This is an excerpt from “The Claw”, the first place winner in fiction. Understoodannual writing contest Alexandria Adult Detention Center. The author enjoys exchanging scary stories with his daughters during the tours. It’s the perfect spooky read for Halloween!
By Michael Pixley
I am alone and I am so scared. My bones are shaking like I’m in Antarctica and the nighttime chills overwhelm my soul. But where I am, it’s lukewarm although you can’t tell from the pebbles of sweat resting on my forehead. The bathroom is completely blacked out as I lie down in the tub with the curtains closed. It’s strangely silent, aside from the constant “thumps” that continually knock on the door, hoping to find its way inside. I know she knows I’m here. I just pray that she will forget about me. Oh I pray.
As the tears struggle to leave my eyes, I recoil from the burning sensation behind my eyelids. I told everyone, “It’s an Apocalypse. It’s the end of time ”, but“ Nooo, Alijah, you watch too many cartoons late at night, ”they say. Now it’s just me, alone, with bloodstained pajamas and to be honest I’m really devastated because these colorful power ranger pajamas were my favorite and are now ruined. If I do get away with it, I’ll never look at another Toy Ranger again as long as I live. I mean it’s God, I wish those “lungs” would go away!
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