I snuck out the backdoor to briefly relieve the claustrophobic atmosphere that was all around me. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad they cared enough to throw a party in my honor for Halloween, but I’m not one that enjoys surprises like this either. Plus, we had to keep the noise down for Donna and her baby since they were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom.
I took extra long puffing my cigarette until it was completely down to the filter. I was going to have to go back inside and face the crowd but was taking my sweet time getting back to them. I turned around to face my fears when I heard,
“Hey! Don’t go inside! I’m here to warn you! Please, wait!” A young man who looked to be only about 15 or 16 was riding up to my backdoor through the yard on a bicycle. I might’ve stayed, but his glowing eyes frightened me.
I turned around as quickly as I could and opened the door, shutting it behind me quickly. I locked the dead-bolt right as the boy started pounding on the door and ran upstairs to find my friend Jenna as he continued to yell.
“Should we call the police?”
Jenna just shook her head. “He’s just a kid. He’s probably just out on some Halloween dare. I say give it 10 minutes and if he’s still banging on the door, we’ll call the police.
I wasn’t comfortable with her answer, but I wasn’t opposed to it either. The kid seemed like he had come here in goodwill, but in the panic he was in, my instincts were telling me it was best he stay outside.
However, a few minutes later I was frightened for the boy. Our house began to shake, so violently in fact, that the pictures on the wall were falling and the lights were flickering on and off. We ducked and covered for the next five minutes until the shaking stopped and the lights finally stopped trying to win their battle.
We stood up, horribly frightened at what was going on. It wasn’t a quake. After all we were in Missouri. If it was a quake, I don’t think something as vicious as this one was something this state had ever seen. We knew that wasn’t it. Something horrible was going on here.
“Did you guys hear that?” I heard a very low purr, almost inaudible. But I knew I’d heard it, and I knew it was coming from the window.
I knew there was something back there. I could just sense it, but the curiosity in me wanted to see what it was. I edged closer and closer, waiting for something to break through the window and snatch me. I pushed some of the blinds down to give me a hole to see through, but still saw nothing. I couldn’t be relieved. I knew there was something there.
As I was about to let go of the blinds, the most vicious face leered at me. The eyes were a glowing yellow, it’s face a crumpled mess of destruction. Whatever this giant thing was, it wasn’t happy. I screamed and jumped back from the blinds, accidentally letting them up for the whole room to see. Now everyone was screaming and fleeing in a panicked mess, not knowing where to go or what to do. At least the knocking had stopped.
Jenna ran to go get the flashlights from the hall closet and I tried, however unsuccessfully, to get the crowd to calm down. Thankfully, once the flashlights were on, people seemed a tiny bit less frightened, myself included. It’s one thing to know something’s there, but it’s another thing completely to not see it when it jumps you.
All at once, the lights started flickering again, windows flailing open and shut, and the door flew wide open letting the leaves flow inside in a panicked mess. Everyone rushed out the doors while they still could. They didn’t want to end up like those people in the horror movies where the door flails, then locks them in. They were getting out before that happened.
“Wait, has anyone checked on the baby? Has anyone told Donna what’s going on?” Jenna looked worried.
By this time, if something was coming in, it was probably already inside. I gasped and ran up the stairs as quickly as I could to the room Donna and her baby were sleeping in. I had that feeling again and I was scared for what I was going to see.
I turned my flashlight in the direction of the bed.
There was blood everywhere. It was all over the sheets and on the wall. I was scared to see what was beneath the sheets and Donna’s mumbling didn’t help my breakdown either.
“What’s wrong Donna? What happened? Are you ok?”
“The baby’s ok. The baby’s ok. The baby’s ok.”
“Donna, come on. We need to get you to the hospital.”
Jenna came in behind me and picked up the baby, who looked absolutely untouched. I picked up Donna and cradled her like a baby as I took her down the stairs. Things down here were a little calmer, considering just about everyone had left, but the eerie feeling was still all around us.
“Donna, what happened to you?”
She was whispering, “Sweetie, this didn’t happen to me.” The tone in her voice was so chilling I almost dropped her.
“What are you talking about?”