It was the smallest of thuds, but it startled Julia from her sleep. She lay wide-eyed, completely still in the darkness, holding her breath. Her pounding heart seemed to rock the whole bed. She listened to the silence, waiting to hear the noise again. Nothing. She must have been dreaming. Julia finally let her lungs release the air they’d been holding and sank back down under the duvet.
She froze. There was no mistaking it this time, it was definitely a noise, and it was definitely coming from downstairs. She pulled herself slowly, silently, to the edge of the bed and let her bare feet rest on the carpet. Continue reading “Short Story: In The Basement”