blood and apples, ghosts and apples...

Submitted for Contest #65 in response to: Start your story with two characters deciding to spend the night in a graveyard.... view prompt

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Oct 30, 2020

Horror Thriller Suspense

The epic moonlight shined across the lurched trees in the graveyard. I quietly stood there. Did I really end up getting agreed over a stupid bet with Amelia that I would spend a night in the graveyard? I still couldn’t believe it. But I had to prove myself brave…


Entering through the crooked gate, I let out a deep breath. Ah! Sophia. I wish you were with me. I wish you never went lost, a tear trickled through my dry cheeks. My eyes had got used to crying all night in remembrance of my sister, my life… if only she was with me, oh how she loved going out on adventures and stuff. All I could do was sigh…


Fear slowly hovered my memories and suddenly, all I could think was ghosts. I tried distracting my brain but boy, if only it was possible to do. A cold wind swirled around and whistled as it passed through the bunch of leaves left on the old oak tree. All I could see were graves and the ugly mud prints of my own shoes. I gathered myself together and started walking softly, my ears upright in search of any suspicious noise. A pale street light shone in the middle and that was exactly where I was heading to. A few moments later, I felt if a million more people were around, hiding and crawling… following me. I even started hearing heavy breaths but it was just me breathing hard like a maniac and sweating in the misty cold weather. stepping steps slowly one after the other, I suddenly stopped and looked behind. No, there wasn’t anyone. Why was I expecting? Well…


I was only a few yards away when I heard the sound of a crunch as if the leaves just crumpled beneath something heavy. I almost passed out. Impulsively, I stumbled over a worn-out grave and fell down. Oh great, I hoped I didn’t wake no freaking spirit… but I didn’t care because the merciless crunching sound arose again leaving me stunned. No. definitely not my imagination on the loose. Hello?... my words escaped out like a dry whisper, choked… it was someone.


I could see a blurred figure coming toward me. A man? No…. a girl. I dropped down on my knees and crawled behind a big gravestone. my eyes fixed on her, but I looked at my back thrice. ‘Mia?’’ a shuddered voice called out. I held my breath, it was Amelia!... wait What?


Confusingly, I came out. And there she was, trembling… for a moment, everything else vanished. It was just me and her, oh god…. I suddenly felt so relieved. ‘What the heck are you doing here Amelia? Why did you choose the same graveyard? Duh…’, I went up near and raised her lowered head. To my surprise, her eyes were filled with tears. Ah, such a coward! I suddenly laughed out… what a crap. She seemed offended. I could see her quickly back up and wipe off the trickling. I smiled sarcastically and then slowly turned.


‘Hey! Where are you going?’, she shouted.


‘Shhh…. They will hear you’, I joked.


‘Who?? Wh... what??’, she shook like the autumn leaves around her.


‘The ghosts of the graveyard….’ I spoke back sarcastically.


‘No, stop… Mia!’, I could feel the voice shaking in fear…much more lowered now.


‘I am going home’, I yawned.


‘The bet's not over yet’, she didn’t give up.


‘Oh, shut up, I have already won’, I suddenly wanted to go back home.


‘But you agreed over a whole night stay’, she started to be irritating.


‘Why are you insisting Ame? What’s wrong with you?’, She was literally getting on my nerves.


‘Look. We have got to stay here till sunrise. And don’t make an excuse you’re sleepy. I know there is one scaredy-cat in you, you CAN NEVER STAY HERE TILL SUNRISE’, her tone changed suddenly…. I was triggered.


And after a while, there I was sitting beneath the lamplight, gossiping with her… Amelia. I tried not to fall into the darkness that surrounded us because there was no way I was going to lose. I had to win which demanded great courage.

‘What’s your favorite fruit?’, She cut my talk about our favorite TV show and asked a random question. I felt stupid. Was she so bored with me? Ah! Never mind…


‘lychee’, I answered.


‘Ha-ha! Sounds more like leeches’, she laughed, ‘well I love APPLES’


‘Great choice, old fashioned kiddo!’, I teased back.


‘No. I really love them…. Wanna know why?’, she suddenly became a lot more serious.


‘Uh...huh?’, I felt confused…. What a stupid thing to even ask.


‘Because they are red. RED LIKE BLOOD. And when you leave them in the sun, they rot and wrinkle...eventually die.’


‘Yeah….’, She was acting weird.


‘And I don’t even like the green ones. Although they look like a zombie’s skin. I only love the red ones. PURE BLOOD.’


I uncomfortably looked away. If she was playing tricks with me, it was not funny. Then something caught my eye. The sky turning orange-pink. Ah finally! I spoke. It’s sunrise. I was thrilled.


'Sunrise!', Amelia suddenly stood up. ‘Oh no! gotta go’. She murmured and without waiting a minute further, she starting running back from where she came from. I gazed till she disappeared behind the crooked trees.


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I was late for school. Why? Well, who feels fresh for a bright start when you have spent the whole night in a freaking graveyard?

As soon as I entered class, everyone stunned. ‘Woah!’, Amelia stared at my red swollen eyes, ‘you really didn’t go to the graveyard, did you?’, She spoke.’ And I won because I stayed longer. You ran away just a few moments before sunrise scaredy-cat!’, I laughed, ‘I told you, you can never win a bet with me!’


‘Well I was … just joking gurl…’, she seemed demented. ‘what graveyard? I didn’t go to no graveyard at night, I cant dare to’, she said.


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Great job writing this story!

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Syeda Fatima
04:33 Nov 05, 2020

thanks!

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Ibraheem Zeeshan
12:58 Feb 11, 2021

wondurfull

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11:34 Feb 11, 2021

going awesome

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Syeda Fatima
11:02 Jan 24, 2021

I'm sorry if it's not giving you the creeps you want, I am just not so good at horror stuff...

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Ibraheem Zeeshan
15:21 Dec 31, 2020

ultimate, it will reach a million likes inshalah

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Blane Britt
12:20 Dec 12, 2020

Very unique Story.

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Syeda Fatima
02:25 Dec 16, 2020

Thank you, Blane

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13:17 Dec 11, 2020

OOH! Nice twist at the end! Who was she talking with, then? Amelia's twin sister? Although I think it's a little more than that... the ghost of one of Amelia's ancestors?

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Skyler Woods
17:30 Nov 04, 2020

Wonderful work!

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Syeda Fatima
04:32 Nov 05, 2020

well thank you, I absolutely loved yours!

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Skyler Woods
11:17 Nov 05, 2020

Thank you, sweetie!

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Abdullah Zeeshan
15:38 Nov 02, 2020

Good story. Awesome twist...keep writing.

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Syeda Fatima
14:09 Nov 04, 2020

ThankU

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Emaan Kamran
14:25 Oct 30, 2020

Well written... Kept me hooked till end.

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Syeda Fatima
16:06 Oct 30, 2020

thanks, eman~!

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Emaan Kamran
06:12 Oct 31, 2020

You're most welcome⁦⁦(✿^‿^)⁩

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Syeda Fatima
07:05 Oct 30, 2020

yes exactly... I just added Sophia to confuse you, people!

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