Eyes On You

The phone’s shrill shrieks yanked the sleep out of Barbara’s eyes.

She groped around in the darkness and finally turned on the bedside lamp. It was 3 am.

Still groggy, she rubbed her throbbing temples in an attempt to regain her bearings. It was time to put the phone out of its misery.

A voice rasped on the other end of the line.

“Hello, Barbara. You look so pretty when you’re asleep. I’ve been watching you for a long time.”

Silence followed, filled only by the caller’s ragged breathing.

Barbara smiled. “I know. Everything’s going according to plan.”

Another pause.

“…What?!”

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