Monday, October 27, 2014

Spooktoberfest '14 - Home


It's the 3rd annual Spooktoberfest hosted by Dani and I at Cover Girls. For details of this fun contest, you can go HERE for details.
Next year, I hope Dani and I will go with a 300 -500 word count... Getting my piece down to 300 words took forever! Of course, if I wouldn't have procrastinated in the first place, then it might not have been so difficult. :(
Anyway, thanks to all who participated in Spooktoberfest, and I look forward to reading your stories!

Home
     My morning routine consisted of switching off coffeemaker, checking locks on doors, and watching the garage door close. So, why is that door open now?
     I park my car and pocket my keys. Inside the garage, I pick up a baseball bat I used in college. Funny. My dad wanted his firstborn son to play major league ball, but my dreams were of the music variety.
     I turn the doorknob. It’s unlocked, and even though a chill crawls up my spine, I enter.
My furniture’s rearranged and seated on the sofa is my ex.
     “What are you doing here, Lisa?” I sigh and lean the bat against the chair, thankful it’s her and not an intruder.
     She stands. “I came to say goodbye.”
     “We already did that.” Or at least I did when I broke things off with her last week.
     “Oh, Drew.” She tugs on my shirt and kisses my cheek. “Let’s not fight.”
     I back away and fall on top of the coffee table that isn’t in its rightful spot.  
     Lisa kneels. “Are you okay?”
     “Yeah, but why’s my furniture—” I’m cut off by the prick of a needle against my skin. Cool liquid pumps through my veins. “What’d you do?”
     “It’s a cure for your virus,” she says. “If only you’d continued your meds.”
     I try to let out a string of curse words, because I’m not sick, and I’ve never taking medication, but my voice won’t cooperate. My vision blurs, and my eyes grow heavy until they close.
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     Commotion stirs me awake. I’m on a cot, in a small room. Dr. Vex, Lisa’s psychiatrist, stands next to me with a smile.
     “What’s going on?” I writhe in the cocoon-like-blanket I’m wrapped in. “Where am I?”
     “Home,” the doctor says. “We’ve missed you.”

Thank you for reading, and thanks to the wonderful Spooktoberfest participants! 
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22 comments:

  1. Oh a psychotic thriller! I really love this!! As usually, you wrote an amazing piece!

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  2. Ah man, I'd hate to wake up in a mental hospital. Creepy.

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  3. That is really creepy. Who hasn't feared waking up in a place like that?

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    1. Thank you, Christine! That means a lot to me!

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  5. I didn't see that end coming!!! As I was reading, I was reminded of a TV show I saw YEARS ago. I had to look it up...drove me crazy trying to find it! But I finally remembered Bridget Fonda starred. It was part of a show called Night Visions and the episode was "The Occupant." This woman keeps hearing noises in her house downstairs when she's upstairs. In the end, it turns out that she sold the house and was supposed to move out but she had kind of lost it (after a divorce, I think?) and kept going back there. The person who had bought the house was a flight attendant and was gone for long periods of time, which is why she got away with living there so long and just started hearing noises all of a sudden. Delusion can be a spooky thing!

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Crystal!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you stopped by to read it!

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  8. This story is creepy, and I love the ending!

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