Sloane removed her glasses and placed them on the desk in front of her. She rubbed her eyes with the palms of her hands and blinked into the darkness. She could make out her notice board, full of random clippings and pictures she had stuck up since moving in a few years ago. She let her tired eyes wander over them. Unfocused and unreadable. She knew it all anyway. Sat behind her desk most of the time, there were few better ways to procrastinate than to commit each headline to memory, to imprint each photo on the back of her eyelids.

  The monitor in front of her burned brightly against the black of the room, a half finished column with its ever impending deadline pressing on Sloane’s mind. She spun herself around in her swivel chair, thinking of how to finish her sentence. The square of light shot past her eyes again and again as she spun. She spoke aloud to herself, repeating what she already had, hoping to find an answer in the silence.

“Sloane,” someone’s voice spoke from behind her, causing her to jump violently.

“Jacob!” Sloane hissed, placing her feet on the carpet and forcing herself to a halt. A tall, rugged-looking man was before her, lit eerily by the monitors glow.

“You almost gave me a goddamn heart attack!”

Jacob grinned.

“Sorry. Clara sent me to get you. Dinner’s ready”

“Why didn’t you just call me?” Sloane said, standing up and immediately regretting it. Her world spun.

“Hey, you alright?” Jacob asked, placing his hands on Sloane’s shoulders as she wobbled slightly.

“Yeah, just dizzy,” Sloane replied, smiling sheepishly. She turned and placed her glasses back on her nose, turning the monitor off as an afterthought. The room plunged into darkness.

“Sorry” Sloane muttered, fumbling for the light switch. She found it and squinted at the unwelcome explosion of light that followed. She turned around to ask what was for dinner and gasped.

The room was empty. Jacob was gone.


~ by Joseph Blame on July 11, 2010.

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