A story quickly written in the spooky mood of Halloween.
It’s too much, she thought numbly. How she was able to realize her intense, blazing emotion at the same time she could feel absolutely nothing—no, more like beyond nothing—was a mystery, but she was too blank to wonder much more about that.
All she knew was that she couldn’t bear any more of this turmoil. Turmoil on the inside, turmoil on the outside. Here she was, an emotional paradox, and all those people were trying so hard to corner her and take her away from her best friends—people who were actually more like her family. They had never left her. They truly loved her.
And why did they want to take her away? To study her. She knew it.
“I know I’m different!” she yelled. “Do you hear me? I know they want to understand. But they can’t take me away. This is my home, and you’re my family. All of you.”
She looked around. Just when she finally didn’t feel alone anymore. She had worked so hard to get all of them in one place. At first it had been awkward, with getting to know each other from ground zero and such. But they quickly bonded. Finally she had people to talk to. Finally she felt at home.
“But not anymore,” she growled. “They don’t want me to be happy. I mean really, in all honesty, we’re lucky they haven’t found us yet. I guess it’s only a matter of time, though.” Her face suddenly changed and a massive grin spread from ear to ear. A loud, raucous laugh—cackle, rather—echoes into the cold air. No other laughs joined her.
“They can’t take us,” she cried, all evidence of the smile gone in a moment. “The only one who will take me is me.” She lifted her eyes and inhaled deeply. “I guess if that’s what it comes to, I’ll have to do it. What do you think?”
Her eyes blackened. “All right, then. See you all on the other side.”
The gun fired against her temple. Her head hit the dirty tiles. When the sharp crack of the bullet faded from the room, there was no more noise.
Two hours later, the police barged in and found seven dead bodies lying on the floor. Only one of them was fresh.