Shadows crept across the wall. Mitch picked up the coffee can filled with coins and rattled it. The shadows zipped out the window. They were skittish, nothing to fear.
Mitch continued peeling the orange - the last orange. It was the tail end of winter, and the grocery stores had been closed to all but looters since late January.
Most of his neighbours were gone now. Cowards. Mrs. Kowalski said they’d been eaten, taken over, or some such nonsense. Mitch figured they’d fled.
He would rather starve than leave his home. Besides, the shadows weren’t dangerous.
To his surprise, the orange wasn’t dry at all, but juicy and tangy.
Something stirred in the corner. He picked up the can and shook it. The thing didn’t budge.
Mitch stood. “Bold, are you?”
The shadow shifted into the shape of a man. Mitch staggered back, sat down hard in his chair. He shook the can, harder this time.
The shadow lifted away from the wall. It loomed over him.
Mitch screamed as the shadow slid its fingers under the skin of his face and peeled the first strip. He looked dried out, but inside he was still tangy and juicy.
"Shadows crept across the wall" - check
"Everything faded" - check
"orange" - check
Horror genre - check
200 words - check
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