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My Irrational Fear Chokes Me

By Desiree Middleton

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Copyright 2018 Desiree Middleton

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When darkness comes

all will be revealed.

Something soft and wet brushed Sarah on the cheek as she slept. She jerked awake with eyes bulging in the darkness; hands clawing at the air. The echo of her scream reverberated in her ears. The something, and it was heavy, slid off her bed, dragging the covers with it.

Sarah jumped out of bed. She clicked on the bedside lamp to dispel the darkness, but it only managed to eek out a small circle of light around her.

There in the corner—a shape. It looked at her. Mewed at her. “Jasper?” Sarah said to the shape—her cat. Jasper hissed and backed further into the corner.

A rasping like a giant rat moving in a tunnel, came from under her bed. Sarah strained her ears to hear more. There was something was under her bed. Jasper arched his back and hissed at the something.

Sarah backed up to her closet. “Who’s there?” she whispered. As if monsters under the bed spoke or used words that a human could, or should, comprehend. The blood drained from her head, leaving her light headed. Now was not the time to faint. Jasper’s continued hissing brought her attention back to the bed.

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