Love is all that matters
Erica climbed into bed beside her husband and threaded her hands into his soft hair: "hey". She greeted with a smile. "You're back late". He replied without turning to face her. She sighed, looking down guiltily: "Yeah, i know, I'm sorry, Steph kept me back longer than expected, she wanted to chat".Steve finally turned to her, a look of concern on his face: "You didn't tell her about me did you"? "No course not, I know you're not ready". Erica reasured: "Although, we have been married a week, don't you think it'd be nice to tell people"? "Show off my beautiful ring"? She smiles, looking down fondly at her gold plated wedding ring. Steve sighed, pulling her closer: "I know, I want that too, I just- my dad he"- "I know, I know". She interrupted before placing a gentle kiss to his lips: "I'm not trying to rush you, I just hate that he's still controlling you after all these years, what you do, how you think". She sighed: "It isn't right, I hate that he's making you hide something so important". Steve took Erica's hand, kissing the back of it: "I'm sure it'll pass, just give me a bit more time and then".... he breaks off, taking a steadying breath: "then we'll shout it from the rooftops ok"? Erica shook her head: "No, no I don't wanna push you, if you're not ready now you probably never will be". "No but you're right". Steve realised: "Why should my dad always get to dictate how I live my life"? "Maybe, maybe I could go back to therop, or maybe we could just tell your family, just to start off with, maybe we can work our way up to mine". Erica smiled: "You'd really put yourself out there like that for me wouldn't you"? "Of course I would Eri". He replied "I love you". Erica gave Steve another soft smile: "I love you too". She whispered, her eyes welling up a little, he smiled back at her before pulling her in for a long, tender kiss.
Right now, I would tell you I am doing better.
I would tell you that all is right
within my mind,
within my world,
within my reality.
I would tell you that things are looking up
from the bottom of this well I am in,
from the dark abyss of my conscious,
a place to where I often stray.
Right now, I would tell you that life has never been better.
I’m starting to feel like myself
more and more each day.
I have the energy, the time, the patience
to give myself what I need the most: validation.
I have the confidence to look at my reflection and say
“I am beautiful.
I can live with myself today.
I love you.”
And as I exhale these words,
these beautiful, touching words,
I feel my spirits start to rise,
floating higher and higher
I feel lighter than air.
Weightless is how I’m feeling right now.
Light years away
I know you wear your own radiance
where a moon steals someone's blaze
I know you are huge and persistent
where a moon dress opaque on each passing day.
But do you know, unlike you,
that moon clutches my fist and walk with me
He may plum dark circles
but he manages to reflect me thoroughly.
You were million ages
better than the moon
But just like he conquered sun's glint
He invaded my heart too.
He was close, close enough to hug me
when the entire universe bridled up in its sleepy tone.
And you were far, so far that
when I looked again, you were gone. (far gone)
It was a normal day, but Diana could feel that something was off. It was the middle of January, and there was a chill in the air. Around 12:30, she got a call on her cell. It was her best friend's mom, saying that their family was going to the next town over, and that they needed a cat and house sitter.
She immediately said yes, and they thanked her. She saw their car pull out of the driveway, and went inside. They left a note saying that she could stay the night. Diana called her mom, and asked if she could.
“Yes, of course, stay at their house, Dia,” her mother said.
“K, thanks, mom!” She replied.
She went into the living room, and started to play some music. The radio was interrupted by a high-pitched siren. Diana, in all of her infinite wisdom, thought that it wasn’t a big deal, so she switched to a different station. The noise turned back on, and she saw that the cat was next to the radio. She moved to turn the siren back off, and the cat unsheathed his claws. She noticed that the cat’s pupils were severely dilated, to where the pupil almost filled up the eyes.
“Mewdles, are you okay?”
Dia noticed that the meow was drawn out, which wasn’t right for Mewdles. Mewdles was starting to advance toward her, very slowly.
The radio was still emitting the siren. The cat hopped onto the girl and so began their strange dance.
“Mewdles! Get off of me, it hurts!” There was no reply. The cat’s claws were still digging into her shoulders. They were starting to bleed. She shook the cat off, leaving gouges in her neck tendons. The cat started advancing again, leaving her no choice but to run.
She ran down the hallway, leaving a dotted trail of blood. The cat was deterred by this trail, thinking it was water. It tasted the tang and was quickly back on the hunt. Mewdles launched himself at the young girl, and bit her face. The girl wailed, and Mewdles started clawing at her cheeks. The cat’s claws found their mark rather easily, and Diana cried again. The child started running back to the radio, and she heard a cruel voice.
“Hello there, Diana… You may be wondering who I am. Just know that only you can hear this message. I have been watching you. The noise you heard earlier was a special pitch that… reprograms the brains of felines.”
The girl was starting to get dizzy.
“Wh-who are you?”
“I am everything you fear. I release the murderous nature inside of all felines, even those who have been… house trained. I am… your worst nightmare.”
“So, Batman?” Diana was breathless.
“Then why is your voice so terrifying?”
“Why in the world are you attacking me?”
“Because YOU ARE WEAK. You are a pathetic little girl. You are NOTHING. I am attacking you because I can. IT’S FUN.”
Diana could see her blood pooling on the floor in the kitchen, staining the wood, staining the furniture. She knew that humans had a lot of blood, but she didn’t know they had this much.
“How long do I have?”
“Oh, about 5 minutes until you bleed out. If you want it to be faster, I can help with that. There is no escape from death, little girl.”
The girl was already unconscious, lying on the wooden floor with her eyes closed. The high pitched noise started again. Mewdles advanced toward the girl, and launched himself at her with a yowl. His claws extended and found their mark on her eyes. The cat enjoyed the squish of the eye enveloping his claws, and purred. Instantly, the noise stopped, Mewdles retracted his claws, and licked his paws clean.
There was no response from Diana, though.
Again, no response.
The large cat heard a knock, and hid.
Two Days Later
“We found her like this after we unlocked the door. We don’t know what happened, it looks like her eyes and body were clawed at, by an animal. But it doesn’t make any sense. How did this happen?”
It was Diana’s best friend’s mom, Cheryl. She was talking to the police, and was starting to breathe very heavily. A tear was coming into her wife’s eye, too. Her wife, Veronica, was on the phone with Diana’s parents, Ram and Martha.
“You need to come over to our house. Right now. It’s about Diana.”
“Okay, Veronica. We’ll be right over.”
The line went dead. In a few minutes, all four parents were standing over Diana’s body.
“Where is your daughter?’ Ram asked.
“Toni is over at her grandparents. You haven’t met them, which is surprising. Their names are Jason Dean and Jennelle.”
“Oh, wait. Yes we have. We went to high school with them. It was a great time.” Martha started to sniffle.
“Our little girl will never graduate. She was only a Sophomore…”
The police were actively handing out tissues from the Kleenex Lotion Ultra-Huge-Mega-Pack they had brought with them, just in case.
“Just so you know, you will never recover from this, but it will give you incentive to try new things.”
“Gee, thanks a lot, jerk,” Ram replied, angrily.
“Oh, no worries, you’re welcome, friend.”
“That wasn’t what I-oh, never mind.”
The parents were almost drowning in their tears, because they couldn’t catch their breath. They were crying immensely hard.
“Why did this have to happen?”
“I’m sorry, did you ask why?” a gravelly voice interrupted. It seemed like the radio had turned itself back on. That or the channel had been dead or switched to another remotely. They had barely heard when the static turned off and the quiet, intently listening breathing started.
“I killed her because I could. I wanted to. I had the POWER.”
“Who the freaky-deaky love of god are you?” Veronica replied.
“I won’t waste my time on you cretins. I wasted too much time on the little girl you call Diana. Just know this, there is no escape from death. I’ll kill you now.”
The same high-pitched noise started, and the cat formerly known as Mewdles-now renamed by himself Sir Scratch-a-lot heard the call. He made quick work of the parents, who screamed at the sight of the cat with the blood-matted fur. He launched toward their faces, and ripped into their eyes with his teeth. Their deaths were quick and much more painless than Diana’s.
The pitch changed a little, and Sir Scratch-A-Lot started to shift into a guard position.
“Okay, Mr. Police Officers, you have one chance. Apologize for letting me do this and kill the cat. The one to kill it must be Mr. Oakely, though. I know that you love these little fluff balls. If it’s not you, then you both die by cat-mauling storm. Then I will be sated. You will be my last kill. If you don’t kill the cat, you die anyway. If Mr. Emmett kills the cat instead, if you, Mr. Oakely, Sir, you will die.”
“C’mon, Oakely, just shoot the dang cat!” Officer Emmett screamed. The other officer pulled the trigger of the gun. BANG! A shot went off and the old woman two houses down the street screamed. Emmett’s body fell to the floor.
“Bra-vo, Oakely. He never would’ve guessed it. His narrow mind is too focused on doing what other people tell him to do.”
“Would you have killed him anyway?”
“No, of course not. I was just testing you.”
“Testing me for what?”
“To see if you would fall for it. And you did. Bra-vo, Oakely.”
The pitch got higher again. Sir Scratch-a-Lot advanced toward Officer Oakely, and latched onto his back. His paws scratched through his thin shirt, and he screamed in agony. The cat detached from Oakely’s back and darted around the wailing man. He jumped onto the man’s face, and scratched until it was completely covered in blood. The officer staggered, and fell onto his back. The cat stalked around the desperate man, and growled. The last sound out of Senior Officer Oakely’s mouth was a terrified scream. His was a short story.
The last sound that came out of that house was maniacal, evil, not quite human laughter.
The house, 12345 Haysland Dr. was never again inhabited. The bodies hidden there were never found, only the skeletons. It was like they had been eaten by a feline. One with a large skeleton, found under the porch by a man in 1966. His name was Paul. He was looking around the neighborhood he had just moved into, when he heard a high-pitched noise. Followed soon after by a quiet purr.