The door shut. She waited, counting his steps as he descended the apartment stairs. Finally, she spoke to the empty room. “He didn’t really see anything. He just said the spot on the wall looked like a face.”
Silence. That seemed like a good sign. So why did she feel so cold?
“I’m sorry,” she offered, just for good measure. “I know I’m not supposed to let anyone know about you. But it was an accident.”
The wall creaked and quivered. The spot with the brownish stains bulged like a growing bubble. It pulsed and shuddered, shadows caving in as a hollow-eyed face pushed its way into the room. A noise that was almost a voice shuddered out the word, “Lies…”
“No,” she insisted. “No, no, no, no, no, please don’t think that. I didn’t tell him anything.”
Wood cracking, insect skittering, air moving in empty places: “Punishment…”
A shape like a hand began pressing through the wall. “Not again. I swear, he doesn’t know anything.”
It was cold. She could see her breath. “Y-you want… you don’t mean…”
There was a knock on the door.
A gasp, a murmur, a sob: “Please.”
The wall began to crack.
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Story by Gregory M. Fox