He crept down down the hall dressed in shades of shadow, all but invisible in the dark. On his feet, he wore only socks. Forensics had recently identified a female based on prints taken from a wood floor and the worn down treads on the sole of her left sneaker, the result of her, evidently, rare gait.
He would not be so foolish.
But when he heard the low murmur of voices, he gasped. His tongue stuck dry against his teeth. Afraid to breathe, he stood dead still in the dark. His heart thumped against his chest. Calm the hell down, he silently scolded himself.
He noted the pale blue flicker in the gap beneath the parents’ bedroom door. That’s when he recognized the staccato delivery, the canned laughter. Nothing but a late night television show. He concentrated and heard the heavy breathing, not quite snoring, of parents deep in slumber. They’d be no trouble tonight.
He slipped soundlessly into the child’s room. He slid his bony blue fingers beneath her pillow, felt around. Finally, the tiny pearl-like tooth! He tucked it deep into a velvet pocket and vanished in a puff of silver sparkles. He forgot to leave money!
About the Creator
A former daily newspaper journalist, now an independent writer of essays & fiction published in several lit anthologies. The Whole Hole Story children's book was published by Versify Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021. More are forthcoming.
Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!
Original narrative & well developed characters
Heartfelt and relatable
The story invoked strong personal emotions