After Midnight by Richard Laymon

By Richard Laymon

Whilst Alice's buddy Serena is going away she remains in her condo, with its sunken tub and big-screen television. better of all is the outdoors 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 earlier than.

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Sometimes, I hardly gave a glance out the door before sliding it open and walking out. That was rare, but it happened. More often, I spent five or ten minutes. A couple of times, I’d been so spooked that it had taken me more than an hour to work up my courage to leave. But I’d always gone, sooner or later. So I wouldn’t call myself a hopeless coward. I’m a hopeful one. Finally, you decide it’s time. You hope nobody’s out there waiting to jump you, because you can’t be sure. Then you take a deep breath, flip open the lock, roll open the door, and go for it.

His navel was just a small, dark dot. Down from there was more skin, then a nest of hair and his penis. He stood there for a while as if he wanted me to take a good, long look at him—even though I know he couldn’t see me standing on the other side of the glass door. Then he looked around, turning his head and body. When he turned, I got a side view. It made me feel a little sick. And very frightened. He wants to shove that into me. No, he doesn’t, I told myself. He doesn’t even know I’m here. He’d better not.

I’ve gotta do something, I kept telling myself. What’s the best course of action if you’ve just butchered an innocent man? The answer probably seems obvious to you: call the cops and tell them the whole truth about everything. Or fudge a little, maybe.

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