Amy: a Short Lived Story

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Amy

I had left Flagstaff for Phoenix. No job prospects and no place to live except in my car. I had been on the brink of despair before, but now I had reached the end of my rope. No money and no hope, I contemplated committing suicide but fate intervened. While having a cup of coffee in a mom and pop restaurant in downtown Scottsdale, I came across an ad in the Arizona Republic for a live-in aide for a female adult who has Multiple Sclerosis. I answered the ad immediately. Amy sounded nice on the phone even though I could barely understand her. When we met, we connected with each other immediately. The lady who was living with Amy was lazy and rude to Amy and I felt immediate resentment toward her. Maddie was ignorant and hostile and we disliked each other at first sight. Amy wanted Maddie gone now, but he said Maddie could stay until he found a new live-in aide. Amy and I talked for hours and I knew we clicked. Soon Maddie was gone and I was Amy's aide. We were both in our mid-thirties and had rough childhoods. For the first few weeks we got along impressively. Then strange things began to happen. At first I dismissed these strange occurrences to my own lack of memory. Amy could not have done them since she was unable to move from her wheelchair. Amy began to sit alone in the dark in her wheelchair and say words about the devil and demons that troubled me more and more as I found Amy getting more hostile towards me. When I asked her what was the matter she gave me a look that burned my eyes. I found my clothes on the floor in other rooms and Amy had no explanation for it except a smile that sent shivers through my entire body. I grew to be afraid of Amy and she sensed it. She would sneak up behind me in her wheelchair and bump me and say “I’m so sorry Shelly”. Her eyes seemed to glow a dark green. This got worse when I had Betty over. I met Betty at park I went…...

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