The Corner

In the latest Terribleminds challenge, we have to write a story 200 words at a time. So I write 200 words and then next week I take someone else’s 200 words and add another 200 to that (and hopefully someone picks mine to add 200 words to) and so on until Week Five when we’ll have a glorious craziness of mashed up stories. Here’s my 200 word (or 199 to be precise) effort:

The cat stared at the corner of the bedroom. Her eyes were black disks with only a rim of yellow showing. She was stock still and it was creeping me out.

“Hey, Shadow!”

She didn’t respond, not even an ear flicker. As I watched her, goosebumps popping up on my arms, she moved. Rather, her fur moved. Her tail puffed out like a bottle brush and a ridge of fur rose up along her back, unfurling like a hoisted sail.

A low keening noise made my heart jump. A sound of fear, pain, and sadness, it was coming from Shadow. I’d never heard the cat make a noise other than a chirpy sort of meow or a raucous purr.

The keening continued, rising and lowering in pitch in an awful melody. I got out of bed, walked over to Shadow and knelt down. She ignored me, still staring into the corner. The keening got louder and her body vibrated with the effort of producing that ghastly noise. I lowered my head until it was on a level with hers, forcing myself to turn my head and look at the spot hypnotizing the cat.

And I saw what she saw.

*Update: This story went through all five stages of the challenge, woohoo! Joanna Horrocks’ finale can be found at her blog here: http://joannahorrocks.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/the-corner-flash-fiction-challenge-week-five/

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