Give It Back

Short Story: Sci-fi Horror

She woke on Monday without any idea that anything was missing.  She opened the curtains and ate breakfast and rode the train to work as if nothing was wrong, because nothing seemed wrong.  Even the news she pulled up on her implant was the usual – crooked politicians, another bombing in China, second contact with the alien life expected in 3,000 years.  As usual she noticed the other people in the car checking the weather or reading on their phones, and smiled at the thought that soon everyone will be doing all that in their heads like she was.

It had been pricey, but she hadn’t been able to wait.  Being one of the first had its thrills.

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Midnight Train

Flash Fiction: Horror

At first, the soft choo of the train’s horn came to him from far away, as it always had before.  Were he not lying in bed with silence all around him he wouldn’t have heard it at all.  The sound of it always calmed him and set him at ease, because even if he couldn’t sleep up until midnight the train was there to reassure him that everything else at least was running right.

But the next night it had seemed louder, the horn blaring closer.  It made him uneasy, but he convinced himself it was only the wind blowing in the wrong direction, bringing it to his window.

But the next night it was so loud it frightened his old cat from the covers, and he could swear he heard the rattle of the tracks in between blasts of the horn.  This was no trick of the wind.

And then last night, the tracks had rattled enough to shake the house, and it had blown its horn loud enough to shake his eardrums.  It was right outside his window, passing by at its regular time as if all were normal, and as it left he shook under the blankets.

Tonight he lies in bed, shivering, waiting for the train.

Give Me That Back

Drabble: Horror

I can’t remember.  You took it from me.  I don’t even know whether it was a good memory or bad.  Whether I would really want it back or not.  Whether it was from my childhood or teenage-hood or just yesterday, whether it was about you, whether it was about you and me.  It’s just one blank in my mind but it feels like you stole everything.

I can’t remember.

What was it?  Was it something you don’t want me to know?

Was it something you did to me?

What have you done to me?

Oh god please, give it back.