Pumpkinhead vs The Creeper
Backroads of Razorback Holler, March 3rd, 2033There was an old legend that persisted throughout the southern area of the United States. Every 23 years, for 23 days, a mysterious creature got to eat. Its primary targets were human, though no one really knew why. The most prevailing theory was that it regenerated from having humans as prey, but nothing was confirmed. Something else that also wasn’t not confirmed was the creature’s name. No one knew what to call the creature, and no old legends had any name for it either. The only known name for it, and it was more of a nickname than anything else, was the Creeper. One of its first known attacks was in the Florida countryside, with its targets being siblings Trish and Darry Jenner. Through a series of events, the Creeper ultimately chose Darry as its target, and he was never seen again. But the Creeper would be seen again just four days later. This time, its targets were a high school basketball team and cheerleaders. While many fell prey to it, it was, supposedly, defeated by local farmer Jack Taggart, Sr. and his son, Jack Taggart, Jr., who lost their son and brother respectively, Billy, to the Creeper.It had been 23 years since those incidents took place. Taggart Sr. had the Creeper as a sideshow attraction at his farm. While he did make some money off it, he was just waiting for the right time to defeat it using the same weapon: A harpoon. However, it managed to escape the barn Taggart Sr. kept it in and flew to find new hunting grounds. Its search eventually led it to an area known as Razorback Holler, with its first target being a young woman named Sadie Lampard. Four of her friends, siblings Aaron and Wendy Sawyer, Joey Grey, and Christina Scott, were waiting on her arrival as well as the arrival of her fiancé, Nick Cooper. The plan was to hold a celebration in Nick’s barn, but when neither showed up, Aaron decided to play a prank that was to go like this: They would hide in the cornfield until the couple would come up to the barn looking for them and jump out and yell. Though skeptical, the group went along with it. But this proved to be a massive mistake.Sadie arrived shortly after they went into the cornfield, and after spending a few moments of looking around, she eventually saw whom she assumed was one of her friends. But it turned out to be the Creeper, and Sadie did not survive the attack. Her body was later taken to the morgue, where local sheriff Trevor Carter, who informed Nick of the incident, joined the group. Nick’s friends grieved with him and asked what could’ve done it. Nick, knowing of the Creeper’s legend, knew this attack was is doing, and knew that no human could defeat it for good.Against his better judgement, Nick sought help from, what he assumed, an elderly woman who lived in a cottage deep within the woods of Razorback Holler. After asking his friend Adrian Woods on where to find the cottage, he traveled there using his truck. With him was Sadie’s body, which he took from the morgue.He continued driving down the long, dirt road. His headlights revealed nothing but rows and rows of trees, bushes, and other indigenous plant-life. He didn’t notice the figure until it was too late. He slammed on his brakes but was still moving forward. But there was no impact. The figure just vanished. Breathing heavily, he looked to his fiancé. Again, she was still here, wrapped in a body bag.Nick rubbed his face, thinking he was going mad. He looked ahead down the road, saying, “Get ahold of yourself, Nick!” He began shaking but took a few deep breaths to calm his nerves. He then wiped away the tears forming in his eyes then continued down the road. He took one las look back just to be sure. There was nothing here, and the road was empty.Elsewhere, in the streets close to Nick’s home, two men, who had way too much to drink, were stumbling along the sidewalk. They laughed while carrying cans of lager. They pointed to each other, saying in unison, “You’re drunk.” “I’m not drunk, you know.” The first man said. He burped and almost tripped over his own fee. He grabbed to his friend for support, saying, “Well, maybe a little.”He laughed as his friend said in a more serious tone, “Well, I am.” A short period of silence passed before they burst out laughing. “Me too.” The first man said. “And me.” The second one replied. They continued walking, not looking where they were going. They bumped into someone in the dark while walking through an alley. They looked up to see the Creeper staring at them.The first man rubbed his eyes and stared, telling his friend, “Guess it’s Halloween.” The second man lifted his can up to the Creeper and said in a mock British accent, “I say old chap. Would you like to partake in a little drink?” Smiling, the Creeper grabbed the man by his arm and swung him into the wall. The first man looked from the Creeper to his friend, and the situation started becoming clear. “What was that…” In a quick motion, the Creeper took out its battle ax and swung it at the first man, finishing him off. The second saw this as a chance to run, but the Creeper tossed the ax and it struck the man’s back, also finishing him off. With that done, the Creeper dragged both bodies to the back of his truck, whistling Jeepers Creepers as it did so. Once the bodies were in, it placed its hat back on, closed the back doors of the truck, and returned to the driver side door, where it climbed in, started the vehicle and drove away.Back on the dirt road, Nick continued driving until he reached a small cottage. Everything was overgrown with weeds and moss. The house was built across a small stream and supported on wooden posts. Nick climbed out of the truck. He went around to the back and picked up his fiancé. Then, he began carefully carrying her to the front door.Inside, the door slowly creaked open. Nick entered, carrying in his fiancé. He looked around a room and saw nothing. What he did see surprised him: Cobwebs, insects, and debris litter everywhere. The weeds and moss that had taken over outside seem to be growing happily inside as well. The fireplace caught his eye, or more accurately, the large backed chair in front of it.An old and southern female voice spoke from behind the chair, saying, “Come in, Nick Cooper!” “How did you…?” Nick asked. An ancient looking woman peered around the chair, showing her aged and wrinkled face. This was the woman known as Haggis. “I know many things, Nick Cooper.” Haggis answered. Nick entered the small, run-down home. His eyes were fixed on the old woman as he slowly walked towards her. Haggis pointed towards a table on the far side of the room, saying, “Place her there, Nick Cooper.” Nick did so, unzipping the bag once it was down. He turned and was surprised to see Haggis standing behind him. “What do you want, Nick Cooper?” asked Haggis. “It attacked her…” Nick answered.“Say it!” Haggis said. “I want you…” Nick replied. “Say it!” Haggis responded. “I…” Nick began. “Say it!” Haggis said. “I want destroyed before it can attack anyone else.” Nick answered. Haggis just laughed. “And what do you want me to do for you?” Haggis asked. “I heard you have powers.” Nick answered. “That you have something that might help me.” “I don’t think you know what you ask, Nick Cooper.” Haggis replied. “I know.” Nick replied. “But something has to be done.” “Then I’ll tell you what you need to do.” Haggis responded. “Get back into your car and follow the trail behind my house. Follow it until you reach its end. To the west, go through the trees, where you’ll see some gates. Go there.” “What’s there?” Nick asked. “An old graveyard.” Haggis answered. “What am I supposed…” Nick asked. “Find the gravestone.” Haggis answered. “Dig it up. Bring what you find to me.”“How will I know if it’s the right one?” Nick asked. “You’ll know, Nick Cooper!” Haggis answered. “You’ll know!” Nick went to pick up his fiancé, but he was stopped by Haggis as she put a hand on his shoulder. “Leave her here.” Haggis said. Nick took one last look at Haggis and at his fiancé before he exited into the night. Haggis smiled as she heard the truck engine start and fade away into the distance. Back in the neighborhood, his friends sat in Joey’s home, all quiet. The only noise in the room was the faint television playing a news story of an attack at an oriental restaurant, albeit in another state.“So, where are your parents?” Wendy asked Joey. “Out with friends.” Joey sighed. “A friend’s birthday or something.” “Oh.” Wendy replied. Silence filled the air again before Aaron suddenly said, “Did you guys hear?” “What?” Joey asked, half-interested. “Sadie’s body is gone.” This got everyone’s full attention. They all sat up and looked towards Aaron.“Are you sure?” Wendy asked. “Yeah.” Aaron nodded. “I heard somebody talking about it down at the store. Seems Nick did a runner with her body.” “Can he?” Christina asked. They all turned to her as she asked, “I mean, is he allowed to do that?” “I don’t know.” Aaron sighed. “Besides, it might not even be true. It was only a story said in passing mention.”“When did you hear it, exactly?” Joey asked. “On our way back here.” Aaron answered. “But I think they were just joking around. I bet Sadie is still at the morgue. No way would Nick do something like that.” The others didn’t look like they agreed. Aaron didn’t either, despite him saying otherwise. “But what if he has?” asked Wendy. Silence filled the room again since no one answered. Minutes later, Joey watched as his three friends piled into Aaron’s car. He leaned into the driver side door, trying his best to put on a ‘happy-face’, but he was fooling nobody. “See you tomorrow, Joey.” Aaron said. “See you around.”” Christina added. “Goodbye, Joey.” Said Wendy. “So long, guys.” Joey replied. “Drive safe and look out for you know what.” They all looked at him in silence, knowing he was referring to the Creeper, which they saw fly from the barn after the attack.“We will.” Wendy replied. “Good.” Joey nodded. “I don’t want you all getting hurt. Have a good night.” The three smiled back, but the smiles were obviously weak. “Good night.” Wendy responded. Joey watched as the car drove down the street and turned back to his house. He stopped halfway, however, thinking he heard something. He looked down the street, but nothing was there. He reached for the door, keeping his eyes on the road before heading inside. Once inside, he noticed a flyer for a rave that was happening later in the night. He read it over and got the idea that the group could attend the rave to get their minds off of the past events. Back in the forest, Nick’s truck trundled through the dark forest. He fought to keep the tears back. He closed his eyes for a second and opened them to see something was in his path: A deer.Nick watched as the deer looked at him before it scampered off into the woods. He followed it with his eyes, and then he saw something: Through the trees he could see some large gates. “About time.” Nick commented to himself. Slowly, he weaved between the trees driving towards the gates. He pulled up to the gates and step outside the vehicle, grabbing a shovel from the passenger’s seat.He began walking towards them, but for a brief second, stopped. He turned as though to walk back to the truck. An image of Sadie appeared. Letting out a sigh, Nick made his way into the graveyard. Once inside, he scanned the immediate area. Nothing felt right about it. Then, he saw a large mound of earth. A tower of soil and dirt. He began walking towards it.Once there, he threw the shovel on top, grabbed a vine, and hoisted himself up. A grave rested at the top of the mound. The headstone bore no information and the pumpkins grew wildly all over it. Nick grabbed the shovel and started digging. Later, inside the cottage, the front door swung open. Nick stood in full view. He was holding that resembled a small child wrapped in a makeshift blanket to hide its features.Haggis pointed to the floor next to the fire, saying, “Put it there.” “What are you going to do?” asked Nick. Haggis placed a finger to her lips, saying, “I’m going to give you what you seek." She grabbed a small knife that was hidden on her person. She then used it on Sadie’s hand, letting red drip into a cup on the floor. Nick moved to stop her, but Haggis stopped him, saying, “This is what you want, Nick Cooper.” She picked the cup up, saying, “Now, give me your hand.” Nick looked unsure, but he did as instructed. Haggis did the same, and red dripped into the cup. When she had that, she let go. Nick held his hand. Haggis seemed uninterested. She then searched for something on the shelves. Nick watched as she poured various items into the cup. She then began to unwrap the bundle. Something was revealed: A very odd-looking creature.It resembled a cross between a reptile and a human. Haggis opened its mouth and poured in the concoction. She stepped back as the bundle began to pulsate. Every pulse was felt by Nick. He and Haggis could only watch as the creature grew larger and larger. Unmistakable features began to appear. Two large protrusions grew out of the shoulder blades, a very long tail. The creature rose to its feet as Nick fell to the floor. The creature was Pumpkinhead. “It has begun.” Haggis said. Elsewhere, in Joey’s car, the four friends were driving along a deserted road in the middle of the woods. Joey was at the will, Christina sat in the passenger’s seat, and the two Sawyer siblings in the back. Aaron was holding a drink. He offered it to Wendy, but she shook her head no. “You sure this is right?” Christina asked.“What?” asked Joey. “You say something? Yeah, I am. I’m trying to get everyone’s mind off of all this.” “I think it’s a little too soon to be going to his party.” Wendy replied. “Not to mention, it’s a little too late in the night.” Joey quietly searched for a reply before saying, “I know it’s probably too soon and it is a little late. But we really need to get our minds off recent events. Plus, we’re on break, so, who cares how long we stay up?”The others just exchanged quiet glances as Joe continued driving, none of them aware of what was transpiring elsewhere in the woods. Back inside Haggis’ cottage, Nick laid on the ground in pain. He could barely make out the shape of Pumpkinhead through his pain-induced dazed and blurred vision. Before he finally succumbed to the pressure and passed out, he saw the creature smile as it left.At the rave, several teenagers and young adults danced all about them to a mixture of loud music. The four friends stood around one of the many drink tables. None of them looked like they were enjoying themselves. “I don’t feel good about this.” Christina said. “You need to go sit down for a minute?” Wendy asked. “No, I just need to go for a walk to clear my head.” Christina answered.“Do you need us to come with you?” Wendy asked. Christina just shook her head, answering, “No, but thanks for the offer. I just need some alone time.” “Alright.” Wendy responded. “Just don’t go too far from here, alright?” Christina nodded and moved away from the group and headed into the woods, unaware that something else was watching her from the dark trees. She turned back to the rave before continuing on into the woods while rubbing her eyes. As she moved deeper and deeper into the woods, the area became a lot darker and far more ominous. The area became silent and Christina continued walking, but she came toa stop and let out a sight, saying, “Great. Looks like I’m lost.” She began walking back in the direction of the rave, but the trees looked far different. As she walked, she heard a twig snap behind her. She spun around but nothing was there.Back at the rave, Wendy approached Joey, who was dancing in the middle of a crowd. She grabbed him by the shoulder and spun him around to face her. “What?” Joey asked in surprise and slight annoyance. “I’m worried about Christina.” Wendy answered. “She’s been gone for way too long. I think we need to go look for her.” “Sure.” Joey nodded. “Get your brother and let’s go.” Wendy nodded and started looking for Aaron. Joey turned to the area of the woods where Christina entered. He grew extremely concerned. Deep down, he knew something was not right. In the woods, Christina finally saw something in the distance that was partially hidden in the trees. Whatever it was, it seemed to stand upright like a man, but also had to be a long, reptilian-like tail whipping around behind it. Unknown to Christina, she was looking at Pumpkinhead. Christina turned an ran. She didn’t care where she was running to. She just ran. Soon, she was hopelessly lost. She stopped and began looking around. She noticed some large iron gates behind the trees.Christina raced towards the iron gates. She glanced around, to see whatever had been there was gone, but she didn’t stop moving. “Somebody please!” Christina shouted. Pumpkinhead had not gone. He had let her escape. As much as he enjoyed the game, he couldn’t attack her. His priority was to get the Creeper and would not be distracted from that task. He would also not attack random people in its way, a fact of which he didn’t really care for, and only did so if they tried to stop him. Christina obviously posed no threat to him nor his mission, so he ignored her and would only focus on finding the Creeper. As he headed in the opposite direction, he heard more footsteps approaching. Wendy, Aaron, and Joey, all standing close to the entrance of the woods, darted their heads back and forth to look for her. None of them are aware of Pumpkinhead, who remained hiddien as they began shouting to call for her, Joey starting with, “Christina! Hello!” “Come on, Christina!” Wendy continued. “Where are you?”“Guys, I don’t think she’s in this area.” Aaron replied. Wendy turned to her brother and gave him a sarcastic remark with, “No, you think so?” She started walking away from the two young men, continuing with, “Come on. We need to keep looking for her.” “I’m sure she’s fine.” Aaron reassured his sister. “She said she wanted to be alone, anyways.” “I know what she said, Aaron.” Wendy retorted. “Remember what happened the last time we left someone alone?” “Point taken.” Aaron replied. “Let’s continue looking.” “This way.” Joey said. Wendy sighed and turned to the direction Joey was leading them to.She let out another shout with, “Christina! Where are you?” The three friends continued on deeper into the woods. As the cool breeze passed by, Wendy shivered. However, it was more for the overall look of the woods rather than the breeze.“Hey, Christina!” Aaron called out. “You here?” “This is starting to worry me, guys.” Wendy said. “I’m sure she’s fine.” Aaron replied. “Even if she is, we’re going to keep looking until she’s found.” Joey chimed in. He led the two siblings deeper into the woods. All three move their heads back and forth for any sign of their friend. Wendy shouted again with, “Christina, this isn’t funny anymore! Get out here now!” She grew tired and failed to notice a small vine lying across the forest floor until she tripped on it. She made a quick grab for a tree for support. As she regained her footing, she heard a loud scream, which both Aaron and Joey also heard. They all turned to see Christina running up to them. Joey tried to stop her by grabbing her shoulders, but she spun around and nearly knocked both her and Joey to the ground. “Christina?” Aaron asked, helping his friends up. “What’s wrong with you? Where did you go? Why did you just scream?”Without making a sound, Christina raised her shaking hand towards the iron gates. Her three friends followed her finger and looked to see that, in the distance, Pumpkinhead stood, staring at them.“What is that thing?” Joey asked. “Who cares?” Aaron answered. “Let’s get out of here!” “He’s right! Wendy answered. “Let’s get back to town!” “Are you crazy?” Christina asked. “We’ll just be leading that thing to everyone else!”“Do you have any better ideas?” Joey asked in a panic. Everyone went quiet, Wendy then said, “Well, maybe we can go to the sheriff’s station and tell him about this.” “Good idea, Wendy.” Joey nodded. “Let’s get going.” As the four friends exited the woods, none of them noticed Pumpkinhead retreating into the woods. And even then, there was something he failed to notice.In the trees, the Creeper sat and watched the teenagers left, hiding among the branches. Sensing the slight twinge of fear from the group, the Creeper watched them leave, knowing they’d be part of his next hunt. Normally, he’d enjoy toying with them, but his time was drawing to a close that night. Which meant if he was to have a successful hunt, he would have to be precise, so he left the woods.Back in Haggis’ cottage, she smiled as she watched Nick roll in the floor. He was getting over Pumpkinhead awakening. “What was that?” Nick asked. “You knew there would be consequences.” Haggis answered. “But what was that?” Nick asked. “I didn’t expect that.” “Nobody ever does.” Haggis responded. Nick grunted as he tried to stand.“You called upon powerful forces to destroy the creature that attacked your fiancé, and there is always a price to pay for such deeds.” Haggis said. She sat back down in her musty old chair, leaving Nick to continue trying to stand. All he could do is make it to a rickety old chair and sit down. Haggis watched him from the comfort of hers.He looked over at her, slightly annoyed. Haggis saw this and just smiled. “It’ll be over soon, Mr. Cooper.” Haggis said. “Then everything will be put right.” “I’m not so sure anymore.” Nick sighed. “Perhaps-” “Perhaps nothing.” Haggis replied. “What’s done is done. You can’t change it now. Just sit back and watch events unfold, as they will.” “But I have to do something.” Nick responded. “Do what, Nick Cooper?” Haggis asked. “There ain’t nothing to be done!” “I have to try.” Nick replied. He rose to his feet. Haggis followed suit. “Don’t forget, Nick Cooper.” Haggis said. “You unleashed forces beyond your comprehension for your own protection. Now that it is out there, there ain’t no putting it back. Not until it has finished what it needs to do.” “We’ll see.” Nick replied. He made for the front door. Haggis didn’t try to stop him. She just smiled and watched.Nick left. Haggis was lone in her cottage. She heard Nick’s truck drive away. She then turned her head. Sadie’s body was still there. “Yes, Nick Cooper.” Haggis said. “We’ll see.” She continued smiling. Inside the sheriff’s station, Sheriff Carter and his deputy, Bryan White, walked into the large empty room. Carter threw his coat onto the table, letting out a sigh. “Well, that was a waste of time.” Carter said. “How come?” White asked. “We didn’t learn anything from it.” Carter answered. “I thought we did.” White responded. “Like what?” Carter asked. “How the body went missing?” White said nothing. He knew the comments were rhetorical. “Even a five-year-old could’ve told me that.” Carter continued. “Someone came here, snuck around the coroner, and took the body. We didn’t get anything that would help us find Sadie’s body.” “Well, what did you expect?” White asked. “They weren’t going to have Sadie’s whereabouts on a map, did they?”Despite his anger, the sheriff couldn’t help but smile at that, saying, “I suppose you’re right. I just want some kind of break.” Then, the desk sergeant entered the room, beckoning to Carter. “Yeah, what is it?” the sheriff asked. “Wendy and Aaron Sawyer are here with Christina Scott and Joey Grey.” Carter looked like he was considering something as the desk sergeant asked, “What should I tell them?” “Tell them I’ll be there with them shortly.” “Nick Cooper is with them.” The desk sergeant added. This seemed to be big news to Carter and White, who jumped to attention. “Really, now?” asked the sheriff. He thought for a short moment before saying, “Bring them to my office.” The desk sergeant nodded and went to go find the group, who had been talking with each other outside the station for the past few minutes, namely about Nick’s whereabouts.Later, the five friends were given some seats to sit on in the sheriff’s office. Carter sat behind his desk. White stood in the corner, elbow resting on a file cabinet. Him and Carter stared at Nick as if they hadn’t seen him in ages. A long, uncomfortable silence followed, which was finally broken when Carter asked, “Where have you been Nick? Sadie’s body has been missing for hours.” “I know.” Nick answered. “I took it.” “What?” Carter asked in shock. “Why?” “Look, it has to do with what attacked Sadie.” Nick answered. “It’s complicated, so if you would like to know it, I’ll be more than happy to tell you.” Carter exchanged a look with White, before saying, “Alright, we’ve got time. Explain yourself.” “Okay.” Nick sighed. “After Sadie was attacked, I already knew what did it. It’s a creature that, according to legend, awakens every 23 years to feed for 23 days. Sadie was one of the people it attacked, so I went to someone for help.” “Who’d you go to?” White asked. “You know that old legend we have here in Razorback Holler?” Nick asked. “About how an old woman can create a creature?”“Wait.” Carter said. “You went to her of all people? Why?”” “Because the creature she could create could handle that thing!” Nick answered. “None of the weapons we have could destroy it. I had no choice. I can’t let anyone else get attacked.” “If it awakens every 23 years, I don’t think you can always prevent that.” White said. “I know.” Nick replied. “But I’m going to do something when I can.” “So, let me see if I have this right.” Carter said, leaning in his chair. “You went to some old woman in the woods and had her create a creature that could defeat the one that attacked Sadie?” “Yes.” Nick nodded. “And my friends already saw it.” “Do either of them have names?” White asked. “The one I summoned has a name.” Nick answered. “Its name is Pumpkinhead. The other one doesn’t.” White and Carter exchanged a look, remaining quiet. Carter leaned in his chair, letting out a sigh, saying, “And I thought Derry, Maine had it bad.” “What do we do now?” Christina asked. “What we do is get the town evacuated before those things show up.” Carter answered.Before anyone else could continue, they heard the sound of a female deputy shouting followed by gunshots. “What was that?” White asked, concerned. “Wait here.” Carter answered. “Don’t move.” Carter and White raced out of the office, the five friends exchanging worried glances. Upon leaving the office, they saw the Creeper battling many of the deputies as well as the desk sergeant. Though their guns seemed to damage it, the bullets didn’t fatally harm it. Using its own weapons, it defeated them one by one. Back inside Carter’s office, the five friends stood up, looking at one another, unsure if they should stay or run. Joey walked to the door but stopped himself. He put his arms behind his head and sighed nervously. “What do we do?” Wendy asked. “I don’t’ know.” Joey answered. “I’m thinking.” “We need to get out of here.” Christina said. “I don’t want to get attacked by that thing.” “What do we do?” Joey asked himself. “What do we do?” His question was abruptly answered when Carter burst back into the office, saying, “Right. The five of you, with me!”He led them out of the office and to the corridor of the station. There, the Creeper stood among the defeated officers. He looked forward. Ahead of him was White and Carter leading the five friends out of the building. The group stopped and looked at the creature. The Creeper saw them and stopped. His gaze moved from one to the other. He seemed to stop on Aaron, who let out an audible gulp. “Why is it looking at us like that?” White asked. “Who cares?” Carter asked in response. “Move it! Get to the side door!” The Creeper seemed to take notice of this command. He started moving towards them, taking out whatever weapons he had. They moved down the hall to the back door of the station. Halfway down the hallway, however, the door was ripped off its hinges. The group skidded to a halt. White and Carter stood at whatever had torn the door off in sheer disbelief. They had come face to face with a creature they didn’t think was real: Pumpkinhead, which stood in the doorway, blocking their exit. His lips curled back in a snarl.White quickly motioned for the group to follow him, saying, “Come on. There’s another exit.” Pumpkinhead watched them leave. But he didn’t follow them. He sensed something. His lips moved into a half smile/half snarl. The creature turned its head to slowly look at the Creeper. The Creeper looked at the strange creature. The two creatures studied each other, but they knew one was a danger to the other. Pumpkinhead knew that this was the creature he was created to destroy while the Creeper knew Pumpkinhead would only get in the way of his hunt. As such, the Creeper attempted to make the first move by taking out a dagger. However, Pumpkinhead moved faster and delivered a devastating backhand to the Creeper’s face. The Creeper soared through the air, crashing through the door to the main office where he battled the officers and desk sergeant. He landed with a loud thud on top of the desk sergeant’s desk, which nearly folded beneath his weight.The Creeper looked up towards the creature as it advanced towards him. Pumpkinhead grabbed the Creeper by the leg and pulled him forward. At the same time, the Creeper rose to a sitting position. He lunged forward with one of his daggers. It hit Pumpkinhead’s chest, accompanied by a nasty sound. Pumpkinhead released the Creeper as he stumbled backwards due to the force of the attack. The Creeper seized the opportunity and rose to his feet. Pumpkinhead had already recovered. The wound that the Creeper had caused could no longer be seen. The creature snarled defiantly at the Creeper, which began walking towards his opponent. Pumpkinhead moved towards the Creeper as well. The Creeper once again attacked Pumpkinhead, this time using a throwing star. The weapon made contact with Pumpkinhead’s face. The creature hissed as the Creeper threw another one. Pumpkinhead grabbed the Creeper’s arm and prevented him from throwing a third throwing star. He removed the two in his head and tossed them aside. The wounds began healing themselves and were no longer visible in a matter of seconds. Still keeping hold of the Creeper’s arm, Pumpkinhead grabbed him by the throat. Outside, the group ran from the side of the building. They moved towards Carter’s car. “What was that thing?” Carter asked. “That’s what I summoned.” Nick answered. “That was Pumpkinhead.” They then turned to see several police cars screech to a halt and all of the officers exited their cars, exchanging confused looks as they saw the group running towards the sheriff’s car. “Sir, what’s going on?” asked a female officer. “It sounds like a war zone in there.”The sheriff didn’t look at her and continued running for his car, but he shouted the answer with, “It is! We need to leave now!” The deputy became shocked as the group packed themselves into Carter’s car, prompting her to ask, “Sir, where are you going?” A male deputy tapped her on the shoulder, and she turned to face him as he answered, “There’s someone coming out the window.”They turned to see the Creeper come crashing through the window, sailing a good twenty feet away from the station, his feet never touching the ground. He crashed into Carter’s car, causing it to flip onto its side. “What is that thing?” the female deputy asked in shock. The shocked confusion was only increased when she saw Pumpkinhead standing near the entrance.“And what is that thing?” the deputy asked again. “We’ll explain later!” Carter answered, running towards them. “For now, we need to go!” “We can’t just leave those things here!” the male deputy said. “We need to take them down!” “Look.” Carter said. “Those two things are trying to take each other out. I say we let them do that and take out the winner. Understood?”The deputies all exchanged glances before nodding, the female one saying, “Yes, sir. We understand.” Carter nodded back and everyone hid and watched as the battled continued. The Creeper was slumped down, seemingly unconscious. A few moments later, he slowly lifted his head. Pumpkinhead slowly walked towards its opponent, slightly feeling the pain Nick felt that was inflicted on the Creeper.The Creeper stood, taking out its ax. Pumpkinhead stopped and stared at the Creeper and its weapon. The Creeper charged forward, landing a right hook that snapped Pumpkinhead’s head backwards, but it had no more affect than that. The Creeper kept swinging with his fists, forcing his opponent back. But on one swing, Pumpkinhead grabbed the Creeper’s hand and twisted, causing it to stagger back.Pumpkinhead took the opportunity and slashed his claws across the Creeper’s chest. A thick, black substance spurted out and splattered onto Pumpkinhead’s face and neck. The Creeper, sensing that the 23rd day was about over, took a deep breath and sent a right hook that sent Pumpkinhead crashing face first to the ground. The Creeper walked towards his opponent. Pumpkinhead whipped his t ail around the Creeper and tried to drag him down. The Creeper grabbed his ax and swung it down, severing the tail into two. He grabbed the remaining half and swung. He then let go, sending Pumpkinhead into the upturned car. The car seemed to fold with the power. Pumpkinhead laid fast first on the ground. Slowly, he lifted his head to face the Creeper as he towered over him. Pumpkinhead snarled as his tail grew back.The Creeper raised his ax high above his head and began swinging it over and over at Pumpkinhead, which slightly shuddered with each hit. As the Creeper delivered each swing, Pumpkinhead slowly rose to his knees. Soon, he was on all fours. The Creeper swung again, hitting Pumpkinhead on the back of his head, causing him to slump forward. Using his powerful arms to balance himself, Pumpkinhead slowly lifted his head again. He turned his gaze to the Creeper just in time to see him raising the ax. However, Pumpkinhead blocked the attack. The ax was knocked from the Creeper’s hand and it skidded across the ground. Pumpkinhead then grabbed the Creeper and pulled him down. The Creeper’s head slammed into the ground. Pumpkinhead kept him pinned down as he rose to his feet. He then grabbed the Creeper by the left arm and swung him into the car, never losing his grip. The power of the Creeper hitting the car caused it to slide a couple of feet. Still keeping hold of the Creeper’s arm, Pumpkinhead swung him around the other way, swinging him with tremendous force again into the car.Pumpkinhead then let go. The Creeper laid on the ground, looking up towards the stars. His view was suddenly filled with the snarling visage of Pumpkinhead as he looked at him. The Creeper just snarled back as he tried to rise, but Pumpkinhead stomped on his face with the power of a pile driver. The Creeper’s head sank into the ground, causing a small crater to appear. Pumpkinhead lifted his foot just as the Creeper reached and grabbed his ankle. He swung his arm in a wide arc. The rest of Pumpkinhead naturally followed his ankle, and he slammed into the ground. The Creeper was back on his feet as did Pumpkinhead. The two creatures looked at each other, trying to size each other up. The rest of the group watched the battle unfold, Carter and the female holding Christina up so that they she didn’t fall backwards in fear of seeing the battle. It was then they noticed Nick seemed to be in pain, which was caused by the battle, namely when Pumpkinhead attacked the Creeper. “Nick, what’s wrong?” Joey asked.“I don’t know.” Nick answered. “Seems like whenever Pumpkinhead attacks that thing, he’s attacking me as well.” Both the Creeper and Pumpkinhead heard this and turned their heads to face the group. The Creeper looked towards Pumpkinhead, then over to Nick and began walking over towards him. He took out a throwing star and threw it, striking Nick in the shoulder. He yelled and gripped his shoulder, and Pumpkinhead did the same, letting out a roar. Growling, he moved towards the Creeper. The Creeper turned to face his oncoming opponent. He swung the ax, landing a blow on Pumpkinhead’s face. He swung again, this time landing a blow to Pumpkinhead’s chest. He swung again, but Pumpkinhead grabbed him by the face and lifted the Creeper effortlessly off the ground. Pumpkinhead then brought the Creeper forward slowly until his own hand prevented their faces from touching.With a roar, Pumpkinhead threw the Creeper to one side. The Creeper slid across the ground only to come to a halt when his head hit a tree. Pumpkinhead then lifted him high above his head and swung him to the ground again and without missing a beat, hurled him towards the police station. The Creeper crashed down on the front stairs, causing the railing to crash down on top of him. Pumpkinhead advanced towards the Creeper as he stood up, snapping his head to face Pumpkinhead. He raised his ax high. Pumpkinhead uppercut with his razor-sharp claws, ripping into the Creeper’s midsection. The ax fell from his hands as did his other weapons. Pumpkinhead delivered another devastating blow. The Creeper collapsed. Pumpkinhead stomped on his back, pinning him down. Everyone remained quiet as Pumpkinhead stared at his opponent. “So, what now?” White asked in a whisper. “Do we open fire?” “No yet.” Carter answered. “He’s right.” Joey added. “No way that thing went down that easy.” Pumpkinhead glanced over in their direction, and he too was starting to feel weak. This was due to the injuries Nick had sustained during the battle. As such, the creature lifted its foot from the Creeper and began walking towards Nick.The officers all began aiming their guns at the creature, but suddenly lowered them. Confused, Pumpkinhead turned to see the Creeper standing up. He then grabbed a chunk of debris and the Creeper saw it hurtling across the air and hitting him square in the chest. He was knocked back, but he didn’t fall. Pumpkinhead tried the attack again, but the Creeper kept coming. Taking out a dagger, the Creeper lunged at Pumpkinhead, attacking with the dagger. Pumpkinhead grabbed the Creeper’s arm with one hand and rammed the other towards his stomach. The black substance returned out of the creatures’ battle wounds. Pumpkinhead ripped his arm free and threw the Creeper into a large nearby tree, which shuddered with the impact of the blow, and leaves fluttered to the floor. Pumpkinhead heard Nick’s yells and turns to see him being helped up by the others. Growing worn out from both Nick’s injuries and the battle, he began walking towards him again. However, he failed to see a dagger striking his leg. Pumpkinhead roared and looked down at his leg.He then fell, allowing the Creeper to stand and loom over him. Pumpkinhead tore the dagger out and stood up and used the dagger on the Creeper. He continued the attack by lifting the Creeper by the head and tossing him with unnatural strength towards the upturned car. The Creeper tore the dagger out and got to his feet. Pumpkinhead walked towards him and slashed him across the stomach with his massive claws, more black substance spurting out of the injury. The 23rd day was coming to an end at last, and Pumpkinhead grabbed the Creeper by the head and began to apply pressure. The Creeper tried to push him off, but he couldn’t move his opponent. Pumpkinhead twisted once, finally defeating the Creeper. Pumpkinhead tossed the Creeper’s body aside. Everyone remained silent as the Creeper’s body went into another hibernation state. At long last, the Creeper was defeated. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief, Carter saying, “Well, one down. One more to go.” He motioned to the other officers to get their guns ready, but they didn’t get the chance to fire. The creature slumped to the ground, flames starting to cover his body. “What is going on now?” Carter asked, confused. They turned to see Nick’s friends desperately trying to revive him to no avail. He, Pumpkinhead, and the Creeper were all defeated in the battle. The friends embraced each other in tears as the officers stared in shock before Carter put out an ambulance call to get Nick’s body.A few weeks later, a funeral was held for Nick and Sadie, whose body never was found. The Creeper’s body was dragged in the flames of Pumpkinhead’s body shortly after the ambulance arrived, seemingly destroying both creatures for good. The search for Sadie’s body continued, though her and Nick’s friends doubted the body would ever be found. As for them, it was an unforgettable experience, but it was one that they’d rather soon forget. For them, though, the nightmare was over.However, the night of the funeral, Haggis was digging in Pumpkinhead’s grave. She placed Sadie’s body, now resembling Pumpkinhead’s body when Nick first brought it to her. As she started piling the dirt back on, she turned to look at her new scarecrow, which was the Creeper, who had entered another 23-year-long hibernation. Haggis smiled and resumed burying, knowing that, one day, someone would come to her and ask for help from her and ask her to create Pumpkinhead.