Something is in the hallway. I can hear it breathing low and harsh. There is a scrapping against the wall and the stairs creak. It is heavy, the stairs are sturdy. I can see the shadow growing as it lumbers closer. It gets past the carpet and I can hear the click of nails on the tile.
I am in my 30's and I am hiding under my blanket like a 5year old. Something is coming for me. I am terrified and I cannot move other then to shake.
I try to call Emily tell her about the beast. Once she answers, I talk rapidly trying to explain. She tells me she can't understand, that she can't hear me well. I look at my phone and realize why. It's melting. Plastic dripping from my hand. I drop the remainder and pile on more blankets over myself.
Then I hear a voice, it sounds familiar. It is Pen, my roommate, she sounds worried. Does she see the thing in the hallway? I lift the blankets off my head and then close my eyes tight in fear. There is a woman in my room that has Pen's voice, but is not Pen. I do not recognize this person. I peek again, body of a woman svelte and tall with the head of a raven. I think it is Pen, she has an affinity for ravens. So I try, I tell her that I do not recognize her, but I think she is Pen. I ask her if she knows what is in the hall. She shakes her head at me and the feathers flutter. It's too much, its too real. I hide back under my covers. I know there is something wrong, but I can't look again.
I ask her if she really is Pen to get others, others I hope to recognize. I hear her leave, and the beast in the hallway follows her. Nails clicking away and the harsh breathing softening the farther it goes.
I don't leave the safety of my blankets.
Micah & Emily, I hear them. I hear them, but when I peel back my covers. It is not them. I don't understand. Again with the human bodies and bird heads. I think if I wasn't so terrified I would be enthralled with the beauty before me.