Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#30Shorts - Day 6

Day 6's prompt is here. I skipped Day 5.

Note: Please note that the work shown here is not ready for critique, as it is fresh and unedited. Please be gentle with your thoughts.

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One by one, the ceiling lights are turning off. The energy saver sensors cutting power to the areas where no movement can be sensed. Every so often, a leaving co-worker triggers the lights to come back on in the elevator area, then they turn off about a minute after that person boards the car.

The dialog box on my screen tells me that it's shutting down some program that's running in the background. I use the time to collect my things into my purse and put on my coat.

Finally, the screen goes black. I walk out the door of my glass walled office, and head for the elevator bank. I'm running late to dinner with Tim, and I can't keep doing this to him, lest he think I'm not interested.

While I wait, the ceiling light above my desk shuts off, but the glare from my still on computer screen illuminates my empty chair.  

Damn it! I walk back to my office and find on my screen the "blue screen of death" showing an apparent error with my computer. I read the white words to get a sense of what's wrong.

 DON'T LEAVE THIS ROOM.

A chill runs through me, but I try to ignore it. I look up toward the elevator waiting area, and notice that the ceiling lights haven't turned off.

I bend over my keyboard and hit Ctrl-Alt-Del, to force the computer to shut down. Another blue screen pops up.

 DON'T LOOK UP.

There's something rustling outside my office. I peek over my computer screen. There's nothing there. The computer beeps.

DON'T TURN AROUND.

IT WON'T HURT.

A cold wind swirls around me squeezing, coiling, twisting; wringing the air out of me. A sharp pain on the side of my neck is the last I thing I feel.

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Hmmm... not so sure about this one, but I had to go with it.  *Bludgeons inner critic*

2 comments:

  1. This is obviously very suspenseful and I think most people would want to keep reading! But also, I like the mention of "Tim" that you have in there. It's another thing that piques our curiosity, another layer to a character we're just getting to know.

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