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Now You Have Two

Now You Have Two

By: James G. BoswellShocked anxious woman looking at phone seeing bad news message

Megan stood in her bedroom doorway looking out into her living room, confused.

“What’s wrong?” said her boyfriend, Thad.

“Um… I don’t know where this vase came from in here,” she said.

Thad got out bed, put his clothes on, and walked up behind her to see what she was talking about.

She pointed at her coffee table. Upon it sat a plain yellow vase, and sitting right beside it was another, identical vase. “That second vase wasn’t there last night. Did you bring it over?” she said.

With a smarmy grin, he said, “Wasn’t me. Maybe a creepy stalker broke into your apartment and left it there.”

“That’s not funny.”

He shrugged and said, “Well, now you have two, like it or not.”

“Whatever,” she said, frowning. “I have to get ready for work. You should go.”

Thad walked over and opened the front door. As he did, he looked back at Megan, held his hand up to the side of his head like a phone and mouthed, “Call me.” She rolled her eyes. Then he walked outside and closed the door.

She went into her kitchen and opened one of the cabinets. As she took out a drinking glass, she heard a scraping sound behind her in the living room. Turning to look, she saw that the duplicate vase had disappeared.

She put the glass down and walked into the living room, staring at the spot where the vase had been. Then, a clinking noise came from the kitchen, startling her. She looked and saw another glass sitting on the counter next to the first one.

With slow, cautious steps, she approached the duplicate glass and reached out for it. But then her phone started ringing in her bedroom. She went over to where it sat on the nightstand next to the bed and glanced at the caller ID. It was a number she didn’t recognize.

She shook her head and declined the call. Then she looked out into the kitchen and discovered that the duplicate glass had disappeared. When she looked back down at her phone, she gasped when she saw a duplicate phone sitting next to it. The duplicate started to ring. The caller ID said, “Unknown.”

She let it ring 30 times before she finally answered. She held it up to her ear and said, “Hello?”

Silence greeted her.

“Hello?” she said again.

Then, she heard someone say in a bizarre, distorted voice, “Now you have two, like it or not.”

“Thad, is that you?” she said. “Come on, this isn’t funny!”

She didn’t notice as the needle-like claws extended out from the back of the duplicate phone around her head.

Then the call disconnected.

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