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]

sarahwathen

Sarah is the author of the new Young Adult novel, The Tramp, which is the first book in her epic saga, Bound. She is also currently working on a related novella entitled, Wicked Lover, which will be released in serial format on Amazon every two months. View the trailer for The Tramp, and listen to its original soundtrack! Find more info and links at www.sarahwathen.com. An artist turned author, Sarah's literary work incorporates art judicially, both in plotlines and in supporting social media. A reader can view characters' art and posters for fictitious events in Shirley County, listen to samples of character's favorite music and music that inspired the writing process, and even purchase a charm given to the heroine of The Tramp. LayerCake Productions is Sarah Wathen's independent publishing company, responsible for producing all video, audio and imagery for the Bound saga. Visit www.layercakeproductions.com for more info.

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15 Responses

  1. sharu4ever says:

    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! 😀

    • sarahwathen says:

      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. Solveig says:

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

  3. 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!

  4. Carol says:

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

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

  6. April Moore says:

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

  7. sarahwathen says:

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

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