Matt and Ben were walking home from a Halloween party, and they were about to pass the local park. They both knew that the park meant that they were only a couple of minutes from home.
“Have you heard about the boy who died down in the park?” Matt asked. He was two-years older than his brother.
“Everyone has heard that story,” Ben said. He pulled the hood up of his black hooded jacket.
The story around town was that there was a boy who was walking over the train track that was twenty-feet above the water. He got halfway across when his foot got stuck and then a train came by. Now they say that every night at midnight when a train passes by you can hear him scream from the tracks.
“You think it’s true?” Matt was trying to scare his little brother. He ran his fingers through his long brown hair. “I bet you that it is.”
“No, it’s not,” Ben said. Ben was the type that didn’t like scary movies or paying to be scared.
“Well,” Matt started. He looked down at his watch. “It’s just about midnight and the park is right there. I say we go and find out for ourselves.”
“I just want to go home,” Ben said. Ben had never believed in ghost.
“Are you scared?” Matt said with a smirk.
“No,” Ben said. “Nobody is supposed be down there after dark anyways.”
“Boo!” Matt yelled right before he pushed Ben.
They just got to the park entrance when Matt turned and started down toward the park. He didn’t look back at Ben. “Are you coming or not?”
“This is stupid,” Ben said. He quickened his pace to catch up with his brother.
The park was dark and quiet as they walked past the swings and slides. They had to go all the way to the back of the park where the tracks went over the water. They both heard a train coming in the distance. Ben kept looking over his shoulder for any cops cruising by.
Matt stopped suddenly and started pointing over at the swings. “Did you see that?”
“See what?” Ben didn’t see anything in the direction where Matt was pointing.
“The swing,” Matt said. “It started moving and then stopped.”
“Whatever,” Ben said. “If it did move then it was the wind.”
“I don’t think I want to go any further,” Matt said. He was trying to scare the crap out of his brother, but he didn’t know if it was working. If Ben was scared he wasn’t showing it.
“Would you stop,” Ben said.
“Yeah,” Matt said. He had to keep himself from chuckling. “Let’s keep on walking.”
They made it to the water and they both looked up at the tracks. The train would be by soon and both boys were scared, even though they would never admit it to each other. It seemed peaceful by the water, but also a little spooky. It was quiet except for the water.
“Did you hear that?” Matt asked. “It sounded like someone was walking on the other side of the water.”
“You’re messed up in the head,” Ben said. “How much longer we going to stand here like fools?”
“Be quiet,” Matt said. They were quiet for a couple of minutes. “I don’t hear it anymore.”
“You never heard it,” Ben said. He was starting to get upset, because he knew that Matt was only trying
to mess with his head.
“Just till the train passes,” Matt said.
They stood there and then Ben felt something touch his shoulder. He thought he seen his brother move away. “Would you leave me alone?”
Matt gave him a strange look. “I didn’t do anything.”
They both stood quietly as the train passed by and they didn’t hear anything. Ben chuckled even though the park still gave him the creeps.
“I didn’t hear anything,” Ben said.
“I thought I did a little,” Matt said. He really didn’t hear anything he was just trying mess with Ben.
“Let’s go,” Ben said. The hairs were standing up on the back of his neck.
“Yeah,” Matt started. He wanted to leave, but he didn’t want to appear to be afraid in front of his little brother. “I guess he’s not going to come tonight.”
They turned to go and they froze in their tracks. A boy, who looked to be about their age, stood staring at them. He only wore a tee shirt and jeans, even though it was too cold for just a tee shirt.
“You’re not supposed to be here,” the boy said. “Bad things happen here after dark.”
Matt and Ben were too shocked to speak. They didn’t even hear the boy walk up on them. They had thought they were alone in the park.
The boy started screaming and it was so loud it pierced their eardrums. The boy’s face turned blood red and then the blood came. Blood started to flow from the boy’s eyes and ears. Matt and Ben had to cover their ears.
“Leave now!” The boy’s words were filled with blood. He raised his hand and started pointing at them.
The boy almost appeared to be in tears, but he had a smile on his face. His eyes were plastered with blood. His tee shirt was the same shade of red as face from the blood.
Matt grabbed Ben, who appeared to be in tears, by the arm and started running. They didn’t look back to see if they were being followed. They could hear the boy screaming till they got out of the park.
Matt and Ben didn’t say anything to each other for the rest of the night. They somehow came to an agreement without even saying anything, which they would never speak of what happened down at the park. They remained in terror of the screaming boy down inside the park.