Prompt- The hallway was silent.
Time allotted for challenge- 15 min
The hallway is silent. The shadows huddled in the corners are black and concealing. I run my fingers over the switch and flip on the light.
Nothing. I lean against the wall, my body prickling with sweat and nervousness.
Thinking back to the point when I was jerked from my sleep, I am positive I heard the mechanics of a door turning. The excess of bolts and deadlocks mocking my supposed assurance. How could I think for a moment that any action could bar him?
My bare feet sink into the carpet as I pad over to the end of the hall. The weight of my revolver lends strength to my illusion of safety.
I see him. His body is draped casually across the lumpy couch. I lightly touch my weapon but decide to leave it there. Adjusting my shirt to disguise the movement, I meet his gaze.
His eyes are locked on me. “No need for violence tonight.” I curse myself for my careless gesture. He sees everything.
I glare at the mask that shields his face. Coward.
Despite his words, he is cradling a gun of his own, turning it over in his gloved hands. I wait for him to relay the instructions. “Leave this,” he draws a small envelope from his jacket and places it on the coffee table, “in his office.” I go over and pick it up. I nod and he leaves as quickly as he came.
Soon after his hateful form is out of sight I sink to the floor. As I grip the table leg I can feel the beginnings of a fever break across my skin. The paper crumples under the pressure of my constricting fist.
I glance at the front of the sealed envelope and as usual the victim’s name and address is scrawled in red ink in the corner.
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