The Komodo’s Hollow
Amelia was asleep even before the bus left Hampton Wick, and remained so throughout the entire journey. Meanwhile, just east of the centre of Cumbria stood the mound of Castlerigg, on which rested an ancient stone circle. Unbeknown to the locals of the area and most people, for that matter, there was a sizeable underground cave system exactly two hundred feet beneath the site.
The caves had hundreds of Komodo dragons living in them descended from a pair that had been introduced to the cave thousands of years earlier and had since multiplied over the years. By this time their numbers should have been far greater but for the fact that they were so cannibalistic, often eating their babies if nothing else was available. No living creatures who had the misfortune of straying into the caverns, ever emerged out of it alive.
Now in telling you about the Komodo’s Hollow, I must also explain that near the end of the first century ad, Saint John the Apostle wrote in The Book of Revelation about the war in Heaven.
In John’s own words, “There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon; and the Dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
True it was that before the Earth was populated with human beings there was a war in Heaven. I was there and I remember every detail to perfection. The Dragon that John spoke of was Lucifer, who along with Slemevereth his companion, led a rebellion against the King of Heaven. That rebellion, and subsequent feud, led to a third of the inhabitants of Heaven being exiled into eternal banishment, and these disgraced spirits mostly dwelt on Earth. They found they could not enjoy a normal life on Earth, however, because the dimension in which it existed was very different to the one in which Heaven existed, so they could not eat food or enjoy any of the bounty that Earth had to offer. Thus the ill-advised spirits that followed Lucifer and Slemevereth were doomed to remain in a state of misery forever without any chance of redemption.
After the expulsion from Heaven, many first landed on the hard surface of the Earth, but most plunged into the sea and took up residency there. They discovered the ocean’s deepest abysses were where they felt most at home, due to the atmospheric pressure at sea level being less tolerable for them. They were able to master the darkness, with great skill and efficiency.
In honour of Slemevereth, the spirits became known as Slemevoids and they organised themselves to continue the Great War that was started in Heaven. They were human in appearance, and as the time passed, the more degenerate and demonic they became. The Slemevoids, being encouraged by their overlords, ventured out on the land when humans arrived on Earth, and eventually discovered the ability to take possession of human bodies. They tended to select human hosts they found the most intriguing, and became so proficient at human bodily domination that very few of their hosts were able to effectively resist them.
And so, within the caves at Castlerigg, all was not as it seemed, for the deeper one ventured into the cave system the more unusual it became. The rough rock surfaces were chiseled smooth, with ornately painted frescoes and the natural high ceilings were unusually beautified with crystal chandeliers.