It is the middle of August and that means it's time for the third in a series of Creepy Samples Offerings. This excerpt is taken from the story entitled "Jessica," which is found in my first book, "Tales of Dark Romance and Horror.
We pick up where Jasmine, after leaving
her friend's collectible's shop, arrives home with a creepy doll named
Jessica. As Jasmine walked along the dreary streets of Sea Haven, she'd
had the distinct feeling that someone or something had followed her
along the way. Now that she's at home, that feeling has not dissipated.
"Outside, the stalker stands idly by the gate. Barely noticeable to the
naked eye, the being pauses – held back by fear. It is not a fear of
being seen by passers-by in their swift vehicles; more likely than not,
they would have to be aware of this visitor’s presence to see it – to
see him! Oh no, it’s the human – the woman that lives in this house –
who now has the body of his beloved in her possession; she’s the one to
be concerned about.
"I know she’s aware of my presence, he
thinks to himself. She walks between the realms; she has power. Still, I
must go in there. I must be re-united before it’s too late. I have to
be brave. I’ll wait until she sleeps – they all sleep. Then I will see
"Jasmine returns to her living room, puts
the soup, sandwich, and a cup of herbal tea on top of the coffee table,
then moves over to the fireplace where a grate, already stacked with
paper, kindling and logs, awaits the flick of her lighter. Still
convinced that an unknown presence lurks nearby, she watches as the fire
begins to take on a life of its own, then steps outside the front door
and stands on the small deck silently – not looking for anything in
particular, just feeling – sensing. For just the briefest moment she
sees a dark distortion by the gate - perceives might be a better word.
Nevertheless, even though it appears to have temporarily moved away, she
is aware that it remains nearby. She’s aware that it has an intention –
an intention that will somehow involve her.
"'Show yourself,' she says in a conversational tone, 'show yourself to me so that I can know what you want.'
'There is nothing else to be seen or heard except for the fog horn
blowing in the distance and the waves as they continue to crash upon the
nearby shore. After standing in silence for a few more moments with
nothing manifesting, the intuitive woman returns to the shelter of her
small but comfortable home.
"Once more inside the living room,
she lights her wall candles and a stick of incense, chooses a CD to
play, and then turns off the lights. “This ought to make you feel right
at home Jessica,” she says quietly while casting a glance at the
figurine, 'I bet you can handle this just fine; and maybe – just maybe,
we’ll get to the bottom of what’s happening here.'
settles onto the sofa with her snack, the sound of music fills the air.
It is slow and melancholy; yet, dark and beautiful – funeral doom,
encompassing the small abode in an almost otherworldly atmosphere.
Within a few minutes of finishing her meal, she reclines against the
back of the sofa with feet on the coffee table. The slow but hypnotic
beat of the music mixing with the flickering light and fragrance of
incense brings her to the brink of trance – only to the brink however,
for she knows that it is necessary to stay alert – at least until she
confronts that which remains nearby.
"After a moderate amount of
time transpires, there is a slight movement of the door, but it is
enough to garner her attention. Gazing toward the entrance way she sees a
short but translucently dark figure looking back at her. Sensing the
being’s caution – its fear of her, Jasmine is able to release any
apprehension she may have had. Without moving, she watches as the
unearthly visitor inches forward and away from the door."
there you have it; the second Creepy Sample's Offering for the month of
August! Stick around, because the next offering is just over two weeks
away. Until then, keep it creepy!
Photo Source: Gothic Pictures Gallery.