Tags: short story, short fiction, horror, fiction, thriller, creepy, dark, horror flash fiction
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By R.A. VanZuiden
Published by Aarden Press, LLC.
Cover Design by Riley VanZuiden
This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anything real is entirely coincidental.
You open your eyes to complete darkness. It feels as if somebody is pounding on your head with a hammer. The last thing you remember is a brown dog running out into the road, the brightness of the daylight, and your car headed off the road. As your head clears, you realize you are hanging upside down. Your feet and legs are completely immobilized. You can hear something breathing in the room. You feel your heartbeat quicken, and your face turns pale. You wiggle your chest out of your seatbelt and slowly inch across the windshield. Your every move causes the car to slowly slide loose from whatever is holding it up. You wipe away the blood on your forehead and you are becoming more aware of the breathing, you have to find out whats in the car with you. You are afraid of what might be there. Your palms become sweaty and your hands tremble.
As your eyes adjust to the dark you are able to realize you have landed on the blood-stained windshield. it’s cracked and is about to break. You take out a small flashlight from your pocket. You have two options, both containing their own risks. You could either climb towards the creature and escape out of the back of the car. hoping that whatever is holding the car up, might hold you. Or as a second option, you could try escaping out a passenger window close to you. However, you do not know that it is stable, or that there is anything to grab on once you get there. The breathing is getting closer, sounding more like an animal.
The windshield is cracking with your every move. A metallic scent fills the air. You feel hot breath on your neck. You freeze, dropping the flashlight. you hear the flashlight roll out of the smashed passenger’s window and after seven long seconds, you hear the echoes of it hit something hard. You turn around slowly to face the creature, you are only able to see a large shadow, looming over you. Reflective eyes emit a luminous glow. Panic fills your mind, and you let out a yelp of alarm. it’s the Teithwyr for sure. The Teithwyr growls in response and grabs at your arm. a Teithwyr. You twist away, and its claws dig deeper into your skin, drawing blood. You cringe and push it back. The sound of screeching metal and growling fills the air. You fall over as the car lurches downward a few feet. The Teithwyr jumps forward and you barely dodge the attack.
It growls loudly and you climb past the seats to the back of the car. you grope around blindly in the dark until you find the latch to open the window. You cry out as you feel claws scrape down your back. You twist around and kick the beast in the head. It snarls and bites down on your left leg. Hard. It twists its head and pulls you back. Your grip from the latch is slipping. You can feel your skin tear with sharp pain following. your grip from the latch slips. The Teithwyr drags you down by your leg. Complete darkness.
You fall down with the Teithwyr on the windshield; hitting your head hard. You frantically grasp at the air. the surface underneath you cracks and lurches down with a shattering sound. You begin to descend. In a panic, you grab on something sharp and warm. It jerks back. You are loosely hanging from your grasp. You soon realize you’re hanging onto the claws of the Tteithwyr. Is snarls and bites down on your hand, you reflexively pull your hand back. You are falling. Most likely to your death. The screech of metal fills the air as your car unhooks off of whatever was suspending it. But All you can hear is your heart pounding. and what little light you can see fades away quickly.