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 ~ Chapter 2 ~

 

“Jack, can I please leave early today?”

Jack’s gaze darted to me from sizzling chicken patty on the grill, “That stalker guy following you again?”

I couldn’t even compare Jack to a hockey stick, the man was thinner than you could even imagine but when it all came down to loading large food cartoons in the cellar, he induced some kind of a power boost and produced muscles that were not visible to the naked eye. To put it very simply, he was a strong man forced into a thin body.

“Yes.”

Jack raised the greasy spatula at me, “You should call the cops.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Go ahead, take the back door.” He pulled the crispy golden fries from the fryer, “And steer clear of that man. He’s all kinds of trouble.”

I wanted to ask him what he meant by ‘trouble’ but that would waste more time and blow my cover not to mention, my Mission Ditch Clayton Black would be at risk. I’d successfully avoided him for nearly a week; I pulled those sneaky socks up, checked right, left and proceeded to step out of the door. 

“Guess your dodging skills are Epic Fail.”

I spun towards the voice, “Stalker much?”

Clayton grinned at me; his back was against a slick black Bmw sports car, hands dug deep in the pocket, “I’m not very familiar with the feeling of being rejected five times in a row, infact I haven’t even been rejected once.”

“I’m sure. So why don’t you take a hint?” I pursed my lips, I waved my hand at him like I was shooing a few flies, “Go away.”

He didn’t seem offended by it, not the least bit. Just the opposite, the bastard was amused, I continued, “Shall I write you a rejection letter, your lordship?”

“The farther out of reach you’re going to be, the more fun I’m going to have by chasing after you.”

“Why are you so pushy, Clayton?”

He smiled cockily at me, revealing a set of godlike dimples, “Because I like you and backing down without a shot isn’t my thing so I’m playing nice.” He walked closer to where I stood, “I know you want me to keep chasing after you. You’re probably enjoying every bit of my discomfort so here I’m giving you the satisfaction.”

“Did I mention you’re delusional?”

“Been called worse.” Clayton pulled the sleeves of his shirt upward revealing a large dark tattoo on his wrist. He kicked a small rock with the tip of his sneakers, “so..what will it take for you to have a coffee with me?”

I tore my gaze reluctantly away from his tattoo, “I’ll give you a shot if you stopped acting like a douche which also includes no stalking.”

“Deal. Coffee?”

I had thrown enough strings of insults for one day; I’ll keep some for later.

“Sure.” I noticed the tattoo stretched all the way beneath his sleeves, “Is that a tattoo?”

Clayton pulled the sleeves farther upward so I could get a better view, “Yeah it is.” It was a creepy skull which had a long snake curl out of one of the skull’s eye socket. I traced my fingers on his tattooed skin, “You like?”

I glanced up to find him quite satisfied by my gesture, “It’s Cool, a little creepy but cool.”

“I have another one on my forearm and on my back.”

“Really?”

He nodded, seeming too pleased with himself like it was something he should be so proud of, “Should we head back in?”

I led him back into the cafe and offered to make the coffee myself since he told me he liked the one I made best. Another of his tactics to impress me. I prepared the macchiato with good three shots of espresso and cute caramel heart design. I settled into the seat opposite him and pushed the hot macchiato and a blueberry muffin towards him, “Is this your kind way of doing charity?”

Clayton seemed at loss of words at first, “If by charity, you mean, convincing a beautiful woman to go on a coffee date with me, then yeah.”

I liked his blunt attitude; so far he’d been successful at throwing my queries back in my face. He didn’t seem like the bad boy I thought he would be but there was something else so different about him, “What kind of secrets do you hide in that journal?”

I reached out to touch the black object on the table, “NO. DON’T!”

I pulled back abruptly when he roared at me, the cheerful banter dissolved all of a sudden as his facial expressions paled, “I mean, I don’t let anyone touch it. I’m sorry; it’s a journal that has been passed on by generations.”

I nodded. What was I thinking really? Breaking into someone’s personal territory.

“I’m sorry, I was just curious.”

“Hey, it’s alright. Don’t break a sweat.” Clayton smiled at me, which was anything but forceful.

What the hell is wrong with this guy? He acts like a darn teenage girl with a pink journal full of crushes.

  I didn’t bother to ask him about the journal after that and launched into a completely different conversation which made the atmosphere a little lighter, I wasn’t aware of how much time had passed until I was told by the manager that it was time for us to leave. Jack glared at Clayton very conspicuously, like asking for a fist fight. I studied my watch and realized I’d been chatting for two hours straight. 

“The least I could do right now, is give you a ride home.”

“Oh that wouldn’t be necessary; it’ll be out of your way besides I live nearby.”

Clayton raised his taut shoulders up, “You’re pretty stubborn.” He back walked slowly, raised his fingers in a fake gun and shot it at me, “see you tomorrow.”  

He didn’t push me further about dropping me home which was a relief but then again, why didn’t he? Whatever happened to the pushy Clayton Black?

The roads were deserted and cars zoomed by occasionally. The trees began whooshing a little too loudly, causing the weird sounds to drift past. I picked up pace and began diverting my attention to what Clayton told me during our conversation.

“Do you realize we have stuff in common?”

“And what would that be?”

“I’m an orphan just like you.”

I smiled at his simplicity and creepiness; I could almost smell the richness reek from him but he made sure I was comfortable in his company, he even told me how his entire family had died in arson, ten years ago, the survivors being him and his grandmother. His younger brother survived but left the place after the incident, sympathy and remorse washed over me.  It took a dog howl for me to snap back from memory lane to creepy lane. I folded my arms across my chest, taking long strides.

“Abigail.”

I stopped short; did I hear someone call my name? I resumed to putting my legs into motion.

“Abigail.” Someone hissed, I spun around to find the road completely empty, devoid of anyone or anything. Empty. The street lights flickered for a second before plunging the street into darkness. The old houses in the opposite direction of the street looked vacant, like there were abandoned for more than a decade, the little gates rusted and the lawns unkempt and overgrown. There were even rumours about the dozen being haunted by angry entities that slammed doors and broke cutlery.

Yeah right! Like the ghosts don’t even have anything better to do then play with doors and cutlery. If I were a ghost I’d be robbing banks and helping kids cheat in university tests.

Stupid townies and their stupid urban legends.

“No Abi your stupid, you’re stupid to deny his offer of driving you home.” I muttered to myself, I tend to talk to myself when I’m freaking out.

The hissing continued to torture me like a mantra.

“Abigail.” The voice turned hoarse, almost like a sing-along. I watched as the swings in the nearby park swung on its own, the merry-go-round spun slowly letting the eerie sound drift through the silent night. Abigail, it’s the wind. I kept telling myself it was the wind doing it.

Yeah. Just tell me how a wind can whisper a name?

Snap out of it Abi, this isn’t a horror movie. You’ve been watching too many, it’s a sign you should stop now.

“Abiiii-gaaiillll.” The voice turned into a sweet chirp, almost teasing me.

“Who—who is it?” I found my voice.

The road stood empty, but my eyes halted on the little girl playing hopscotch in the middle of the road, her hair was a curtain of black, her clothes were ragged, “They are coming to me away ha-haa.”

They are coming to take me away ha-haa.” She continued to sing sweetly as she hopped.

“Hey little girl,” I was scared shitless, but I had to make sure she wasn’t a lost child since it sure as hell isn’t safe for a little girl to be playing hopscotch at night, “Do you stay nearby?”

They are coming to take me away ha—haa.” She ignored me, singing the song like a lullaby.

She stopped playing all of a sudden and glanced up, her doll like eyes weren’t pretty—they were vacant and lifeless. She smiled eerily at me, inclining her head to a side; she said “He’ll make them come for you too.”

I swallowed hard, backed away and took a run towards the general direction of my apartment. The girl laughed in a high pitched shrill voice. The more I ran, the faster the pace of the song became, tears clouded my vision, I turned to see the girl still playing the game and I screamed at the top of my lungs when I ran right into a muscular body.

“Please don’t hurt me. Please...”

“What are you talking about, Abigail?” I looked over at the person who held me firmly.

Clayton’s blue orbs regarded me with concern, his olive skin glowed in the moon light, I pointed towards the road, “There was a girl...there..”

His eyes darted towards the direction I’d pointed, “There’s no one there Abi.”

“I swear, I watched the girl play hopscotch and she sang the song and...”

“Okay, okay. Just calm down. It’s probably just a hallucination.” Clayton brushed a single strand of hair away from my face, “You left your handbag in the cafe so I followed the direction you walked in. Are you alright?”

“Yeah.” I nodded, not wanting to worry him more but I knew better than to admit it was an hallucination . The girl was right there. Singing.

From the looks of it this guy qualified as the kind who wouldn’t think twice before directing me towards the nearest lunatic asylum. I remained tape-lipped.

“Now it’s either you walk alone all the way or walk with me to my car and I can see you off. I’ll keep the choices open.”

No way was I gonna walk alone. The girl, whoever she was definitely seemed like the worst case of creepiness, Clayton was still a notch lower to her when it came to creepiness. He was a much better option, “I’ll go with you.”

He smiled at me, all too knowingly, his expressions still concealed with nonchalance and it wasn’t easy for me to figure out just exactly what was going on in his broody head. I followed him back to his car, grateful that he was stalker for once. I kept sneaking glances around just to be sure the girl wasn’t around anymore. The hopscotch marking had vanished, with no traces of the girl while the park stood quite, the swings weren’t moving on its own. The street lights back on. I rubbed my temple, guess I was just being paranoid.

Okay, let’s take a look at this theory; the wind was the ultimate answer to the moving rides in the park but what about the girl? She wasn’t my imagination. I mean I clearly lacked creativity when it came to playing out a phony scary movie scenario.

I’d go tell this to the locals, they’ll atleast have a bed time story to feed their ‘food hating’ children.

If I only knew this was a start.

 

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A/N: For those of you who aren't familiar with the song the girl was chanting, I'll just let you know that it in't something I made up. It's a 1966 song by Napoleon XIV. Its a pretty creepy song, you can check it out on youtube if you want. There is also a new fast version of the song by Neuroticfish. 

I hope you liked this chapter :) Would love to get your wonderful feedbacks on this chapter~ 

 


Submitted: September 16, 2013

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smircle

Jeez, and people say women can't make up their minds.. He's so.. irritating with his damn mood swings! I'm really curios as to what's in his diary.. or, 'journal', should I say; 'cause, lets face it- men don't keep diaries *rolls eyes* :P I'm wondering if the tatoo means something, or if it's simply just that: a tatoo. I hate when swings start moving like that! Freakin' creepy.. and the little child.. don't know why, but little kids like that are always used; and they're really spine-chilling. I forgot this was a thriller; I was thinking it was a romance for a while, but I'm glad it's not; thrillers are always a good read. I've never heard of the song, but I'm highly tempted to look it up.. good chapter, update me :)

Mon, September 16th, 2013 7:57pm

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I know right? HAHA xD It just gives me the creeps and that's one reason I avoid parks in the late evenings. No this one isn't entirely romance :) I'm so glad you liked this chapter. well, you can check the song on YouTube, it'll help you understand the way she was singing. Thanks so much for reading. Will surely update you :) Thanks again.

Mon, September 16th, 2013 1:06pm

KillMeOrKissMe

Its so creepy! it chilled me the last part of the story! I think Clayton slipped her something i just think he's a part of it! love it!! Must kmu!:)

Mon, September 16th, 2013 8:19pm

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I'll let you keep guessing ;) Thanks so much for reading :) will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 1:01am

KillMeOrKissMe

Like made her hallucinate!

Mon, September 16th, 2013 8:20pm

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I like you guess haha xD my lips are sealed. Thanks again :)

Tue, September 17th, 2013 1:02am

ChloeLMcgarrett

ahh that little girl was creepy and when you said about that song she was chanting that creeped me out too, awesome chapter, am starting to like Clayton, he seems hot and seductive, I like him hehe, thanks for the update and please KMU :) ~Chloe

Mon, September 16th, 2013 8:34pm

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I'm very glad you like Clayton :) Thanks so much for reading and your welcome Chloe :) will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 1:10am

Taemint

Is she a ghost? 00 Okies.. soo.. I loved it. Overreacting Clayton over a journal. That's always interesting to read about :D KMU again and again and again ^^

Mon, September 16th, 2013 10:44pm

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The girl? Maybe ;) Thanks so much for reading and commenting :) will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 2:10am

Thankyou001

OH MY GOSH! AFHDJFLFKHSHNDJE WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED? THE Hell just HAppened? WHy AM I EMotionaLLy unstable right now ? Clayton is just solo perfect like him & Rowan need to just marry me. A three way marriage it'll work in some state! Haha omg but why is he so bad ass with a cool tattoo. Can he just be real ? HE CAN STALK ME ANYDAY! ILL probably be the one stalking him but oh well ! But holy shizznit that scene was so creepy I just imagined it in my head like it was a movie..... Scared so bad now omfg I can't go to sleeep why? And was he sure it was just to return the bag?was that his real motive to seeing her? What doea she have that i dont? *Cries hystericallyand turns into a manical laughter* Is he like a possessive Demon or something ? Or ghost? Wizard? Half-Blood? Anything? Give me a hint I wannna guuuuuessss. Enjoyed it like usual (': KMU KMU KMU KMU :3

Mon, September 16th, 2013 11:10pm

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HAHAHA LOL Yeah it'll probably work in some state ;) Oh I wish he was real. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it :D This comment totally made my day. well, I'll let Clayton know that you want to be stalked, he'll probably be glad to oblige ;) Your questions will be hopefully answered in the upcoming chapters. There's already a hint in the chapter I think. Thanks so much for reading. Will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 2:15am

Aniqa

Woah is this gonna be a horror novel omg?? :O this is soo cool! i have a bad idea about Clayton.I have a feeling hes the bad guy omg. KMU!

Mon, September 16th, 2013 11:12pm

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Horror/ thriller with a bit of romance :) Thanks so much for reading and commenting. will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 2:16am

lovepoetryandbooks

I totally love that song. When I was little my brother used to scare the living daylights out of me with it. He thought it was hilarious. I of course didn't. But I really like the way that you put it into this story. I am really starting to wonder what Clayton is and he is super freaking where his diary is concerned. Is it aliens, a sect, cult or what? I am really starting to get curious. You have to spill the beans soon. Kmu :D

Tue, September 17th, 2013 1:40am

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LOL my sister did that to me until now. she would set it as her ringtone and make sure it rings at midnight *sigh* HAHA. Hmm, you'll find out who/ what he is in the upcoming chapters. Thanks so much for reading. will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 2:48am

Sarahh365

Literally this is so good! I love this so much! Clayton is SO CREEPY, omg. A few errors: "And stir clear from that man"- "And steer clear from that mean" and I think when you say Mission Ditch Clayton Black you should capitalize the ditch because it's a appropriate for a mission name like that. Other than those things, this was a perfect chapter and I am eagerly awaiting more!

Tue, September 17th, 2013 2:42am

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I'm so glad you like it :D No no it isn't supposed to be mean, The 'Man' isn't an error. Jack meant by that statement that she should 'stay away' from him. Oh Okay I'll capitalize the Ditch word :) Thanks for pointing it out and Thanks so much for reading. will be updating soon~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 2:51am

mckee

First who is crazy enough to go to a little girl in the middle of the street playing hop scoutch and calling your name and also singing a creepy song. Does anyone watch horror movies anymore. You don't go in the creepy house or the dark room and exspecially don't walk up to a creepy stranger. I wouldn't be the girl that did something crazy like that Not me no way. I would have left that girl there to get ran over or something. She wouldn't take me alive. Or be the cause of my lack of sleep. Anyways awesome chapter. Loved it. Oh and Clayton needs to get his creepy button some where. Gosh people just watch a scathe movie. The hot guy is always the murderer. *I shake my head at clueless people*. Anyways kmu!!!!!! Keep up the good work. :D

Tue, September 17th, 2013 3:27am

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No the girl playing wasn't the one calling her name. HAHA. Abigail just thought it was weird for a little girl to be playing at night so she wanted to check if she wasn't a lost child. Thanks so much for reading xD will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 3:59am

MissWordsmith

Wow, call this intrigue! Clayton doesn't...how to put this?
He's a bit like a wolf in sheep's clothing, and Abi suspects this. I looked up the song...and yeah, it's really weird and reminds me of the movie IT. (HATE that movie!)
Anyways, WTH is with that girl? Is she, like, the long-lost sister of Clayton that always annoyed him so he killed her or something? I don't know!!?? More woman! ;) KMU - literally! I need to see a little '3' next to the 'Chapters:'!
Great job and if Clayton even BREATHES on Abi, can you kick his arse for me? haha.
Have a great day Kash!

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:28am

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Wolf in sheep's clothing? xD I love that. I haven't watched that movie yet. LOL. That's a good guess ;) and sure. Thanks so much for reading. You too have a wonderful day :)

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:04am

Complicated Girl

Alright I'll check the song but that was really creepy. KMU :)

Tue, September 17th, 2013 5:26am

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Thanks so much for reading :) sure check it out and let me know what you think. will surely keep you updated~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:05am

city-lights

Omg! Amazing chapter! It just makes me wonder more who Clayton is and what is he hiding in that journal of his. Oh My! That girl was sooo creepy and gave me the shivers, and then she vanished?! :O Awwh, Clayton is also an orphan? Awwh thats really sad. :( Beautifully written chapter, as always. :) I wonder what is going on...i cannot wait for more. Please Kmu! :)

Tue, September 17th, 2013 6:00am

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You'll soon find out who he is and even about the journal. Yes Ikky, Clayton is also an orphan. Thanks for the wonderful comment :) will surely KYU~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:06am

OtakuBookworm

Wow this song was... creepy...! VERY interesting plot I'm looking foward for the next chapter!!!

Tue, September 17th, 2013 6:09am

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Thanks so much for reading :) will look forward to your responses~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:07am

OtakuBookworm

Wrong... the lyrics are creepy the song is strange...XD

Tue, September 17th, 2013 6:13am

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HAHA Okay :) Thanks again ~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:07am

peacemaker06

Well that was as spooky as hell my friend, you built up the creepy atmosphere with precision before the little girl starting singing her creepy song and looking creepy as. the picture at the top was spooky as too! your description of the whole ordeal was brilliant and genuinely scared me, so well done. I could understand why Abigail ran into Clayton's arms and I am very suspicious that he orchestrated the entire thing! if not orchestrated, instigated as the girl made reverence to him I assume by saying "he'll make them come for you too". either way he's creepy as too and reminds me of Dracula on this movie trailer. now I know you said that he isn't a vampire but he certainly is unique.
http://youtu.be/k0_p0EfnFHE
I liked the way Jack was looking out for her too and I was hoping that he might put a laxative into clayton's food lol after this chapter I believe his journal is really a spell book that can conjure up evil creatures from the depths of hell or something? once again well done my friend, a superbly spooky chapter and I can't wait for the next instalment...Cheers Dino

Tue, September 17th, 2013 7:01am

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WOW that is HUGE xD Thank You so much!!! This comment totally brightened my day. I'm very glad you found it spooky :) well, you'll soon find out what Clayton is upto but I like your guesses. LOL I checked it out and sure I laughed imagining Clayton as the guy from the Hotel Transylvania movie haha. totally dope xD HAHAHA no he didn't get a chance of doing that. my lips are sealed. Thanks so much again. It means alot that you liked reading it. The next chapter will be out soon~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:15am

Charlmes

O.M.G., this is just splendid! Suspense-suspense-suspense! Don't hint me on any of this but my thoughts are that Clayton, is a murder or demon; The journal is where he keeps drawings of all of the people he had murdered. Clayton makes such a great creepster--"Been called worse", shows those signs. Once a romantic first chapter, slowly turned into a horror novel; it really took me by surprise. So much envy written all over my face; one could mistake it as sheer jealousy! I love it. xxx

Tue, September 17th, 2013 9:18am

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No I'm not hinting you on anything. That's another Awesome guess, I might start taking ideas from you for the novel haha xD Oh why envy? Your a GREAT writer yourself :) haha that's sweet of you. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:18am

Gladys Graham

OMG! you made me crave for Macchiato, now I'm waiting to get out and have one myself. :) Anyway, I bet it's the Book of Shadows, which the wiccans carry around with them. Isn't it? And I was just mumbling to myself 'How creepy he could get', and then this girl was totally creepy and TRIPLE times creepier. and wow, who knew walking in the middle of the night would be so creepy? I LOVED this chapter! So I'm gonna hit Like, because it's totally deserved it.

Tue, September 17th, 2013 1:59pm

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LOL xD HAHA I'll let you keep guessing and it's just a journal. All your questions will be answered in the upcoming chapters. Thanks so much for reading and liking it :) It means alot.

Tue, September 17th, 2013 9:53am

Pari Srivastava

Wow, now i'm even more interested!!
Your guy ;-) well your guy is having so
many mood swings , it makes me wonder
whats going on in his mind ( which means
your mind) . And i don't want to spoil the
fun by asking questions but atleast tell me
this. Is there any supernatural stuff involved,
of any kind,in anyway??? And yes, you are an
amazing writer :-) :-)

Tue, September 17th, 2013 2:11pm

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I like how you keep addressing Clayton as my guy ;) haha. LOL Yes, there is supernatural stuff in this one. Thanks so much!!! It means alot to me xD

Tue, September 17th, 2013 9:59am

FrootLoop246

"Stir clear from that man"..It should be steer clear of that man...And oh wow! that was so creepy! Kids can be totally scary when written so. I'm starting to sort of like Clayton now. He's hot, that's for sure. And that tat?? Yum. Haha. KMU!

Tue, September 17th, 2013 4:53pm

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Okay :) Thanks for letting me know, I'll make the necessary change. I know right? I like tattoos too though I don't have one lol. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. will surely KYU~

Tue, September 17th, 2013 10:03am

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