A Phantasm of You: The Second Day

Avatar Author: August Rode Note to eReader owners: Digest for April 2011 is now available at http://www.box.net/shared/yg7eom74zq, as are all monthly digests. I'm happy to accept any and all feedback. Still a fan of the slightly warped. Read Bio

The phone rang many times during the morning, always friends and family inquiring for news of you. I was not as polite with them as I could have been: the phantasm in the hall played havoc with my nerves. I knew that I should not stay, but I knew also that I could not leave, not while that monster was still there. How long it would remain I did not know.

Shortly before noon, I refilled my coffee cup for perhaps the seventh time that morning. I unplugged the phone and sat again by the clock. The phone upstairs rang several times: I ignored it. I stared at the phantasm staring back, talking, whispering. I couldn’t take it: I threw my half-full cup at the abomination. It had no effect.

Family, yours and mine, knocked on the front door. I shouted at them to leave me be.

At supper time, I plugged the phone back in. Shortly after, your father called and asked if I was okay. I lied to him. He asked if I had filed a missing person report with the police. I assured him that I would do so that evening.

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  1. Avatar August Rode

    Commentary: Yay! I finally cleared all of the drafts that have been sitting on my desk for far too long. Anyway, this is a continuation of a story started several months back. There should be two or perhaps three more installments. I know how this ends; I don’t know how long it’ll take to get there without going too quickly.

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Really lovely story, and I like the portrait here of him becoming more and more unraveled and upset, as well as how he tries to deal with it.

  3. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    I like how the time falls in this series. It’s very intimate, the time slots being so close together, and it all fits in almost like a single chapter of a book.

  4. Avatar cthulhuburger

    What struck me today about this story is the way in which it’s addressed to the disappeared beloved. It helps underscore how lonely the narrator is, and also how imbalanced he is.

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