Write a story where someone’s paranoia is justified.
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“Paranoid???” by Halimah Wright
She lived in a state of perpetual paranoia or so it seemed. Mama was always looking over her shoulder, peeking under the bed, locking doors and windows and huddling with us in a tiny room every night. I couldn’t understand it, we had a big house with three bedrooms and yet, every night we all huddled together in mama’s room sharing a single bed. We were six siblings and mama. Dad had left us in search of a better life, a better job, more money and the hope of giving us a better life one day.Every ev...
“The Grasp of Darkness” by Star Eyed
“You’re total is 23.46,” she said, bagging the last of the woman’s items. A cheap bottle of perfume, an assortment of candy, and nail polish. The woman lingered just a moment, adjusting her items and purse. Then she was all alone. Kas leaned back against the cigarette case letting her exhausted mind and body take a break. A peek at her watch and groaned. Her shift had just begun. It would be hours before she ...
“New Beginnings” by Marie Arrington
Marie thought her life had changed for the better. Oliver was going to be her new start. Sitting on the enormous mustard-yellow sofa, she tells her children’s father she is leaving. Larry didn’t love her. He loved his drugs. Marie wanted to escape this life. It was too much she wanted better for her children. Bang, the gun went off and Larry went down. “What the hell?” Marie yelled as she ran to him; he may not ha...
“PROJECT BAC012588” by Angela Pirozzi
Brian Adam Cramer tried to keep his focus on the task ahead, but kept peering back over his shoulder, feeling eyes burning holes into his back where he saw none. His messenger bag tucked close to his body, the wind threatening to tear it away with each violent gust, he hurried along the road to his destination. Knowing that if he didn’t make it to Pathway Laboratories tonight, he might never make it there again.Felicity Ann Daniels chewed at her ragged cuticles, staring at the doorway every few minutes. Checking her phon...
“At Least They Have Good Taste” by Kimberly Close
That wasn’t where she’d set it.No, she was certain. Her mug had been on the dining room table, left to cool for a moment while she completed a few quick tasks, not empty beside the sink. Had she been the one to move it, she would have taken the brief time needed to wash it, as was proper. Not leave it to dry, for the leaves to crust and curl to the bottom.And yesterday, Cora had lain her cardigan over the back of the couch only to find it hours later stuffed in the hamper.For years it had happened, with rarely a quiet...
“Midnights Curtains” by Kelly Sibley
I have something to confess. I know it’s stupid, but I’ve always hated having my curtains open. If I opened them, it meant, at some point, I would have to close them. Not during the day; I mean, come on, I’m not a baby or anything! … It was just having to close them at night. When it was pitch black and dark. Reflective glass gives nothing away a...
“The 11th Figure” by Danielski Belski
The 11th Figure The floor is slick with puddles and wet wood from fallen branches as I make my way through the storm with only a newspaper over my head to shield me. Finally, I spot the lights in the alley of the one place I feel is safe from the whip of the weather. The single trees that stand in the distance fluff themselves warm with every cool breeze that lashes by. ...
“Coffee and Danish” by Cindy Strube
Coffee and DanishShe has a perfect smile. Straight, uniform, dazzling white teeth. It occurs to me that they might be implants.I remember when she went head over handlebars off her bike and chipped a front tooth. I was ten and she was eight. The tooth had to be capped, and it always looked like a poorly shaped makeshift. She’s effervescent, chattering about how good it is to get together after all this time. Then I realize that she’s stopped talk...
“Forget Me Knot” by Doug Turnbull
“He’s staying with his wife,” Sasha sobbed, dabbing her eyes. “I’m such a fool!” Amy patted Sasha’s hand, trying to calm her down and perhaps, more importantly, lower her voice. A few customers looked their way. Amy offered the lookers a strained smile. They sat across from each other at a small round table in a tucked away corner of INCANTATIONS. ...
“You remind me of my dead wife...” by Nisaa A
Well that was super weird… I'm not sure what that was all about. Maybe I heard him wrong? Yea..that could be it. Seeing as my hearing isn't very good and I often misunderstand people all the time. I know I had to hear him wrong..forsure i did. But what could he have possibly meant by ‘you remind me of my dead wife.’ I don't know why but when he said that, it gave me chills. I’ve barely ever spoken to that guy and tha...
“The Endless Highway” by Holly Pfeiffer
Inigo Collins woke to the sun glaring on the dashboard and an acute, bone-deep pain in his head and neck. It took a moment for his vision clear enough for him to see the airbag had deployed from the steering wheel—and to see what he'd collided with. An old, red telephone booth. It was odd, a telephone booth like this in the middle of nowhere. It took only one look beyond the windshield to place himself th...
“The Watcher on Cedarwood Road” by Madeline Honig
Jamie was ready to restart her life. She needed a change of scenery. She needed something to keep her mind busy. She had just broken up with her jealous boyfriend, Jed. In an effort of making this new start, she found an old farmhouse on Cedarwood road on the outskirts of town for sale for a nominal price. Jed had accused her of cheating on him after she came home late from work one day. He did not ...
“It’s All In Your Head” by David B Fraser
The first rock landed near Margaret’s ankle. She looked about wondering and then returned to digging out leaves from the flower boxes on the back of her house. The next rock landed a little further behind her. She looked again. The third rock hit the porch door beside her and she held up her garden claw tool to protect herself. Margaret raised herself up, with effort. She could not tell if something moved in th...
“The Old Man” by Stevie Burges
This story contains stalking and potential threats to a juvenile.Even in my teen years, I found Cardiff (the capital of Wales) too small for my ‘adventuress spirit’, except Friday nights as these were booze nights. In my heady youth of the late 1960s, the law stated that only 18-year-olds were allowed to buy alcohol or set foot inside a pub. But when I was about 15 years old, my friends and I saw it as a badge of honour to lie to our parents regarding our whereabouts and get into a ...
“Body Bag Barry” by Needs Chocolate
Recently, I was searching an online dating site. Don't ask me why. I'm happily married. Perhaps I just wanted to see if I was as invisible as I felt. After the first fifteen minutes with a current photo on my profile, fifteen eager fellows were sending me hearts and asking to chat. Wow. After an hour there was a steady stream of requests to meet or chat. Overwhelmed by all the attention, I tried ...
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