The Mall Musician: A Short Story
Start writing a post

The Mall Musician: A Short Story

What happens on a Security Guard's first night alone at the mall?

The Mall Musician: A Short Story

Jack was a musician by day but a security guard by night. He was 33 years old and it seemed that his music career was going nowhere fast so he had to make a living somehow. Jack had just been transferred to a new mall and it was his first night alone. He had brought his guitar with him and was plucking out a tune in the security office as he kept an eye on the cameras. Suddenly the screens started going fuzzy. Jack gave a start and nearly fell out of his chair. However, by the time he had stood up to fiddle around with the monitors the video was back up. Jack sat back down and began examining the different screens to make sure there wasn’t anything odd going on.

Funnily enough, Jack noticed that there were a few human figures walking around through the dimly lit halls. There were even some that had broken into the stores. He couldn’t tell what precisely these people were doing but it seemed as though they were looking for something and they were definitely beginning to make a mess in the process. They rooted through clothes, some smashed perfume bottles, others tried on high heels, and then proceeded to break the heels off as they stomped clumsily around the aisles. Before long most of the different stores were completely trashed. Jack wasn’t entirely sure what to do as he saw this unfold. He sat there dumbstruck for a couple of minutes. He was sure he had double-checked all of the locks on the outer doors and on the storefronts. It wasn’t as though he couldn’t call the head of security but he didn’t want it to come to that since he wanted to impress his new boss.

Just as Jack began thinking through his options the phone rang. He picked up and on the other end he heard a muffled “Hello?”

“Hello?” Jack said.

“Are you the new guard?” the muffled man asked.

“Yes,” Jack responded politely.

“You have until the end of the night to stop this invasion or else you’re fired.”

“What the hell? Who is this?” Jack demanded, thinking that maybe it was his boss or another one of the guards and this was some sort of weird test.

“Four hours,” said the voice on the other end of the line.

Jack heard a click as the speaker hung up and he looked back up at the screens. An oddly dressed man was walking away from one of the store phones. He wore a thick winter coat, a hat, a scarf, and even gloves inside the building. He was at a counter in the sporting goods store. The man on the screen turned around to face the camera and it was then that Jack realized he had seen this outfit before on one of the mannequins in that store. He realized this because when the man turned around Jack saw he had no distinct facial features.

Jack locked the door to the office and when morning came he called his boss and quit. He went on to sue the mall for the traumatization he experienced and ended up winning enough money to record an album. Now Jack is the lead guitarist and songwriter of a fairly popular band called The Jump Ropes. Their hit song is called Mannequin Mall. Whenever fans ask him what inspired the song all he can say is that one night a really weird mall break-in happened while he was a security guard before he started the band.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Politics and Activism

One Indictment, Three Charges, And No Justice For Breonna Taylor

We can't settle for this decision or a system that is fundamentally broken and unequal.


On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by police who were executing a "no-knock" warrant. Since then, there have been rallying efforts both in the streets and on social media demanding justice for Taylor and keeping her name known.

Keep Reading... Show less

I was so excited to vote in my local primary election in August. I eagerly researched my local candidates, combed the newspaper for profiles and policy positions, and shared infographics on Insta about voting deadlines. I considered myself a keen voter.

Keep Reading... Show less

Nothing! There is no reason to feel guilty about food and nourishing your body. It's time to make peace with food and stop focusing on the "good" or "bad," "right" or "wrong" because food does not have power over you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Sat Down With An Endocrinologist To Ask All My Questions About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

There are so many moving parts of hormonal health, so I went to an expert.

Anjanette Tan

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an autoimmune disease that impacts approximately 1 in 10 women. Any woman who has PCOS can attest to the fact that no two cases are the same — there are so many aspects of hormonal health that can impact a woman's reproductive health! For many, PCOS is a trial and error condition, with many doctors' appointments depending on the stage of life the woman is in.

This week I sat down with Dr. Anjanette Tan to get the expert opinion on all my PCOS questions. Dr. Tan is a board-certified endocrinology who's worked in private practices since 2004. She currently works at the Diabetes and Thyroid Center of Fort Worth, one of the largest all-endocrine practices in the area, where she is the managing partner and head of clinical research.

Keep Reading... Show less

- Since I can remember, I've always been a light sleeper, with the quietest sounds waking me up, and I regularly wake up with the sun.

- While talking to a gynecologist friend of mine, she mentioned the importance of using an eye mask for quality sleep, which regulates hormonal levels.

- I was serendipitously sent the Crane & Canopy Silk Sleep Mask almost right after that conversation and was honestly reluctant to try it after testing other sleep masks that felt uncomfortable and irritated my skin.

- This sleep mask was extremely comfortable, and for the first time in nearly a decade, I slept in far past when I usually do on the weekends and woke up feeling more refreshed than I can remember — I've worn it nearly every night since then.

The older I get, it seems that sleep becomes an increasingly important topic of conversation amongst my friends and me. Yes, of course we complain about how tired we always are, but the pattern seemed to be a lack of sleep on the weekdays followed by late nights and sleeping in on the weekends without any solution.

Keep Reading... Show less

As college students, sometimes life can be overwhelming. Four tests in a week and you only passed one of them? I feel that. Days like that, you just need time for yourself. A time where you're nice to yourself and put your own self-care before anything else.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

The Smile Project Just Launched An Ambassador Program, And I Can't Wait To Get Started

Looking to shift your perspective, be happier, or just get involved in something truly amazing? Look no further.


The Smile Project is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading happiness, founded by Elizabeth Buechele. It all started on a random day in the fall of her senior year. She was driving home from school when this thought crossed her mind: "Day 1: Happiness is…those perfect car rides where the radio just plays all the right songs."

Keep Reading... Show less

I'll never forget the day that someone told me these words: "Madison, I think you're a good friend to everyone but yourself." I stood there completely in awe of that statement. Before that day, I never really thought about being a friend to myself, and at the time, I didn't really know what it meant. Now, I realize that you can't fully be there for other people unless you're there for yourself, too. You can't show up for others until you're willing to show up for yourself.

Here are five things everyone should learn in order to be a better friend to themselves. These steps are hard, but they're so worth it.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's no secret that social media can be harmful to our mental health. The barrage of heavily edited photos of Instagram models that we see every day only fuels our insecurities. There is a good side to social media, though. It allows us to keep up with friends and family across the globe. Plus, it provides a platform for mental health experts. Listed below are five therapists on Instagram who will fill your feed with motivational quotes and positive infographics.

Keep Reading... Show less

Last week, Netflix released its original film "The Devil All the Time," based on the 2011 novel of the same name. Directed by Antonio Campos, the film boasts an all-star cast including Bill Skarsgard, Robert Pattinson, Riley Keough, and Tom Holland.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments