H. J. Huser would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Shadow (A Short Story)

By H. J. Huser All Rights Reserved ©

Mystery / Fantasy

Special Delivery

A shadowy figure moved swiftly through the streets of Aldwell. Using the cover of the darkness, the figure carried its package gracefully to its destination. This was an important delivery; one of the more important ones of the figure’s career. The figure clutched the package to its chest as it rounded a corner. It ducked behind a stack of crates as two guards strolled by on their night watch. The two chatted oblivious to the figure hiding in the shadows. One was tall and slender. The other was short and chubby.

“How’s the family?” The taller one spoke.

“The usual,” the other shrugged. “The kids are obnoxious and the wife won’t stop nagging.”

The taller one laughed as they continued their conversation while walking. Once their voices died down as they disappeared around the corner. The figure hurdled the crates with ease. The package was checked once more to ensure its safety as the figure rounded yet another corner to exit the alley. Light from the candles in the streetlamps dimly lit the stone streets. The figure slowly approached the steps leading to a bakery.

The owners of the small shop lived above in a one-room apartment. The baker and his wife had suffered a recent tragedy. Their newborn son had been stillborn several months before. This occurred after the couple had suffered several miscarriages over the course of a few years. The wife, distraught at the thought of never becoming a mother, had given up all hope of raising children. Her husband was concerned for her health because the woman’s grief was making her more and more ill with each passing day.

The ghostly figure carefully set the package down on the steps to the bakery. Knock. Knock. Knock. It pounded on the wooden door three times before disappearing back into the shadows. The mysterious deliverer watched and waited for the baker to open the door to find his package.

The baker, a short and stout man, opened the door in his night clothes. His wife’s nightly sobbing could be heard from upstairs. He gave a quick glance around to look for whoever was visiting his home so late at night. Finding no one, he began to shut the door when a small noise caught his attention. He looked down at the package the figure at brought. His eyes widened before he picked it up. He looked around for whoever delivered the precious cargo. Again, he found no one. He quietly prayed his thanks to God and closed the door behind him. He held the package gently within his arms as he ascended the stairs to his sobbing wife to show her the miracle that had been bestowed upon them.

The figure, satisfied with the night’s delivery, whistled a light tune as it returned home to prepare for the next delivery.


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

Jason Huskey: This is another amazing short story full of love and longing. I have now read all 5 of these stories in this series so far and have enjoyed every one so much that i wish they were epic novel length. Hopefully at a later time these stories coyld be flushed out and be 250 to 400 pages. Here is on...

iloveulol60: You can even publish a book if you'd like to

Einnobaddee: MAGNIFICIENT! Finally, good book to release stress during my hectic weeks. Thank you author *bow dramatically* Even if i feel sleepy, i still wanna read it non-stop. Nothing can stop me unless author hasnt update new chapter. Avelllll, why you so sexy oneee??? Go wendy, my badass queen. Show em w...

Aliviah : I’m in love with the book but the ending is more of a cliffhanger. But other than that the book was alright. Um I have nothing to say. I think that the sex scenes could have been better

Katie: In this story you see the not only super cute relationship with the mated-couple main characters but the best sisterly relationship between three girls, which causes issues in the story. I loved the storyline and cute sisters!

Toluwalope Kareem: I love this book so much. I don’t read books twice but I’ve read this book thrice. It’s amazing. You’re so talented.

More Recommendations

alphajohn88: Good nd awesome

Angela Rose: I really managed to connect with your characters in the 6 chapters that were written. I'm left now wanting more so I hope there's to be an update soon! Most of the time I had no idea what was about to happen and I love that in a book. The suspense and wondering makes a story so much better, there...

Madison Fuentes: Okay. I never cry but after reading the ending I cried for like ten hours. MY FACE LOOKED LIKE A FUCKING TOMATO!!!!!!! I loved it so muchIN MEMORY OFALEXANDER IDK HIS LAST NAMELOVING BROTHER, FRIEND, SON AND BOYFRIEND

Artistetc84: Sucks you in like a whirlpool, first paragraph.

Rosalyn Morello: Please update. I really love your story. You should keep writing. Your story is wonderful. So please continue this lovely story. Some people are getting mad and using profane language in the comments sections because you haven't updated for a while.

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

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.