Emma sneezed. “How long do you think it’s been since his grandparents went up here? There’s way too much dust.”
Chris wiped the sweat from his forehead. “I guess that’s why he’s paying so much.”
Emma and her roommate were in need of some extra money. Rent was getting more expensive, and being college students didn’t help their savings. So when their neighbor, Jake, asked for their help cleaning out his grandparents' attic, they happily agreed. Allen and Eileen, Jake's grandparents, had recently passed away, and he needed to clear out the house to put it up for sale. Emma and Chris were excited to earn some extra cash, and didn't think twice about accepting the job.
“Hey, check this out,” Chris said. “How much do you think this is worth?” As they were cleaning out the attic, he had stumbled upon a jewelry box filled with necklaces, rings, and bracelets. They sparkled beautifully in the attic lighting while Emma spotted emeralds and diamonds. “Do you think he’ll miss a few pieces?”
“That’s fucked up,” Emma said. But before she could snatch the box away from him, he slid a few golden rings into his pocket. She frowned at him, gritted her teeth, and picked out a necklace she liked. “I guess it’s not like he’s keeping track. Right?”
Chris nodded while he closed the jewelry box. He put it in a cardboard box and moved across the room to pack more things. Emma felt horrible, but the two of them really were struggling for cash. Just as she bent over to pick up some books from the corner of the attic, she felt queasy. She stumbled somewhat before leaning against an abandoned dresser and tried to breathe. She wasn’t sure if it was greed or an anxiety attack, but she felt horrible.
“Chris, I’m going to go downstairs,” Emma said while turning around. Just as she did so, she felt a surge of pain running down her body. Ticklish sensations ran along her arms and legs while she looked deeply into Chris’ eyes. There was a lost look in his face, along with a faint blue glow. “Chris?” She stepped forward, and her body began to shiver. Her lips began to move on their own as the world darkened around her. “Ohhh … fuck, this feels so much better.”