Kayli was used to her husband working odd hours, so she wasn’t surprised when she woke up in the middle of the night alone. Derek’s job required him to work on-call, 24/7. She simply rolled over and went back to sleep. When she woke up a couple hours later, she started her normal routine, thankful that it was finally her day off. After she ate breakfast, she decided to give Derek a call. She dialed his cell phone number and was disappointed when he didn’t answer.Oh well. She thought to herself. He’ll call me back when he isn’t busy.
As she was washing dishes after lunch, she got a feeling that someone was behind her. That’s weird. I didn’t hear Derek open the door. She smiled, glad, as always, to have her husband back home. Without turning around, she greeted “Hey! I missed you this morning.” No reply. Kayli turned around to figure out why he wasn’t replying and was surprised to see that no one was there. “Derek?” She called out. Maybe he went to the bedroom to change….. She went out of the kitchen and turned left to go down the hall. So weird…. It’s dead quiet.
As soon as she reached the doorway to her bedroom, something crashed behind her. She whirled around and ran back to the kitchen – to the source of the sound. Coming around the corner, she stopped short. There, on the floor, was her silverware in complete disarray. Next to all her spoons, forks, and knives was the drawer they normally reside in. It was out of the cabinets and upside down. Okay. That is creepy. She could feel her heart starting to thump quicker. After staring at the strange mess for a few moments, she rushed forward and started shoving them back into the drawer. When they were all crammed back in, she stood up with the drawer in hand and quickly set it on the counter. She couldn’t calm down. Something was wrong. She ran to the phone and tried calling Derek again. Still no answer. She dashed to the living room and sat down on the couch.
Calm down. Calm down. Calm down. It’s nothing. Maybe there was an earthquake. Maybe I hadn’t closed it all the way. There is an explanation to why my silverware drawer had FALLEN OUT! Even in her thoughts, she could hear the panic.
Kayli closed her eyes, and took a few deep breathes, until the fear subsided and was replaced by embarrassment. She laughed out loud. I can’t believe how scared I just got! “Ha ha!”
Everything went by smoothly for the next couple hours. Derek had yet to call back, but Kayli knew that his job kept him busy. Now that her fear was completely gone, she decided to fix the silverware drawer, as the handle busted out when it fell and one of the screws had disappeared. The only problem was that the screwdriver and extra screws were down in the basement. This basement was dark and dingy, and the only light down there was above the stairs and barely lit a three foot radius. A flashlight was a must if you wanted to find anything.
Oh, how I hate going down there! Kayli grumbled to herself while she searched for her flashlight. She really didn’t like how creepy the basement was. Every time she went down there, she got a strange sensation that someone was watching her. Even Derek said he felt like that down there.
Once she located the flashlight, she walked to the door leading to the stairs and braced herself for the trek down to the dungeon.
First step. Creeeeeeeek. These stairs are so creaky.
Second step. I already feel like someone is watching me….
Third step. Thump! I think that was the furnace clicking on….
Forth step. Oh my gosh. Could I hate this basement anymore?
Fifth step. SLAM! Whoa, that scared me! It was just the door closing behind me though.
Eighth step. What is that vibrating sound?
Ninth step. Hm. That vibrating sounds almost like a phone.
Tenth step. The vibrating is definitely coming from down here.
Eleventh step. Okay! I got the stairway light on! Now that the vibrating stops, of course.
Twelfth step. I think Derek keeps the tools over here. Just gotta’ shine the flashlight over th-
Thirteenth step. What is that?
Kayli’s flashlight beam light up the far corner and she saw a lone form. The vibrating sound picked up again. Brrrr. Brrrr. Brrrr. It was coming from the form in the corner. Kayli’s eyes started adjusting to the semi-darkness and the form began to have a shape. Clearer lines. More detail. The hair on the back of Kayli’s neck pricked up, and her heart skipped a beat. She opened her mouth and screamed. The flashlight fell out of her hand and clattered around on the cold floor. She gasped a breathe and continued screaming. As much as she wanted to look away, she couldn’t. In the corner of the basement, lumped a very dead Derek, vibrating cellphone next to his limp arm. She took a step backwards onto the first step and slipped.
“Help!” She managed to gasp out in between shrieks. With a little more power, she yelled out help again and stood up. She turned around to run up the stairs, but something grabbed her arm. She screamed again and tugged against the grasp. She glanced behind her and couldn’t see anything, yet there was definitely something holding her back. Her screams echoed through the basement as she struggled against this force. All of a sudden she was whipped up against the hard wall, directly underneath the light. Her head slammed hard, and she slummed down. Kayli’s vision started going blurry, but right before she blacked out, she made out a ghostly form of a man leering over her. The ghost whipped towards her, and Kayli’s vision was gone for good.