From her bedroom window, Camilla looks down on the masses shuffling along Fifth Avenue. She doesn’t dare going out on the balcony – she’s seen them climb trees like chimps going after people in the park.
The house phone rings.
‘Ms Vandenberg, Mr. Preston is here for you.’
Camilla laughs at Colin’s formality. He’s the reason the residents haven’t been overrun, but he acts as if it were part of the job.
‘Did he bring the guns?’
‘He did indeed.’
‘Colin, won’t you come upstairs?’
‘My place is by the door, Ms. Vandenberg. We don’t want undesirables coming in, do we?’
Written for Microcosms 4, which provided the following prompts: character – princess; location: New York City; genre: horror.