Stalking Season

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
“NEWS ALERT: There have been lots of reports of kidnappings, and stalking. Please, stay inside. If you are 18 and under, don’t go outside alone…” The kidnappings and stalkings can’t really that bad, I mean, I might as well just go ahead and head outside to the park. The threat is always going to be a possibility. Why worry about it today? My phone rang. I checked to see who it was; random number. I hesitated before I answered.
“Hello?” There was a pause before the person on the other end answered, “I know where you’re at, and I’m coming for you.”

Submitted: October 28, 2016

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I wake up to my alarm ringing; it’s 7:45. I drag myself out of bed, and head downstairs. Breakfast was waiting for me and the news was on the television.

“NEWS ALERT: There have been lots of reports of kidnappings, and stalking. Please, stay inside. If you are 18 and under, don’t go outside alone…” The news report goes on and on, and I tune out.

I check my phone, and I have a text message from mom. “I’ll be gone for the day, running errands. Please stay inside, and be good. I’ll call later to see if your okay.” I answered back, “I’ll be inside and safe don’t worry about me. :)” I know I lied, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be safe if I go outside today. But, mom also knows I’m really stubborn about these kinds of things. I set my phone down and ate breakfast. I stared at the television, not really paying attention.
“If you live in New York City, Omaha, Kansas City, or Baton Rouge, please stay inside all costs if you are 18 and under.”

I decided to turn off the tv because I really didn’t care about it. I’m only seventeen, but I’ll be perfectly fine. When I was done eating, I put my plate away. The kidnappings and stalkings can’t really that bad, I mean, I might as well just go ahead and head outside to the park. The threat is always going to be a possibility. Why worry about it today?

The park was usually my safe place for thinking when I am stressed out about something, but it was pretty nice outside for how chilly it has been. I grabbed my jacket and the house keys,and headed out. I closed the front door and took a breath of fresh air. The leaves were already falling, and the trees were an array of colors. Something didn’t feel right and I felt like I was being watched. About halfway there, my phone rang. I checked to see who it was; random number. I hesitated before I answered.

“Hello?”

There was a pause before the person on the other end answered, “I know where you’re at, and I’m coming for you.”

I heard someone laughing maybe? Then they hang up, leaving me silent. My hands get sweaty and feel a sudden chill down my spine. I zip up my jacket and start walking faster towards the park. It’s a big place and I could easily hide if I needed to. I start playing a game of 20 question in my head.

“Who is this? Why would they be stalking me? Why do they have my number? What do they want with me?”

Now, I need to go somewhere. I run to the sidewalk, and keep a steady pace; trying not to appear as jumpy, or trying to get away from this person. I look down at the sidewalk, not looking at anyone.

“Just appear normal. It’s a normal day, some kid probably is just prank calling me. It’s no big deal, calm down.”

I accidentally bump into somebody, and fall onto the cement.It takes me a moment to regain my thoughts, and myself, before I even realise what just happend.

“Oh my gosh, I am so sorry.” I stand up,wiping the dirt off my pants and I look up. I bumped into some dude who I don’t know.

“Oh, no you’re fine. It was an accident.” He looked at me a little too long, like he was trying to figure out who I was. Then he  smiled at me with a smirk. At first, I just kind of stood there awkwardly, not knowing what to do.

So I put out my hand and said, “My name is Hannah.”

I had to think of something to say, I didn’t want to look like an idiot smiling and staring.

“Todd.” He smiled back, shaking my hand. Suddenly, his smile got too uncomfortable and I looked at my phone. No notifications.

“Uh, my mom wants me home. Sorry, have to go.” I turned around walked away. I wanted to get as far away as possible.

As I was walking away, he nodded to someone. I wasn’t paying attention and I was unaware of something huge about twenty yards in front of me. I continued walking, trying to shake off the eerie feeling that guy left on me. Something about him didn’t seem right. I was in my own thoughts, when I collided with it. I screamed, and looked up ready to smack whoever I just ran into. It was a tree.

A couple people glanced my way and I smiled back, my face getting really hot. I stand up, get back on the sidewalk and continue walking on the pavement. After a while, my feet get sore from all the walking, and I sat down on the bench that was right across from the me.

That’s when I noticed something; the park seemed awfully quiet, and empty. Except for that one dude, who I already forgot his name, and the people who saw me make friends with a tree. It was a little chillier now, but everything seemed normal to me. At least, I thought it did. I looked down at my shoelaces for a couple minutes before I heard leaves crunching. The noise got louder, and it turned into footsteps. I pretended not to notice. Just a pedestrian, or a dog even. Stop worrying about the stupid kidnappings.

I then felt my personal space dwindle down to nothing and someone laughed quietly. I felt their breath on the back of my neck, and tensed up. Oh no, I should’ve just stayed inside like mom said, I should’ve listened to the news warnings. How could I be so stupid and not have just stayed inside. It took me everything to keep three words out of my brain, and to scream. They leaned in closer, their breath hot on the back of my neck.

“I found you.”

I screamed as loud as I could. No one came. I got up, and started to run when the person grabbed my hand and turned me around. I couldn't believe it.

“Could you stop screaming? It’s me, Todd." He chuckled. "Gosh, you’re jumpy."

I eased up, and let out a huge breath.

“Well I don’t know about you, but it’s not normal to scare the living bejeezus out of someone if you want to talk to them.” I noted he was holding his phone.

I looked closer at the screen. My number was there.

“Um, how do you have my number if I just met you?” I started to back away.

“Oh, I’m your new neighbor. Did your mom not tell you? Also, she gave me your number when she met me the family. She said that you wanted to meet me. I kind of prank called you, but I was gonna call back later to tell you who I was and if you wanted to hang out.”

“Well first of all, I had no idea we had new neighbors so no, I didn’t want to meet you. Don’t take it personal. Second of all, you scared me so bad, I almost called the police on you. So you got very lucky that I didn’t Todd.” I laughed, trying to shake off the terror that was still there from earlier.
“Yeah, guess I am. Well, it was nice to meet you." He paused, looking down at the ground and mumbling something. He looked back up at me with a look of exasperation. "I’ll see you later.” He turned around and walked away. Leaving me wondering why I never saw a moving truck, or the family that moved onto the house. Then I remembered, our neighbors never moved.


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