‘The Toy’ By Zack Golden

a young man named Elijah grapples with thoughts of his parents’ absence, adulthood, and his own sense of self. Amidst mundane actions like making coffee, reading, and observing strangers, the story takes an eerie turn as Elijah’s mind drifts to disturbing fantasies involving violence and self-harm. His isolation and unease intensify when he hears knocking at his hotel room door, leading to a heightened paranoia.

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