Lauren

Lauren

A Story by Vesper
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Lauren and her coworker Timothy make their daily run through the asylum's patients when they come across patient 2101, Kate, who's even less ordinary than the other nutcases.

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        Chills constantly crawled under my skin, creating unappealing goosebumps as I kept my eyes trained on the sight before me. Wails and deep groans were choked out of the throat of the patient in front of me; her black hair was a bird’s nest, and the bags under her eyes spelled endless days of insomnia with a side of insanity. The only thing that stood between me and this lunatic was a thick glass wall that allowed me to see through, but not vice versa. I gazed at the poor girl as she rocked back and forth in the middle of the massive white expanse. Claw marks could hardly be seen on the wall farthest from us, but we could tell they were from her.
        “Patient 2101, name--Kate,” my coworker, Timothy, murmured. My eyes flickered to the right, quickly skimming over the notes he held in his calloused hand. “Backstory?”
        “No thanks, I’ll pass on this one. Seems rather traumatizing.”
        He nodded. “Yeah, probably.”
        I nodded in response and turned to the right, ushering him out of the observatory. “Alright, moving…”
        Just then, something dark ran toward the thick glass wall. Out of surprise a gasp escaped from between my lips, while Timothy’s eyes grew wide in shock. The girl, Kate, stood there with her fists pressed against the glass, knuckles white with a tinge of yellow because of the pigment of her skin. I watched her chest grow and shrink in an animalistic manner, almost as though she had run a hundred miles to capture her first prey in weeks. Chills worse than when I first laid my eyes on her caused my body to tremble ceaselessly; Timothy reached his hand up to tug at my lab coat gently, shakily.
        I turned my gaze over to him with wide eyes. “What is it?”
        “I think we made a mistake in not reading her portfolio.”
        “You may be right,” I replied. “What does it say?”
        Cackling laughter erupted from the girl across the glass wall, causing my coworker and I to both jump. We turned our heads back to where she stood, and I almost fainted right then.
        She turned her forearm so that the sensitive skin leading from her wrist to her palm was exposed, and had dug her other hand’s nails into the flesh. With each twist and pull at the veins, muscles and bones in her arm, her head twisted and jolted in a gruesome manner, cackles still resonating throughout the room she was trapped in.
        By this time Timothy scrambled across the observatory and slammed his palm against the large red button that summoned security from the floor below us. “They should be here any moment now,” he huffed.
        Instead of responding, I kept my eyes trained on Kate, who now took her bloodied hand and smeared two fingers across the glass wall like finger paint on a crisp white canvas. She seemed awfully skilled at knowing how to write backwards, despite how crappy it appeared. On one portion of the glass she had sloppily written a word, or a name, rather, and it made my skin go pale.
        I couldn’t do anything. The only command my body was capable of carrying out was standing completely frozen in shock and sheer terror. There, on the now bloodstained glass, she had written my name--Lauren.

© 2019 Vesper


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You have some fantastic suspense elements here, I would love to see this story expanded, as you did a great job leaving me wanting more! I really like this piece. Thanks for posting it.

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Vesper

11 Months Ago

Aw, thank you! I've indeed been learning more and more that my skills are better, or even best used .. read more
This was really good, put the wind up me big time. Scared the poo poo out me. This would good in a horror movie. I could just picture it inside my mind's eye.

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Vesper

11 Months Ago

Thank you so much! That's pretty much how I created this story, and all of my stories for that matte.. read more
Dawn

11 Months Ago

Never say never. You never know. And good lucky. Really enjoyed this atmospheric and compelling too.

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Vesper (formerly known as Sindere) is an aspiring writer/prosecutor/fitness model currently studying in high school. Loves writing original fictions (mostly short stories), essays, fanfictions, etc. S.. more..

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