by Madeline Mora-Summonte
Jenny listens at Clara's bedroom door, hears scratching.
No one likes babysitting Kooky Clara, with her spooky silence and blank eyes, but her parents pay well, and Clara's no trouble. Usually.
Jenny goes in, gasps.
A map of their town covers the walls, floor to ceiling.
Clara can't reach.
Buildings, roads labelled.
Clara can't read, write.
Slashed X's over all the houses, except Clara's. Two girls huddle in the basement. Clara circles them again, again.
Clara can't see.
Screams tear through the streets.
Jenny grabs Clara. They run for the basement.
Halfway down the stairs, they are plunged into darkness.
Author bio: Madeline Mora-Summonte is a writer, a reader, a beach-comber, and a tortoise-owner. She is the author of the flash fiction collections The People We Used To Be and Garden of Lost Souls.
Sight is part of 101 Fiction issue 22.