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turned right on Wickett Avenue and went through town. She turned right again
when she reached Route 41, then made an immediate left onto Annie Potts Road.
She pulled over and parked in front of the house numbered seventeen. The mailbox
was shaped like an elaborate wooden post office. It had the name Stone
labeled on its side with golden stickers. She set her head back and
closed her eyes. Invisible fingers reached out from her mind as an ominous glow
appeared beneath her lids. The fingers stretched forth, clawing through the air.
through the walls of the Stone family’s residence. Ms. Adler could see inside
the house then. Her astral fingers expanded, distorting, molding into a ghostly
duplicate of her physical form as she left her body completely. She was nearly
transparent. Steven Stone stirred as she floated past his room. The air in the
hall gave way to her evil presence. His sudden movement caught her attention,
and she stopped. She probed his mind, easily maneuvering through the thoughts of
the ten-year-old. She found exactly what she assumed would be there, confusion,
and a sense of danger. Steven sat bolt upright and looked right at her. His eyes
were wide with terror.
she thought, grimacing at him.
It was true,
more people were sensitive than ever knew it, especially children. She smiled a
malicious, hate-filled grin.
to sleep, Steven,” Ms. Adler mentally commanded. She thrust the words into his brain. “You
have seen all you are going to see. I was never really here, you know. This is
only a dream.”
Steven thought back, scared to death. Real bad dream!
about to scream, loudly, when his body suddenly betrayed him. He fell
back down on his bed. He was fast asleep a moment later. It would seem like
nothing more than a fading nightmare to him in the morning. That was just the
way she wanted it.
passed right through Dr. Stone’s locked door. Her feet were floating several
inches above the floor. She settled in at the end of his bed. She hovered just
above the brass footboard, eerily rising and falling. The bright light from her
eyes illuminated the room, causing him to stir. He looked, sleepily, toward her,
shielding his eyes from the glow. His expression became confused.
is it…?” Dr. Stone managed to croak. His mind was swimming somewhere between
being awake and being asleep.
Ms. Adler let
her telepathic power flow outward. She latched onto his mind with an impossible
grip. Dr. Stone’s features went blank. His eyes rolled back into his head.
“I came to
remind you about your son, Sam, doctor,” Ms. Adler crooned. Her voice seemed to echo from
everywhere inside him.
asked, his heart sinking. “Oh, Sam… I love you, boy…”
Ms. Adler smiled. “That is why you had to send him away.”
“No… I… sent Sammy… send…?”
special place, remember?” She pushed him harder, dug into his mind even deeper. “Somewhere
he can learn to move past his weak heart, be more like other children. A place
he can be strong… a camp, doctor. Sam’s gone to camp.”
yes… my Sammy…”
locked him in the false memory. “You will remember, doctor. Sam is
unavailable, but will be back sometime soon. Everyone just needs to be
patient.” She smiled as she faded away. “This will all be over before
you know it.”
I… love you…love…”
Stone fell back to sleep.
black Mercedes roared to life a moment later, and Ms. Adler drove away, the
psychotic titter of her laughter carrying on the breeze.
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