“DWN” by Z

“911, what is your emergency?”

“My mummy and daddy are gone.”

“What do you mean they’re gone? What is your name?”

“Ben.”

“Where are you, Ben?”

“Daddy locked me in the big machine when it came. Then it took mommy and daddy and flew away.”

“Ben, can you tell me where you are?”

“I am in the machine.”

“Where’s the machine, Ben? Is it near your house?”

“Uh-huh.”

“Where is your house, Ben?”

“On the hill. My daddy works here.”

“You live where your daddy works, Ben?”

“Uh-huh.”

“Is there a sign on the building where your daddy works, Ben?”

“Where is the policeman? I want to get out now.”

“The police man needs to find you, Ben. Is there a sign where you are?”

“It says dee double-u en. There is a big word too, but I do not know that wor- ”

“What was that sound?”

“It came back! The monster came back! It broke the window! Please come get me!”

“Are you hurt?”

“I want my mommy!”

“Are you hurt, Ben? We can send a police man by listening to your phone but I need you to stay on the phone with me.”

“I want my mommy, why did my daddy put me here I want to get out!”

“We’re coming. We’ll be there soon. Who’s there with you, Ben? Is someone there?”

“It came back! It flew away with my mommy and daddy and came back!”

“What sort of monster is it? Do you mean like a bear, Ben?”

“It looks like the dragon in my storybook but it has no fire breath. It does not make any sound at all.”

“Is it a sign that fell down?”

“No. It took my mommy and daddy and flew away. I think a sign would not do that.”

“No, a sign wouldn’t do that.”

“I can hear it on top of the machine. When is the police man coming?”

“Soon. Very soon, Ben.”

“I want my mommy.”

“I know you do. We’ll try to find her when we come get you, Ben.”

“I can hear the police car.”

“That’s good, Ben! That means we’re almost there. Do you see-”

“Help! No! Please-”

“Ben, what’s that sound? Ben? … Ben? …. Ben, answer me. … Ben, answer me please. …. Ben, pick up the phone. …. Ben. Ben. Pick up the- ”

“Hello?”

“Who am I speaking to?”

“Couper, badge number seven two.”

“Where’s Ben? Is there a little boy there?”

“No. The cab is empty. He said he was in a machine?”

“Yes.”

“It’s the only one on the property.”

“It’s only been a few seconds- ”

“There’s a lot of dust here, dispatch, I don’t see any tracks going away from the cab. There’s one set of foot prints next to mine, leading up to the cab, but I don’t see anyone here.”

“Keep looking.”

“I’ll radio back.”

“No. Stay on the phone.”

“Dispatch, did you say- ”

“The kid said there was a monster.”

“It was probably a prank. Everything looks clear.”

“He sounded pretty young, something doesn’t sound right.”

” ….. ”

“Hello?”

If you’d like to make a call, please hang up and try it again.

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Nicolas Papaconstantinou
Nicolas Papaconstantinou is an enthusiastic amateur creative type, and the chap behind Elephant Words. Be nice to him. He growed up kinda wrong.

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