[Chapter Four- “Home” — Part One of Three]
[Original writing & photography by J. E. Lattimer]
© 2012 J. E. Lattimer all rights reserved
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Jack walked to the end of the city block and, as he turned right at the intersection, he was able to see his condominium halfway down the street.
He was pleasantly surprised to see that the building looked almost exactly the same- The white aluminum siding on the outside and the metal railing on the staircase had both changed to wood, but the rest of it remained unaltered.
“Well, here goes nothing.” Jack said.
He traveled the remaining distance to his home.
Halfway up the flight of stairs Jack paused. He had the distinct feeling that he was being watched.
He looked across the street and noticed a strange figure standing in the shadows between two fire escapes there. It looked like a man dressed all in black, but something didn’t seem right- The man’s face didn’t look human, it seemed to be metallic and out of proportion.
The hairs on the back of Jack’s neck stood up.
What is that thing? Some sort of robot? An android?
While he was watching the strange figure was swallowed up by the shadows- Disappearing from view.
What the hell was that thing? Does it know that I have crossed over to this world?
He reached the top of the stairs and pulled his key ring from his pocket. The keys appeared the same-Except for one that he did not recognize.
He selected the key that unlocked the deadbolt and slid it into place- Unsure of what he would find on the other side…