Behind The Black Curtain

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
Try to stay close to your old folks. You never know when they need you. Heart warming story of an elderly uncle and his nephew.

Submitted: March 21, 2016

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Behind The Black Curtain

Robert Kasch - 2016

 

September, 2012

 

It was a surprise to hear from my uncle that morning. Fall was just off to a good start and I was watching leaves fall across the lawn only to blow into the neighbor's yard. Appreciated I’m sure.

Uncle Otis called once or twice a year, mostly to ask about his estranged sons. Truthfully I didn’t keep up with the pair but assuming they were alive I would pass along best guesses to keep the old guy calm.

This time his call consisted of a request for me to obtain some medical gauze and tape...and lots of it. I asked if he had hurt himself and needed a doctor but as always he refused to leave his apartment. Antibacterial ointment also. This item too was required in bulk.

Was right after work okay?  He had replied that was fine and let me know his door would be unlocked. His voice was weak but I felt better knowing it was not an emergency. Of course I may have been just dulling my guilt for not going straight over.

The day at work was one rushed order after another and the time flew. At 4:30 I clocked out and headed for Yank’s Pharmacy and Liquor. Odd combination. Apparently Yank was not concerned over the health risks of gin but pulled down his cigarette rack with great fanfare. I thought a cigar would be great but...

I made the requested purchases and was asked if I was setting up my own clinic. For the sake of politeness I laughed and replied that I just might. I drove to my uncle’s apartment wondering if this was indeed a physical problem or just a part of the slow fall into alzheimer's that plagued our family.

Once in the hallways of Green Tree apartments I took one flight up and headed for apartment 212. The hall smelled and the closer to 212 the stronger the odor. I was surprised there had not been a complaint registered; maybe there had been. I really needed to take a stronger interest in my uncle's situation.. As promised the door was unlocked.

My eyes stung and I had to hold my hand over my mouth and nose. I heard a stirring and then my uncles weakened voice. “ Jimmy. Jimmy that you?”

“ It’s me Unc. You okay?”

“ Don’t know. I’m behind the curtain. Just leave the supplies. You don’t want to see me.”

I looked at the black curtain that blocked my view of my uncle's bed. Coming from under the curtain was a congealed pool of black blood mixed with yellow and white liquid I assumed was pus. I gagged at the sight but was more determined than ever to see Otis.

“ Unc, I’m going to open the curtain.”

“ Don’t do it Jimmy. I’m not alone.”

“ Wha...what the hell. Who’s in there? You need to…” I didn’t know what the hell to think. I looked at the curtain, the putrid pool that ran under it and threw the curtain to the side. Otis was on his twin bed leaning against the bloody wall. Impossibly there were two women, both nude and bloody. They were licking and gnawing at open wounds. Bites. The horrid things looked at me and growled.”

“ Run Jimmy. They are keeping me alive.You have to leave Jimmy.”

“ Keeping you alive? They’re killing you.”

I started to back away as one of the women left the bed, bared her teeth and ran toward me. Instinctively I threw a punch that knocked her back a step. The other one jumped from the bed toward me. I suppose I’m a coward but I ran and didn’t stop until I reached the car.

Knowing I would never be believed I went home and took my shotgun from the closet. I went back and killed them all. All three. And so I sit in this cell with no defence. I hear their screams until I fall to sleep, then I dream of them. What else could I have done?

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