Dark Twists and Surreal Turns Preview:
There are multiple scraping sounds now. My body is still frozen, brain too overcome with fear to force movement. The scraping noises aren’t coming toward me but moving to the back of the swim locker area.
Come on, I remember the old ladies saying.
It’s not that cold.
We’ll be right here with you.
Nothing’s gonna get you.
You’re going to be fine.
My eyes focus on the locker. Quite a shoddy paint job. Keys have scratched smiley faces and words and crazy squiggle lines that zigzag all over the place. I can’t believe I left my purse in this pathetic locker. Even though the lock helped I bet it wouldn’t have taken long to break in. I could have lost my credit cards and driver’s license and favorite deck of playing cards.
Card playing has always been a fun pastime. It forces you to interact with other people and makes it so much easier to relax. How many people ask deep penetrating questions at a poker game?
Enough talk. Enough chitchat.
I can see the door out of the corner of my eye, the wormhole to reality, the safety zone. Tightening the hold on my purse, I jerk it out of the locker and run. Fear propels me down the row of lockers with superhuman speed, brain only focused on that door, that light at the end of the tunnel, that small passageway for salvation, that—
Stray shoelace drives me downwards.
Momentum slides me across the tile.
The door, that blessed opening of freedom, comes streaking and jams me into the doorframe.
Consciousness fades and monsters come out to play.
Welcome to the wonderful world of me, Shern Baxter.