Five Minutes Alone

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
I dare you to sleep tonight without thinking of this...

Submitted: August 18, 2012

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Five Minutes Alone

By: 1122

 

 

One minute…

Harry Bilchek counted the bills in his hand. Five, crisp, brand new one hundred dollar bills, and yet they felt dirty.

The man had knocked on his door at midnight – black trench coat, black fedora, a crooked nose and a disarming laugh. Standing in the shadows of the porch amid a gentle, scratchy whirlwind of autumn leaves, he offered Harry a proposal.

Two minutes…

Harry put his ear to the door to try and listen. The man never said he couldn’t listen. He held his breath but heard nothing except silence on the other side of the door. Perhaps he was dreaming.

Three minutes…

He looked at the bills in his hand again and began to feel queasy.  The man seemed genuine, even if his proposal was absurd. But hey, for five hundred and your assurance that nothing screwy is going to go down? Be my guest, freak.

But now Harry began to wonder.

Four minutes…

Five minutes alone, undisturbed, in the hallway closet was all the man asked for, for which he would pay five hundred dollars. Harry needed the cash so he agreed. The man had only one rule:

“No peeking, Harry.”

…Five minutes.

Harry gripped the doorknob with a sweaty palm and thrust open the door, anxious to have the man out of his house.

The closet was empty. The man was gone.

Later, after the heebie-jeebies had died and Harry finally forced himself asleep, he woke to the sound of a closet door slowly opening.


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