(A sequel to “Entertainment After the Apocalypse”, published 7/26/11)
With the old family home videos now ruined and completely overrun and infested with demonic voices and imagery, Haley Adams (The Last Girl on Earth) has taken to recording the silence around her with a cassette tape recorder and playing it back throughout the night to relieve her boredom.
While the tapes first started as just homemade “talk shows” where she pretended to interview other survivors of the apocalypse, upon playback of the recordings she’d often hear voices hidden in the dead air… and they were trying to talk to her.
Most of the time it was demons trying to scare her with heavy breathing and growling, but since she had just survived the apocalypse as only a 9 year old girl, Haley was pretty tough to rattle.
Every so often, when non-demonic voices from the beyond could dimly be heard on the tapes, Haley would attempt to engage them in conversation… however, the process of recording the dead air, listening back to the hours of tape to find the stray hidden voices mixed in with the static, and then asking a follow-up question was inherently inefficient.
It gave her something to do other than pretend she doesn’t see the red-eyed demons in the shadows, though, so Haley didn’t mind.
Usually, the voices were lost and confused souls who needed to be told that they died in the apocalypse. Haley relished this task, as it gave her a sense of purpose… something she had struggled with since becoming confident she was the only one who survived.
After several months of the same slow conversations with discombobulated disembodied voices, Haley found herself getting frustratingly bored again. She absentmindedly hits play on the recording she just made in the children’s morgue, expecting another tedious day of saving souls, when instead she is greeted by the melodic laughter of a young child.
Perking up instantly, Haley takes delight in something new finally happening and listens intently as the distant childish giggling becomes a song—
“I’m dead I’m dead and you’ll be too
On your family’s souls we chew
Your mother screams in pain each night
Because you chose to survive the blight
Your baby brother is boiled blue
Skinned alive because of you
Die and die and be with us
No more boredom, no more fuss
The song and laughter repeats for 90 minutes before the play button POPS up as the tape reaches the end.
Haley pauses, sighs, and rewinds the tape to use again.
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