It Might Be Me

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
When the tragic events of childhood begin to impact on her adult life, Emily escapes to a happier place, one that exists in her mind.
A mysterious, older woman befriends Emily whose real world has become embroiled in difficulties and complicated by weird coincidences.
Could she be the catalyst behind all that is happening in her life? Eventually Emily is forced to consider, "it might be me".

Table of Contents

Prologue

Submitted: March 17, 2017

Evil plays in the shadows of my dreams; its tainted and bloody talons scratch at the door of my waking hours. Dark forces appear to be at... Read Chapter

Chapter One

Submitted: March 17, 2017

The trouble with Emily, according to her father, was that she lived in a perpetual daydream. "Your head is so far up in the clouds, you d... Read Chapter

Chapter Two

Submitted: March 17, 2017

By the time Emily reached her thirty-fourth birthday, very little had changed. She still lived in the same apartment complex, venturing o... Read Chapter

Chapter Three

Submitted: March 17, 2017

I was enjoying a beautiful spring day in the mall when I first met Emily. From my bench seat I could look up the mall and enjoy my fa... Read Chapter

Chapter Four

Submitted: March 17, 2017

The following afternoon, Emily found me in the mall. She rushed up in an agitated manner, waving a copy of the same newspaper that I had ... Read Chapter

Chapter Five

Submitted: March 17, 2017

Emily arrived home feeling out of sorts and slightly annoyed with Joyce. Joyce hadn't seemed very supportive when Emily felt she needed a... Read Chapter

Chapter Six

Submitted: March 17, 2017

I could feel Emily's presence long before she arrived. It was as if her anxiety and excitement were leading her to me and she was followi... Read Chapter

Chapter Seven

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Simon left Emily's apartment in one of the worst moods he could ever remember. What a complete waste of time it had been, planning, buyin... Read Chapter

Chapter Eight

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Emily's phone played 'Waltz of the Flowers' rather noisily, Joyce thought. Emily had placed the device beside her coffee cup on the off-c... Read Chapter

Chapter Nine

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Over the next few days, Emily continued to visit with Simon in the hospital. It was somewhat of a relief to both Simon and Emily when the... Read Chapter

Chapter Ten

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Following the police visit to Emily's apartment, life seemed to settle down. Simon's ribs healed and fairly quickly, it seemed, he was po... Read Chapter

Chapter Eleven

Submitted: March 20, 2017

 I had seen the police walking about the mall on a couple of occasions, asking questions of people they thought were locals, general... Read Chapter

Chapter Twelve

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Emily turned away from the onshore breeze and headed back down the mall. It was a relatively short walk to the local police station and a... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirteen

Submitted: March 20, 2017

"Tell me," pleaded Simon as Emily placed his meal in front of him that evening, "that you and Joyce have called off her 'following' arran... Read Chapter

Chapter Fourteen

Submitted: March 20, 2017

In the days following the detectives' latest visit to the apartment things returned to an uneasy normal. Simon went back to work, taking ... Read Chapter

Chapter Fifteen

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Reins and Johnson were curious. Earlier that day it had been decided that the bashing of Reginald Brown, Emma's ex-boss, was now a very l... Read Chapter

Chapter Sixteen

Submitted: March 20, 2017

It never ceases to amaze me how weak and easily manipulated some men are! Although I haven't had a lot of experience with the opposite se... Read Chapter

Chapter Seventeen

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Emily suspected that Simon had done something to deflect the interest the police had been showing in her. While she was happy that things... Read Chapter

Chapter Eighteen

Submitted: March 20, 2017

I was fed up with hanging around the mall in the hope that Emily would venture out. The weather had turned cool with the end of Autumn an... Read Chapter

Chapter Nineteen

Submitted: March 20, 2017

When Simon returned home that evening it was clear that things had gone from bad to worse. Emily was sitting on the edge of their bed sta... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Seated at his work desk, the newspaper article and its contents remained firmly fixed in Simon's mind. He tried to concentrate on the job... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty One

Submitted: March 20, 2017

No matter how Simon looked at things, he kept coming back to the connection between Joyce, Emily and the strange goings on in Emily's lif... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Two

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Simon left early for work the next morning hoping to leave earlier than his usual knock-off time in the afternoon. He didn't like leaving... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Three

Submitted: March 20, 2017

Simon sat alone in Emily's little kitchen. It was a beautiful winter's afternoon with weak sunlight revealing tiny dust particles floatin... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty Four

Submitted: March 20, 2017

I first met Simon when he plopped unceremoniously next to me on the park bench under the spreading Frangipani tree. His heavy contact wit... Read Chapter