Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DARK Places, Dark Intentions - WEP Halloween

There's one big problem with dark places and portals to other planes of existence. Those entry points could be one-way portals.

Haunted houses, haunted mental institutions, abandoned buildings all experience some form of pain, torture, or grief which are reflected back into the world from whence they originated.. These are the places between where the discontented spirits vent their anger and try to capture those unsuspecting humans who 'say they don't believe'. One day that twilight plane of existence may send a visitor to your door, or closet or mirror.


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DARK PLACES; DARK INTENTIONS


I was awakened by my cell phone signalling an incoming message. I yawned. It's either bad news or a wrong number. . .URGENT flashed in the subject line. "Help. Come quick, I'm in danger. At old house, 666 Hades Crescent. Urgent.

The display showed my friend Manny's number. I hadn't seen her for years. Why would she call me now, on Halloween? Something doesn't feel quite right about this. Was it a trick? It's nearly midnight and I'm not sure I want to go to that area at night. My hair is standing up on my arms. My intuitions says No, stay away. But what if it's true and she's really in danger?

What am I scared of? It's just an old house. The few neighbours still living on this street say it's haunted by the last owner, a man who killed his wife and kids and buried them under the house. They say the ghosts of his family wander these halls looking for their killer. He's long gone now but those souls not released tend to vent their anger at whomever steps over into their territory. That territory is this house. My friend rented this place for a cheap price, since she said she doesn't believe in the paranormal.

But where is she? This place looks abandoned, no one has lived here for a while. I wander through the unlocked front door. It stays open.

"Hello, is anyone here? Manny?"

The door behind me creaks, then closes softly with a definite CLICK. OK, now I'm starting to worry. Looking upward, I see another level, but for some reason, I DO NOT want to go there.

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The house wants me to go there. I can feel it. Was that a noise upstairs? What could have happened? This house looks like it's been abandoned. I thought it was in better shape when Manny rented it. Then I feel like someone is behind me.. I turn and see Manny's image in a mirror in the corner. She's not looking out but away at something. Horror is etched on her face. I can't move. I can't think. A cold breeze seems to move from nowhere with a smell like the weather before a storm.

Now what do I do? Manny has been missing for a year or more now. Has no one looked here?

I remember some weird things like don't touch the mirror, I might be drawn into that other world, and don't look too long in any other reflective surfaces, it's a way for some spirits to step into our world if we acknowledge them. This entire house could be under a spell.

Do I believe in spirits and spells? On All Hallows Eve, I do. At the moment I don't feel threatened, but I don't know how I can help Manny? How did she contact me? From the beyond? I've got my spotlight, so I'll look about a bit more before I go to the police. . .or may a psychic. . .

I walk through several more rooms, and find it odd that the lights come on when I flick the switches. If the house has been deserted, why do the lights still work? Never mind, don't get distracted. Some force is propelling me to walk to the next room, a deserted kitchen. Everything is covered in dust but I see footprints in the dust by the door which has been nailed shut.

Hmm that's not good. My hackles are rising. I wonder if that front door will open as easily 
when I leave. Perhaps I should find out now.
I turn back to the door in the front room, and try the knob. It's locked and won't turn. My stomach is getting jumpy now and I feel cold air. Then I hear what sounds like steps coming down the hallway above beyond the stairs.

As I peer upward,  Manny stands there gesturing for me to come upward, but not speaking at all. She's dressed strangely in an old outfit from Victorian times, a little raggedy around the edges.

"Manny?"

No answer, but the pale apparition looks directly at me and I see dark holes where her eyes should be. Oh,God, she's not alive. . .

At that point, I turn slowly and make my way to one of the windows, grab a chair and throw it through the window breaking it and making a lot of noise. I care not. My only intention is to get out of there as fast as I could. Once I jumped out the floor length window, I vaulted over the outside railing and ran down to my car. It was safe, no uninvited riders.

The house was dark as I looked back except for one light showing in the upper room on the 3rd floor. I turned on the ignition, it didn't catch. Oh hell, did I have to walk? I tried again trying not to shake so much. The motor caught, I backed up faster than I ever had before, turned as soon as I could and beat it down the driveway and out onto the road.

I never looked in the rear view mirror or anywhere but straight ahead until I got home. I checked the back seat and trunk again before I went into the house. I locked the car and the garage. I felt safer in the bright lights where I lived.

Once inside, I tried to make sense of it. Did I just imagine what happened?, Was I dreaming? I checked my cell phone and that call from Manny was missing. . .

Maybe I'll stay awake til dawn. Dark places hide dark secrets and dark intentions.

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1064 words approx.

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Have you had a scary experience in a 'haunted house' or elsewhere? Do Tell! Do you believe in spirits and the paranormal?

Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by to read my entry. I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by and be sure to read all the other entries at the Write, Edit, Publish site.

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WEP - Write, Edit, Publish - a fiction challenge: DARK PLACES




It's October and near Halloween, time for another WEP challenge - with the support team of Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim adding their imaginings and creativity. Thanks to Denise and Yolanda for being the hosts!

Create an artistic entry: a poem, a flash fiction piece of 1000 words or less, a non-fiction piece detailing your personal experience or someone else's experience, write a script, draw your dreams, or post a photograph or a photo essay. The genre and the artistic choice are yours!

Be sure to check all the other entrants on the participation list! There's many a good tale told at Halloween.

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38 comments:

  1. I don't think I'd have been brave enough to go inside that house, especially in the middle of the night!

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    1. I agree. Night is the best cover for things that go wandering. . .

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  2. Sometimes it is sure best to stay alert when the darkness roams. And check your trunk and backseat. Never know what may be lurking.

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    1. Yes, I hate those creeps that hide in back seats.

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  3. I haven't, but I do believe there can be spirits or traces of people who lived in a place. I've had eerie feelings when visiting historical battlefields - there's just a sense of all the loss and untimely death that lingers in a place I think.

    This story reminded me of a horror movie where you want to scream at the character not to go inside, upstairs, etc. That's how I felt with your character! Super creepy and the photos added so much to it.

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    1. I have felt like that too Julie, especially around a site in the suburbs where a girl was murdered near the railway tracks. . .I can't stay near there very long.

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  4. A wonderful tale. So many directions it could have gone, so glad she knew what to avoid.

    Thank you D.G. for a great addition to the WEP Halloween Challenge. One of my favorites!

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    1. If the story limit was longer, she might have gone looking for other mirrors. . .this story led me, which doesn't often happen . . .

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  5. Hi DG - very creepy ... I haven't ever experienced anything like that - and wouldn't like to. I don't think I'd go ... if something happened to someone - not sure what I'd do, or what I'd think ... this would make a very good creepy clip in a movie or tv programme. I do believe some people can see things, hear things etc ... I just don't fall in that category ...

    Clever and so glad the story led you ... I'm sure there's more there - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank your lucky stars, Hilary, I tend to give haunted house wide berth, and I don't like to stir up spirits either. . .I get intuitions about places and people, my mother did too.

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  6. I really enjoyed this - and loved the touch that the phone message was gone when she got home. And that she was clever/resourceful enough to escape.

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    1. Thanks, EC,and I agree, the spirits might have outnumbered her if an entire family was buried beneath the house.

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  7. The call was missing - very creepy indeed!

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    1. Makes one wonder if one is losing their mind. . .

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  8. Manny on stairs up high
    she had no light in her eyes
    She needed you yet you ran
    what would it take for
    her this battle to win

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    1. A damn good spell, I'd expect, releasing her from the mirror and perhaps a psychic/or exorcist can help.

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  9. She's a very brave friend, I don't think I would have had the courage to go out there alone in the dead of night. Beyond creepy!

    I'm not sure if I believe in ghosts and spirits etc, but I am not taking any chances :)

    Your posts are always great reads, DG.

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    1. Thanks, Nila, it's one thing to be brave in the daylight, but nighttime gives the bad spirits something to hide in. . .

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  10. Glad this story had a happy ending and I am glad she did not go up those stairs. Felt like it could of gone wrong several times.

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    1. Yes, there were several telling clues that all was not 'safe' at that house: a door closing itself, dusty footprints, etc.

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  11. I'm glad she escaped. Unlike so many stupid fictional characters, this one didn't rush towards danger. Instead, she was smart to jump out the window and drive home as fast as she could. Good for her.

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    1. It probably was the dead eyes, that would definitely put one off wanting to go talk to a person. . .

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  12. A truly scary story. If I had gotten a message like that from someone who was missing I would have called the police immediately no matter how stupid it might look.
    I'm glad she didn't go missing.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. The lead character was strong IMO to even attempt to go to that place. I'd at lease have asked for someone to accompany me. . .

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  13. I quite like the 'hackles rising' effect, it's the sense of sadness in a place that gets me! I could have been this protagonist, so I'm glad she got out in one piece :-)

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    1. Well, when the front door locks itself, that's a warning sign in my mind. . .Luckily the windows weren't boarded up as they could have been. . .

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  14. Loved the address, made me laugh. The black holes where her eyes should have been was the creepiest.

    To answer your question, yes. I was raised in a haunted house. Ghost don't scare me one bit. If I see one I tell it to go away and it does.
    Nancy

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    1. I was sure there were spirits in my childhood home too. And family stories didn't help any. . .

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  15. Hi D.G. Sorry for taking so long to comment, but I've really struggled to be fully conscious since my trip. Today I feel nearly human!

    Love reading stories like this set in haunted houses, but I'd hate to be in one myself. This was a strong character to venture in there. I do believe in ghosts/spirits/other-worldly beings by whatever name and not all are friendly.

    As always, thanks for being a great addition to the WEP collection of stories whether in prose or poetry. Always look forward to reading!

    Denise :-)

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    1. I'm just glad the 'traveler you' did manage to drop by! Stay safe in your travels.

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  16. Great entry, D.G. Haunted houses, dark mirrors, and Quiji Boards are best left alone. Like Pat, I would have called the police to at least let them where I was going!!

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    1. That wouldn't be my first move, but it's smart to tell someone where you're going when you go to a dangerous spot or a remote location.

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  17. You kept me hanging in there for a bit of post-Halloween creepiness. I'm fascinated by old buildings, but I don't think I'll be entering any on a dark night.

    Good job.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks for visiting and reading, Lee! I know on the east coast USA, there are many hidden creepy houses and institutions. A relative of mine used to like to find these old places tucked back in the overgrowth. Not me, though. . .I'll not stir up the spirits.

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