Flashes of Sanity #173: Reviewing the Darkness

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Today’s entry: Reviewing the Darkness


Mitch opened the front door. It was unlocked. Like it always was. The stench of alcohol hanged thick and the snores echoed from upstairs.
Father, Mitch thought.
Dale entered after Mitch. He hanged his jacket on one of the hangers. The man looked calm, but Mitch knew that every detail was filtered through his brain.
I need to be like him. Mitch focused on walls, the floor and the snores. He slipped out of his shoes. Outside, he had set the flashlight to lowest setting and now, he released the orb onto the hallway.
“My brothers have a bedroom on the top floor,” he had told Dale as they planed the break in. “My father has one there too.”
They reached the living room. The moon light painted the room in white.
“Will there be an instance when someone will sleep downstairs?” Dale had asked.
“Yes, if someone has been punished. It gets cold first at night.”
The orb travelled across the floor and reached the sofa. It froze at two faces tightly pushed against each other. Leo and Felix.
“Felix.” Mitch stumbled as hastened his steps towards them. “Leo.”
A hand grabbed his coat and pulled him back.
“Hush,” Dale said with his index finger pushed against his mouth. “Thoughts, not feelings.”
Mitch swallowed the lump in his throat. Dale wrinkled his nose. Mitch smelt it too. The punishment.
“How often does he punish you?” Dale whispered.
“We carry them out first. Then we take the others.”
The two bodies noticed nothing of Mitch and Dale picking them up from the sofa and carrying them out on their shoulders. They didn’t notice being thrown in the trunk of the car either. Or Miko closing the trunk behind them.
“I thought you said they would be nine.”
“They are nine,” Dale said. “These were the easiest to get out. We need you to be ready to drive if everything goes south from now on.”
Mitch and Dale returned inside. A scream broke through the wooden walls and a window lit.

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