He watched her stroll toward the entrance of the apartment building.
Cloaked in the blackness of night, he felt invincible.
He got out of his car, slamming its door shut. That sound, jarring in the quiet darkness, surprised the young woman. Frightened, she glanced his way and then started walking faster.
It was no good – he caught her easily. Cruelly, he plunged the steel blade into her back. Again! Again!
“My God, my God!” she screamed repeatedly. “He’s stabbing me!”
Windows that had been left open were quickly closed, curtains pulled tight, lights turned off.
No one wanted to get involved.
Word Count: 100
This story is written in response to VelvetVerbosity’s challenge to write a story based on the word ‘cloak.’ The tale is based on the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964. After getting off work in the early hours of the morning, Kitty was murdered in front of her apartment building. Later, police investigations revealed that individuals nearby heard the attack or observed portions of it, but did not intervene.