Chapter I: Tick Tock
It was 3:00 a.m. and Annie Bayde was terrified. One would have thought she would be used to it by now, but she wasn't. The girl's breathing caught in her throat and her heart started to beat faster. Suddenly Annie realized that she was holding the air inside her lungs and let it out in a whoosh. The exhale sounded unusually loud in her ears. A floorboard creaked and her whole body twitched. Tick tock, tick tock. The clock sounded out the time before her approaching doom.
How many times had she sat on this couch, waiting, watching, unable to sleep because of fear? Afraid that if she even closed her eyes for a moment that she would find her? Tick tock, tick tock. Annie dug chipped fingernails into sweaty palms. Tick tock, tick tock...
Bang! Annie jumped, her head spun to the door. She could hear the sound of phlegm rattling inside of a raw throat, could already smell the stench of liquor in the air. Slowly, shufflin