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The Pantry

By sweetnstormy All Rights Reserved ©

Horror / Scifi

Living Nightmare

"Amber, can you please start from the beginning? Amber, can you hear me?" A blonde haired woman sat across from the Doctor in a white quiet room. Her head hung low and her unwashed greasy hair hung over her face hiding her bloodshot tortured eyes.

The Doctor sighed and turned off the tape recorder. "We don't have to do this now I guess if you don't feel up to it. I will call the nurses and have them take you back to your room." "No." Whispered Amber "I want to tell you this. I need to tell you this. I need you to believe me." Amber looked up tears slowly filling her blue eyes. "Why don't you believe me?" She yelled. "I am telling you the truth. It ate him all up. God, it ate my baby all up and there was nothing I could do. Nothing!" The Doctor pressed record and waited patiently for Amber to start telling her tale of terror.

"Mooooooommmyyy!" Eldric's little chubby legs pumped up and down as fast as they could running to Amber who was sitting in her nice comfy chair reading a book by the warm blazing fire. She looked into her two year old son's brown eyes and smiled. "So innocent." She thought. "Not a bad bone in his little body. How I wish I could have that innocence again." She sighed remembering her and Robert's arguments and felt bad that Eldric had to hear all that screaming. Her and Robert eventually divorced and she got full custody of Eldric. Robert never wanted children and wanted nothing to do with Eldric.

"Mommy." Eldric looked up with a hopeful look in his eyes and a huge smile upon his chubby face. "Mommy, can I get some cookies from the pantry? Pleeeeeeeeeeease?" Amber laughed. "Sure baby you can." Amber said gently. "Just be careful not to spill them okay. They are on the bottom shelf, but only take two! Anymore and you will spoil your supper." "Yaaaaaaay!" Eldric cheered, and then his chubby little legs carried him away. Amber smiled and went back to her book. All of the sudden she heard a crash and the cry of her little Eldric. "Mooooommy!" The whining soon became a shriek. My God he has never shrieked like that before in his life! Amber threw her book to the floor and ran towards the kitchen.

What she saw made her jaw drop and she stopped in her tracks too shocked to move. The wall was liquid. Liquid! It was like quicksand and her little Eldric was struggling to escape. His head and the back of his arms and legs were pinned to the pantry wall. His eyes her wide with an unspeakable terror and his little mouth formed an O of surprise. Amber reached towards Eldric screaming his name but before she could reach him a slimy pink tentacle came up and wrapped itself around Eldric's little waist. My God it was ugly! It was slimy. It had little suckers on the underside of one long arm. It was mottled with yellow puss spots and God it was on her baby. Eldric screamed and reached out towards Amber. She reached out too but the tentacle whipped towards her and threw her to the ground.

Amber sat and watched. She could do nothing else. Her body would simply not move. She was paralyzed as she watched her only baby be what appeared to be absorbed by the tentacle like arm. It slithered down Eldric's Sesame Street shirt coating the squirming boy in a clear sticky substance. Eldric's eyes rolled back in his head as terror took over his body. He started to quiver but Amber was not sure if it was from the sticky like glue substance or his terror. Amber only hoped as she watched on in terrible agony there her baby was going to some place safe and wonderful in his head. Eldric's shirt was cut away. More liked burned away by an acid. "Oh my God!" Amber started to cry. This could not be happening. Next the tentacle went down Eldric's little blue pants and burned through the seems shearing them away from his skin. A weird sound was coming from Eric's open mouth. "Uh, uh, uh, uh." It was a sad little gasp. It was like Eldric was accepting his fate and was giving up, but Amber knew how terrified he was and that he simply could not use his words to describe what he was feeling.

Amber's eyes grew wide as the tentacle grew in size. Becoming bigger than Eldric's body. The tentacle wrapped itself around Eldric. Completely covering his body. Eldric started to scream. The dreadful sound muffled by the tentacle covering his mouth. The tentacle started to pulse and there was the most horrible sucking sound Amber had ever heard. "My God!" She thought. "It's drinking my baby! It's consuming him!" Eldric's little arm found a way out between the tentacle and reached out. Amber quickly climbed to her feet and reached out grabbing Eldric's trembling arm, but the tentacle was simply too strong and tore Eldric's arm away almost ripping his skin loose in Amber's hand.

Slowly Eldric was sucked through the pulsating quicksand. She watched his little hand disappear with the tentacle through the liquified wall. Soon with one last whimper Eldric was gone. Just like that. Gone.

Amber's body was able to move now. She got up, ran to the pantry and tore down the shelves. She was ready to jump in. She didn't care what was on the other side. She wanted her baby back! Amber slowly put her hands upon the light blue pantry wall and gasped. Solid. The damned wall was completely solid. "Nooooooooooooo!" Amber let out moaning shriek and started to pound against the wall. She pounded so hard she split the sides of her fists open and started to coat the wall with her blood. "Give him back you bastard!" She screamed. "Give me back my baaaaaby. I want my baby!" Nothing. Not a single sound. Amber continued to bang her bloody fists against the wall until she became too week. Her eyes rolled into the back of her head and she fainted onto the floor.

Amber was found by her co worker a couple of days ago. When Amber did not call in or show up for work her concerned worker friend went to her house. She knocked but when there was no answer she reached for the door. It was unlocked. "Amber?" She called. No answer, but she did hear a little whimper coming from the kitchen. She walked in to find Amber huddled against a corner in the kitchen her thin arms wrapped around her knees and her eyes staring intently at the pantry wall. "My baby. It ate my baby alllllll up." She used a sing song tone that made shivers go up her friend's spine. "Aaaaaallllllllll up!" Amber giggled. It was the most disturbing sound her co worker had ever heard.

The Doctor switched off the tape recorder. Amber's head was again hanging down to her chest. The Doctor cleared his throat. "She is clearly insane." He thought. "There is no way to help this woman. She will simply spend the rest of her life here decaying." He sighed. "Thank you Amber." He said gently. He called the nurses. "Please take Amber back to her room. Give her something to help her sleep." Amber started to shake her head back and forth. She started to mumble, "No, no, no, no." She got louder and louder. She stood up and the nurses took both of her arms restraining her. "You don't understand! She shrieked. "You don't understand! I can hear him screaming. Every night. Oh God every niiiiiight!" The nurses dragged Amber away. They gave her a shot and laid her down on the bed in the white padded room. Amber slept. She slept like she had never slept before, but before she fell asleep she head a whisper. "Mommy." That was it. One whisper. She smiled. Her baby was in her head. Always in her head. Still smiling Amber closed her eyes and started to hum Eldric's favorite lullaby.

The next day when the nurses went to retrieve Amber they stopped in shock. She was simply not there. How could that be? The room was locked from the outside. The walls had not one scratch. There were no holes. There were no windows. The nurses ran away to get the doctor not hearing the groan and sinister laughter that came from within' the white padded walls.


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