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Numbers Game

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:30 pm
by Ichabod
Looking up from the Sudoku puzzle, he blinks, still seeing grids.

“Playing too long,” he thinks, “need a break.”

Two steps toward the kitchen he abruptly runs into an invisible barrier.

“What the…?” he gasps.

Stretching his arms, he feels the same blockage, left, right, and behind.
Above floats a softly pulsing number three.

“Oh, no” he thinks.

Hesitantly, he whispers, “Nine?”

Nothing happens.

“Seven?” he says aloud.

He slams a fist against the barrier and yells, “SIX!”

And even now, panic stricken heart struggling in his chest; with bloodied fists he pummels the barrier, screaming, “TWO! FIVE! ONE! FOUR!...”