TITLE: THE MIND'S EYE
GENRE: YA - Supernatural
Josh ran hard down the alley until the stitch in his side forced him to stop. He bent over and tried to will away the pain. Deep breaths.
He listened for the sound of approaching footsteps. It was hard to hear anything over his gasping. He dared not rest long. The sharp prickling in his abdomen continued. His gym teacher had always said to 'run through the pain.' But, he wasn’t here right now.
No one was.
Never before had Josh been happy to be alone when he was down a dark alleyway in the middle of the night. In fact, he was praying that he was alone.
He whirled and raised his fists. "Who's there? Leave me alone!" His heart beat lifted the T-shirt away from his body in drumming twitches.
There was no one in the alley but him. Josh turned and stumbled in a circle - arms flailing at nothing but the night air.
“Josh.” The voice spoke again – this time in a sweet sing-song mimicking a child’s rhythm. “Jaaw-osh.”
The voice was anything but childish.
"Where are you?" Josh screamed. He couldn't locate the voice. He twisted so violently that he over-balanced and fell to the pavement - scraping his knee right through the jeans.
“Why do you run? Come wih us?”
"Leave me alone!”
Josh realized – too late – that he had made a terrible mistake. He had chosen an alley with no way out except the way he had come.