By Richard Laymon
While Alice's good friend Serena is going away she remains in her condominium, with its sunken tub and big-screen television. better of all is the open air swimming pool. yet one evening a stranger walks out of the woods and jumps bare into the pool. Alice hopes he won't be coming to get her, like such a lot of have performed sooner than.
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The same goes for Miller’s Woods, and so on. ) “I guess I dialed a wrong number,” Tony said. ” “I was trying to call this gal…” “I know. Judy. ” “It scares people. ” “Besides which, it makes you sound desperate. ” “Good thing I dialed the wrong number,” he said. “I’m glad you did. ” “Nothing. ” “You shouldn’t stay there. ” “Not exactly. ” “Anyway, I’ll be fine. I really don’t think he’ll be coming back tonight. ” “I hope you’re right,” Tony said. ” He laughed quietly. Then he said, “I’m serious about this, though.
I muttered a curse. ” I hated my stupidity for not remembering to shut the curtains before dark. Bad enough that I’d missed out on popcorn because they were open, but now I couldn’t even go for the saber. Obviously, I could go for it if I wanted to. But I’m not that stupid. Suppose, so far, the guy had no idea that anyone was in the house? He sees me sneaking through the living room, trying to get the saber, and he’ll know I’m here. He’ll assume I’m alone. Maybe he’ll like the looks of me. Even though I’m no glamour queen, I’ve got a great figure and I am wearing a clingy, revealing robe.
All night long, I thrashed about and sweated, plagued by feverish dreams—or hallucinations—so vivid they seemed real. When I woke up the next morning, I was so worn out and ashamed of myself that I vowed never to spend another night in Serena and Charlie’s bed. From then on, I always returned to the garage for bedtime. It suited me. As much as I liked their kitchen and bathroom and television, I often got the willies at night. The place was too big—more rooms than you could use, a hallway that ran from one end of the house to the other, windows all over the place and too many doors.
After Midnight by Richard Laymon