Sunday, October 31, 2010

Motel 666

by Ray Nichols.

I was traveling across country to do a job when my van, i noticed, was almost empty. I was on a back road and didnt know how far it would be to the next gas station so i stopped at the nearby station to fill er up.
The guy at the register gave me a dirty look when i went inside and nodded to him as a greeting. He was a large fellow in bib overalls with a wad of tobacco in his mouth. He had grey hair and a beard and his name tag read "JOSH". I grabbed some chips and gators for the trip and went to the front to pay.
As i was leaving i saw that the sun was about to rise and i was in need of a nap so i went to the motel nearby and got a room. As i walked to the room i heard the store clerk outside talking to his pals who had just pulled in.
Apparently he had taken a liking to my gold card but i had been driving all night so i had to take a nap before leaving. I locked up the van and went inside. Locked the door and turned up the air and hit the sack. In no time i was out for the day.
Later that evening i woke to find Josh and his friends and the motel manager in my room and going through my wallet. "hurry the hell up Bill. He's waking up." "i've got it. Ron shut 'im up," the motel manager said pulling out my gold card. Then one of the other guys walks up and hits me with a wrench.
This time i wake up wrapped in bloody plastic. Laying in the grass beside a lake. The wind blows and rattles the plastic and makes my splitting headache even worse. Josh's buddies are standing close by me and putting on plastic gloves.
"Damn Ron. You tore his head wide open."
"what was i post a do, Frank. Give him back his billfold." Ron walked over to me. "Damn. He's still kicking." Ron kneels beside me and puts the plastic over my face and pulls it tight. "Die boy. Just die." I felt the plastic over my face. He was pressing down hard.
Stupid man. You cant kill a dead man, I thought. I waved my arms in the air cause that is what they expected. I Grabbed Ron's arm and saw the other people he had killed. Saw him and Frank laughing at them as they struggled and begged for mercy. Men women and children. Murdered. Someone had to end this. Now. I reached his throat and pressed the pressure point. Until he passed out.
I lifted Ron up and off of me. Frank drew a gun so I let him empty it into Ron.
"Thanks. Oh dont worry, he had it coming." I take the gun from him and put another bullet in it. He tries to run but I am not through with him yet. I twist his arm around and pin him to the ground.
"I am going to ask you one time. Where is my wallet?" He was sniffling and tears were rolling down his cheeks.
"Josh," he said. And that was his last word. I vamped out and drained him dry. The blood restored my health and I had taken a hell of a beating. I needed it and they owed me.
With the vessel emptied i licked the wound to make it heal. All better. I stood up and thought for a moment.
"Frank shoots Ron then self." I put the gun in Frank's mouth. 2 down. 2 to go.
Josh was in the store looking at my card and smiling when i got there. Funny thing about vampyres- we cant be filmed unless we concentrate. Same with mirrors. we have to try to be seen. Otherwise, we are just a blur. A ghostly image in the film.
"You didnt use that yet did you?" I asked but I knew he wouldnt answer. He stared at me and his cigar fell on the counter.
"Arent you dead?" he asked.
"Well yes. But then I have been dead for decades." I took my card and put it in my pocket with my wallet. Then I picked up the lit cigar and took a drag from it.
"Not bad" I said. "Steal that too?"
He reaches for the alarm so I break his arm then as he is screaming I break the other one too just to be safe.
"This is for all the other people you killed Josh. Its judgement day and i am the reaper." I drain the creep dry and drop him on the floor.
Then i carry the empty vessel to the motel room and go to the office to fetch Bill.
"Boy did you guys pick the wrong guy to kill." I grab Bill by the arm. He struggles so I break his arm. Then I take his other arm and lead him to the room and drain him dry.
"Payback is a bitch." I tell him as his heart stops beating.
Time to leave. So I bring in the gas can from the van and paint them both with it. As i carry the empty can back to the van to leave I toss the lit cigar back to Josh. The light from the bonfire is nothing short of spectacular.
But the night is young and I have places to go. People to eat. So I start the van and drive into the dark night once more.

They only come for you in the Darkness

It was a cold Halloween night, not long ago. and a young girl strolled into the woods. the moon was full and the stars were twinkling and she could hear the sound of the campfire crackling in the distance. kids playing and her friends laughing and telling jokes around the fire.

As she stepped into the woods, she heard crickets chirping and an owl hooting nearby. another step, and she couldnt hear the children or the campfire or her friends anymore. the moon was full and the shapes of the trees stood out in the moonlight. she stepped a little further in, and she heard the owl again and she felt the wind blowing her coat and hair. she thought she heard voices whispering in the woods, but all she saw was trees. she took another step and she listened for sounds. she heard the wind blowing and she thought she heard a young girl weeping in the woods for just a second. she heard whispers in the dark, and she felt something stroke her back, or maybe it was just the wind.

Another step, and she saw the foliage on the trees nearby. the woods were darker now, and she heard voices whispering something in the darkness around her. she looked back, and saw the light from the campfire. she felt the wind blowing on her face. she heard a girl crying up ahead. she heard someone whisper her name and she felt someone grab her foot. she looked down and saw that she had stepped into a vine with thorns. she heard a young girl crying up ahead, and she heard whispers in the wind. she saw three glowing figures in the darkness up ahead, for just a second. then she realized that she was just seeing headlights on the trees,... or was she?

The little girl stopped crying and called for help. she heard wolves growling near the child. the child screamed and called for help. she felt someone pull her hair back and whisper in her ear, "Join us, Lisa." she turned to see who it was and she saw a skeleton standing beside her, smiling, and reaching for her. "Join us," the skeleton whispered, its gold tooth twinkling in the moonlight. the wolves growled in the darkness now, and the small child screamed.

Lisa ran into the woods to get the child. into the darkness. to the weeping child. she ran to where the sounds were coming from and she saw a child's blue coat in front of a tree. she grabbed the coat, but it was empty. she saw ghosts and skeletons coming toward her. the woods were pitch black now. all she could see was the glowing ghosts and the white skeletons and, nearby, glowing red eyes. she heard growling, and then she saw a were wolf come to her. its glowing red eyes, and its bloody fangs stood out. it reached for her, and the ghosts chanted slowly, "Join us; join us; join us..."

Lisa gripped the coat tightly and ran back to the campfire. she couldnt see the fire anymore, and her fingers and toes were freezing. she ran for what seemed like an eternity. she could hear the wolves and ghosts following her. she couldnt see anything but darkness. she wondered if she would ever get out alive. then she felt something grab her head. her toboggan came off, but she kept running.

Suddenly, something grabbed her foot. she tripped and fell and lost her shoe. she heard the ghosts coming closer. and she felt the wolves breath on her cold cheek. "join us! join us!" the spirits called to her. she felt bony fingers grab her legs and arms. she saw red glowing eyes all around her. she heard laughter as she felt the hands pull her. dragging her into the darkness.

She kicked and screamed and shoved at the ghouls. she struggled until she was on her knees. then crawled for the clearing, screaming and kicking the hands off of her. at last, she made it out of the woods.

She ran to the campfire and went home. She couldnt turn off the light all night....

The next morning, she went back to the woods with her friends to look for her shoe. at the edge of the woods, they saw her shoe, stuck on a thorny vine. and a little further back was her toboggan stuck on a tree branch. they went inside and got the toboggan, but Lisa wanted to leave right away. as they turned to walk out, she heard the little girl scream behind her.

She turned around and saw the bloody blue coat lying at the foot of a tree, and beside it was a gold tooth. She turned to leave and she heard the skeleton laugh from the darkness. now everytime she turns off the lights, they come for her in the darkness. chanting her name, and beckoning her to "join us." but she will safe enough, for you see, they only come for you in the darkness....