Lost Aisles was dreamed up back in October, when Anne Elisabeth Stengl had her scary story tour. However, at the time I was unable to finish it. Now you can read it. Hope you enjoy! Click the picture to see more abandoned places.
Florescent lights flickered, casting eerie shadows over the store. They sputtered in desperate last attempts at life. Irritation coxed a sigh from Leissa as she orginized shampoo bottles. The bulbs needed to be replaced. Two thirds already didn't work. Another month and she would be cast in darkness.
She'd need to leave a note for the morning shift. Again.
A crash boomed from the next aisle. She flinched and knocked a bottle to the ground as another rocked on the edge of the shelf. A growl rolled in her throat and she knelt to retrieve the product.
If Jacob would ever bother to show for their shift, she wouldn't need to do all this on her own.
A low hum filled the air, punctuated by exhales of frustration and thumps of shifted merchandise. Three hours were left to her shift. Then she could go home and crawl into bed before the neighbors awoke.
“Help me!” The muffled scream came from the front of the store, by a pounding of glass and a rattle of doors. “Please, let me in.”
Leissa cocked her head. Who would make such a racket at this hour? She wiped a layer of dust from a bottle of Garnier before setting it down.
The pounding continued, accompanied by cries for help. “Please. Someone has to be here.”
She kicked aside an empty box and marched to the end of the aisle. If that man thought for one second that she would let him in to steal something...
“Thank God.” A man stood just outside the front door, his clothes torn and dirty. Blood dripped from cuts on his face and tears fell from his eyes. “Thank God.” He pressed his hands to the glass as though she might disappear.
Leissa frowned. “Go away.”
“No.” His eyes widened in panic and glanced over his shoulder before piercing her with a fear ridden gaze. “You can't leave me out here.”
“Yes, I can.” Who did he think he was? She wouldn't let a man like this in during the day, let alone at night. She turned on her heel.
“Please,” the word tore from his throat with an animal like intensity. As she continued to walk away, his cries turned desperate. “I'll die out here.”
Another light flickered out. Leissa ground her teeth. For all this to happen on her shift...
“Don't leave me out here.”
Before she left, she would leave a note for the manager. If Jacob did not start coming in soon, she'd quit.
Blocking the man from her thoughts, Leissa returned to the hair care aisle. She began to sing, drowning out his cries. When he screamed, she barely turned her head.
Three hours later, after she'd written her note and clocked out, she shuffled to the door. The sun rose in the sky, illuminating dirt on the glass overlooked by the day shift. Today, dark red speckled its surface as well.
She ground her teeth. Was she the only one around who did their job?
As she fumbled with her purse, she didn't notice when she passed the man on the pavement. Nor did she see his blank gaze and the red pool under his limp form. Neither did she wonder at the grass sprouting from the street or the cars abandoned in the road. She never questioned the absence of her neighbors, or people at the grocery.
She merely groused that no one took pride in their work anymore.