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The Basement Office

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Summary

Working from home is the dream of many cubicle dwellers. For Alan, it becomes a nightmare when the isolation makes him a target for vicious creatures. Will he survive The Basement Office? Alan and Lisa Wilcox have achieved their dreams. He’s working as a consultant from home and she's pregnant with the child that she put off until her career was solid. All is going well until Lisa loses the baby and withdraws into herself. Alan's reaction is to concentrate on work, but the new setup isn't going well. Deadlines loom and he struggles to fulfill his contract. His long hours and self-imposed isolation leave him vulnerable when he realizes he is not alone in the basement. It begins with noises and escalates into attacks that threaten Alan’s life. When he reaches out for help, he discovers he's removed himself so far from human contact that there's no one to turn to. Especially as Lisa, shut off from her husband, finds comfort in the arms of their longtime friend, Steve. Alone in the face of malignant hordes, Alan must overcome them to survive. But do they really exist or is the danger only in Alan’s head?

Genre:
Horror / Fantasy
Author:
ESabbag
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
24
Rating:
5.0
Age Rating:
16+

Prologue

The foreman, John Walls, surprises everyone, including himself, by swearing at the carpenters. The youngest one flips him off before returning to the framing. The kid isn’t to blame; John has been a bastard to work for lately. But instead of retaliating, he sighs and rubs the sweat off his forehead with the back of his hand.

So far, nothing has gone right on this house. It’s two months behind and slipping more every day. He won’t be surprised if the general contractor fires him and puts in someone who can handle it. That thought brings on a fresh bout of heartburn and he pops two more Tums, jaws grinding as he slowly chews. Jesus, here I am, forty-two, and already can’t handle a chili dog. I’ll be on oatmeal and Egg Beaters before you know it.

John,” declares the senior electrician “we got big problems.”

What now?” John snaps, grateful for a distraction, but dreading another crisis.

There’s water in the basement and it’s shorting out the wiring.”

Damn,” John swears and shoves the man aside. He grabs a flashlight before stomping down the stairs into the basement. Everyone else remains upstairs, not wanting to cross him when he’s on edge. Lately, he’s always on edge, with his twin daughters in college and his wife wanting a hot tub, a Lexis, vacations in Hawaii, whatever. He’s just a foreman for god’s sake, not the frigging contractor.

He swings the light around and surveys the damage. His indigestion burns, making him wish he’d chosen oatmeal instead of the Chicago Special. Or at least skipped the jalapeños. As the light breaks up the gloom, an inky shape flicks out of sight around a corner. John frowns while creeping towards the movement, praying that it isn’t a rat.

That’s all I need,” he mutters. Nothing screws up a job site faster than rats. He pushes some trash aside and reveals the crimson glow of multiple eyes. Focused on him. Bearing down on him. His last thought before the creatures fly at him, all glistening fangs and outstretched claws, is that it isn’t heartburn after all. He clutches his chest and crumples beneath the onset.

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