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Micro World (Part 3)

Escaped. Disclaimer: Some parts of this story contains references to COVID-19 which some readers may find disturbing. There is also coarse language and violence. Reader discretion is advised.

By Donna Fox (HKB)Published 6 months ago Updated 6 months ago 7 min read
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Micro World (Part 3)
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Part 1: Prologue.

Part 2: Life as we know it.

Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.

Helmar woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone banging on his bedroom door. He rubbed the sleep from his eyes as he waddled towards his door, slowly regaining his senses. With a hand on the knob, he paused for a moment, “Who is it?” He called in a sleepy voice.

“Helmar buddy, it’s me,” Cameron called, followed by a few more persistent bangs on the door. His voice sounded frantic and Helmar could hear his ragged breathing through the door.

“Is everything okay?” Helmar called, as he took a few steps back.

His gut sank with a feeling of foreboding.

“I need help, let me in.” He replied in desperation, his voice didn’t sound like his own. As he abruptly started turning the door handle unsuccessfully.

“What happened?” Helmar asked, as he walked over to his nightstand and grabbed his phone. His heart started to pound in his chest and shook as he watched the door in apprehension.

“I think my microchip is malfunctioning, please let me in!” He called.

Helmar’s heart rose to his throat, as tried to remain calm and dialled for emergency services.

“Go back to your room and hang tight,” Helmar called. He stepped closer to the door but still kept his distance.

“I’m calling for help now, they should be here soon.” He explained, beads of sweat began to form on his temple.

“I need help now!” Cameron called, “Please Buddy, help me! Help meeeee!” He was screaming.

Through the screams, Helmar heard the operator on the phone say she was dispatching emergency services to his location. Then requested his exact location.

“Number 34 Oakridge Homes, Pine Street Northwest,” he answered in a shaken voice. “Please hurry.” He added, as he fought to stay calm.

Then realized that Cameron had suddenly become eerily quiet. He took a few tentative steps toward the door, craning his neck as he listening for anything from the other side. Then he heard something from outside his window, only to see Cameron on the balcony holding a metal chair overhead.

“Heya Buddy.” He called wearing a sinister grin and a manic look in his eyes. but nothing else. Before he threw the chair through the window, with an ear splitting shatter.

Glass flew everywhere, but Helmar had no time to think. He ran for the bedroom door, unlocked it, and fled the scene.

Followed by the sounds of more glass being shattered and the crunch of it under the footsteps in pursuit of him. He ran for the door and flew down the staircase, until he reached the ground floor.

He sprinted to the front of the building just as a single police car pulled up. The lights flashed and sirens were blaring at a deafening degree.

“He’s after me,” Helmar called, as he ran towards help.

The police officers jumped out of their car with their guns drawn, and ran into the building.

A second police car pulled up, Helmar explained what had happened and where the other officers had gone. They waited with him until the original officers returned.

They couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary, then requested the apartment number and a description of Cameron before returning to the building.

Helmar sat in the back of the cop car with two officers. Who took his statement, while the others continued to search for Cameron.

After hours of searching and canvasing the area, the original officers reported that they were unable to find his roommate. So for safety reasons, Helmar was told to pack a few things and go stay with friends until the apartment was deemed safe.

He called Toby and crashed on his couch for the last few days of the semester. Hoping that once finals were done, he’d be able to go home and not have to deal with anything like this again.

In the meantime, Helmar was brought into the police station daily. Being questioned about every detail of the incident, by two men that identified themselves as government representatives.

“What happened?” They would ask.

“He attacked me.”

“How?”

“He threw a lounge chair through my bedroom window.”

“Why?”

“I don’t know.”

“You said his microchip had malfunctioned, how do you know?”

“I don’t. He just said that to get me to open the door.”

“Why would he do that?”

“I don’t know.”

“Was this typical behaviour for him?”

“Obviously not, that’s why I called the cops.”

“Why do you think his behaviour became so erratic?”

“I have no idea.”

They questioned him in rapid succession, repeating questions often and asking as though he were the one that attacked his roommate.

Helmar was all too glad when exams were over and he could return home.

Once, back home, he was bombarded by questions and concerns from his parents. Who informed him they had heard on the news, and wished he’d come home sooner.

Helmar assured them he was okay and was home to stay for a while. He’d only have to return to collect the rest of his things after the apartment was deemed safe.

That night, it was reported on the news that there was an attack at Lethbridge College.

“Turn it up,” Helmar demanded of his father. He knelt directly in front of the TV, in awe.

“This is the aftermath of a scene that took place on Campus at the Lethbridge College. It appears that a young man by the name of Tobias Finnegan has been killed by a former friend and fellow student, Cameron Black. There are reports that Cameron was having trouble with his microchip, reporting it had been malfunctioning for some time. In addition, he had recently been reported attacking former roommate Helmar Singh.-“

“That was my friend,” Helmar mumbled, tears welled up in his eyes.

“Shhh.” His father huffed, as he turned the volume up more.

“As of this afternoon, Cameron has been apprehended by authorities.” The news lady continued.

At that moment the house phone rang and Helmar’s mother ran to answer it. “It’s for you.” She stated, handing the phone to over.

“Hello?” He answered in uncertainty.

“Is this Helmar Singh?” An older man’s voice inquired.

“Yes.” He replied, still feeling uncertain.

“This is Officer Lewis, I am calling to tell you that your roommate has been apprehended and you are now free to come back to gather your things.” He explained.

“Thank you,” Helmar replied.

The officer hung up immediately and Helmar turned to face his parents, “The officer on my case says that I can come grab my things from the apartment now.” He explained and they all shared a sigh of relief.

“We’ll go tomorrow. All of us.” His father stated, giving his son a pat on the shoulder.

The next morning, they all drove back to the college and began collecting Helmar’s belongings. Once the apartment was empty, Helmar’s parents bid him goodbye. Saying they’d see him at home in a few hours.

Helmar hung back to say one final goodbye to an apartment he was so fond of, wishing things could have ended differently.

The door of Cameron’s room creaked open slowly, drawing Helmar’s attention. Tentatively he took a couple steps down the hall toward it. Then poked his head in, he saw that all of Cameron’s things remained.

He allowed curiosity to get the best of him and stepped inside. Having never been inside Cameron’s room before, he couldn’t help but wonder what it was he did in here all the time.

Suddenly the door closed behind him and as he turned around a sharp pain hit his stomach like a load of bricks. His vision began to go black as he crumpled to the ground. Looking to the sky he was met by the maniacal grin of Cameron. His eyes aglow with enjoyment as he looked down at Helmar in his last moments.

“Heya Helmar Buddy,” he muttered in a raspy voice, as Helmar’s vision faded and he succumbed to his injuries.

The End

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A Note from The Author:

Thank you for reading, I stepped a little out of my comfort zone with this this different genre for me. I hope you enjoyed it and would love to reciprocate the read if you leave me a comment!

A bonus chapter as requested by my readers:

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About the Creator

Donna Fox (HKB)

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If you are interested in longer works by me, I have two books published on Amazon.

Jogger's Trail and Fox in The Hole.

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  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Well, you certainly nailed the creep factor on this one. Such an interesting story that probably will happen on some level in the future. Bravo!!!

  • Oh no how did Cameron get free? At the beginning of this I kept saying to Helmar Don’t open the door as if he could hear me lol. On to the bonus chapter! P.S. You did a great job stepping out of your comfort zone

  • ThatWriterWoman6 months ago

    Cameron is a TERRIFYING antagonist! Well done on nailing the suspense and terror in this!

  • Novel Allen6 months ago

    I told everyone about those darned chips in our heads. Many more Camerons are loose, you all better beware. Now Helmar is dead. Elon must be so upset right now.

  • J. S. Wade6 months ago

    Fiction can become truth… (hold on a second, someone’s knocking on my door.) Noooooo. Stop!! I don’t want the chip! Did you send them Donna? Reading your story flagged me for interdiction? Help!!!!! I … ne…

  • Whatttttttt? The endddddd? You can't do this to me, woman! I demand answers! I need closure. I mean I love the fact that you killed off your main character. Oh well, this is how I leave my readers too. With no answer or closure. Okay, seems fair. But I certainly didn't expect the story to finish so fast, y'know. I was caught off guard! With that being said, I enjoyed this chapter so much! It was so scary to have Cameron suddenly appear outside Helmar's window! Also, this one goes to Helmar: Dude, if you see a door creak open on it's own, you bolt! In the opposite direction! Like after all that has happened, why would you will wanna go into that room? You're the special kinda dumb, aren't you. I knew it because so am I 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I absolutely loved this series D! It was so new, fresh creative, suspenseful, creepy and captivating! You are freaking brilliant! 💖

  • Test6 months ago

    Incredible, Donna! Numerous lingering mysteries keep me on the edge of my seat. Leaving it unresolved just won't cut it. A final episode to tie up loose ends would be fantastic! The dialogue truly heightened the eerie ambiance, making me a bit anxious about bedtime tonight 🫣. While reading, I found myself yelling at Helmar, "No!!! Stay away from there!!!" 🤣🤣😁. This series is absolutely outstanding!

  • Mark Gagnon6 months ago

    Donna, so many unanswered questions. You can't just leave it there. One more episode to wrap things up, please!

  • Real Poetic6 months ago

    😱 Donna!! Amazing ending. I have the creeps right now. I’m looking over my shoulder! 👏🏼

  • LC Minniti6 months ago

    I need more!!! I agree with Alexander I hope this isn’t the end of the story! The premise is rich with all kinds of potential stories! What was wrong with Cameron’s chip? Is everyone’s chip about to start malfunctioning? Why now? I need more!! Haha

  • Alexander McEvoy6 months ago

    That was so creepy Donna! I do so hope this isn’t the end of the story! I’d love love love to see what happens next! This whole microchip business is really interesting and certainly a terrifying potential reality! It reminds me of how the inhibitor chips from Star Wars work (have you watched the Clone Wars show? Highly recommend) Suddenly shifted personalities like that, and the death of Tobias following the attack on Helmar? Holy cow! Then that ending! They said that Cameron was apprehended and yet, there he was just waiting like a serial killer in a horror movie. Brilliant!!!

  • Donna Renee6 months ago

    Omg this is soooooo creepy!! 🤯🤯🤯🫣 the dialogue really added to the unnerving quality of this and I’m actually kinda afraid to go to sleep tonight 🫣. As I was reading I was screaming at Helmar “no!!! don’t go back there!!!” 🤣🤣😁. Amazing series!!!

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