Welcome to Day 6 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 electricians agree is the reason for skyrocketing electric bills. Today’s prompt is Haven, and you can thank Barb for this one. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before the lights went out.
Not That Kind of Asylum
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She pounded on the heavy door with her fists. “Please! Please, somebody! Let me in, please!” Again and again, for what seemed an eternity. She looked over her shoulder and felt fear overtake her. She could see them in the distance. It wouldn’t be long and they would be here. They would get her. She started to scream in earnest, “HELP! PLEASE HELP ME!” The door finally opened and a man stood before her.
“Yes, how can I help you?”
“Please, I beg of you, I need asylum.”
“There’s a lovely facility just up the road. They serve Jell-O and…”
“No, NO! Listen! I need safe haven. There are people after me. Evil, insane, dangerous people. Please, please let me in!”
“Goodness, of course! Come in, come in!”
The door closed with a solid thud and the man turned several latches before sliding the deadbolt firmly into place. Turning to his unexpected guest, he found the poor thing huddled against the wall and breathless.
“You poor thing! What on earth do those dreadful people want with you?”
“It’s all my fault. I swear, though, I didn’t mean to. It was just supposed to be a lark. I swear, I never meant for it to go this far!”
“Easy, easy. I’m sure you never meant anything bad to happen…but what exactly are you talking about? What did you do that those people want to hurt you?”
“Go on, dear. I won’t judge you, I promise.”
“I…my name is Nicky. I… started a writing challenge and…all those bloggers…”
“Shhhh, dear. It’s okay. I understand. It’s not your fault. You’ve come to the right place.”
“But there are so many of them…”
“Doesn’t matter if there’s an army of them. If they try to come in here, well, let’s just say that their ranks will suffer. My name is Larry. I take it you’ve never been to Google Headquarters before. Let me show you around.”
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