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Opening Lines – Zeitgeist

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Caitlin had kept her eyes closed for ten seconds, just like Dr. Smoltz had told her to, but when she opened them, it was still there, looking at her and not blinking.

“I’m not going to go away, you know.” It said to her, its voice cool, calm, melodic.

She snapped her eyes shut again, squeezed them hard this time, fireworks exploding in the dark behind her lids.

“Told you.” It said with a shrug when she opened them.

She swore, stormed out of the room, and slammed her bedroom door behind her. But it was already there, reclining on her double bed, lazily poking her favorite stuffed animal.

“The sooner you get over this, the easier it’ll be, kiddo.”

“I don’t want to!” She screeched at it, then immediately clapped her hand over her mouth, aghast at what she’d just done. In her head, she could hear Dr. Smoltz telling her that engaging the hallucinations would just further her psychosis. She had to ignore them.

“You know that old doctor man’s a rube, right?” It sat up, crossing its legs and posing like a dandy. “If I didn’t have more important things to take care of, I’d take him for all he’s got.” Its I’s were long and lazy and had more in common with A’s than any other letter. “Important things being you of course.”

She kept one hand on her mouth and pushed some errant hair back from her eyes with the other. She lifted her mouth hand slightly. “Why…why me?”

“How the shit should I know, deary!” It slapped its seer-suckered thigh.

She scrunched her face, and let her hands down. “What am I supposed to do?”

“You’re the zeitgeist, kid. This whole year? It’s yours. What do you want to do with it?

Another of the 300 word bits from Lindsey’s Opening Lines prompts.

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