If there ever comes a time when I tell the truth about that night, it will be long after you’re dead. I should speak up now, but why? Why spoil the fun? I’ve had a long time to think, locked away as I was. I watched you. Did you know that? Behind that old cupboard in the attic I dug a hole in the wall. It was only plaster board so it was easy. I roamed the whole house and you never realised. You thought you had rats! I laughed. Oh, dear me yes, did I laugh. Rats!
All the bedrooms were right below the roof. It was so easy to make a little hole through the ceiling, right above your beds, in every room. I know who slept with whom and when. Sally dear, you might want to be a little more careful.
I shouldn’t complain. You did feed me. Sometimes though you forgot and that wasn’t nice, dear. Not nice at all. But then late, when you’d all gone to bed and were fast asleep, I’d come downstairs and help myself. How? Oh, the dumb waiter, dear. Yes, I know, you thought it was broken, that’s why you were using it as a cupboard. Except that it worked perfectly and I would pull it up, take off the sheets and towels you had on it and then squish inside and pull myself down. It made me feel quite like a young girl again, playing hide and seek.
Why didn’t I run away? Well, you know that’s a very good question. I’m not sure. I think I was afraid of what you’d do if you caught me. Oh, yes, there was a time when I was very afraid of you. But now, now I think I’ve turned the tables and I believe, yes, I’m almost positive that you are frightened of me, aren’t you dear?
Why 'Running the Bathwater Stories'?
When I first started writing short stories I set myself a challenge. I had to write a complete short story in the length of time it took for my bathwater to run. It's not the fastest bath, I hasten to add. Other rules included that I had to sit down to a blank page, with no preconceived story idea and just start writing. Afterwards, once the time was up, I was only allowed to edit grammar etc. The very first one was the story entitled "Forever." The only one that doesn't belong here is "The Difference is, I lie for a reason," but I haven't figured out how to move it without losing the comments.