The lawyer they gave me asked if there was anyone I wanted to call and handed me his smartphone. I figured you were my best bet. They’re clever bastards but not clever enough to know that I record all of my streams onto a redundant server. I’ve attached a link to download a video from my Dropbox. The folder is labeled “Insurance.” Watch it. Tell me if you still think I’m crazy.
Of course, what person in their right mind would let her put them through such pain year after year after year? My idea was interesting, but totally impractical, given that tiny little problem. So I let it go, for the time being, and life continued on as usual.
“It feels as if her body was frozen for an extended period of time,” Beverly explained. “Not just like a few weeks in a freezer either. Like years.”
“Since like 1961?” I asked.
“That’s what would make the most sense.”
She decided to build a fence around the entire backyard. Not a white picket one. Not even a wooden paneled one. This was more like a stone wall. Impossible to see over or break down or climb. No one knows why she did it. I don’t know if anyone had even asked.
The beast was huge, looming. I couldn’t see Mr. Wilson beyond it, but I certainly heard him scream. I heard the gun fire as he tried to kill it.
Not only are there more creatures like Pip and Jo, but those creatures are living in our hometown. Outside. Completely free.
And they might not be as kind as our guardians.
“There wasn’t any skin on her fingers – each digit had been torn down to muscle, vein, and bone, making every movement they made look agonizingly painful. It was hard to believe, but somehow, the woman’s fingers had been flayed all the way down to the knuckle, and were dripping with fresh blood.”
When I looked at the twenty-year old family portrait, one of my mom and dad and me, I saw an extra face hovering in between my parents. A face that didn’t belong there.
I turned myself around in the chin-deep water. I saw what froze Sam. Swimming below the surface in the deep end, going from side-to-side was a dark figure. About the size of Sam and I, whatever it was swam swiftly and seemed to have no interest in coming up for air.
Two weeks after my birthday something really awful happened.