Justice well served in this intense short by A.F. Stewart, ‘Returning Sins’ – new on Pen of the Damned this week!
The smell of rot and dirt displaced the stale air in the bedroom and I tried not to choke on the overpowering stench. Huddled in a corner by the door, shivering in the sudden cold draft, I listened for the slightest sound, praying she was gone. Or that I would wake up from this nightmare.
There it was, the faint scratching noise against the wood. Fingernails scraping at the grain. I caught my breath.
No. I don’t want to hear it again. I don’t want…
Only louder this time. Like an animal clawing to get inside. I whimpered and my stomach churned.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it.” The words blurted out before I thought.
“Liar!” A horrid screech ripped from behind the door, shuddering through the air. “Bad, you were bad! Left me alone! Left me to die!”
A thundering crash sounded as something slammed…
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