When I stepped outside, the squirrel raised its head to stare at me. Even though I was close, however, it showed no fear as it watched me with unblinking eyes.
It wasn’t until the third turn of the key in the ignition, my heart pounding in my throat, that the engine finally turned over, coughing and sputtering to life.
I glanced down at my feet, only to see a winged shadow pass directly over me. When I looked up, there was nothing in the sky.
She didn’t say anything, but I caught her looking at me out of the corner of my eye, a resigned frown on her face.
It wasn’t until I had closed my eyes and laid back down that I heard the sound again – a faint scratching from somewhere in the dark room.
As I felt my foot descend on nothing, panic blossomed in my mind. There had only been twelve steps, I thought, not thirteen.
A smudge on my glasses, I thought, as the shape loomed at the corner of my vision once again – but then I remembered I was wearing contacts.
When I stepped onto the subway car, a dozen pairs of eyes scrolled over me. One pair, however, seemed to linger far too long on my face.
Sitting uselessly in the waiting room, I stared blankly at the painting on the wall across from me. Somehow, the face seemed to be sneering back.
A sudden, faint pressure against my skin made me jerk, as though I’d walked through a spider’s web, even though I stood in my own kitchen.
My eyes snapped open. I was still in bed. But for a moment, I felt as though the blankets were bindings, preventing me from moving even a finger.