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Gone with the mist
Meghan woke up sweating. Her heart was racing. This was the fourth time this week that she had the same nightmare.
Beside her, Jimmy, her husband stirred, opened his eyes and smiled.”Already up? What’s the time?”
Meghan propped herself on her elbow and peered at the table clock. “It is just 5 a.m.You go back to sleep.”
“Where are you going?”
“To get some exercise. Can’t let myself become fat!” She smiled at him mischievously.
Not one to let such an opportunity pass him by, Jimmy retorted,”Come back to bed and let me be the judge of that.”
She laughed, swatting him playfully and before he could react, she slipped past his grasping hand, and entered the bathroom.
Fifteen minutes later she was running at an easy pace, enjoying the fresh morning air and nature’s beauty. She loved the forest and she was glad that Jimmy did too. They had been very lucky to find such a lovely property in the countryside. She was a freelancer and had turned her hobby of photography into her profession. Proximity to the forest gave her ample scope to engage in her hobby and earn both money and fame professionally. Her dream was to work for National Geographic someday. Jimmy was a marine biologist. His work took him away for months but then again, on the flip side, he could be home at a stretch of 30-35 days, like now. Meghan sighed. Life was good.
Halfway across her route, she suddenly became aware of the quietness and was surprised. At this time, the forest just teemed with life! She slowed down and looked around. Her eyes widened. A mist was rolling in. She was filled with a sense of foreboding. She decided to turn back and go home.
As she ran, the mist thickened and she found it hard to see the path. She had hardly gone a few metres, when she felt something grab her ankle, and she fell.
“Ouch!”She cried out involuntarily. She sat up gingerly. The ground seemed squelchy and smelled like rotting dead creatures. Meghan tried to get up but her ankle gave way. She sat there and cursed herself for not bringing her cell phone. How many times had Jimmy cautioned her!
Suddenly, she heard a horrible keening and her blood ran cold. This was the same sound she had been hearing in her nightmare. She could hear something shuffling and dragging itself through the trees-something that she did not want to see. Her heart in her mouth, Meghan started searching for some weapon, knowing very well that whatever was coming, could not be stopped.
Her mind went back to the rumours she had heard in the market- the locals mentioning something about some strange mist which took over the area every alternate Summer, and changed everything and that every time, a young woman went missing!
The unbearable stench was making her gag. The keening hurt her ears. Meghan was terrified but she had nowhere to run.
It had arrived.
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Writing Prompt: 2014, Week 4