She Will Come, Eventually

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
One night of torture in the life of an incurably sick man.

Submitted: November 18, 2014

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"Patience, boy." Lenny thinks to himself as he stares at a white rectangle on his computer screen. "She will come. She always does, eventually."

Lenny's sickness weighs most cruelly upon him in the late autumn. The days are growing shorter, too short. The skies are often grey and overcast. The nights are ever colder, bone chilling. His depression digs deeper and deeper into his soul.

Sometimes, she is late. Lenny knows it, but that is not much consolation. He needs her, and he needs her now.

He waits in keen anticipation, hoping that her fangs will sink deep like those of a viper to inject him full of the toxins that animate his being.

There is a slight buzzing between Lenny's ears. He claps his hands to his head to block out the sounds that intrude upon his little world, the sounds that prevent him from hearing her approach. Dogs bark in the night. Automobile horns blare. The pulse of civilization pounds upon his walls, upon his windows, upon his bedroom door, upon his brain.

The night wears on with numbing monotony. Where is she? Where is she?

Even the wee hours bring no relief from the noise. Seeping through closed curtains, Lenny hears a low growl borne on the wind from a great distance. It is the mournful sound of a lonesome whistle in the darkness. It blows long, long, short, long. Some railroad engineer is approaching a grade crossing and is giving the signal as required by law. Don't those people ever sleep?

Tired and dejected, Lenny gets up and heads to bed. The rectangle on his computer screen is still blank. The Inspiration Fairy has passed him by once more. There will be no writing tonight. Trudging on, Lenny bears his sickness with stoic resolve. He knows she will come to him, eventually.


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