's 2013 Horror Write-off:

" My Problem "

Submitted by Miranda Johansson

I have a pretty good life, all things considered. I'm doing well in school, I have lots of friends. I have a girlfriend who loves me, and I work out to keep in shape. My parents are proud of me. They say I've really shaped up lately.

There's just one issue, one little problem that mars my otherwise perfect existence.

At first I kept him in my closet, but even though he was securely tied up, people started noticing the faint thumps, the muffled moaning. So one night, I put him in the trunk of my car, and I drove out to the industrial area outside of town, and I hid him in a rusting dumpster out behind an abandoned warehouse there.

He looks a lot like me, except kind of shrivelled, as if he were hollow and collapsing in on himself. I don't like keeping him out there in the dumpster. I liked it better when he was in my closet, where I could keep an eye on him. I mean, what if someone finds him? Worse, what if he gets loose?

I know what will happen then.

If he gets loose, he'll come for me, and then he'll steal what's inside of me. Then I'll shrivel up, while he fills out with all that precious human life. And then he'll be the one going to my school instead of me; he'll steal my friends from me and go on dates with my girlfriend, and no-one will be the wiser.

Of course that's what he's going to do. He's going to want revenge.

After all, I did it to him first.