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The Hunt For a New Toy

20th February, Story #51/366

By L.C. SchäferPublished 5 months ago 3 min read
The Hunt For a New Toy
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I stalked the detective through the dreamscape less and less. He got stronger, left hospital. Thinner, and prone to trembling, but still basically fine. He returned to work, and was put on desk duty.

I'd become accustomed to hunting regularly so I scouted around for a new toy.

I was at the doctor's getting my bloods done. He'd discussed weight loss, and warned me about the risk of diabetes. I arranged my face into an expression of respectful interest, but I was using my sharp hearing to eavesdrop on a conversation in another room.

The doctor sounded serious and gentle. The woman sounded strained. From what I could gather, her six year old daughter had a sexually transmitted infection. My heart became a hot, sharp dagger. Mike in Accounts, with his arrogance and fat jokes, seemed like paltry prey.

How am I going to do this?

I could contrive a meeting with the girl, and then seek her in the dreamscape. But kids' dreams are chaotic and frightening, hard to control and easy to get stuck in.

Instead, I bumped into her mother. I feign shock, "Are you alright?" Her face looks on the point of crumpling.

We got coffee. We made small talk. I patted her hand, pressed my number into it. Hugged her as we parted. Registered the smell of her hair, her warmth, the tears collecting at the corners of her eyes. I folded these things over in my mind, filing them away to retrieve later when night fell.

It took a long time to find her in the dreamscape. I came to her as a cat with long silky white fur and blue eyes. She hugged me tight. I could feel the bond between us thickening, like a sauce coming to a simmer, until I could ghost into her room in the physical world.

It looked neat and cosy, the man sleeping beside her looked normal. I imagined cutting off his skin piece by piece, night after night. Popping out each eyeball. Growing claws to push up his nostrils.

First, I need to be sure it's him.

Once I know, he'll never sleep well again. The Sandman's got nothing on me.

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Word count (excluding note): 366

Submitted on 20th February at 21.24

Quick Author's Note

Pay no attention to the writer behind the curtain: This one is part of a series.

A Year of Stories: I'm writing a story every day this year. This one makes a 51 day streak. I probably should have done the alien one today, shouldn't I. You can find all these stories in my Index post, which I do my best to update once or twice a week at least. It's also pinned to the top of my profile.

If you'd like to read another, here's my recommendation: here's one I did recently that I was happy with.

If you're joining me on this "story every day" madne adventure, please leave a link to yours in the comments! Whether you're on a creative bent like me, or if you have your own self-imposed criteria, I'd love to see what you come up with for today.

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Comments (15)

  • Stephanie Hoogstad5 months ago

    Oh, definitely a worthy target…if she has the right person. She has the right cause in her heart, that’s for sure. I definitely want to see where Moira goes with this one.

  • JBaz5 months ago

    My skin is creeping, I don’t know who is responsible but once they are sure I hope he dies shred every piece of skin off of him. Now that I said that, this was excellently written, such a wonderful character for this type of story.

  • Novel Allen5 months ago

    Does she know, do they all know and turn a blind eye. Skin em both alive i say. The kids grow up bitter and sad, become bullies or need therapy all their lives.

  • Hannah Moore5 months ago

    I mean, she seems deeply wrong, but I can overlook that....

  • Sid Aaron Hirji5 months ago

    part of a series-I need more

  • Phil Flannery5 months ago

    Feast away.

  • Shirley Belk5 months ago

    I've missed my girl....and now it seems like I'm going to get to live vicariously through her with a worthy victim...can't wait!

  • Apparently I'm the only one that feels like I'm missing some context 😅 Also, when you say part of a series, what part is this? Maybe I missed the previous part and that's why I don't understand

  • Yes, please be sure. Then do what you must, or will, or want!

  • Caroline Craven5 months ago

    Yikes! Still at least she’s using her powers for good. I’ve never understood anyone wanting to hurt kids or animals. Another belter of a story.

  • Laura Lann5 months ago

    As someone who works in the DV field... I wish there was punishment like this. I really enjoyed this story and wish there was more.

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Ooohh. Somebody deserves a nasty torture.

  • Gerard DiLeo5 months ago

    ZZZand Man indeed. Certainty is a little spooky.

  • I was thinking - what if it is a different person that caused it? Definitely interested to see what comes next!

  • John Cox5 months ago

    Wow! Look out Neil Gaiman! Excellent story about a horrific tragedy. Great storytelling, LC. I wish we could something worse than that to men like him!

L.C. SchäferWritten by L.C. Schäfer

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