Entity Unknown

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

A short story centered around the Footsteps Prompt from Hullabaloo22 in the Imaginarium House.

Audio by:Unseen Horrors Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/

Created: June 22,2022


Through autumn leaves, moonlight flickered and danced, scattering into the room. Its pale white light swathed over the many surfaces, lending to an eerie serene scene that hung in my mind as I startled awake. A sound, something had disturbed my silent peace.

The air felt chilled almost like ice, but not freezing as my breath escaped into the room, materialized, then disappeared. Creaking out in the hall turned my gaze toward the bedroom door. It didn’t sound right. It felt weighty and slow like someone stood beyond the threshold, but I saw no one not even shadow.

“Who’s there?” My quaking voice sounded out, hoping to not get a response. Silence fell. I scrunched the covers up toward my neck like a child, believing they could shield me from whatever foulness lurked.

My dog, Vader, had already been listening. His stout little body stood on the bed next to me, shaking. A small growl rolled from his throat, teeth bare and ready to strike. His eyes followed something at the door. I still could not see it.

The door knocked as something brushed past it into the room. No pattern or shadow did I see as the sound occurred. My arms curled into the comforter more, pulling it more my way from the bottom of the bed. Vader felt the movement and shifted, stepping into the space between my legs, eyes locked on whatever seemed to be moving across the room at the foot of the bed.

Vader’s growls intensified. His readiness to attack, apparent by the stiff tail and lowered neck. A book from the shelf on the opposing wall, lifted, opened, and the pages flipped one by one until it dropped after going through about the first twenty. Vader flipped, letting two barks fly quickly and abruptly, seemingly saying, “Get the fuck out!”

I followed everything with intensity, still scrunched under the covers, daring not to move lest this entity seem to want to harm me. I still could not see it. Only Vader seemed to observe this thing. His head slowly turned, following it to the window. There I could see a shimmer and only that. It appeared to be facing outward, then turned toward the bed.

Vader moved between me and it. Good boy, I thought, but don’t get hurt. Though fear held me hard, it didn’t stop my mind from whirring. Two thoughts kept repeating. Run or fight. The dappled moonlight from the window lifted into a full-on stream. The image of a robed figure, hood up, flickered into my eyes. It sensed my sudden realization of it and turned its gaze toward me. Green-hued eyes pulsed once, then faded. Its image shimmered with movement, leaving the framing of the window. I saw only one more thing—its smile—long incisors and several other sharp teeth perfect for shredding flesh.

I retained my position in the bed, certain that if I had moved or tried anything I’d be dead instantly. Vader growled still. His little head followed the creature back out the room, it now invisible to me again. All I heard were the footsteps as they left the room and then the door to the house opening and closing. Vader returned to normal. I still sat there, contemplating what I had witnessed. Who do I tell? Will anyone believe me? I think something supernatural just entered my home and left. I’m terrified.


Submitted: March 13, 2022

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Celtic-Scribe63

Its amazing how an audio track can intensify the read and give another level of depth to the story.

Creepy and threatening, atmospheric.

I may have to try an audio track with some of my stuff.

CS63

Sun, March 13th, 2022 7:48pm

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Yeah, it's a little tough to find the right sound and length to accommodate the length of the read, though. Do try it, though. I got lucky with this audio that all I had to do to use it was give them credit or attrition as it was worded which I did in the basic info section. So, hopefully, no copyright issues here.

I really wanted something just a touch more menacing audio-wise. But the title of it meshed with my concept, lol. Thanks for the read, Celtic.

Sun, March 13th, 2022 1:03pm

hullabaloo22

Oh, I loved this, A.K. Perfectly captured those night-time terrors, whether real or imagined.

Sun, March 20th, 2022 5:26pm

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I definitely hope you clicked on the audio file as well. I wanted to do some editing with the audio to create the sound of footsteps and the door opening and closing to really drive home the narrative I wrote but I'm not that skilled with that type of software just yet.

Glad that you liked it.

Sun, March 20th, 2022 11:24am

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