“I want to speak to your manager!” She screeched at me in the hotel foyer while passing guests stared.
“Maam, I’m here in his place. He’s away for the week. How may I help?”
She stared back at me holding her breath, like an infant whose parent had refused to bend to his whim. Her cheeks expanded and her face turned red, ready to burst like an overblown balloon.
“How about we comp your first night and start there?” I said, wishing I had let her suffocate and black out.
“Perfect” Her face returned to normal and she smirked, victorious. My eye twitched but I continued to smiled.
“First, I’d like…” She yammered on for a bitter hour, with each demand more frivolous and conceited as the one before. Her voice ate away at my skin. With each piercing syllable my smile grew larger.
“Got all that?”
“Of course” My smile now took up half my face.
“I’ll be sure this is reflected… positively in my husband’s review.” Her nose high and pointy.
I bit down and grinned, allowing my smile to hide the black hole waiting to consume her deep within my eyes.
“Our establishment is here to serve.” I bowed out and returned to my office.
“Misty!” There sat my best friend in my chair.
“Sammy!” She jumped up and hugged me. We screamed a little before we calmed down to human speech levels.
“What are you doing here?”
“I thought I’d surprise you.”
“We’re gonna have some fun tonight!”
Misty and I danced among the tourists with fervour and hunger for the beat. I rode the intoxication, which wasn’t thanks to alcohol but because when Misty and I convened, we made a killer team.
“OW!” A being bumped into me, with a voice that managed to pierce through the heavy beats of the club. It was her. I shot a look to Misty and I turned to find the uptight, arrogant woman living off her husband’s influence.
Misty winked my way. She hooked her arm around the harpy guest and I followed suit. We led her out the backdoor and pushed her against the dumpster.
“This one’s mine” I informed Misty.
Our grins nearly split through our cheeks.
“How dare you?! Don’t you know who-”
“Shut it!” Misty stroked the defiant woman’s chin and grabs it. “You don’t want to lose your voice now do you?” With a final slap, the lady broke down in hysterical sobs.
“Huush, hush now” I pulled out the chopsticks holding up my hair. Misty howled. I chuckled, this all felt so nostalgic.
I twist and lock my sticks together, which allowed me to pull them apart and reveal a pencil blade. I felt my blood heating, my anger dancing around the fire, as Rumpelstiltskin did in the forest. I’m alive again. It had been far too long. I got in close to the trembling wench, I could smell her fear. Exhilarating. I ran the blade down her tear drenched cheek and traced it down to her throat. I could hear her trying to hold her breath as her eyes begged me in silence to end my madness.
“P…please..” She whimpered.
In a single firm motion I stabbed her the doomed lamb in the neck. She grabbed her jugular failing to stop the spurting blood from escaping. I took a few steps back, avoiding the rogue splatters. I watched my latest enemy’s eyes as Misty cheered on in the background. The spirit that once resided there vacated the now empty shell. My blood pumped and adrenaline rushed. The familiar satisfaction rising through from the depths.
“I missed this!” Misty jumped ecstatic. “You have a little on your cheek” She reached over and with a single smooth motion wiped it off and licked the blood.
I grabbed my dear friend’s hand and led her back into the club. This is going to be a great night!