Down the Street

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

A boy goes for a walk, but soon he finds something is not quite right...

Down the Street

 

I am going for a walk. The sidewalk is beneath me, the road to my right, houses to my sides, and the evening sky up above. I don’t know the exact time, but it is sometime before dinner. It is still light enough to see where I’m going. I’m not really heading anywhere, just going on a walk. I guess it’s because I got tired of sitting inside and wanted to get out. That happens to me sometimes.

Walks let you have time to think. Something about walking makes your brain go crazy. My mind was of course on school. After all, we only had a week left. Other things floated around in my head, too; movies I recently saw, music I was listening to, etc. I got up to an intersection. The street I’m on is called Blue Ridge. I decided to turn onto West Ave, and kept walking. Another great thing about the evening is that there are fewer cars on the road. Maybe it’s just because of the street I’m on.

The angle of the evening sun creates a haze over everything, making it dim. You can see everything, but instead of bright and clear, it’s blurred and muted. I passed the trees, fences, lawns, houses, one-way streets. I walked on at my steady pace. Walking feels slow, but I was covering a lot of ground. I walked on and on, wrapped up in my thoughts. Let’s see, on Monday I have a final in 3rd period, so I have to study for that…

I finally came back to reality when my pants started vibrating. I reached inside and put the phone to my ear.

“Hello?”

“Ben?”

“Yeah.”

“Where are you?”

“Oh, I’m just going for a walk.”

“Ok, well dinner is ready.”

“Ok. I’ll start heading home.”

“Yeah, it’s getting late anyway.”

“Bye.”

“Bye.”

I hung up the phone. Now, what street was I on? I turned around and started heading back. I went back the way I came. West Ave, here we are. I walked quickly down the street. I reached the intersection. But the other street was…5th street. It wasn’t Blue Ridge. What was going on? I peered down the street. It didn’t even look like Blue Ridge. But this is where Blue Ridge is supposed to be! I looked back down the street, confused. Ok, I guess I’m lost. I brought my phone back out and called my mom.

“Hello?”

“Mom? I’m lost.”

“What?”

“I think I walked too far. I don’t know where I am.”

“Ok, what street are you on?”

“I’m at the intersection of West Avenue and 5th street.”

“…How far did you go?”

“I don’t know.”

“5th street….5th… I don’t remember where that is.”

“You don’t?!”

“Ben…I don’t think I know of 5th street.”

“Oh my god.”

And then it started to dawn on me. I don’t remember any cars passing for the past few minutes. No one was walking down the street. No one was on their porch or lawn. There were no people. I looked over at a house. It was dark.

“It’s okay hunny, just ask someone where you are.”

“Mom, I haven’t seen anyone. I haven’t even seen any cars go by.”

“Go knock on someone’s door.”

I walked up to the dark brown house I was looking at. It was wooden, and the porch creaked. I knocked on the door. No answer. I looked in the windows, no one. I went down the street to the next house. Then the next. On the 4th house, I tried the door. It opened. I walked in. The house was oddly clean and bare. First, I searched for people. There were none. Then, I went to the fridge. There was no food. Nothing in the pantry. Or the sink. No plates, no dishes, no cups. I checked the bedroom. No clothes. No medicine or soap in the bathroom. No one was even living there.

I walked out and stood on the porch. I was alone. There were no animals, no bugs, and no people. I was feeling dizzy and crazy. I suddenly thought of an episode of the Twilight Zone. It was the one where a guy wakes up and he’s the last man on earth. How did that one end? He was dreaming; it was an experiment. Was this just a lucid dream? Did I fall asleep in my room and imagine this walk? I used to imagine being the last person on earth and the fun things I’d do, but something about this place was…eerie. Maybe I was just scared because it was really happening. I got a strong urge to get back home, and I panicked. I got mom back on the phone.

“Hello?”

“Mom! I checked some houses and no one was there. The door to one was unlocked and no one was living there. I don’t know where I am, but there is no one here mom! I’m really getting scared.”

“…Ben, I don’t know what you’re talking about because that’s impossible.”

“I know, mom, but I swear to you that I’m not messing with you. I have no idea what’s going on.”

“Where are you, Ben?” She sounded scared now.

“I DON’T KNOW!”

“…….Ok. Just calm down. Ok? I want you to walk down the street and tell me the name.”

I tried to calm down and walked to the end of the street. “I’m still at 5th and West Ave.”

“Ok, keep going down 5th.”

I did and reached another street. She didn’t know it. I went further. She didn’t know the next street. Every time she said she didn’t know, my sanity and calmness crumbled. I was shaking. We stopped at the next street name.

“Ok mom…uh, what do I do now?”

“Wait, Ben!”

“…what?”

“I just remembered I can track your phone on the computer. I can found out where you are.”

“Ok. Good.”

“I’ll call you back, ok?”
“Ok.”

I sat on the sidewalk and put my face on my knees. I started crying. I never thought I would ever be this scared. I just sat there, waiting for the call. After a few minutes, my phone buzzed.

“Mom.”

“Hey. Ben…it says here that your phone is on Washington street.”

“But I’m not!”

“Don’t worry. I’m gonna drive other there and get you.”

Suddenly, I heard a voice nearby. I cried out and dropped my phone, causing the battery to pop out. I carefully looked around. No one was there. Oh god, now I was actually imagining sound, because I wasn’t used to the silence. After I was satisfied and called down, I reached down and reassembled my phone. Thank God it still worked. I called mom back.

“Ben?”

“Hey.”

“Ben, I’m here. I’m right at the spot where you should be. Where are you?”

“I’m on the corner. The street name says Oak. I don’t see any cars.”

“…So you’re really not on Washington?”

“No!”

We talked for a while more, then suddenly the call was cut. I looked at my phone. No signal. When I looked up, I saw someone. A man was standing down the street, far enough for me not to make out his features. He was just standing there, facing me. I was creeped out at first, but then yelled out to him. He didn’t react, so I started approaching him. As I got closer he turned and walked behind a house. “Hey!” I said and ran towards him. I got to the spot and looked around. He was gone. The sunlight was almost completely gone. I heard strange noises in the distance. They sounded like animal noises. Unnatural animal noises.

 

I got a bad feeling in my stomach.

 

Soon the darkness would consume me.

 

They were coming for me.


Submitted: March 17, 2012

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