Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sue Renol @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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The Lock
by Sue Renol

Once the alarm was triggered, we knew we had less than three minutes before they arrived. The plan was simple: get in, grab what we could and get out before anyone knew we were even there. It was a culling night, everyone should have been home, locked away safely, hoping they weren’t chosen. Why someone was still in the building, we have no idea – our intel was reliable; a source we’d used before.

The klaxon began to scream. The door to the vaulted room we were in nearly slammed shut before one of the crew jammed a two-foot-thick chock into the opening. It wouldn’t last long, but it would keep the door from closing and locking us inside while we worked. As the air began venting from the chamber, we scrambled to grab as many vials as we could; the effort would be in vain without them.

The first, then second bag were swiftly, yet gingerly packed, and slid through the opening. Being the smallest, I had the best chance of making it out, so it was my job to go first. As I was about to slide through the gap, a sickly blue arm the length of my body slithered through. Pushing with my heels, I backpedaled on my rear trying to get as far from the limb as possible. Just then, a loud snap was heard and the chock gave way, severing the alien appendage. When I glanced back toward our small group, I could see their terror. The creatures had surrounded the plexiglas-like chamber we were trapped in, and were staring at us with those bulbous orbs that served as eyes. One by one, we began to collapse from lack of oxygen. Just before consciousness left me, the only sound I could hear in the strange room was the whir and click of the lock reengaging.

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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sue Renol @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Certainly gives you pause — even makes you gasp for breath reading the last lines. Good one!

  2. afstewart says:

    Very creepy and a great story.

  3. Love the pacing of this story – gripping and breathless

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