The teens turn towards Mike. He takes a step backward and leans against the wall. Anthony turns towards him with his hand balled into a fist.
“What were you doing?”
“This was such a major backfire of a plan.” He groans.
“What gave you the idea to draw it?”
Mike shrugs, “Just found it in an old book.”
“What old book?”
“I don’t know. My great grandfather or someone had it. My whole family keeps them.”
“What do you mean you drew this? Today?”
“Yes.” His eyes widen, “Do you think that it has something to do with what is going on?”
“Yes.” Anthony lets out a deep sigh, “This symbol is an arcane symbol. One that causes inanimate objects to rise again.”
“Only one way to find out.” Anthony begins thumbing through another book.
“What are you doing?”
“Reading. We need to find out exactly what is going on. These journals date back for decades about what is happening to this house. It is time to find it. Maybe they’ll have something that will help us undo whatever is going on.”
“Do you really think so?”
“Only one way to find out.”
“Wait.” Jacob stops the teens from going to the desk, “Are we not going to talk about the fact that the house just kicked us out here?”
“What is there to talk about?” Mike replies, “Not exactly something we are familiar with. I mean, when was the last time a house just came apart and kicked you out?”
The teens turn towards Anthony.
“You said you had… dealt with this kind of thing before.”
“No.” He says slowly. The other boys stare at him, “Alright. All I know is the house got weird. Then just before done there were screaming. Afterward, they found the kids dead.”
The last word hits them as if someone punched them.
“Dead?” Val murmurs, “You didn’t say that they died.”
“Not something that I am fond of remembering.”
“Fine.” The boys begin to dig through the books.
A scream fills the air. The teens look towards the house. Mike tries to open the door but it refuses to open. The others drop their books.
“We need to find a way out. Now.” Val growls as he looks for a weapon.
The shack shakes and the walls begin to close in. The teens backpedal from the walls. The walls stop closing just before the desk.
“On second thought,” Jacob mutters, “let’s take a closer look at these books.”
“What? We’re just going to stay here?” Mike says as he kicks the walls.
“What do you suggest we do!?” Val snaps back, “The freakin house just moved us around. We can’t get out. We are being forced to do this.”
“Fine.” He marches over to the desk and grabs a book, “Let’s look here. Oh. I watched a house. It did weird stuff. Don’t know why. Oh, look another book. Another house. More weird stuff. Someone died. Someone was changed. More of the same. The house. Weird stuff. No one knows what is going on.” He throws the book on the desk, “None of this is going to help us! Now there are two girls who need saving!”
He kicks and pushes against the wall but it refuses to budge.
“Uh. Anthony. What are you doing?”
Mike notices that the shorter teen is flipping through book after book. He thumbs through the pages but doesn’t seem to stop.”
“What are you doing?” Val asks.
“Mike said another house.”
“Where is the book you were reading when you said that?”
“I don’t know. One of the green ones.”
He switches through the journals. He stabs down with his finger suddenly.
“This isn’t the only house.”
“The house. I always assume it was just this house that was being supernatural. It isn’t. See! This house is in Maine.” He switches to a different book, “This house is in Kentucky.”
“Okay. so different houses are acting strangely.”
“What does that prove?”
Anthony deflates slightly, “I don’t know. Maybe part of the bigger puzzle?”
“I DON’T KNOW!”
“Easy.” Val says as he steps between them, “Okay. So years back the house, this house, was acting weird. Police couldn’t get in and kids died. Right?”
Mike looks at Anthony, “So you said that this symbol was painted at the house?” He turns towards Mike, “And you said that you painted it today?”
“Right. Your point?”
“Oh!” Jacob says, “I see! You’re saying since the house hasn’t acted up since then. Now. Tonight, the house has come to life. And this symbol might be part of the reason?”
“Okay.” Mike looks at the pile of journals, “That means we need to see if the symbol shows up anywhere else. Especially in houses that are acting up.”
“Let’s get to it.”
The boys divide up the journals and thumb through the books. The minutes pass slowly. Jacob sets his book down.
“What are we doing? The girls could be in trouble right now. We need to go get them.”
“Maybe.” Anthony looks up, “But I’m pretty sure the house wants us to look in these journals.”
“Right. Fine. So we need to find it.”
“Yes but what if the symbol isn’t what… The house wants us to find.”
“Then it won’t release us.”
“The quicker we find the information the quicker we find out if this is what the house wants and the quicker we can get out. And to help the girls.”
Dani slides to a stop. She grabs her arm and feels a wet stickiness to it. She glances down and winces at the three deep gashes in her flesh. Looking around, she doesn’t see anything or anyone. There is only an empty hall.
After a few tense moments, she slowly stands up.
Nothing seems out of place. Nothing attacks her. She glances back at the room but the door has closed behind her.
Carefully, she picks her way through the house. It creaks and groans. Every few moments the house trembles. But nothing attacks her. She comes to the stairs. She hesitates, remembering what happened before.
A sharp whistle fills the air.
She spins around and faces behind her. The hallway seems to twist and turn. Orange light seems to flicker. It slowly moves through the air. It stretches and shifts as they move through the air. The very air seems to become to grow cold. Her skin shivers and bumps appear along the length of her skin.
Without warning, the orange light leaps across the distance.
The girl turns and races down the stairs. Her heart beats fast and a screeching sound fills the air behind her. The sound lends her speed and she flies down the stairs. She hits the ground with a jolt. Pain races up her knees and hit her knees. To her surprise, the air feels warmer.
The teen looks up and she sees that the wall has bent and blocked off the stairs. Horribly screeching fills the air but it is muffled.
Slightly confused, she retreats from the newly made wall.
She turns to go right but the door slams shut. The floor shifts and moves her down the hall. The girl braces herself and wonders where she is going. The floor comes to an abrupt stop back in the kitchen. The cabinets have been ripped apart and the food she and her sister had brought is strewn everywhere. Deep claw marks have been carved into the old wood.
Dani shivers at the wanton destruction.
The wall bends and opens. Chloe stumbles out of the opening and falls to her knees. Dani drops to her knees next to her sister. She is cold and shaking.
“I’m here. I’m here. What happened?”
“I… I was downstairs. In the basement.” Chloe looks up, “She… There were bodies downstairs. Animal parts. Bones. I don’t know… And something else.”
“You’ve seen it as well?”
Dani nods her head slowly, “It was chasing me.”
“Same here.” Chloe lifts her arm. A bloody gash adorns her arm now. Dani rips off part of her shirt and wraps it around her arm.
“I see it has been here as well.”
Dani glances at the kitchen.
“Are you hurt?”
“What did you see?”
“I. I found paintings.” Dani struggles to speak, “Paintings of a shadow creature stalking the halls. Attacking or just watching. It was creepy. Some of the writings… he was scared.”
Chloe takes a ragged breath and stands up.
“So we have a house that is alive, bodies in the basement, and some energy creature and or a shadow is now wanting to kill us. Whose idea was it to go to this little party?”
“Thanks, sis. Thanks. Can we get out of here?”
“I don’t know.” Dani looks around at the room. “I was kinda pushed this way.”
“The floor moved.”
“Same here but I was lifted out of the basement when I found the bodies.”
“Okay. So I am not going crazy. This house wants us to do something.”
A howling sound fills the air. The kitchen door shakes and rattles as something hammers to get in. The girls find themselves against the kitchen door without really knowing how they got there. Dani tries the doorknob but it refuses to open.
To Be Continued…