In the small town of Pettigrew, Arkansas, in a clump of trees on the land of Bob Pendergass, several thousand doorknobs lay strewn about. They ranged in age from a hundred years old or more, to some made of materials I’d never seen. From decorative to plain, they formed an arc on the ground over 50 yards long and 20 feet wide.
“This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen,” I told my girlfriend, Katy Pendergass. We had come to her folks house, taking a break from the college scene.
“It’s funny, most people don’t think anything about it, and I wouldn’t have even mentioned it except for your comment about our mishmash of doorknobs on my folk’s house. Now you know where they came from,” she took my hand and leaned in against me for a little extra warmth.
I looked down at her, incredulously, “No I don’t! What the heck? Where did these all come from? This is utterly bizarre.”
“That’s not all,” she pulled out her cell phone to check the time.
“What do you mean?” I looked down at her.
She nodded towards the newest doorknobs and said, “Watch. It’s almost time.”
I whipped my head around to see what she was talking about, scanning the horizon for whatever I was supposed to be seeing.
I heard a crackling of electricity first and the hair on my arms and neck started to stand on end. Something flashed and I saw sparks appear in mid air a few feet above the newest doorknobs. The air shimmered and I could feel the low rhythmic thumping in my bones start to grow. The flashing and sound grew faster and stronger. Then everything was back to normal with a sucking whoosh, except a single doorknob which dropped to the ground and bounced away to join all it’s brothers and sisters in the field.
I stood there, transfixed. Thoughts poured through my mind from being ‘pranked’ to interdimensional aliens. But this was real.
I dropped Katy’s hand and went running towards the doorknob that had just fallen from nowhere. I was just entering the field of knobs when I realized Katy was screaming for me to stop. As I took my next step towards the center of where the flashing lights had been, everything went black and I could feel myself falling.
To be continued….
©2011 Eric A HuberDoorknobs is a work of fiction.
Photo ©iStockphoto.com/Spiderstock with photo editing by Eric Huber
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.