The heat of the Jacuzzi’s water eased the tension from my body and enveloped me in a warm watery hug. The light from the vanilla scented candle filled the room with a soft glow. Its gentle aroma penetrated my senses. I sighed trying not to think about the events of the day as I drifted off to sleep.
My eyes opened. I could see a yellow glob on the edge of the Jacuzzi. Bubbles were constantly popping and reforming on its back. Its front looked like soft and mushy. I gagged; the stench overwhelming the candle’s fragrance.
More ooze from the glob dropped into the water. Quickly, I pulled my feet away. My mind raced. I started to stand up and step out of the Jacuzzi but the glob slowly slid closer. I gagged again as the smell intensified.
Ooze landed on my hand, and I screamed. I dipped it into the water then brushed it against the Jacuzzi walls. The ooze held on and started to feed on my skin. Oh my god, it hurt.
I frantically dug at it with my long-manicured
nails. It was unmovable. The pain was unbearable.
The flickering candle caught my attention.
I picked up the candle and held my
hand over the flame. The fire licked at the ooze and slowly started to burn it.
I screamed as the flame burned my skin, then gasped with relief when the ooze
The glob seemed to smile at me as it dropped more ooze into the water. I smiled back at it.
I moved the candle close to the glob, tipping it slightly so that the flame could flicker higher. It flinched and moved back. I followed it with the candle. The edges of the glob started to brown and harden. It suddenly leaned forward and drops extinguished the flame.
I grabbed the candle lighter. I flicked it on and held it close to the glob. It tried to move away but I had it cornered. I held the flame near the bottom of the glob and watched as the ooze dried up and hardened more. The glob tried to put the flame out again, but I was expecting it this time.
My breathing was ragged as the adrenaline flowed through my body. I forgot about the pain as I watched the glob cook in the flame. It wasn’t long before it was dead. I slumped into the water and stared at it.
The pain seeped back as I stared at the creature. I stepped out of the Jacuzzi and dried off. I applied ointment, wrapped my hand in gauze and popped a pain pill.
I slipped on my robe, then carefully pushed the glob’s remains into a plastic bag and tied it tightly. I put it in another bag before I placed them in a garbage can outside. I dragged my weary body to my bedroom and collapsed on the bed.The pain medicine had started to numb my brain as I said to myself, “That’s the last time I’ll leave leftovers in the fridge!”