100 Word – Bathroom at Midnight

What if I hear my name?

Around midnight when you wake up to go to the bathroom without the lights, missing the toilet is less important than burning your eyes.

That’s when I ask that question.

Mid-pee, the voice rasps my name. I jump out of my skin, hastily armed with a toothbrush, flipping the light.

Scrunch, scrunch, “Meow?”

Stupid cat.

Behind him? Nothing.

On one knee, looking out of the window. Nothing.

Breathe, Simon. Rustling behind me.

Shaking, I pull back the shower curtain. It’s on my face, clawing, biting, gnashing teeth, smelling of mildew and rot. I sleep.


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