Waiting.

He waits. His body is still, but inside, he is rampaging. Ravenous. His eyes move constantly, watching for her, and his only other movement, almost imperceptible, is a slight pulsing of his knee as it quickly moves ever so slightly up and down. It’s all his mind can allow. She can’t know what is hiding…

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Four: Enough

When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside. – Rumi. He had left the door open behind him, he knew she wouldn’t be far away. She left it open too, she made sure she was quiet. She didn’t want him knowing she was here already. She had hidden herself in the old rotting orchard,…

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Story in the Woods

She trudged along behind him, sulking while he whistled his way through the woods. She didn’t want to be here, she hated the outdoors. Let’s spend the day together, he’d said. Of course she’d assumed they would have a long leisurely brunch at her favorite cafe, take a walk through the shopping district so she…

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Rebecca

Rounding the corner, all I could think about was getting home to a glass of wine and a very hot shower. It had been such a long day and I was tired of dealing with other people’s issues. I was reaching for my phone to check the time, when my foot landed on something hard…

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Voices.

She could hear the voices but couldn’t tell where they were coming from. She tried to listen but the pounding of the blood in her head and the slapping of her bare feet in the puddles on the floor where overwhelming her senses. She debated with herself for a few seconds before deciding to stop…

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Stolen Glances.

I’ve been sleeping with the lights on ’cause the darkness is surrounding you. – Sam Smith, Life Support She stole glances at him every few minutes, maybe even more often. His head was resting against the side of the plane, the part that surrounds the little window. He had received an annoyed huff from the…

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Scene.

Mike crumpled, dropping the phone to the ground. His heart was breaking and his mind was racing all at once. He studied the bedroom – window open, big muddy footprints on the pale carpet intermingled with the blood spatter there and on the bedpost. So much blood. He just knew in his heart that his…

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Hotel.

She stood in line in the hotel lobby, waiting to check in. It had been a long day, having left home at 5am and then working all day. Finally, she could see that it would soon be time for her to relax. Taking her room key, she made her way to the elevators, noticing the…

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Run

Her heart sank. The door wouldn’t open. She twisted the knob wildly, hoping it would just open and let her out of here. She almost crumbled when she suddenly remembered the keys. Maybe one would fit?! She reached down to get them before realizing she had left them in the lock on her chains. She sprinted…

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Examined

“So how do you want to handle this?” Mike was tired. This was the third woman they’d found. Beaten, filthy, with ligature marks from being chained. And always with their throat savagely cut. It was a tough case. He had a sister about the same age as these girls and he hated to think it,…

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Hopeful 

She squealed, laughing, as he came up behind her to wrap his arms around her waist. As he leaned in to kiss her neck, she let her head fall back to rest on his shoulder. She couldn’t remember ever feeling this safe and she couldn’t imagine living her life without him. She couldn’t wait until…

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