Someone approaches the door. Alex is curled up on the bed, pressed as close to the headboard as he can get. The drugs have thoroughly worn off. And now they’ve come for him. To punish him for what he did when the police came. When he missed his only fucking chance. “Hello Alex,” Nick says … Continue reading A Voice From The Stars Chapter 9: Alex
Eight Years Later 1:00:00 blinks to 00:59:59 and Nick steps out of the room. Alex’s hour has begun. The first thing he does is grab the fucking timer. Nick will probably have one of his own, because he seems a smart fucker like that, but at the very least Alex will get a few extra … Continue reading A Voice From The Stars Chapter 8: Alex
Eight Years Ago Two years slip by. Faster than the previous three, with Nick at his side, but still achingly slow. Every day Ryan is aware that his sons are growing up without him. He’s missing so many things. Chris is ten now, he’s in fifth grade. He’s probably had dozens of school plays, or … Continue reading A Voice From the Stars Chapter 7: Ryan
Thankfully Ryan comes back faster this time. Unfortunately, he doesn’t come empty handed. He has a stack of board games. “Ryan,” Nick says. “I just…thought we could do something together,” Ryan says, “just to--to relax a bit.” Nick sighs, “alright, but we’re not playing monopoly. Or uno, don’t think I don’t see those in the … Continue reading A Voice From The Stars Chapter 6: Alex
Ten Years Later He drifts. Voices wash over him, faint and unintelligible. He doesn’t try to figure out what they’re saying. They’re speaking in soft, gentle tones, and its…nice. Peaceful. Someone brushes the hair away from his forehead. Alex sighs and leans into the kindness. He sinks back down. He is moved, his head and … Continue reading A Voice From The Stars Chapter 5: Alex
He wakes up still groggy. He feels heavy, even his thoughts are slow and sluggish. He’s a little hungry, but its easy to ignore. It probably isn’t dinner yet. He goes back to sleep. He wakes a few more times, he’s probably going to be exhausted if he’s getting this little sleep. At least its … Continue reading A Voice From The Stars Chapter 4: Ryan
The car slows and Alex’s shoulder bumps against the passenger seat as they turn. They don’t pick up speed again. They stop. Alex yanks his head up with a gasp, looking around. They’re in a driveway. A simple gravel thing, there’s a spacious front lawn, with a large tree in front of the house, there’s … Continue reading A Voice From the Stars Chapter 3: Alex
Alex looks up. There’s a car. Some kind of sedan or something. SUV? Alex doesn’t know shit about cars. He blinks rain out of his eyes, his hair is plastered to his forehead, cold and wet, just like the rest of him. The car’s brake lights are burning in his eyes. Alex keeps walking.
Every night, precisely at six PM, Ryan lays out a nutritious meal for four. Children need good, balanced meals, they need schedules to keep them on track. The social workers said so. Every night, Ryan sits alone at a table, a nutritious meal for four slowly going cold. The plates are empty, the chairs are empty. All but one. Ryan is alone. Ryan is so alone.