What a stupid idea, coffee before bed. I wanted to kick myself for drinking a doppio espresso at 10:00. Boredom had set in, and the only alternative I had seen was Starbuck’s. Now, at 1:00 in the morning, I was silently making oaths in my head never to drink such a strong thing after 9:00. This was madness. I had a job interview at 9:30 am, and I had already fallen behind on sleep for the past week. “Click, click, click,” a noise came to my ears through the vent in the wall. Again, three clicks. I was too tired for this, first the caffeine would not let me be, and now strange noises were coming from the bowels of my house! I waited and hoped it would go away… maybe I was so tired I was imagining things. After the clicks came one more time I grudgingly jumped up out of bed. As i walked through the living room, I noticed a strange orange glow coming out under the basement door. “That’s odd,” I thought, “I don’t remember leaving the lights on….”

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