Prompt Short Story: Perspective – Jase

Jase

(WIP, “Perspective”)

by

Lee Hulme

[All stories in this series:
1: Drew     2: Vicky     3: Egs     4: Danson     5: Egs & Danson     6: Nelle     7: Elliot     8: Emmeline    9: Josie     10: Nelson     11: Jase     12: Hilda     ]

 

Jase groaned as his phone vibrated on the bedside cabinet. It could only be one of a select few people allowed through the Do Not Disturb blocker and, at—he checked—3.47am it was either very important, or a high or drunk or both friend deciding he needed to hear about their night. Which was important too, in a way, even though he had foregone much of the scene these days.

He rolled over, freeing his arm from where Danson had gotten it wrapped around and pressed against his stomach, and slid his thumb across the glowing screen.

“Yeah?”

There was a moment of silence, then a crackle before a monotone voice spoke, “We need you again.” Continue reading

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Prompt Short Story: Perspective – Nelson

Note before we begin this installment, if you’re unfamiliar with the use of the singular ‘they’ as a pronoun replacement for he/she, please check out these links:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-nonbinary-they
https://nonbinary.wiki/wiki/Singular_they

Nelson

(WIP, “Perspective”)

by

Lee Hulme

[All stories in this series:
1: Drew     2: Vicky     3: Egs     4: Danson     5: Egs & Danson     6: Nelle     7: Elliot     8: Emmeline    9: Josie     10: Nelson     11: Jase     12: Hilda     ]

Drew’s head pounded as they woke, nausea cramping their stomach. They tried to curl up into a ball, but their arms and legs wouldn’t move. Awareness began to return and Drew realised they were in a chair—tied to a chair, in fact.

Dread crowding out all other thoughts, they opened their eyes, wincing as their eyelashes unpeeled from each other. Their whole face seemed to throb as the single grimy window picked out a room more shadow than light.

The walls were too far away to see, only the odd humped silhouette came into view as Drew squinted, grunting in pain as their face scrunched up.

They pulled against the ropes with all their might, but they wouldn’t give. Continue reading

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Prompt Short Story: Perspective – Josie

Josie

(WIP, “Perspective”)

by

Lee Hulme

[All stories in this series:
1: Drew     2: Vicky     3: Egs     4: Danson     5: Egs & Danson     6: Nelle     7: Elliot     8: Emmeline    9: Josie     10: Nelson     11: Jase     12: Hilda     ]

 

Relishing the time spent on someone’s studies but her own, Josie had been eager to help the stranger find and take notes on occult rituals. Emmeline was a trifle odd – jumpy, vague on exactly what she studied or with whom – but she was far from the oddest student here and given the things she and Ronald got up to, Josie wasn’t about to judge. In fact, given the subject matter she could help all the better, she only hoped she didn’t give away the fact that these were not wholly new things to her.

By the time the library closed, Emmeline seemed to be satisfied, and Josie left, smiling to herself in pleasure at being able to help. She ignored a stab of unease at some of the rituals they had found— Emmeline couldn’t possibly know they worked, it was just for an essay. And besides, the creature the group of them had summoned had done no harm to them when they called it up and asked it to stop the fellow that kept following her around asking for a date—they hadn’t seen him since and nothing else had happened.

Tote bag swinging against her leg, humming softly to herself, Josie rounded the corner by her dorm and stopped, a cry strangling in her throat as she saw the glistening remains of…well, something she didn’t want to piece together. Continue reading

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