{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
HeartOfGold15 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Lights

By HeartOfGold15 All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Mystery

Short Story

The lights were on, as always.

To Peter's knowledge, no one lived in that apartment anymore. The last resident had moved out around three years ago. He knew, because he'd helped the man leave.

No one new had come in. It was a small town. People coming and going never went unnoticed, as town gossip spreads quickly. Joane and David had divorced, the Robinsons were expecting a fifth child, those types of things. Petty little things.

Peter supposed it didn't matter. It was none of his business, after all. Perhaps another person really had moved in undetected.

It still clouded his thoughts, like all odd things did. The man had lived with OCD all his life; his own apartment was spotlessly clean, his office was organized, and he never, ever left the lights on. His whole life was like a Staples commercial. He was an efficient citizen.

What a blatant waste of power, Peter thought. The itch had begun, worse than ever before. Oh, how he wanted, no, needed to shut that damn light off. And yet he composed questions: Who paid the electricity bill for that apartment? Did anyone live there? Why was no one talking about this damn light?

It seemed a crime, that this light turned itself on everyday at 8 sharp, with the same precision that the man would use to organize his room. They glowed from across the street, challenging him, insulting him, worrying him. He needed to shut them off.

Peter left his apartment in a large overcoat and made sure to lock the door - he always locked the door - then crossed the street. A stairway lead up to his destination, and quickly looking around to make sure no one else saw, he walked up. Finally. He just needed to get inside somehow and shut the lights off.

It was a favor he was doing for the world, not a crime. That's what he told himself. It wasn't breaking and entering if no one lived there. He would be saving some person a large amount of money. He'd be doing himself a favor, too. Maybe he could smash the lights, so they would never turn on again.

Yet in all oddness there was a key in the door already. Peter almost didn't notice it at first until the street lights came on, and the gold metal lit up, glinting in the almost-darkness. So he would not have to break and enter, it seemed. He sighed in relief, but his heart still sped. Maybe he was wrong. What if someone really does live here?

Peter collected himself, taking a shaky breath in. He grabbed the key and twisted it. The handle soon gave way.

Finally he would see who was turning these lights on.



It was 7:59 pm on a Saturday night. A man sat in his perfectly organized home. He gazed out the window with tired eyes for a minute, staring specifically at an apartment across the street.

The lights turned on, as always.

Peter found that he didn't care anymore.


Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, HeartOfGold15
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

ArgyrisMetaxas: Thrilling story which builds layer ontop of layer. A few mis spellings every few chapters. What I found special was that it took a modern day problem and took it to its logical conclusion and plays this realism with gritting precision. I'm always on edge ready to shout from adrenaline. This is gr...

Lydia Walters: I really enjoyed this novel. It gives us a view of what could be if we really tried.Also that there's nothing wrong with loving our LORD and our fellow humans. couldn't wait to get to each new chapter (mission). Thanks, Joe!

Ali Albazaz: I started reading "Caged" few hours ago and I'm on chapter 7 now. Caged is definitely one of the most addictive stories I've ever read. Thank you so much for writing this novel.

borkarprasad: Story was overall a good experience. I liked that the truth unraveled slowly and kept me in edge every time I changed the chapter. I would love to read more volumes to this legacy and be glad to read it from a published book. Great work!!!!!!!!!

farziex3: I think this novel is perfect because it had erotic, romance, and towards the end was a twist so I was just on the edge of my seat reading this book. It was honestly really amazing. I haven't found a book I actually liked to read for almost 2-3 years and this was a great book to start off. Makes ...

Samantha Speed: There were several punctuation, grammar, and missing word problems but it did not detract from the story. This story was very well done, enjoyable, and had an interesting enough plot. It took a while to finish. This story is not complete. I love it, but I want to see another book or have more cha...

Tavis Ryan King: "What Happened to Charlie Carmine" is a fabulous mo-gee-toe cocktail fuelled midget orgy of psychology, fantasy and sarcasm. I laughed out loud when reading this novel so many times it made the London commuters I shared space with look at me with curious disdain - and I did not care.The protagoni...

Animeviewer: It is one of the best stories I've ever read. This story will have you riding a roller coaster of emotions and nearly dying to know what happens next.You will get very attached to the characters and in my case I relate well with some of their very traumatic or emotional experiences, Just Juliet f...

RodRaglin: Your writing is very good, Rachel, but remember you also have to entertain the reader and in that regard it's a bit sparse in action and dialogue.Consider when revising...When starting a new story always consider your protagonist's Goal - what they want; Motivation - why they want it; and, Confli...

More Recommendations

mindushree1402: It was really amazing.... I was not able to put it down..... just beyond awesome... no wonder writers do play with words... amazing storyline.... addictive too... I was so used to it that even when I'm not reading it story was continously streaming in my mind.... good job... I really liked that f...

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

Atractivo Sumit: The story is an amazing blend of what we call natural, plain romance along with subtle emotions and interesting twists. The plot is so beautifully interwoven.

mariamalkorashy: Simply alluring, I have become addicted. Now the rest of this message is simply words because it notified me saying that my Review was to short haha. It has done it again so yup I am still here writing once more haha.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.