Flash Fiction: Dispirited

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It is midnight, and the sky is overfilling with stars. Owls fly in the air and bats screech with sounds. A thin man dressed in a dark uniform, holding a flashlight and wears a metallic badge on his chest. He monitors the hallways and makes sure the coast is clear. The man’s name is Tony Hughes, who is a 32-years-old and works at a hospital building. Tony is single and has been divorced for five years. He is still heartbroken by his previous marriage and can not forget the moments he had with her. Tony’s ex-wife lives far away, and she is happy where she is. The depressed woman has changed her identity because she no longer wants to remember her past with Tony. He has never been the same ever since.

Tony works late, and his shift doesn’t begin until midnight. He does his daily routes and patrols around the entire hospital to make sure everyone is safe and secure. It is 3 in the morning, and Tony is sitting in the security room, eating his turkey sandwich and a bag of chips. In front of Tony, there are ten CCTV. On his lunch break, he eats in there, so he can observe the entire hospital.

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On one of the cameras, he sees a shadow standing in the hallway staring at him through the lens. The shadow waves at him and walks away. Tony’s adrenaline starts to take over him. He feels a cold shiver run down his spine. He rubs his eyes and looks again at the cameras. Tony can not see the figure anymore. His breathing starts to slow down.

The next night, Tony tells his co-workers what he saw, but none of them believed him. They assume that he is worked up and needs to take a night off. He refuses and stays at work.

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The shadow keeps appearing in front of Tony each night, and he starts to wonder if the dark figure wants something from him. He can feel a presence when he patrols through the hallways. Tony can sense an energy that surrounds him. He convinces himself to communicate with the dark shadow.

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The last night, Tony patrols the hallways and whispers, “What do you want with me?”

A picture frame falls to the floor. Tony picks it up, and it shows a man, woman, and a little girl. The spirit manifests itself to Tony. Then, he falls to his knees and sheds a tear. “It’s you; you were watching me every night.” he sobbers.

“Daddy,” said the spirit . . .

© Daniel Sanchez 2019

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