Butterflies swirl in my belly as I lie under my covers faking sleep. At nine o’clock I had told Mama I was going to bed early ‘cause I didn’t feel well. That had been only a partial lie; I hope enough truth to keep me from the arms of the Devil.
The clock hands point to 9:45. It is time. Mama plays the piano every night before bed to praise God. Tonight is no different, except this time, it answers my prayers. I step lightly as I shove pillows under my covers to mimic my sleeping body and gather my shoulder bag stuffed with a couple changes of clothes, a toothbrush and a hairbrush. I want nothing else.
For the last two weeks, I have been stashing extra bed linens just for tonight. I’m new to my role as a liar, but I’m a bit frightened at how easily deceit comes to me. I’ll ask for forgiveness, but not right now. I knot an end of the sheet rope around the leg of my bed and drop it out the window. I take a deep breath and exhale slowly to calm my shaky nerves.
It’s 9:55. No time to waste. I shimmy down the “rope”, my skirt tangling around my legs. I land on the ground with an awkward thump, but the piano music covers me. I dust myself off, grab my bag and sprint to the cornfields.
It would be pitch black, if not for the light glow of the full moon. Even so, I still find the quiet shadows eerie. I check my watch- it’s 10:05. The acid in my stomach crawls up my throat but I force it down. Where is Jeremy? Each gust of wind rustles the corn stalks. Their whispers send chills through my veins.
“He’s not coming for you, Ellie.”
I gasp and try to run, but it’s too late. A better liar than me twists my arm with a vice-like grip.
The above story is an entry in the Trifecta weekly challenge. This week, we were asked to write a story between 33 and 333 words (mine is 329 words) using the following word, with the definition specified: NEW (adjective) –having been in a relationship or condition but a short time <new to the job> <a new wife>
If you want to try the challenge, click on the tricycle picture to view the complete guidelines on Trifecta’s site.
This is the fifth part of Ellie’s story. If you didn’t catch the first four parts, check out the links below. Each part is less than 333 words, so it won’t take long to catch up!