Jen DeSantis’ Choice: 1
Title: Coming Home
The door caught in the frame, it’s wood warped from sitting locked for too many consecutive seasons. He ran his fingers along the door, pushing gently against it until it finally gave way.
The air belched out, musty and stale. The light filtered in through windows that appeared caked with layers of dirt. Dust motes danced in the air in front of his eyes. He breathed in deeply, inhaling the dense, stale air as he stepped within the doorframe. The floorboards groaned beneath his feet and his steps displaced a miasma of dirt into the air.
The door clicked closed behind him and he stood just within the entrance.
Home. He’d finally come home.
The carcasses of dead insects cluttered the window sills and the drawers were covered in a lacy film of moss. But it was still home. He’d been away for so long, locked in the nine by nine cell with only the blank wall to keep him company. And so he’d conjured up his home to keep him occupied. With visions of home in front of him, he imagined what he’d do when they finally let him out.
He ran a finger over the locked top drawer. It left a trail in ten years worth of muck. With a trembling hand, he pulled the key out of his pocket and fit it into the lock. The mechanism turned easily and he pulled it open.
He exhaled, finally at peace. His precious tools hadn’t aged a day.
That old thrill filled him once again. He prepared to go hunting once again.
Jennifer DeSantis is a Horror and Paranormal Author and host of the #FridayPictureShow. She lives near Philly with her family. In her spare time is an aspiring ninja.