Ryan sprinted through the lab, trying not to hear the squelch of the monster that chased him. The lab had containment systems, but the systems had failed, and now he was on the run. He just had to reach the door.
His thighs cramped. His stride faltered.
The squelches were getting louder.
Come on, he told himself. You’re almost there. Almost—
A slimy tentacle wrapped around his neck. He struggled, but it was no use. The monster enveloped him in an instant.
“Got the subject,” it said into its communicator. “What a production. I swear, I’m never studying humans again.”
Taylor Hornig is a web developer from eastern Vermont. Her fiction has appeared in Metaphorosis and Plasma Frequency Magazine.