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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


A flash inspired by a feeling of being watched on a late night dog walk.

Submitted: March 17, 2018

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If I asked you, have you ever heard of scopaesthesia? I bet only a few of you would say yes; even less would be telling the truth. But what if I was to ask, have you ever felt like you were being watched? I’d wager most of you would answer in the affirmative. It is an odd, yet common phenomenon. I would even risk money - my money - by gambling that the majority of you have felt that way in the past week. Possibly even today. In fact, I reckon some of you feel that way right now. Perhaps you’re reading this in your kitchen, sitting with your back to a window or an open door, and keep getting an urge to turn around and look over your shoulder. Convinced that you can feel eyes studying you; as the watcher forms a dark plan in his or her head. And the more you think about it, the worse it becomes. Maybe you should get up and move that knife? Perhaps you should lock the door? Somebody is out there and they wish you harm. You know it. Well, I hate to tell you, but for one of you, it’s true. And worse, for one of you, it’s already too late. But you won’t believe me. Nobody ever does. Not until my hands are around their throat.


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