It seemed an inexplicable place even for the dead!
Grave yard shift was never the favourite to get
even to the senior technician
he could easily recall many strange events
but on this particular shift
it would change his conception of reality
that none could foresee!
The only morgue in the small state county
based in the town hospital
always busy yet this night unusually quiet
then a telephone message
telling them a corpse was to be delivered
for some reason both shivered!
Just two on duty upon this dreaded shift
and five silent guests
one lay under a white sheet for an autopsy
early the coming morn
the new arrival would upset the ambience
the pressure becoming intense!
Around mid night the swing doors burst open
their new guest wheeled in
quickly placed in the allotted storage fridge
awaiting the duty pathologist
no details given even the paper work lacking
unanswered questions stacking!
That oppressive awareness began to mutate
retreating to the rest room
for a well-earned break at the mid night hour
soon a tapping sound heard
reverberating like a drum through corridors
their conversation on pause!
It stopped for a while then started once more
like a fist knocking on a door
reluctantly decided to investigate the source
as the noise wearily persisted
both re-entered the dimly lit autopsy room
they glared into the gloom!
Just as it went quiet again standing shaking
nothing looked disturbed
relieved turned there was a very loud bang
ran to the doorway before
daring to see it was the fridge open wide
the one with the body inside!
Neither of them wanting to move nearer
but were curious to view
even in the blue-tinted night lighting
could see the tray empty
on the tiled floor the abandoned body bag
along with the name tag!
Where had it gone more knocking began
it was definitely in front
uncertain of what was actually happening
headed for the only exit
could not escape their door passes failed
within their work place jailed!
Plunged into darkness something approached
as the emergency lighting
came on they were confronted by a woman
in her chest a gaping wound
how could she be alive the last words expelled
as to the ground were felled!
One managed badly wounded to crawl away
hitting the fire alarm button
waking in the casualty unit shaken in pain
but certain he was still alive
chaos surrounded him and he knew why
the thing that could not die!
It had escaped what had been unleashed on society
He suddenly began to feel unwell!
The Fouretyed Poet.