Something is Coming to Get Me

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๐Ÿ“… Published on December 4, 2019

"Something is Coming to Get Me"

Written by Thomas J. Sotvedt

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Estimated reading time โ€” 4 minutes

It all started after I had that damned panic attack.

I am a calm person by nature, always have been. Small stuff never bothered me, even while driving.

And I certainly had never been so negatively affected by something that I had a breakdown like that.

Of all the places for it to happen, it was at work during an important meeting with my boss. Luckily for me, it was a telephone meeting, so I was able to hang up, get my breathing under control and then call back; blaming my sudden absence on a bad connection.

There had been no trigger to speak of, the meeting was going just fine, I was alone in my well-lit office, surrounded by plants and art.

But something suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks… no; more like the realization that there was a charging bear coming right for me.

* * * * * *

โ€œInstinctโ€, is what my roommate called it when I confided in her later that evening after I shot down the possibility that Iโ€™d just been working too hard.

โ€œMaybe itโ€™s like you knew that something was wrong? Animals can tell when something isnโ€™t right. Like dogs and cats just before an earthquake. And human beings are just animals when you get down to it,โ€ she had said before finishing off the last of her glass of wine.

I sipped pensively at my own glass as I stared out the window of our penthouse apartment.

โ€œYeah, but human beings need science in order to tell when itโ€™s about to earthquake,โ€ I sighed.

โ€œI guess thatโ€™s true. Well, maybe your brain was just misfiring. Who knows?โ€

She left after chatting for a while longer to go meet her boyfriend at a bar across the city, leaving me alone in the apartment.

* * * * * *

Everything was going just fine, I was rewatching an episode of friends while I enjoyed my second glass of wine.

But then, all of a sudden, that feeling hit again. Panic, worry, dread… all rolled into one uncomfortable sensation that caused my skin to crawl.

Before I knew what I was doing I was back in the kitchen looking for a knife or something to defend myself.

But against what? I had no idea.

After settling on a meat tenderizer I began to patrol the apartment searching every room top to bottom.

But of course, there was nothing to find. Because there was nothing wrong.

* * * * * *

After scolding myself back into a state of relative ease I finished off the bottle of wine and another few episodes of television before turning in for the night.

I sat up for a little while reading as I always did before sleep with my blinds closed to shield my room from the city lights.

It was about a quarter past eleven when I shut the book and turned out the lamp.

The moment the light faded from the room the panic returned with a vengeance and once again I found my body moving before my mind could intervene.

I threw open the blinds allowing the city lights to pour in. But that did nothing to calm me down.

As I stood there in the dim lighting, I could feel the anxiety focus in a little bit. Soon I had a pretty good idea what I was so scared of.

Something was coming to get me. What or why I didnโ€™t know. But I knew it, I knew it deep down in my DNA.

* * * * * *

I didnโ€™t sleep that night suffice to say.

My roommate didnโ€™t return either which didnโ€™t help, although she texted me later in the morning to inform me that she had spent the night at her boyfriends.

Around lunchtime, I decided it would be a good idea to go out so that at least I was surrounded by people and if anything happened they could maybe help.

How wrong I was.

The moment I hit the streets I felt more exposed than ever. I knew that whatever it was that was coming, it could come from any direction.

The ground, the sky, left, right, behind and forward. Being in the open like this wasnโ€™t safe.

But I also knew that my apartment wouldnโ€™t be much help, so I found myself moving towards the police station.

I had no idea if they would help, or even believe me; I knew that I wouldnโ€™t if I was them. But maybe they would agree to let me stay there or something.

* * * * * *

Unfortunately, I was only halfway there when the feeling got so much worse. What had been anxious worry and suspicion turned quickly into terror.

Desperately I swung my head back and forth to scan my surroundings.

I was across from a park where a group of children was playing catch with their dad. Some old men were playing chess under a tree and a busker on the road was strumming gently at an acoustic guitar.

Nobody around was threatening at all. But I knew in the back of my skull that it was getting closer and it wouldnโ€™t be long until it arrived.

I knew then that the police couldnโ€™t help me. So I turned up street, kicked off my high heels and began a full-on sprint to the downtown cathedral.

People stared, some laughed pointing at me. But none of that mattered, only survival did.

* * * * * *

As the tall spires of the church came into view down the street I felt a small pang of relief and momentarily slowed my sprint to a jog.

But that was short-lived, as an image forced its way through my eyeballs and into my mind.

A grinning figure, tall, gaunt, wearing a bathrobe with a massive chest wound with protruding ribs. No not ribs… fingers; big long fingers. Reaching, catching, clutching fingers.

The woman’s… man’s… thing’s lips were rotten and blistered with crusty yellow slime, and a few spots of the stuff stained its white bathrobe.

Where it was I didnโ€™t know. But I knew it would be coming for me soon.

So soon in fact that there was no point in running anymore.

I stopped in the street, hands slack at my side and tilted my face up to the skyscrapers around me and the blue sky above them.

Tears rolling down my face, I stood and still stand, waiting for it to get me.

Credit: Thomas J. Sotvedt
Edited by Craig Groshek

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