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She’s under the stairs. In the cellar. Glaring at me through the slats.
No one believes me. No one else sees her.
It started a year ago. Just glimpses at first. Her eyes, her hair, the side of her face for a moment in the darkness. I would descend or climb the stairs and I’d see a flash of something below me. A trick of the light I told myself. Until she refused to go away, until more and more of her became visible. Until her fingers reached between the slats to grab at me.
She waits for me, always lurking under the stairs.
Day by day it gets worse. I hear her voice now. Moaning, whispering my name.
I know what my friends and family think. That I’m crazy. They’ve told me to see a therapist.
Therapy won’t help. She is real.
I know she’s there. That’s where I buried her.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
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