Josie cursed herself for allowing her friends to talk her into spending time in a graveyard on Halloween night. It was a prank only suitable for children.
Initially the silence around her was deafening. Then every creak, crack or rustle made her jump uncontrollably. When an eerie fog rolled in to impair her sight, Josie stopped dead in her tracks, afraid to move forward or back.
Then suddenly something grabbed her foot. At first she couldn’t see what it was through the dense gray fog. She tried to move, but the more she pulled, the harder the object held her fast. When the fog lifted for a split second, Josie saw a skeletal hand wrapped around her ankle. Pieces of rotting flesh peeled back to expose oozing blood. She let out a blood-curdling scream.
The jerking action jarred her body just enough to pull her free. Josie began running forward with full force. She made it only a few yards before all of her senses sounded an alarm yet again.
Daring to stop and catch her breath, she tried to peer into the night to see what might be tracking her. Everything around her was black and devoid of the slightest semblance of light. She was certain an ominous presence lurked around some unseen corner. The hair on her arms stood at attention and goose bumps covered every inch of her exposed skin.
“Okay, guys, this has ceased to be funny,” she spoke into the air certain that her friends had to be somewhere nearby. “You got me with the fake zombie hand but I’m no longer amused. Now get me out of here!”
Only silence answered her plea at first. Then a low rumbling growl emanated from the woods off to her left. Josie felt a dark cloak of doom descend upon her. The air was heavy and oppressive.
“Who’s there?” She turned around slowly in a circle trying to get a fix on the sound. The growling came again. This time it was closer. Josie swore she could feel hot breath on the back of her neck. She swung around to find nothing there, but decided she was taking no chances. Once again, she began running, weaving through the gravestones with uncanny accuracy.
A howl came from behind her. “Werewolf,” her mind clicked the name. The thought sunk deep into her brain. “If I can’t see him, then maybe he can’t see me.” However she knew better. He didn’t depend upon eyes to find her. He had gotten a good whiff and that would be enough.
She was three-quarters across the graveyard before she stopped again to gulp in the night air. Since she sensed no further impending danger, Josie took a moment to regain her strength.
She would definitely make her friends pay for their stupid game. She already had a plan in mind. She mulled it over carefully until a rustling in the dead leaves caught her attention once more.
“Owwwww,” the sound seemed close but Josie couldn’t see a thing. “Owwwww,” it came again. Turning right she peered into the night. No, it wasn’t from that direction. Turning left she tried again. This time she caught a glimpse of something white walking slowly but deliberately toward her.
With one last burst of steam, Josie plowed the final distance toward the exit of the cemetery. Behind her she could still hear the creepy sound. “Owwwww.”
Pushing all of her weight against the gate, Josie emerged from the hell she had faced for the last 30 minutes. She could her friends laughing close by.
“Jonas,” are you there? The question was answered with her boyfriend throwing his arms around her in a big bear hug. He twirled her around in mid air.
“See, you made it,” he laughed. “I knew you would.”
Josie looked at him trying to disguise her contempt. “Where are the others?” She tried to catch sight of them while tuning her ears to pick up the slightest sound.
“They went back to the car to get some beer. Come on, admit it. You enjoyed the adrenaline rush.”
Josie smiled and kissed Jonas on the cheek. Then before he knew what hit him, she buried her teeth deeply into his neck.”
“It was okay, Jonas,” she murmured as she dropped his lifeless body onto the ground. “But you forgot one thing. Nothing trumps a vampire.”
Turning in the direction of the parking lot. Seconds later she completed her three-course meal. Josie smiled thinking to herself. “Humans are such easy prey!”