A is for Audience

bimage April swatted her nose and pushed hair from her forehead, her hand limp and clumsy with sleep. Feeling itchy, she moaned, flopped over on her belly and scratched her rump. Something tickled her back and she jerked herself missionary again. Eyes snapped open, blind in the dark and searching the blank gray ceiling. Blankets were puddled around her ankles, nightgown rucked up to her waist.

“What the hell?”

The clock read 12:07 a.m.

Yawning, she disentangled her feet from the sheets and swung her legs over the side of her bed. “S’long as I’m up I might as well pee.”

She rearranged her jammie-cammie straps so that her nubile breasts were more modestly covered. Eyes half-mast, she padded down the hallway. 70-watt Energy Star light bulbs seared through her pupils when she flicked the switch. Blinking against the glare, her reflection fuzzed in the mirror. One tiny detail forced immediate focus and spiked adrenaline: a dark brown, antennaed, almond-shaped bug scuttled over her shoulder and burrowed away from the light. Under her pajamas.

“Oh my god!”

The nightgown flew over her head and across the room, landing in a heap on the other side of the toilet. April choked out hoarse, secretive screeches while slapping every inch of skin and raking fingers through rat-nested hair. Malignant eyes scanned the room, found their prey, and then ceramic soap dish met unfortunate cockroach.

Gasping at the clatter in the eerie quiet of early morning, April caught her breath. She wadded up soiled panties and tossed them in the hamper, then gingerly shook out her nightgown. Sleep was far off and the thought of her bed was revolting.

Another jolt racked her nerves when flashes from half-a-dozen cell phone cameras greeted her. Her bedroom hissed in familiar stifled laughter.

“April Fools Day already, huh?”


  B This flash fiction is a part of the Blogging From A to Z (April 2015) Challenge. A new installment arrives every day in April, following the alphabet; check the calendar below to see which letters post on which days. Read more about this blogfest HERE.APRIL-CALENDAR [2015]

  15 comments for “A is for Audience

  1. April 1, 2015 at 6:32 am

    That’s whoa. I will probably scream and run around the house. Embarrassing myself in the process – in front of an Audience. Nice post Sarah! 😀

    • April 1, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Ha ha, thanks guys! Actually happened to me, living in Florida–fiction is just a different take on reality, right? Thanks for reading, checking out yours next!

  2. April 1, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Well I started my readings today with your post, and it is soooo engaging! I really love your writing style.

  3. April 1, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Hey, this is good and if it’s a hint of what’s to come I’ll certainly be back! At last I’ve found an A-Z I’ve truly enjoyed!

    • April 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      You just made my day! And trust, the story will only get better from here… Thanks for reading!

  4. April 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Oh my gosh. That was great. And I totally would have had to kill someone.

    • April 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Hhhmmmm…an idea for later maybe 🙂

  5. April 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    That was so fun. I think we might have some fun reading back and forth on our blogs… thanks for visiting me earlier!

    • April 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      That’s just what I was thinkin’. I also write paranormal mystery, so I have an extra interest in your A to Z!

  6. April 1, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    That’s fantastic! I love “eyes half-mast.” 🙂

    • April 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you! Oh, you’re an April, too. I love it.

    • June 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Oh, and thank you for sharing my flash fiction, Solveig!!!

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