The Perfect Catch

“She’s the perfect catch! Smart, beautiful, talented! How did you get so lucky?”
Adam heard the same phrase over and over from his family and friends. Amy had captivated them all. Charming them with her silky voice and wide, innocent eyes. He watched her now as she wandered across the room in her slinky cocktail gown, her raven hair flowing down her back – winning over his colleagues at the firm’s annual charity benefit.
As though she could feel his eyes, Amy turned her face in his direction and smiled. He shuddered at the hidden malice it contained.
‘How sweet,’ Joyce, Adam’s secretary, exclaimed, ‘she’s a lucky girl to have you.’
Joyce was the first to think that Amy was the lucky one. That was exactly how Amy felt, but not for any reason’s Joyce would understand. He felt the urge to scream, to clutch Joyce’s arm and spill out the whole unbelievable story.
‘You don’t look well, Darling.’
Looking up in surprise, Adam felt a chill to see Amy looking up at him, having glided silently to his side. Her eyes were flashing and he knew that Amy had felt his silent cry for help.

With grace and apologetic style, Amy led Adam from the party. Back in his apartment, Adam huddled up against the bedhead with dread.
‘Don’t even think of trying to get away from me again,’ Amy whispered softly as she crawled across the bed, her fangs extending, ‘I won’t give up the perfect catch that easily.’

© Alison Pearce 2008

The Perfect Catch

Alison Pearce

Logan Central, Australia

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Wriiten for Twisted Tales group Star Twister’s Challenge. This week’s prompt word is catch

250 words exactly

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