by Anthony R. Karnowski
Sometimes I hate her.
She lays there, her arms wrapped around her pillow, sound asleep. I throw the covers off and pull them back on, but she’s oblivious. Her foot is twitching like it does when she’s having a really great dream, too.
Sometimes I really hate her.
I glance at the clock and groan when I see it’s already 3:42. If I fall asleep now, I can still get three hours. I can function on three hours.
I roll over again and pull my leg out from under the covers for what has to be the hundredth time. It’s still hotter than the seventh circle of Hell. I look up at the ceiling fan and wonder why the people that designed it didn’t include a more powerful setting than ‘high.’ Something along the lines of ‘ludicrous speed’ would suit me just fine.
I manage to tilt my head so that the brunt of the fan’s airﬂow is hitting me in the face. After a few seconds of enjoying this, my body relaxes and I can feel the ﬁrst gentle caresses of sleep brush my mind. Within seconds, I drift into sleep.
I jump at the sound of breaking glass.
The clock now reads 3:49.
Fuck, I think. What now?
I try not to wake Rene, though it would serve her right, as I slip out of the covers. There is another loud crash from the kitchen; my heart leaps into my throat. All thought of sleep is gone as I reach into the closet and remove my baseball bat. I’ve never owned a gun, and for the ﬁrst time I wonder why.
The cold feel of aluminum in my hand gives me courage. I take a deep breath and, making as little sound as possible, I creep out of the bedroom. Expecting to ﬁnd a man with a black ski-mask waiting for me in the kitchen, I almost drop my bat when I espy the shape of a woman standing just inside the door.
“John,” she says.
I stop. How does she know my name?
“I’m glad you’re awake. I need your help.”
“Do… do I know you?”
She giggles. “I need you, John. Come with me.”
Something about her voice is familiar, but I can’t quite place it. Stepping closer, her perfume tickles my nose. She reaches out and takes my hand. I let the bat slip from my ﬁngers, and it slams against the ﬂoor. Somewhere in the back of my mind I wonder why Rene hasn’t woken up.
“Come on, John. Follow me.”
She leads me through the door, and we step out onto the front porch of my parents’ old house. This is strange for several reasons, mainly because that house was torn down over ten years ago. This strikes me as odd, but before I can comment on it the girl turns, allowing me to see her for the ﬁrst time.
My heart skips. Standing there in nothing but a see-through teddy is Jennifer-fucking-Lopez.
I’m dreaming. I have to be dreaming.
She tosses her hair over her shoulder and smiles. Her skin glows in the moonlight, and her curvaceous form dances in the breeze like the ﬂame of a candle.
“Come on, John. Let’s go,” she says.
Her voice is soft and sultry, and I can feel my baser animal urges ﬁghting for control of my mind. She takes my hand again and pulls me to the end of the porch.
Reason is replaced by desire, and I follow her down the stairs and into the driveway. She turns and tosses her hair again, beckoning me with a slender, dexterous ﬁnger. I follow her around the garage where she leans against the wall, caressing her belly.
“What are we doing here?” My voice sounds odd, distant.
“Well,” she says with a smile. “I couldn’t fuck you in there with your girlfriend watching, could I?”
My knees almost buckle. Before I can answer her, she reaches out and pulls me close. Kissing my neck, she pulls my shirt over my head. Hard nipples rub against my chest as long ﬁngernails make their way across my back. I feel myself grow hard against her. She pushes me to the ground and straddles me, giggling.
“There’s nothing like a good outdoor fuck, is there?” She giggles again.
She kisses me as her ﬁngernails dig into my chest, ﬂooding my senses with a strange mix of pleasure and pain. She arches her back, and I can feel her growing moist.
Saying nothing, she reaches down and rips open my boxers. This show of strength is surprising, but all I can think about is her warmth. She laughs then. It is not the girlish giggle from before. It is… darker, somehow.
“Ready?” she asks. Her eyes glow, and her expression is that of hunger.
I answer her with a kiss. Our tongues dance and she pulls away just enough to tease me. She runs her hand along my chest again and without warning impales herself upon me. Ecstasy unlike any I’ve known before courses through my body, and she assaults me with her mouth. Alternating between subtle ﬂicks of her tongue and small bites, she works her way up my neck. Her breath is heavy in my ear, and her thrusts grow stronger and more violent. She claws at me, her nails digging deep enough to draw blood; her bites are no longer playful. She rips a chunk out of my shoulder, and I scream.
Crimson runs down her chin, and she smiles devilishly. I try to push her away, but she wraps her arms around me, refusing to let go. Her strength is monstrous. With a cackle, she continues to ride me, but my exaltation from before is gone forever, replaced by revulsion and pure pain.
I grip her chin and ﬁght to keep her mouth from tearing any more of my ﬂesh, but my ﬁngers slip in blood. Realizing I can’t hold her, I change my grip and close my hand around her throat. She laughs.
I squeeze her neck, but she doesn’t notice. She rocks back and forth, cackling. I try to push her away again, and in the process I look down.
My legs are gone.
I scream and redouble my efforts. Pulling my hand from her throat with ease, she puts a ﬁnger to my mouth and shushes me.
“It will all be over soon,” she whispers.
She thrusts again, and another few inches of my body enter her. I ﬂail my arms, trying to grab hold of something I can use to pull myself out of her, but my ﬁngers ﬁnd only empty air.
She thrusts again. And again. Within seconds I’m in up to my armpits. I cry out, begging for her to stop. She laughs and thrusts again.
In my last second, I look up. Her face has changed. The comely face of J-Lo is gone, replaced by the twisted countenance of a hag. She thrusts one last time, and everything disappears.