For the past month, Alexa had a hard time falling asleep. She would lay in bed every night and listen to the sounds: the sirens, the howling dogs and the chorus of crickets, which endlessly chirpped a simulataneous shrill chord; sounding like a plea for help. The sleepless nights wore her down.
Alexa was not superstitious, and she was not a particularly fearful person. She never had the first thought that anything sinister would ever happen. Maybe her sleeplessness was the ADD that they didn't diagnose until her senior year, or maybe, it was the stress of having two angry parents. To make matters worse, she was shy and had no real friends.
Not that she expected otherwise, but when it was clear that no one was going to ask her to the prom, she felt empty and alone. That night, she was especially restless, but oddly, there were no sounds. She was almost waiting for them; for the familiar comfort they would bring, but they never came.
As she finally drifted off, she heard the sound of her bedroom door closing. She thought, "Did I leave the door open? Did mom just close it?" But, no, Alexa thought, "It's the middle of the night and mom would have been in bed hours ago."
As she looked up, she saw the unmistakable silhouette of a large man, leaning over her. The looming figure did not utter a word. The weight on her was opressive. For several moments, she could not breathe.
She awoke to the sound of chirping birds and the sun shining though the crack in the drapes that never quite closed all the way.
She found the note on her pillow, written in beautiful script: "Good night my Darling, I will see you very soon."
I wrote this for Trifecta Week 48 Writing Challenge, where we are required to write a 33-333 word composition using the word "sinister" in the context of something evil.
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