The Black Eyed Beast

Denise scurried through the dark deserted streets frightfully aware she was being followed. Watched by unfriendly eyes. Rain tumbled down from a menacing sky as a battered white van crept along the curb, just metres behind her. She felt like a small desert creature, helpless under a circling vulture.The van slid up alongside her now, passenger door hanging open.‘Sposed to be a killer out there don’t you know’. The driver spoke with a wet, whispery lisp, barely audible over the sound of rain and windscreen wipers.Everyone knew about the killer. Eight murders inside a month rocked the seaside town and the killings dominated the drunken talk at the tavern. The other waitresses had pronounced Denise a ‘damn fool’ for walking home alone after work. Maybe they were right.Biting back the fear, Denise stopped walking to confront her stalker. Fat, pasty and bald, the man wore a hawaiian shirt and a lewd grin. His arms seemed too short for his body.Weepy sores littered his scalp and a bloody bandaid hung precariously from his chin. His face was doll-like, button nose, squinty eyes and a small delicate red mouth, full of tiny yellow teeth. But most disturbing were his eyes. His eyeballs were shiny black. All black.Denise gasped at the sight.‘Need a ride love?’. He patted the passenger seat and licked his red lips. His fingers were long topped with jagged yellow nails. A sour stench wafted from inside the van.Denise began to walk away, the rain now hammering down. So heavy, she didn’t hear the van door slam. An arm snaked around her waist, pulling her close and a clammy hand clamped over her mouth drowning her scream. The black-eyed beast bundled her into the foul van and slammed the door. The van lurched away from the curb, swallowed by the night.His brutalised body washed up the next day. Denise hadn’t intended on killing number nine yet. But it was unavoidable. However, she’d enjoyed ridding the streets of a fellow predator.The black-eyed beast.

The Black Eyed Beast

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Joined March 2007

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