Author: Jason Arnett
Title: Reader (part 4 of 7)
Frequency: every Wednesday
The hallway was deeply and eerily silent. There was no movement of air, no sound. Brad, Ray and Frank walked cautiously, minding their steps.
The fourth door swung open on silent hinges before they reached it. Brad ignored it, walked past. Frank did the same but stopped when Ray did. The writer was looking in.
“Don’t,” Frank said. His voice, though he was talking at a normal volume, was a bare whisper to Ray. “You know you can’t go in.”
“Hold on. There’s someone in there,” Ray said. “I can hear ‘em clear.”
Ray put a hand on the door jamb and stepped inside as far as he could without letting go.
“Where is it?” The male voice was angry. “Where did you stash it?” There was a crash of glass and metal to emphasize the question.
“I won’t talk to you when you’re like this,” a woman’s voice said. “You won’t hear me anyway.”
“What did you do with it? Where is it, Emily?”
Frank’s face darkened and he pushed past Ray into the room.
“WHERE,” the man’s voice roared like a thunderclap across a leaden sky, “IS IT?” To Ray’s eyes, Frank appeared to turn ghostly the farther away he got from the door.
“Stop!” Ray said. “Stop! Frank, I almost can’t see you!”
Frank turned back to Ray. “Stay there,” he said. I’ll be all right but you shouldn’t come in. Just – Just give me a minute. Stay right there.” His back to Ray, Frank turned the corner around the entry and was gone.
Ray tried to listen.