Playing with the Devil (?)

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After Rani Stevens and her friends find a Ouija board behind a broken plank in the cabin wall. The quiet town of Edgewood would never be the same. Rani became a different person and one by one her friends went missing. One innocent question asked of Ouija board, turned Rani and Edgewood into something evil. Darkness fell upon Edgewood and Rani fell victim to its curse. Part's 1 and 3 were written by my partner Angellynn (who is amazing!) please check out her work!

Submitted: July 08, 2011

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(Part 1 – Angellynn)

Edgewood was a quiet little town. Filled with ordinary people. The majority of them were church going citizens. Rani Stevens, a seventeen year old high school student didn't believe in going to church, and would always manage to get out of going. Her parents were devowed church goers, and spent a lot of their time in church, or working for the church. That was fine for them, but Rani didn't want to give her life to the church or God. She had seen what a christian had to become, and what they had to give up, just to devote their hearts to a man no-one has ever seen.

 

The younger generation of Edgewood had bigger and better plans with their lives. Graduating school and getting the hell out of Edgewood. It was a boring place. The only fun they had was gathering at an abandoned cabin on Woolen Lake, near the outskirts of Edgewood.

 

The cabin was a place they could let loose and enjoy being a teenager without the

eyes of Edgewood stopping them from having a little fun in their lives.

 

Rani and her friends spent every weekend at the cabin. Playing their favorite music, drinking, and making out if they wanted to. Everything was going good for them until one of her friends found a Ouija Board in the wall of the cabin. Shelly was excited about it and curious to know if it would work.

 

She quickly joined the others by the fireplace, "look guys!" She laughed as she lay the Ouija board down in front of them.

 

They began to all laugh and smile, as they knew what it was. "I love this game!" Rani giggled and reached to grab it.

 

"I played this game years ago when I visited my cousin in Mississippi. But it never worked. I found out it was her moving it all along. But it was still fun playing with it." She shrugged.

 

"Let's try it," Darian smiled. "Maybe hers was a dud, hahaha! Give it to me." He laughed wickedly.

 

Rani, Shelby and Darian each place their finger tips upon the slider. "Who's going to ask it a question?" Shelby asked in a nervous tone.

 

Darian looked at Shelby and then at Rani, He winked, and blurted out, "Rani! You ask it a question."

 

 

(Part 2 – Forbidden – Me)

“I think we should all give it a go.” I said trying to be reasonable. The Ouija board scared me not because of the rumours I heard of other boards just like this one but because of the possibilities that I felt vibrating through the board that my hands laid near. It wasn’t really vibrations coming from the board but more like my hands were tingling.

 

“How about you, Darian? While I try to think something up to ask it.”  I mumbled. I already knew what I wanted to ask the board but wanted to see if it would be a dud. If it was I ask something else, something then the question burning in my mind. A question that should and probably is burning in all of our minds.

 

“Alright Ladies, let me show you how it is done.” Darian said. Hunching his shoulders and placing his hand upon the planchette.

 

“Ouija are you there?” He asked, waiting to feel movement. We all knew how to use one of these things from Shelby’s stories of her cousin and her cousin’s board. We waited sometime before Darian continued on.

 

“Does Rani love me?” He asked his hands upon the board but he quickly glanced at me to see if I was okay with this question. I was but not because I loved him, quite honestly I couldn’t give a damn. I didn’t love him not in the least but he was a good friend.

 

We all had our eyes on the board and we watched for movement. The board was quite simple, It had the words ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘goodbye’. The numbers zero to nine and the letters of the alphabet were on the board as well. On the corners of the rectangle shaped board there was a symbol of a heart, a skull with cross-bones, a sun and a moon.

 

We all watched in anticipation for the planchette to move. After what seemed forever the planchette dashed across the board to no, without a single one of us moving our hands. Shelby and I squealed in delight to see the board working. Darian seemed to be dismayed but I think it was because of the answer that he received.

 

“Alright Shelby, you’re turn.” Darian said sounding bummed out. My eyes caught sight of the window out of the corner of my eye, it had gone dark and it was starting to rain. It was proclaimed that there was going to be a thunderstorm tonight. Oh well, hopefully I will get to ask my question before the storm starts.

 

“Will I get to go to the summer camp next fortnight?” Shelby asked. She had been talking about going to in god’s know where but I knew that it would be far better than boring old Edgewood. The answer came quickly to Shelby it was another flat out no.

 

“This thing must be rigged. We’ve almost each asked a question and it’s only response has been no.” Darian said getting up in a furious haze. I ignored him as I heard the storm starting to howl. I wanted to ask my question and just get home before the storm started to get really horrible.

 

“Will we ever get out of Edgewood?” I asked without really thinking. I knew that we were all desperate to get out of this boring old place and graduation was only a few weeks away. What better time than now to find out if we were going to get out of Edgewood for good.

I waited in anticipation for the answer, while Shelby and Darian mumbled how that was a good question. The first thunderclap of the night filled the night sky outside of the cabin window. Lighting followed soon after and it lit up the whole cabin. My eyes were still on the board but at Shelby’s scream I looked up. All over the cabin walls were the words “Only one will get out alive” – which was most certainly not there before – in blood red paint.

 

“Come on girls, let’s get out of here.” Darian mumbled pulling me up to my feet and dragging us out of the cabin into the pouring rain. Little did I know how those words would stay with me.

 

(Part 3 – Angellynn)

The three of us were scared out of our wits. Little did we know, that last thunder bolt hit a tree next to Darians SUV sending it slamming atop the hood. The alarm echoed through the woods and screamed back into our ears. "Damn!" Darian yelled back to me and Shelby. "Get back in the cabin, hurry!"

 

No sooner did the words escape his drenched lips, another bolt snapped through the trees causing the top branches to explode in sparks of fire.

 

It had grown eerily dark, as we hurried to get the fire going in the fireplace. We scurried around to find as much kindling as we could. I managed to find several candles, when I noticed the Ouija board still lying on the floor. I grabbed it and hid it from Shelby. She was already scared witless, and trembling. Shelby never was one for horror, or monsters. Not to mention the thought of ghosts or the unknown, It would send her into a panic attack.

 

Her dad was the town minister. Her mom died when she was born, and so her dad was very protective of her. If he knew she was here with Darian and me, let alone had played with a Ouija board, she would be grounded for life.

 

I could hear her by the fireplace crying. I placed a blanket over the board and went over to her. "Shelby, it's alright. We'll get out of here soon." I promised, rubbing her blonde hair softly trying to calm her down. I could see the horror in her eyes.

"You saw what was on that wall, didn't you?" She gasped, rubbing her red and swollen eyes.

 

"I saw something. We all did. But I don't believe the Ouija board had anything to do with it. It's only a game." I told her trying to soothe her nerves. I knew she was frightened, I was too. And I was worried. Worried about what those words mean't, and who could have put them there. I had a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach, and something told me it wasn't over.

 

"Shelby, where's Darian?"

He wasn't anywhere in the room. So I called to him, my voice broken and shallow. He didn't answer. Shelby moved closer to me and wrapped her arm around me, digging her nails into my other arm.

 

"Where did he go Rani? Rani! Where's Darian!" She cried terrified.

I checked my cell phone to see if it worked. It didn't. I held Shelby tightly. I was scared, and I didn't know where Darian was, or what had happened to him.

 

I kept telling Shelby the storm would end soon, and we could leave. But deep in my heart, I knew this wasn't over. Those words meant something. Even if it wasn't the Ouija board, something or somebody put them there.

 

Shelby had fallen asleep from crying so much, and I was exhausted from fright as well. I nearly had fallen asleep when a scratching sound came the wall across the room.

 

Suddenly the wall was marked in bright red again. My eyes grew big as they rolled back into my head. I began to speak the words being etched in red along the wall. But it wasn't my voice that escaped my lips. It wasn't my voice at all. What ever possessed that Ouija board, was trying to possess me. What ever it was, it was angry, and I could feel it inside me.

 

I didn't know how much time had passed when I realized I was alone in the room. I searched the bathroom and closet, under the bed and outside. Darian and Shelby were gone. The Ouija board was gone, and the words on the wall sent me fainting to the floor.

 

(Part 4 – Forbidden  aka Me)

It was fun, enticing to watch the girls panic. To yell and scream that their boy toy had gone. Well he wasn’t really gone; he had just disappeared from their sight as soon as he had entered into mine. I loved playing games with the human’s their shames, their anger, their fear feeding me until I was glutted on their very emotions.

 

Shelby was an annoyance, to loud, to hysterical. I quickly feed on her fear before I disposed of her to join her boy toy, whatever his name was. However that Rani girl; She reminded me of someone, someone from a long ago, dead and gone past. There was something in the set of her shoulders, the way that she faced me with a bravery that could build her up or destroy her.

 

She had fainted though, like a deer in the head lights as the humans would put it. I drew an icy hand over her cheek. She was beautiful. Perhaps an angel? But no angel would willing take place in my games, take place in playing with the Ouija board that I guarded. She woke with a start, it was still dark but not for long. No not for long at all it was almost dawn and almost time for me to go but I’d finish the game she started before I’d let any of them go.

 

“Wherever you are! I want my friends back, you hear me spirit.” Rani cried. Ah that bravery, that stupid, condemnable bravery. I quickly drew blood from the snivelling Shelby’s arm and painted my message upon the wall.

 

I watched her as she looked onto her hands. Yes, I could do that, I quickly lifted the fog that covered her friends. Her friend “Shelby” I had placed in the bathroom, swimming in her own blood and her friend Darien in the workshop cut into pieces. No, I wouldn’t give her a chance to save her friends. They were useless to me and besides there was a lesson to be learnt here. There was always a lesson to be learnt when he dealt with demons.

 

I heard her cry as she found each one of her friends. Covered in my handiwork but she believed she did with her own hands. No, there was no point in trying to fix things now and besides why would I. She wanted to know whom was to leave this town and I gave her her answer. Only one. Only one was going to escape me, Only one was going to leave alive. Only one was going to leave this town, heading towards crazy town.

 

No one messes with a demon, little girl. No, the demon messes with the children’s minds. You wanted answers and you got them. Sorry you didn’t like them but a deal is a deal and there is no point in trying to deny, I gave you the truth that you sought in the form of the unnatural.

 

* * * * * * * * * * *

 

Rani was a mess. She couldn’t eat. She couldn’t sleep. What had happened to this poor girl? She disappeared one night with two of her friends and when we found her, she was like this; A vegetable. What on god’s earth happened to that poor girl?

 

The research showed that she was attacked by something abnormal. Something paranormal but all we found was an Ouija board, her butchered friends and the poor girl as brain dead as a vegetable with blood painted on her hands. Other than that there was no sings that evil had ever happened within the four walls of that cottage.

 

There was crazy talk all over Edgewood for a month after that happened, the mayor had to bury his sixteen year old daughter and another family had to bury their seventeen year old son.

 

The research showed us facts and figures, numbers and data but there was something that the research could not tell us. Something that no-one wanted to know or believe in. Rani talked a lot. Talked a lot about mumbo jumbo and witchcraft, demons and spirits but what could we have done there was nothing to be done.

 

The research showed us information but the research couldn’t show me what I wanted to know. What on earth had happened to that poor little girl?

 


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