Inside Her

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A hostage situation ends with an unlikely saviour. The panic hasn't even begun...

Inside Her

The drumming of her heart gradually stilled. She still couldn’t make any sense of it. What had just happened? She slowly began to realise... and yet... how? Amanda’s heart rate sped up again as her racing mind tried to sort through the facts.

Logical step by step thought eluded her. It was like something had taken over her mind... force-feeding her all this information. Her usually logical thinking self hijacked, as her limbs involuntarily responded to the force within. She jumped out in front of the hooded men and heard the gunfire.

It all happened in an instant but to her, everything seemed slower. A five-minute explainer video with a silent narrative, breaking down the ten seconds that saved the day. Saved the lives of all thirty colleagues on that floor of her office building. With time to trap the five masked assailants in her boss’s office till the cops arrived.

When she came to, a paramedic was shining a light in her right eye checking for responsiveness. She blinked and moved away in a moment’s panic. Reassured by his calm kindness, she was soon on her feet, rushing to her closest friend Jess to check if she was ok. Jessica’s child had just gone missing and she didn’t need this. It was awful!

They were all outside the three-storey office building that housed their insurance firm. Theirs was the top floor and when police arrived, they’d scurried out all the office staff before finally apprehending the attackers.

“Oh my god, Mandy! You’re ok.” Jess exclaimed with teary-eyed relief. They hugged for several minutes before asking about the others. They could see the rest of their shaken team scattered around the parking lot. Some seated alone heads buried in their hands, others huddled in groups discussing what had happened. Several had family and friends already arriving to comfort and ferry them home once this was over. The police were asking a few of them questions, including the ageing office manager. He looked terribly anxious.

“Well, I don’t know for sure what I saw, Officer. It all happened so fast. One minute we were all being held hostage. They threatened to throw us off the balcony if we didn’t cooperate...” He paused as his voice trembled. Pulling himself together with a big sigh he continued... “Suddenly everything changed. Something came at the five gunmen at the same time. They seemed to have been dragged screaming into my office cabin, guns firing at nothing. All five were locked in as the door banged shut behind them.”

“What do you mean ‘dragged’? Were there people dragging the assailants across the room?” asked the sceptical policeman. “Well no. Not exactly. That’s the thing. They seemed to move there on their own, but against their will. I don’t know how to explain it. They all ran towards the door, but it didn’t seem to be voluntary. They seemed to be resisting something, but there wasn’t anything making them move. At least nothing or no one that I could see”, claimed the bewildered man as his tone pleaded with the officer’s growing impatience.

The cop looked up from his notebook and glanced at his colleague a few steps away. He was talking to another of Amanda’s colleagues. The two officers shared a confused but amused look as they both excused themselves to confer with each other. “What do you make of it?” one asked the other. “Hallucinogenic gas maybe? I dunno. We should let the medics check them out before we go ahead with questioning.”

Amanda heard the whole thing. She was the only one who knew what had happened. It had been her. She had dragged all five of them away from the floor to the cabin. She knew it was impossible. How had she dragged all five simultaneously? How had she done it without being seen? It seemed like one part of her brain asked the questions, while some deeper more primal brain smiled knowingly as it waited for the querulous part to catch up. She knew. Oh god! She knew and was afraid.

The next day’s news reports claimed that a group of three men and two women had attempted to hold the staff of a small insurance firm for ransom. The morning news stated “Yesterday afternoon, members of a small cult of nutters, convinced the earth has been invaded by aliens, attempted to hold a small insurance firm to ransom. The assailants attempted to get the nation’s top defence authority’s attention with the hostage situation. Thankfully the cult’s madmen seemed so trapped under their own delusions, they worked themselves up into a frenzy and barricaded themselves in the manager’s cabin till police arrived. All employees were escorted to safety and no one was harmed in this bizarre reckless act of terrorism. No one except the cult members themselves. They seemed to be under great distress as they were hauled off. Screaming that the whole world was in danger. And boy do we agree. In danger of madmen and conspiracy theorists. Good riddance and thank god everyone’s safe. More on the story after this break...

The being that now lived inside her switched off the TV and looked lovingly around the living room. Amanda’s five cats purred contentedly as they snuggled up to her. Soon she thought... as she stroked her growing stomach, “Your brothers and sisters will be here soon. And the warm bodies downstairs will do nicely.”

Somewhere in the basement, five children slept peacefully in a room filled with toys. Starry night light projected from a globular lamp gave the room an eerie feeling of outer space. An ultrasound pinned up on the wall showed a human womb teeming with snake-like crawling shadows.

A flier blew past the window and stopped for a second. Another missing child in the neighbourhood, but Amanda didn’t worry. The face on the flier was her best friend’s five-year-old. She smiled the wistful dreamy smile of a mother at peace. Yours and mine are one. They’ll all play together now. 


Submitted: April 30, 2021

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