Notification of Terror

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
A post for Reaper's challenge in The Imaginarium House.

Submitted: June 05, 2019

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Fhup, fhup. I heard it. The sound seemed to slither from the window of my room. It was strange that I heard it. I'd had my earphones on and my eyes glued to my computer monitor for about an hour or so now watching some new anime. I was tired and sleepy as it was a bit late. My parents didn't seem to be home yet either. They left to go to some function as usual. 10:04 p.m. I saw glancing at the monitor's time stamp.

I'd actually caught the noise as I was transitioning between episodes. Fhup, fhup. There it went again. I removed the headphones to make sure the noise wasn't some background crap from an opened webpage, leaking through my browser. All I heard was silence. I began to remount my headphones over my ears, shaking my head at the craziness of anything getting to me right now. Fhup, fhup.

"What the hell is that?" I said under my breath, trying not to alert whatever seemed to be lurking outside my house. I crept over to my window and peered out the blinds. At first, I see nothing. Or rather nothing unusual. The window of my room overlooked the garden at the back of the house.

It's not very big. Just a small assortment of edibles with some herbs growing for a nice meal every now and then. I'd just harvested some carrots and cabbage a few days ago. The only thing left was a head or two of cabbage, one carrot bush, and the small row of herbs, basil, thyme, and oregano along the perimeter next to my room. I'd planned to get those tomorrow since it was getting close to the end of the season for growing.

FHUP, FHUP! I heard it stronger this time. It sounded like it was right under the window. I peered down and to both sides. I couldn't see anything but the window is a good five feet up from the ground so it could be a small animal next to the wall. I kicked the wall on the inside, hoping to scare whatever it was away. Two rabbits scurried from the edge of the house. They beelined for the woods a good fifty yards further out, disappearing into the undergrowth at the base of the tree line.

Really, that's all it was, I thought. What the heck were they doing to make that noise? Jumping over each other? My pulse slowed a little now, thinking that I'd solved the mystery. I relaxed a bit more and walked back toward my chair. Fhup, fhup.

Okay, now, I was getting a bit annoyed. The sound still had the directional acoustic of from my window. Nothing was over there in that area of my room. Granted, the room was dark but there was enough ambient light coming off the PC to keep it dimly unshrouded. Then, I saw movement beyond the blinds. Quick and darting, it flew by in a fraction of a second. I say flew but I really mean it whizzed by the window in a hurry.

My heart began racing at a new speed now. Something was there and it wasn't there before. I know, I'd looked both ways. I ran out of my room and toward the living room. If I was right, my parents had left the door unlocked. They had a bad habit of leaving me without doing so and I'd find the door ajar sometimes as if they'd never closed it.

I'd always check the entire house after closing it for a possible intruder, human or otherwise. Animals can be just as dangerous to confront in your own home as a person but most of the time I'd find nothing. Once or twice a possum had scurried in, and a snake had slithered into the clothes basket once before too. But, whatever this was I'd glimpsed was fast, really fast. I'd hoped it wasn't anything too big.

I rounded the corner of the hallway and stopped just inside the room. It was pitch black. I felt the breeze from the doorway as it slid across my face and forearms. The door was fully open. I heard it bump the wall-guard as the wind pushed it open further. Fhup, fhup. The sound was here now. Right near the door.

A flash of light from outside careened across the doorway and the thing that stood there in silhouette caused me to practically piss my pants. Slender and tall, about six feet total, it stood. Ears of considerable length perched atop an oval cranium, fur-covered and twitching to hear any sound in the air. They rotated forward as they heard the slight gasp from my throat.

Fhup, fhup. It moved further into the room. Another light flashed across the doorway, it stood on the coffee table slightly hunched over peering straight at me. Eyes not present that I could tell but the sockets glowed with an eerie gleam of blood-red. The slim appendages dangled by its side but arose in a strange undead like movement at the elbow. The hands housing dagger-like nails at the tips were curled downward into a striking pose.

 I recalled the face a bit more. Rodent-like. Whiskers. Long sharp incisors. Smaller little biters creeping out along the edges of a seemingly smiling mouth with that typical wishbone look given to rabbits. I turned to run. Fhup, fhup, fhup. The sound was right behind me. I screamed, moving erratically, trying to outpace this creature.

Then, I woke up. My desk was in shambles. The monitor had been slid a foot over from its previous position. My keyboard had been thrown to the floor, thankfully still intact. My headphones still clung to my skull. A soft fhup, fhup, fhup sound passed through the headset from the notification alert telling me the battery was dying.

I still sat there with my heart racing. What the hell was that creature I had dreamed up? It looked like a demented demonic rabbit. I removed the headphones quickly, setting them on the desk. I didn't want to hear that sound again. I'll be changing that tone tomorrow, I thought, relaxing for a second. Then, fhup, fhup, fhup. It came from the window. And my spine chilled over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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