Fiction

Four Below the Floor

A story about a pharmacist, the girls he kept in a basement, and a teen on the verge

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Years later, we would still talk about the girl who jumped out of a window. That was the summer the town pharmacist was found with four girls in his basement. Chained to a king bed, their bodies fanned out. Picked clean, they dried damp in the dark…