"So you ARE coming to my Halloween party, right?" Tracy's raspy voice nagged me for the tenth time today.
I threw my math textbooks into my locker and dragged out my heavy science books. I turned around and saw her peering eyes and bright smile. "If I say 'yes', will you finally leave me alone?"
"8o'clock sharp. Don't be late!" She flipped her long auburn hair and strutted away. I sighed and slammed my back against the cold metal locker. I closed my eyes and tried to ease the pain in my head. Halloween parties. It's all everyone talked about. Me? I just wanted to stay home and sleep.
"Hey, sweet lips." I heard a deep male voice whisper in my ear. I opened my eyes and looked around me but there was no one there. Great. I ignored it and walked down the hall to my next class.
I walked back from school with my two friends, Joyce and Eric, not listening to what they were saying until Joyce shouted my name. "Huh?" I said innocently.
"Kate! Stop zoning out on us here!" Her green eyes glared at me but she smiled anyway. "Anyway, I was saying that Halloween is only a week away. Did you get your costume for Tracy's party?"
"I just decided I was going today! Of course I don't have a costume yet!" I looked to Eric for help but he just looked down at his feet. "Eric, are you going?"
He shrugged his shoulders and continued to stare at the ground as we all strolled slowly down the newly paved sidewalk. "Maybe." He finally said. His voice was surprisingly high for an senior. He was 18, a year older than me. He got behind in school when his parents got divorced three years ago. I met him the year before. He was much happier then.
"Well, you better." I said and tousled his thick brown hair and kissed his cheek sweetly. "You can't let me go alone. Joyce will be passed out drunk and you know how much I hate everyone else from that wretched school!" He smiled. Mission accomplished. My house appeared on the corner. I said goodbye and ran inside. The first thing I noticed was that Dad wasn't seated on the couch watching Cops reruns. The second thing I noticed was silence. I smiled and let out a contented sigh. I walked to the fridge and grabbed a bottle of cold water. I took a large mouthful and then saw the note on the front on the fridge held on with a palm tree magnet which my parents got from a airport gift shop in Hawaii 2 years ago.
Your father and I went out
with Aunt Pam and Uncle Tom
See you @ 11 Love you ☺
I dug my cell phone out my backpack and ordered a pizza with some of the emergency money in the kitchen drawer. Me not starving to death should be considered an emergency. After twenty minutes the pizza arrived and I took the box upstairs into my bedroom. I kicked off my sneakers as soon as I closed my door. I was halted when I noticed a large white box on my bed. The lid of the box said Hermes. I set the pizza down on my desk and then slowly opened the box on my bed. I was shocked. I lifted the beautiful dark red gown from its entrapment of wrinkled tissue paper. It was a strapless corset top and the skirt of the gown touch the floor and was flowing like waves from the ocean. The beauty was overwhelming. I slowly folded the dress back up and put it back in the box. "That'll look beautiful on you, darling. I hope you like it." That smooth voice spoke to me again. I could almost feel his breath against my ear. I spun around in a slow circle but there was no one there. "Wear it to the party."
"Stop doing this to me!" I yelled and the soft neigh of a horse answered me. I ran to my window but didn't see anything. "God, I gotta sleep." I slid the the dress under my bed, ate a couple slices of pizza, then went to bed. It was only 5:30 but I didn't care.
I was awoken at 11:30 when Mom came in my room making loud clomping noises with her high heels against the hardwood floor. "Sweety, are you awake?" Her sweet voice whispered softly like a lullaby.
I buried my face in my pillow. I groaned and said "I am now."
She sat down on my bed and patted my shoulder. "How was school today?" Her voice was extra cheery tonight for some reason.
"Eh," I propped myself up on one elbow to level my eyes with hers. "It was alright, I guessed. I mean I told Tracy I would go to her Halloween party." A sigh mixed with a groan escaped my lips. "I really don't want to go."
"I'm sure you'll have fun, dear." She said and patted my shoulder lightly. "Let me know when you go shopping for a costume. I'll take off work and go to the store with you."
I thought about the box under the bed and the beautiful gown inside. It would be a perfect costume for the party but I just wanted to be rid of him for good. "Okay, mom. Sounds great. How about tomorrow right after school?"
"It's a date!" She said cheerfully and almost skipped out of my room. She loved it when I agreed to do anything with her.
"Oh how about this one?" Mom held up a very short red riding hood outfit. "This kinda has that innocent but easy look to it, if ya know what I mean."
I took it from her forcefully and hung it back on the rack. "No and again, no." We went back to searching all over the small second hand store for something presentable to wear for the party. Eventually, I found a cute purple and black doll dress that was exactly my size. Mom gave the man behind the counter a twenty for the dress and then we went to Applebee's for dinner. We talked and laughed but my mind was somewhere else. It always was. I was usually having conversations with him in my head and sometimes aloud when no one was around. However, I've been pushing him away for the past few weeks. Ever since he told me his plan was to take me away. He wanted me to leave me family, friends, life and future just for him. Just to go back home with him. And now he won't leave me alone. He insists that I don't belong here and that I have to leave with him. He's insane.
I sighed as I stood outside Tracy's house. I really was going to dread going in there. "Kate!" I heard Eric shout my name from the doorway of the house. I smiled and waved. Well, at least there would be one person that I could talk to.
"Hey!" I said once I got to the porch. Eric was dressed in a R2D2 shirt and jeans. I gave him a big hug and laughed. "This is costume party, Eric. What are you wearing?"
"This," he pointed to his shirt, "is my costume. And what are you supposed to be? Barbie?"
I punched his arm as we walked inside. "Not barbie. Just a doll." As soon as we walked inside a high pitched shrill pierced my ears. "Oh no." I whispered and cringed when I heard Tracy shout my name from across the room.
"Heyyyyy!" She ran towards me with open arms. "You made it!" Her arms wrapped so tight around me I could hardly breathe. "This is wonderful! Now everyone is here." She finally released me from the death hug and looked me up and down. "You look great! Feel free to mingle!" She almost floated off hugging and laughing with everyone along the way. Gosh, I can't stand her. She always seems to...perfect.
"Well, go on, darling. Mingle." I looked behind me to Eric but he wasn't there. Oh no. It was him again. I shook my head and walked over to the food table and poured myself a cup of fruit punch. "You don't belong here, you know that, don't you?" I tried to think about something to drown out his voice but he was too loud. "I'm never leaving you. You should know that by now."
"Kate!" Joyce called from behind me. "Like my costume?"
I turned around and admired her long, royal blue dress topped with a black witch hat. "You look beautiful of course!" I said and gave her a tight hug.
"Not as beautiful as you, darling." He said at the same time Joyce said, "Why are you hiding back here?"
"Oh, I have just had a terrible headache all day, ya know." I didn't exactly lie. I have an awful headache for a while now.
"Well, just stay for an hour or so then you can leave. You don't want to seem rude, kay?"
I smiled and nodded my head. I walked away with her and chatted with people I didn't care about. People who didn't care about me. I knew all of there faces from school but I didn't know any of their names. I have no problem admitting that I have social anxiety. It's either that or I just hate everyone.
After about an hour and a half I locked myself away in one of the upstairs bathrooms. His voice has been probing my brain all day. "Why won't you just leave me be?" I said through heavy sobs.
"I told you before I will never leave you. I can't leave you. You are my destiny. My other half. I need you."
"Is that all? You don't want me? You just need me so you can go on?" I let out a disgusted laugh.
"No, my dear. I love you. I don't know how I can prove that to you. But I do need you. Come with me and then I will prove to you just how much I love you."
"No no no!" I shouted. "I don't want to go anywhere with you!"
"You know you don't belong here with these people. You don't even belong in this world. You are above them all. Can't you see that, darling?"
"Don't call me that! Ugh!" I slammed my back against the wall and slid down to the floor. "I just a normal life. Please?"
Silence. Silence for the longest while. Until finally, he said, "That will never happen for you. You are not normal." He was right.
I ran out of the bathroom and pushed my way through the crowds to escape the house of terror. Once I made it outside I took a deep breath and I tasted magic. I could feel it warm my soul. I ran back home which was about a mile and a half away. When I got home I was panting and sweaty. My parents were not home from their Halloween party yet. I kept running up the staircase and to my room. I went straight for the box under my bed. I stripped down to my underwear and slipped the smooth beautiful down onto my body. I looked in the mirror. My shoulder length black hair fell from the curly up do I had it styled in, my eye makeup was smeared, and the dress showed off my curves perfectly. I fixed my makeup in a hurry and ran out of the house as fast as I could. With my heart racing and my lips turning upward to a smile, I ran down the street aimlessly. "Keep running." He said to me harshly. Next I heard the neigh of a horse in the near distance. I stopped dead in my tracks after about fifteen minutes of running to a freedom. A wild white horse stood before me. He was beautiful. I slowly walked towards it and stroked his head. His lips moved and said, "Let's go." I jumped on the back of the horse and he took off like a rocket. He raced off into the woods. Once we were deep into the woods he stopped.
I got off and planted my feet firmly on the ground. "Take me with you." I pleaded. Right before my eyes I saw him transform from his spirit animal to a human. His hair was whiter than snow except for one pitch black streak, his eyes a light shimmering purple, his body was lean and he stood at least a foot taller than me. He didn't say a word but took my hand and then we walked for long time among the trees and eventually disappeared forever.
I don't celebrate Halloween actually but I thought this would be a good time to come out with a new story for you. Well, I hope you guys enjoyed it! I really enjoyed writing it. Happy Halloween and stay safe!