The next morning, I got up as usual, took a shower, and then made myself coffee. As I lifted the sugar jar, I thought I saw a spider dash out from beneath it and into the shadows, but it happened so quickly, I couldn’t be sure. Throughout the day, there were more strange ‘spider sightings’. When I opened the curtains, it looked like a spider dropped onto the carpet, but when I looked down, nothing was there. I was even certain I saw several long legged bodies hiding underneath my sofa, but when I looked, using my phone as a flashlight, there was nothing there except an odd sock and a scrunchie I had lost weeks ago.
This carried on for a few more days until eventually, I thought I could hear a low, barely audible shuffling, like an army of tiny legs marching just outside my view. I looked everywhere, but didn’t find anything.
At the time, I told myself I was imagining things. Now, I wish I had seen sense. Maybe I could have prevented what happened next.
When I went to bed, the shuffling moved through the walls. I lay awake, listening, wondering what it was. Eventually tiredness got the better of me and I lapsed into a deep sleep.
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