A Living Nightmare

She awakens, immediately confused.  Her mind desperately tries to grasp her surroundings, but the fogginess of it only intensifies her confusion.  She tries pulling her arms to her chest when the severity of her situation comes crashing down upon her.

Her mind clears in an instant as she lifts her head.  She is lying face up on a table, hands and feet bound, her body forming a sinister cross.  She appears unharmed, but the ever increasing fear within her confirms her suspicions.  The worst is yet to come.

She screams, terrified of who will hear her but knowing she has no other choice.  Her yells echo throughout the building that confines her, mocking her with only silence in return.  She howls until her voice cracks, her body beckoning her to stop.  The tears she has been desperately trying to hold back come pouring down her face.  Though she has resisted the idea, her mind forcing her to be hopeful, she knows the next person she sees will be the last.

The concept of time escapes her.  There are no windows.  No clocks.  How long has she been gone?  She scours her memories, attempting to recall when she could have been taken but her mind betrays her.

Eventually, exhaustion overtakes her and she drifts off to sleep.  Her dreams are filled with happiness, as if her mind is giving her one last look into a life that will cease to be in just a few hours time.  She wakes with a smile that quickly vanishes when she hears the footsteps.  They are painfully slow.  She holds her breath as they come closer and closer.

They stop right outside the door.  Fear takes hold, paralyzing her.  Keys jangle beyond the wall and the door slowly creaks open.  Her eyes widen.  She can’t believe it.  Not him.  He wears a devious smile as her eyes lower to the knife held in his right hand.  She lowers her head to the table, closes her eyes, and waits.


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Word Count – 333

GRASP (verb)

1: to take or seize eagerly

2: to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms

3: to lay hold of with the mind : comprehend

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37 thoughts on “A Living Nightmare

  1. Dark and suspenseful! The way she resigns herself to her fate at the end, closing her eyes and just waiting, was the most chilling part of the whole thing. Well done!

  2. I seriously held my breath through the entire story. Now I’m exhausted. 🙂

    This was creepily fantastic! I especially loved this: “she knows the next person she sees will be the last.”

  3. Yeah, I was seating on the edge of my seat, heart racing, wondering what was going to happen. Great story, wonderful take on the prompt.


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