Shadows in the Glass

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

Tea time in the manor with the usual guest.

A comfortable night, the fireplace is casting an orange glow on the otherwise inky black room as well as a subtle warmth that I have come to adore. I am sat, on leg across the other, in my tall and exquisite armchair. I have my diary in hand of course, providing me with the means of writing this. I have yet to take off my formalwear, but then again I prefer to keep it firmly attached.


There it is, just as planned, hunched over a fair distance away on the other side of the glass. My armchair is positioned just so that I might see out of the pane, and the visitor has returned as always. Given the perplexing nature of the entity’s very existence – it clearly is no animal described by science or folklore for that matter – I am surprised at the fact that I was not alarmed upon my initial sighting of the thing. It doesn’t make an effort to disturb me, it merely sits there quite content with itself and seemingly my company; it remains there, on the other side of the glass, until I retire for the night. It does not offend me, I do not offend it, and who am I to judge a man or creature based solely upon his or its appearance? I do not consider myself a judgemental fellow and my treatment of this entity is evidence of such a virtue.


Its arms are long, its face contorted and its legs bent in an impossible fashion. I’m quite fascinated by the fact that its limbs do not simply snap off – they appear quite frail – but it is by no means a delicate creature. It licks its hands, apparently amused by its own consistent delirium, but if it is entertained then I will make no effort to deter it. It has eyes, I believe, but I try not to stare. It would be unseemly.


My tea is still quite warm, but I enjoy it at a decent temperature. I keep the visitor in view as I drink, my curiosity insisting that I do so. It watches me in return, moving its head in such a way that it clearly possesses no bones in its neck. Its mouth moves, opens, twists, but it does not make a sound. Perhaps the glass prevents its voice from reaching my ears. I might invite it inside one day for a cup of tea. It would only be polite.


I wonder where such a thing came from. What played a part in the shaping of such a peculiar entity? What lent its hand in concocting this most unearthly visitor of mine? I wonder, does it gaze upon me and ask the same questions unto itself? Does such a different creature think in the same fashion as a man? I do not feel smaller than this being, and as I have stated I do not judge it in any way, but I wonder if it returns the same sentiments. Perhaps if the glass was not between it and me I would be reduced to featureless gore by the thing and its spidery fingers.


Ah. There goes the clock. Midnight is upon us. I suppose I should be going to bed.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll have more time to look upon my reflection tomorrow.


Submitted: October 17, 2015

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unmasked delusions

ah! You definitely got me with this one. I didn't expect that at all. "my reflection" wow....I like it. A nice little horror story that also had deep meaning.

Sat, October 17th, 2015 9:53pm

DJcyan

Oh wow, this is so cool. I wonder what the creature was. Truly intrigued. Loved it, every word. You captured me with the style and the setting and word choice and the intrigue. Lemme know when you write other stuff, please!
In the meantime, I've got a cool story I would love love love if you could check out and critique. It would mean a lot coming from you. It's called, "Heartbreakers". It's not romantic, actually.
Anyhow, great story, I'll have to fan you when I get around to it. Seeya!~DJ

Sun, October 18th, 2015 1:06am

DJcyan

Oh wow, this is so cool. I wonder what the creature was. Truly intrigued. Loved it, every word. You captured me with the style and the setting and word choice and the intrigue. Lemme know when you write other stuff, please!
In the meantime, I've got a cool story I would love love love if you could check out and critique. It would mean a lot coming from you. It's called, "Heartbreakers". It's not romantic, actually.
Anyhow, great story, I'll have to fan you when I get around to it. Seeya!~DJ

Sun, October 18th, 2015 1:06am

JanineLancellas

Brilliant!!! Loved the ending!! I know it is a story that will play over and over in my mind for quite sometime.

Wed, October 21st, 2015 4:27pm

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