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|Darkness Falls (standard:horror, 4104 words)|
|Author: Maddie's socks||Added: Jul 07 2005||Views/Reads: 1926/1222||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|an old haunted house on a hill that has lain silent for centuries is woken from its slumber by three curious teenagers eager to prove themselves. horrors and strange happenings await them inside the house's dusty halls. monsters and mind tricks are at ev|
Darkness Falls A bell rang insistently inside, causing all the students to pour out of the college building like ants from an anthill. Leona blinked in the sudden sunlight, having been cooped up inside all day listening to lectures and taking notes. Sitting on a bench, she started to relax before making the long journey home, basking in the February sun that gave her a sense of peace. But this was then broken by a shadow falling across her face, and its owner blocking out the sun. Mina sneered down at her, hands on her hips. Despite it being early February, Mina was wearing a short denim skirt and an open collar shirt with a glittering necklace round her neck. Blonde hair immaculate as always, Mina raised a hand and flicked it over her shoulder. Leona knew it to be dyed, but she was still envious of it. “I thought you'd be here again. You sit here all day and don't go anywhere. It's like you're afraid of moving or something,” she sneered. “I'm not afraid of anything, Mina.” “Oh really? Then why didn't you go up to the house on the hill last week when Tony and John went? They invited you. ” “You know as well as I do that John broke his leg and Tony's gotten ill since he went there.” Mina made a disparaging noise. “Oh, that's just superstition. Why don't you go tonight and prove to everyone that you're not such a wuss.” “Why don't you come with me?” Leona spat contemptuously. “Or are you afraid?” Mina made an expression of disgust. “I don't have to prove anything to you, loner.” Leona was about to retort when someone else cut in, “Leave her alone, Mina. If you want someone to go to that house tonight, then I suggest all three of us go. At least to stop you doing anything stupid.” Leona smiled up at her saviour gratefully. Dan grinned back. Deep green eyes and long brown hair, Dan was admired by many of the girls at college. Always making anything look better when he wore it, he was dressed in jeans and a simple black t-shirt, his hair just brushing the collar. Mina looked decidedly uncomfortable, but there was no way to back out without losing face. “Fine,” she snarled, then spun on her heel and stalked off. “See you there at eight!” Dan called to her retreating back cheerfully. “Thanks Dan,” Leona sighed gratefully. “Don't mention it. I'll pick you up from your house at 7:50. See you later, there's my bus.” He raised a hand in farewell and walked briskly toward the bus stop. With a sense of foreboding, Leona too departed. But the dark prospect of spending a night in a creepy old house was brightened considerably by the thought of spending it with Dan. The car pulled up beside the pavement smoothly, and Leona unclipped her seatbelt, trying to put off what was to come. With a whizzing sound, the seatbelt rose up into its holder, and Leona turned her head to look at Dan. His dark green eyes showed no spark of mirth or happiness, only apprehension and, perhaps, fear. During the afternoon, Leona had been able to temporarily forget what was going to happen that evening, or at least push it into one of the farthest corners of her mind. But when Dan had turned up at her door, the reality came rushing back, drowning her in anxiety. The car journey had been mostly silent, except for a few polite nothings at the start. Click here to read the rest of this story (383 more lines)
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