The Knock

Don’t open the door

Matthew Donnellon
The Inkwell
Published in
2 min readJun 12, 2024


Photo by Arafat Khan on Unsplash

“Could you move over please?” My wife asked.

“But I like being close to you,” I said , inching even closer.

“We are close enough as it is.”

“Hey, you signed up for this.”

“Ugh don’t remind me,” she said smiling.

I kept sling over, until she was on the edge of the bed.

“I swear to god if I fall off this bed.”

“You’ll what?”

“I will murder you.”

“Highly unlikely.” I gave a final push and her feet hit the floor.

I ducked just in time as she swing the pillow.

Our little bout was just about to move in a slightly more fun direction when suddenly there was a knock at the door.

Both of us stopped.

“Who could possibly be knocking at this time of night?” She asked.

“I have no clue.

There it was again.

Knock. Knock.

Deliberate. Authoritative. Not some kids having fun.

“Are you going to see who it is?”

“Babe, we have technology for that.”



Matthew Donnellon
The Inkwell

Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.