We’ve reached the last Monday before Halloween! In just a few days, the ghosts and ghouls will be free to walk among us, wreaking havoc upon the living, the dead to rise from their graves and feast upon our flesh, and the vampires to open their coffins and come for our blood…okay, maybe I’m getting carried away here. Hopefully we won’t really get attacked by the undead. But it does mean that it’s finally time for me to publish the final chapter of my free Halloween horror story, “Movie Night.” If you’ve missed the first few chapters, you can find One here, Two here, and Three here.
So, now, for your reading pleasure, I present to you the final chapter of, “Movie Night.”
Movie Night: Chapter Four
by David Anthony
(image courtesy of Simon Howden at www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Jill stood motionless in the darkened living room, peeking out through the vertical blinds. She wished she knew what was going on over there. She could barely even see the house through all of this rain. There were no street lights out here in the country, making the night impossibly dark. The lights were off over at Tina’s house, that much she was sure of, and she thought she’d heard something bang over there—a door, maybe? The roar of thunder? Or it could have been a gunshot.
Jill glanced down at her watch for the thousandth time. He’d been gone too long; something must have happened. Her cell phone was clutched tightly in her right hand. She chewed on her lower lip as she stared down at it, considering her options. She knew she should call the cops. She felt like such a horror movie cliché for not calling them. She was becoming that stupid girl who always got hacked up by some psychopath, because she didn’t do the smart thing and just call the cops!
But what if she was wrong? What if she was just being paranoid? Maybe they were playing a Halloween prank on her. It was hardly unlikely, on a night like this. Her dad was always on her to not be so emotional, to use her brain and think before she did something potentially dangerous or embarrassing. Of course, calling the cops wouldn’t be dangerous (unless they sent out some psycho cop!), but she’d certainly look like a fool if Tina and Michael showed up in a couple of minutes, alive and unharmed. No, it was best to just wait. They’d probably be back any second now.
The TV screen suddenly flashed off. Jill jumped, dropping her cell phone. The time and lights on the satellite box also disappeared, leaving the room in silent darkness. (more…)