Copied from my post on nosleep.
Another night of overtime. This paycheck better be worth it. It better be worth not seeing my wife, my kid, my home… my TV.
I got home late again. I try to turn the key and knob so it doesn’t make any noise. I can feel the deadbolt clunk back, I tiptoe inside, and lock the door behind me. I quietly slip my shoes off and slink up the stairs. It was only after I got into the bedroom and undressed that I realized my entire body had been tense since I got to the porch. Something about being quiet tenses you up. I slide into bed next to my wife, kiss her on the back of the head, and go to sleep.
I squeeze one eye shut and crack the other to see my son is standing next to my bed in his pajamas. It’s still late, but he had turned the hallway light on.
“Mommy is under my bed,” he said.
“There’s a monster under your bed?” I asked, trying to wake my body up enough to be coherent. Usually I could force some motivation, but I guess these long nights had gotten to me.
“No, Mommy,” he says.
“Mommy’s right here next to me. Go turn the hallway light off.”
“Now,” I demanded. He scampered back out of the room and turned the light off. As soon as it was dark again, my wife shifted comfortably back into bed. Now that she was awake, I knew I had to get up to check on him. I picked myself up on my elbow and sat up. I felt incredibly weak, but I bent back over and told my wife I’d be right back. I couldn’t see the bedroom in the dark, so I felt around until I grabbed my robe and walked to the hallway door. My son was standing there waiting on me.
“Alright buddy, let’s go check it out.” My eyes adjusted quickly to the darkness of the hallway, and I finally managed some energy. I guess it was nice to see my son for the first time in a while.
We walked to his bedroom together. I grabbed his hand, opened the door, and flipped on the lights. I closed the door behind me to drown out some of the noise for my wife.
“Alright, buddy. Let’s check this out.” I knelt on the floor and bent down. I collapsed. My wife’s mutilated body laid twisted under the bed, her head snapped towards me and her eyes wide open. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t move. But….
“Buddy, don’t look under here!” I said, my voice rising and shaking. I reached for her, every part of her body tense and strict. Her skin looked dark blue.
“Daddy?!” he whimpered. Hearing my son made me release some tension, enough for me to hear footsteps coming down the hall.
“Run and lock the door!” I told him. He ran over and locked it, then we both scooted to the back wall and watched the doorknob jerk.