The Clock is Ticking

By Shreya Shukla

Andrew asked me, why I was breathing so haphazardly I thought to myself I wasn't.I was driving home from work when a cold shiver went down my spine as I saw her sitting behind me through the rear mirror, the bright pink dress looked better on her porcelain skin than it did, when I buried her last week. I jolted myself to saying I just need a good Night's sleep. I went home had some frozen pizza and passed out on the bed.

"I can't sleep", she whispered. Crawling into bed with me. I woke up cold clutching the dress she was buried in. "Just go away I made a mistake what do you want me to do die?" I shrieked out loud.

The last thing I saw was my *clock ticking* 12.07 before she pushed her long decaying nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams "no that would be too easy",she whispered.

I sat bolt upright ,relieved it was only a dream but as I saw my clock flashing 12.06 I heard my closet door creak open.

The next day I woke up in the ER ,after wrestling desperately to move any part of my incapacitated body just to alert the doctors that i was conscious before the operation I was relieved to see that one of the nurses had noticed my pupils dilating from the bright light. She leaned in close in a whisper that ticked my ear and said "you think she doesn't know you're awake?" I couldn't move breathe,speak or hear as the gush of darkness enveloped me I fell into the deep pit of unconsciousness again.

And the next time I woke up, I could barely hear the sound of dirt covering up the coffin over my own screams...


  • Amazing …happy to see Pari writing very well…master peace of writing….seems live event happening around…more power to you pari…keep writing ✍️

    Praveen Kumar
  • Excellent! Count me as one of your ardent fan for such enthralling expositions. keep it up dear.👍👍👍

    prashant mallick
  • Nice thriller, kept me engaged till end. Love reading thriller stories, looking forward for much more like this

  • Clock really ticked when I read it. It’s such delicate sensitivity along with ability to bring goose pimp in so few words

    Very talented, good vocubalary with ability to keep engrossed through out.
    Bless you Shreya, keep writing

    Rita S Raghuvanshi
  • Wow
    Excellent vocabulary
    Awesome theme selected
    Best wishes for your future

  • Superb. Well narrated

  • This was terrifying at the same time so engaging.. I love reading such stories. You just made my day (night). Will be waiting for more like these..

    Shreya Vishwanathan
  • Very well done, Shreya! We read this several times and felt the deep emotions inside it. You are very talented. Me and my family will look forward for more in future.

    Pankaj Sharma
  • Awesome ! Reads like a thoughtful thriller! Very well conceptualised and written. Keeps reader engaged till the end. Awaiting more from you …

  • Amazing. The content shows that the creativity of Shreya is beyond of her age of teenager.

    Ajeet Kumar Jha
  • Thrilling, made me shiver. Beautifully narrated. Eager to read more from you.

  • This is short , crisp and awesome.. Please write more. I wish to here more from you..

  • Superb beautiful gripping , narration. Excellent command over vocabulary. Congrets dear Shreya

    Dr Saurabh

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