Up Here!

It’d been three days since she had gone missing.  She’d heard her husband and children search the house the day they arrived home to find her gone.  Yesterday, the police had been there.  They took a statement and also searched the house.

She’d tried to get somebody’s attention; anybody’s attention would have done.  A lonely possum had come out of hiding at her ruckus.  He’d stared at her for a few moments before running back to his hidey-hole in the attic wall.

For three days she had beaten on the floor, yelled, screamed, jumped up and down with no luck.  The house had always been noisy.  Four boys with radios and TVs blaring, her husband glued to his cell phone.  The dishwasher, the washing machine, and the dryer were constantly on since the boys each played in two sports and had other activities.  She had often complained about not having enough hours in the day.

Stuck in the attic, she felt like all she had was time.  Time to do everything that needed to be done and yet, no way to do it.  Being locked in the attic was stupid.  The fact that no one had thought to check the attic for her was even stupider.  When someone’s brain finally kicked in and they thought to check the strange recessed doorway that lead to the attic stairs and found her, she was going to give them all a thorough tongue lashing.  With any luck, the lashing would be so good, they wouldn’t remember to ask how she had locked herself in the attic.

She beat on the floor again and got no response.  She could hear them below her, she knew they were home.  It wasn’t really being locked in the attic that bothered her the most.  Or the possum that had obviously taken up residence in their barely used attic.  It was sitting next to her own body, covered with a wardrobe and decomposing, that freaked her out.


©Hadena James 2014

This is a work of fiction, any resemblance to persons living or dead or actual situations is completely coincidental.

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  1. Maria D.

     /  March 3, 2014

    Again…did not see the twist coming!


    • No one got the twist in Missing Persons, so I’ve been trying to make them easier to see. Glad it is working without making them predictable!



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