Summer's Mask"You know, I'm getting kind of sick of camping." Mike yawned, rubbing his eyes as he wandered out of his tent. His three friends, Sarah, Alex and Jade were already awake; heating their feeble breakfast of baked beans and pita bread over a portable stove that Jade had brought with her.
It was the height of summer, and Alex had mentioned how a wood near him had a clearing in the middle that would be perfect for a camping trip. The wood had always been strangely quiet, so they didn't need to worry about dangerous animals.
"Then by all means go home if you can't handle the tent." Sarah laughed as he slumped down onto the group next to her and began to eat.
The morning passed lazily, punctuated by Jade's regular insistence that they should go for a walk around the woods. Alex groaned at the thought of the excess exercise and complained that if he was meant to go for walks then there should at least be something interesting there. At last, though, they all agreed that they would wander a
The Black PondI remember the day we first arrived in our new home clearly. My father parked the car before the house, his gruff voice announcing our arrival. I was in the back seat, my sketch book open in my lap as I drew whatever came to mind. My younger brother Ben crawled right across my lap and pressed his face to the car window, looking out at our new home with awe. Irritated that he'd interrupted my drawing, I snapped the book shut and got out of the car, slamming the door in his face with no remorse.The Black Pond2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I was scolded for my behaviour, but being sixteen years old, I didn't really care.
The house was old and worn, in dire need of repairs that my father promised to take care of. A double story building with a dark red, slanted roof and grey walls. My mother said it looked like an old Victorian mansion, especially since it was surrounded by a forest. I thought it looked like a rancid old mansion one would expect to find in a horror story, and yet somehow this observation drew me to it and I began to
The Tapping Next DoorFor most of my life I had lived in the same apartment. It was on the third floor and overlooked the busy city. It was also directly next to another apartment, which means you could hear everything going on behind the right-hand side bedroom wall.The Tapping Next Door2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I would occasionally hear faint noises coming from behind the wall. There would be scraping, which I assumed was the sound of a chair being pulled along a wooden floor. Sometimes voices could be heard. I guessed they were either from the residents living there or from a TV or radio. And then there was the banging.
The banging was a rare occurrence, but whenever it happened it really annoyed me. Why wouldn't it? It always seemed to happen when I was trying to sleep and considering my bed was right against the wall where it was loudest, I was usually awoken by it.
It was loud and frantic usually, like someone trying to get attention. I always thought it was a young child doing its best to piss off its parents, but I was never sure. Mostly becaus
Sickly SweetI could remember moving into this neighbourhood like it was just yesterday. Actually, when I think about it, it wasn't that long ago. Must've been about seven months ago when I first arrived. It seemed perfectly normal. I had friendly neighbours, a nice house and a fairly decent job at the gas station in the nearby town.Sickly Sweet2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Although all of my neighbours seemed cheerful and friendly, there was one specifically who seemed kinder than all of them. Her name was Amanda Robinson, and she lived in the house opposite mine.
She looked about twenty, the same age as me. Her long hair was a light brown colour, just like mine, and her eyes were a moss green, also like mine. We both had fair skin, although hers was slightly paler. A warm smile was always present on her face and for some reason, she always had a few peppermint sweets in her jeans pocket.
I remember first meeting her on the day I moved in. She offered me a peppermint and I gladly accepted. I noticed she didn't eat one herself, but though
The Dearest Dark ThingsThe pulsing pound within my headThe Dearest Dark Things2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
The monsters underneath my bed
And all the things I never said
They leave me all alone
The whispers near me in the night
They're always wrong and never right
I note that they don't come with light
They never leave my side
Contradictions that I speak
As slowly my heart grows so weak
And my veins all bleed death's reek
Trust me I know nothing
Quiet now, they tie me down
In a pure white flowing gown
And on my head place bloodied crown
Yes I am their queen
I can't tell the things apart
The things that are real or in my heart
Because the world is all just gruesome art
Look at my lovely dark things
They follow closer, at my heel
And before me, used to kneel
And still do if I keep the deal
But blood is deadly poison
Away we go, away we slam
Another deed for us to damn
Another slaughtered bloody lamb
The dark things, no listen to-
To late, to late
We'll never stop at this rate
Not until our marked death date
What's happening to me, why can't I move
I try to bac
Horror Of My ChildhoodThe warm water runs down my body and as I look down at my feet I see my long brown hair, black wet, float on the water flowing over my breasts. I go to grab the shampoo but its not there. Oh yeah, I ran out last time and was to lazy to put more in. Great, now I'm gonna have to tell for my dad. I'm thirteen and still need my father to take a simple shower.Horror Of My Childhood2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Dad?" I call hoping he can hear me all the on the other side of the house in the office. He's alway in there, working like I don't even exist. I know he does it all for me but sometimes I just want him to be a dad.
I yell repeatedly, louder and louder with every call. Now I'm getting worried. He never leaves when I'm in the shower because I might fall and drown while he's away or something. I try one last time with all the lung power I can muster out of my small diaphragm.
This time I hear a rustle in the background of the shower water pounding at my ears. Usually I can hear him coming from a mile away because he walks so heavy and h
*CreepyPasta*: Water PuppetSome people call me a hero. I can't disagree with them, because it's actually kind of true. Believe it or not, I've saved a drowning man, pulled a girl from a burning building, and I even saved a dog from being swept away by a nasty flood. My friends thought I was crazy, but I thought I was just exercising my humanity. That, and I was kind of an adrenaline junkie. It was my guilty pleasure. I've been sky diving and bungee jumping on more than one occasion. I've jumped off the ledge of a huge water fall hoping that I didn't hit shallow water. I've got a couple of scars to show for my endeavors. I don't really do the adventurous things that I used to anymore. Not after what happened.*CreepyPasta*: Water Puppet2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
About seven years ago, me and a couple of friends were just heading out from a New Years party. It was freezing outside, and we had to walk six blocks to get back to our dorms. We all started walking, dreading the next twenty minutes or so of minus twenty degree weather.
"Hey, w - wait a minute," Jarro
They Stole My BodyI just want to get away. Away from the noise of this house. It's winter so outside isn't an option so I'll have to settle for the garage. It's not as frigid in there but it's still chilling so I bring a small space heater.They Stole My Body2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I find an old lawn chair and set it up next to the only plug I can find. As the ancient off white heater warms up I look around. This place is so dirty. The concrete floor needs sweeping and the corners have bad at least twenty past hosts. I guess it's okay because no one ever comes out here this time of year.
Finally the heater is warmed up. So much that my shins are almost burning. I move them aside so that the rest of my body can feel the tiny sun. After I move my foot I see a quarter sized beetle. It's exoskeleton is dark but where the light hits it the blue and purple metallic undertones are revealed. I've never seen this kind of insect in person before but I know it's not native to this area. It must have been searching for an escape from the winter and found i
*CreepyPasta*: Just Ignore ItYou're probably a little bit on edge. You've been reading and watching a lot of CreepyPasta today. Your mind is racing, and you think that you can't fall asleep. Don't fret. I'll help to put your mind at ease.*CreepyPasta*: Just Ignore It2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
All you have to do is just push all of those stories to the back of your mind. Have faith in the fact that those are just stories and nothing more.
If you see something outside your window, just ignore it. It's just a trick of the eye is all. If you're woken up by footsteps late at night, just ignore it. Your mother is probably just making her way to bathroom. If you hear a door slowly opening with an unnerving sqeak, just ignore it. You're house is old, and it's probably just settling. If you wake up to an odd smell, just ignore it. There are many things in your room that have an odd odour to them. Now, if you wake up to a rather uneasy feeling. Something warm on the back of your neck. Your heart, beating faster than it ever has before. Your body tensed so tightly you think that
*CreepyPasta*: Pass It OnIt's quite an interesting concept. For those little 'Pass it on' messages I mean. Chain letters and people telling you to 'Post this in five different comments or else you'll die tonight.'. Interesting indeed, but it lacks originality. It's the same story with each one. Pass it on or die. People pass it on, they go on living - happy ending for everyone. But what if there were a little twist?*CreepyPasta*: Pass It On2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Let's say that there's a photo out there. It's not one of those, 'Can't find it anywhere else.' type of pictures. It's actually really easy to find. Just use your chosen search engine and type in 'Black and white photo of twins.'. You should receive a variety of different black and white photos of twins, but let me help and tell you what to look for. You're looking for the picture of two twin girls. They're wearing black dresses and white headbands. The twin on the left has a strait face while the one on the right is smiling. Found it? Good. Now, as you can see, there's nothing particularly unnervi
*CreepyPasta*: The Dangers Of FameI awoke to the sun shining through the slit in the curtains and an odd feeling. When I sat up, I was struck with confusion when I saw my surroundings. This wasn't my house. How did I end up passed out on the floor in someone elses home?*CreepyPasta*: The Dangers Of Fame2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Okay, think, think, think. What happened last night?" I said, rubbing my head in what seemed like a futile effort to make the memory return. Just then, something clicked. The party. My friends and colleagues held a party in celebration of another successful book completed. Did I really drink that much? No, it wasn't that. I knew what a hangover felt like, and this feeling I had wasn't that. Something didn't feel right. I didn't feel right. It was as if something was missing, but I just couldn't put my finger on it.
I went to stand up but froze at what I saw next. I saw blood that smeared and stained the hardwood floor. I jolted to my feet and searched my body for any cuts or scars. I found nothing. If I wasn't the one who had been hurt, then that meant
Love Him Like YouHe's there for me.Love Him Like You11 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
He cares so much.
Do anything to see me smile.
But I still don't love him like you.
I told him my secrets
And he told me his
And we both accepted each other.
But I still don't love him like you.
I hurt him bad
And he still stayed
And wiped away my tears.
But I still don't love him like you.
You hurt me so bad
And completely disappeared.
I have no reason to love you.
Why can't I love him like you?
Maybe SomedayYou're scared I'll hurt you.Maybe Someday10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
I wish I could say I won't.
You know how much I want to.
You know how much I don't.
I want to make you smile.
I want to break you apart.
Why would you give me
This small, fragile heart?
Is the pain worth it
To just be with me?
It's so clear,
But you just can't see.
You've fallen for
A person that is two.
You can't really be sure
What I will do.
You say I need you.
Is that why you're here?
You really should fear.
You seem to think
Everything will be okay.
We will have to see.
When It's BlackI am cold. Even hidden tight underneath my warm covers, I am cold. Perspiration lays thick on my arms and clammy hands. My knuckles, so white, as they grip my frying pan's wooden handle. It won't be long now. Witching hour has come again, and just as he has before, he will return again. Any moment now, that tell-tale sound, that single thing, that gives him away every time...When It's Black4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I shifted my body, quietly repositioning myself. My muscles were tensed, coiled, like a snake waiting to strike, I told myself. A little gardner snake, versus the mighty cobra. Not much of a fight, but the gardner snake is angry. The cobra is veiled beneath his hood, his face sharp and silent and expressionless. It makes me shiver, and bring my knees closer to my chest. Minutes have pass, and still I hear nothing. Maybe he chose not to come. Maybe, tonight, I will finally receive the rest I desire-
He's there. For a moment, my breathing is quick and shallow, but I regain control, calm myself and retu
These Hideous Chains of MineIt is a hideous world of hideous lies.These Hideous Chains of Mine10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
There is no hope for the modern day man.
We are bound by society and its impractical morals.
Humanity chains us to the ground,
With barely enough air to breathe.
So when will the end come?
When will we fall?
Will it be seen as damnation,
Or a blessing to be unbound from
The bindings that hold onto us?
As days go by, the chains wrap tighter,
Limbs are left with no feeling.
In the end, you are mindless and lost.
Where are the dreams you dreamed of?
Did they escape from here without you?
It’s nearly the finish for you,
And society removes your chains.
You are no longer needed.
You are now nothing.
Looked down upon and cast away.
Look down at your dirtied hands,
My fellow Earthling,
And tell me what you see.
Why were you born into this world?
Wouldn’t you rather be free?
I'm not...I’m not normal.I'm not...10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
I think strange things,
say strange things,
do strange things,
like strange things...
I don’t know why.
I’m eccentric, weird even.
Maybe I spend too much time in my head.
I’m not a freak.
I feel things others feel,
need things others need,
closeness, human contact,
the occasional pat on the back,
a real hug,
a tight, tight hug...
Maybe I feel a little differently from everyone else,
but then again,
And if you cut me,
do I not bleed?
I’m not all that sociable.
I’m awkward around new people,
or people I don’t know all that well,
and sometimes even around friends.
I sit there, not knowing
what to say,
where to look,
how much of myself to present
And then I go quiet.
I sink into myself.
Sometimes I say just anything,
just to take part,
just to be noticed.
Sometimes I disappear.
I’m not a recluse.
I like to go out,
'Father'His face is bleeding down my walls again'Father'10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
It’s almost 6 in the evening, I’m alone
People flail and throw themselves
Down clever, winding roads and
Dank abysses, outside my
Selfish prison cell-
They don’t know he drains and strains himself
Through the cracks and eager gaps in the woodwork
I try to clean something, work my nervous fingers
Down to blood and bone
Remove the label that he has painted fancily
In ink only I can see
Upon my ungraceful forehead
I try to sweep up the crumbling crumbs of my endeavors
Pointing a path through time at
The beginning of my failures
His eyes stare down from the walls,
Angry and unsatisfied, his words echo-
Splatter up from the stovetop pots and
Pans and burn my skin like hot oil
With nothing to distract me from his lurid gaze
I find myself wilting worse than
The plants on the balcony below me
Starved of the light and love of the sun
Without direction, we reach towards
Whatever random place instincts say to
Plead and pray and b