By Richard Laymon
While Alice's buddy Serena is going away she remains in her condominium, with its sunken tub and big-screen television. better of all is the outside swimming pool. yet one evening a stranger walks out of the woods and jumps bare into the pool. Alice hopes he won't be coming to get her, like such a lot of have performed earlier than.
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With the change of plans, I wanted popcorn—at least until I thought about the long journey to the kitchen. There were windows all along the way—enormous windows and sliding glass doors and walls of glass—every one of them facing the pool area, the back lawn and the woods. If only I’d remembered to shut those curtains before dark! With the curtains wide open, it would almost be the same as if the house didn’t have any rear wall, at all. I had walked that particular gauntlet before. That’s true. I’d often walked it at night when the curtains were wide open and I was all alone in the house.
He laughed quietly. Then he said, “I’m serious about this, though. Is there a friend you can call? Someone who might be willing to come over? ” “Most of them over by the highway are open all night. You might have to ring a bell, or something, but…” “I’m not going to any motel. Are you kidding? I’m probably ten times safer staying right here than if I try to drive over to one of those places at this hour. ” Tony was silent for a few moments. It made me wonder what he was thinking about. Then he said, “Look.
I suddenly remembered the air conditioning. Serena and Charlie usually turned it off before retiring—except when the weather was terribly hot. When I was in command, I often forgot about the thing and left it going all night. Since I’d just now thought of it, I rested the saber against my shoulder and marched up the hallway. At the thermostat, I flicked the switch to the Off position. “What a good girl am I,” I whispered. Then I wondered which door to use. Not the den door, that was for sure. Serena and Charlie’s bedroom had a sliding door.