"Look at me."
He ignores my command, sitting still by the sill, from where he used to watch her every evening as she cooked.
He feared her presence as much as I had, not without reason. To the public, she was an angel - oh yes, indeed - but once the doors shut, her malevolence arose. Her disappearance had raised a few questions but I had sold the tale convincingly. She had left us and gone.
The public believed it. And in saying it over and over again, the two of us too had begun to believe the lie.
Until tonight when I returned home and he was sitting by the sill once more, his hair on end, staring beyond me at the empty chair she had always fancied.



"Look at me." I plead. He does not acknowledge my words; does not make any motion to come towards me. I hear the wooden chair creak and the cat's eyes bulge in fright before it scampers out the window.
I refuse to look back. It is just the winter. It is just the winter and I am alone in this house and she is gone and I alone know where she lies buried and nothing can harm me and...
I hear her breath beside me, wet and guttural, and a tear starts to fall down my cheek as she whispers three words into my ears.
"Look at me."


Author's note:
The above short story is based on the image prompt provided by Magpie Tales (Mag 294)

31 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed your short story!

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  2. Alana MautoneJuly 03, 2018

    Oh, that is spooky. Short, creepy and well done!

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  3. theresamilsteinJuly 03, 2018

    Haunting and creepy. Nice job!

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  4. Wow! Loved the imagery, Roshan. Riveting stuff!

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  5. Thanks... been a long time since I tried fiction.

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  6. hehe... was aiming for something like that :)

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  7. Thanks... wanted to try to make it creepy in as short a story as possible

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  8. Soumya PrasadJuly 03, 2018

    I'm not too fond of cats and this post sealed it for me now :P

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  9. enjoyed the short story.. creepy..

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  10. richasinghJuly 03, 2018

    Baracuda ! This one was so gripping!

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  11. Chilling! This is what a guilty conscience can do. :)

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  12. wowww I loved the scene you have set. That's one scary ending.

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  13. Spooky and scary! And I thought Halloween was over! :)

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  14. Darla M SandsJuly 03, 2018

    I like it! Very Poe-like in an awesome way.

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  15. ObsessivemomJuly 03, 2018

    Eeeks when did you start doing spooky?

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  16. haha... I'm no cat lover myself actually.natural that I would choose it for a horror based story

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  17. guilty consciences often make for the best horror themes

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  18. thanks.. was looking to be creepy in as few few words as possible.

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  19. yes, definitely a little inspiration of "the raven" was there in the early ideas...

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  20. I actually enjoy doing spooky... I just never get the chance often

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  21. Vishal BheerooJuly 03, 2018

    The attention seeker..i know one cat, I befriending, on my way to work. Love the way you made her speak and such a heart warming post:)

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  22. shilpagargJuly 03, 2018

    That's some super creepy and scary story! Liked it a LOT!

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