriel watched the dark leather folds around Diablo’s dog-like shoulders twitch as it shifted its weight to it’s thin front legs. Diablo bared its long front canines and walked slowly toward the hospital receiving crew.
“A chupa… what. Isn’t that a… All I know,” Gabriel began. He recalled faint memories of a dog-like tale but the creature leap forward. He shouted at the chupacabra. He tried to distract the monster. It was all he could do. Outside the ambulance several nurses stood staring at the starved, leather creature. A large, male nurse approached.
“Dude, that is not a good idea,” Gabriel warned then began to swing his arms and taunt the creature. Anything to distract him. “Hey! You! Leatherface! Oscar, do something. It listens to you.”
Oscar yelled at the chupacabra and it paused. It looked back at the officer lying in the gurney then at Gabriel. It’s lip curled up revealing a long, curved, sharp tooth followed by dozens of smaller pointed teeth. Diablo crept toward Gabriel. The male nurse stepped forward and Diablo leapt from the back of the ambulance. Diablo fell into the male nurse, knocking him to the ground. The animal cleared it’s head and approached the nurse. The others in the hospital receiving crew left and hide within the doors of the hospital. They were joined by an audience of patience and panic.
The chupacabra walked slowly, measuring his victim, accessing the soft tissues and then clamped down on his neck. The nurse let out a garbled scream as the audience behind the hospital doors gasp. Diablo held the man’s neck in a vise grip till the man stopped moving then released. The chupacabra sniffed at the blood falling from the nurse’s neck then began to lick up the crimson mess. Gabriel watched from the ambulance. He then noticed the black onyx sitting in a small recess next to the door. Light from the floods above the hospital awning reflected of the stone and Gabriel could see movement within the stone. He approached the stone carefully, watching and trying to interrupt the opera playing out within it.
It was difficult to make out but as Gabriel got closer he could see a couple dancing then the light washed away the scene. The next scene displayed an animal but it was too difficult to make out the shapes. Gabriel stood above the stone, the world outside of the scenes were washing away when he was snapped back to reality.
Diablo stood a foot from him. His teeth exposed and growl angry. The chupacabra barked. The percussion filled Gabriel’s ears with pain. Gabriel looked at the stone. It’s mystery overwhelming then the beast protecting it. The last thing he remembered was reaching and then the world went black.