Come on in

We’ve been driving for about 3 hours 

It’s late

The streetlights have faded away

Almost 6 miles back

A long country road

With open gaps of darkness

Then the turns 

Swallowed up by overbearing trees

The gaslight blinks 

We need to find somewhere to stop 

I look over to Leah

She’s fast asleep 

Head leaning against the door

I pull up to a diner

The only place in miles 

The lights still on

We walk up to the front door

A woman standing behind the counter

Waves us in

Said she hasn’t seen people for quite some time

A television flickered

to what it seemed was local news on playback

The date said august 3rd 

We were in June 

I paid it no mind

Coffee and some toast please

She didn’t hesitate 

Oh baby try our special 

On me 

Leah was still in the bathroom

My migraine started to intensify

The tv now flickered 

August 3rd 1996

A fire has gone ablaze

Local diner burned down

I checked my phone 

But it was dead

Here you go baby enjoy

It was Belgium waffles with blueberry and whipped cream 

With a side of peach slices 

Leah still hasn’t returned

The woman watched me take a bite

Oh honey you must be hungry

We are preparing a special meal

Don’t fret

You bought us a great gift 

Now it’s time we pay our debt

The table started to rumble 

I jumped up quick

Leah where are you 

Don’t be silly boy she’s in the back

Being prepped for the main course

What have you done ?

Oh honey don’t worry

She will make a good main dish

With a side of onion and potatoes

Now sit boy !

My body obeyed

Something came over me

My migraine turned into a blinding pain

I blinked in and out of consciousness

What felt like 20 minutes turned into hours

As she fed me and fed me

Her voice rang

It’s on the house baby…


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