The constant thought of that strange kid bothered my mind to no end, Scarlett may have kept me talking and smiling but I couldn't shake this feeling of uneasiness. The way he had spoken, it was as if he knew something big was going to happen.
"Hey Hunter," Scarlett laughed waving her hand in front of my eyes. "You ok?" I gave her a soft smile and and nodded slightly.
"Yea I'm fine, I'm just," I paused trying to think of some excuse "I'm just still bummed about that trip." Shrugging, I sat back into the couch and turned my eyes to the television. Scarlett stared at me then gave me a light hug. My cheeks flared bright red as she released me and giggled.
"Get over it, Hunter," she teased "There's really nothing you can do about it." Finishing, she snatched my Ipod and began to go through the songs. Tilting her head at artists or songs she didn't know. While we shared similar interests in music, I always tended to find new beats and tunes to push away the same old, same old.
"Hunter, sweet heart, I'm home!" My mother called from the kitchen. I glanced over the back of the couch and returned my eyes back to the television. Images flashed by but I wasn't paying attention. There was just a feeling I couldn't shake.
"Hi Ms. Westran!" Scarlett said, now playing games on my Ipod. The soft clicking and 8-bit music floating from the headphones.
"Scarlett! Hey honey, how are you?" My mothers voice was chipper as a song bird, while she put away the groceries. Since my mother and I were the only ones living in the house there wasn't much to put away.
"I'm fine." Scarlett replied handing my Ipod back, she had beat the game in record time. "Hey Hunter I have to get home, it's Friday so that means I have chores." I nodded, my heart sinking that she was leaving so soon. It was only eight o'clock and I stayed up late on the weekends.
"Do you want me to walk you home?" She nodded, standing up and going to the door. I was a bit slower in reaching her, I felt like time was being dragged to an agonizing halt. "Be right back mom!" I shouted stepping out the door and shutting it. The sun had just fallen beneath the horizon, mixes of oranges, pinks, and reds colored the sky like a tapestry. The first hints of stars were starting to appear behind the shredded clouds as the night began to take it's hold on the world.
The walk to Scarlets house took us about a half an hour, few words were exchanged between us about the symphony of night. The lullaby of crickets and the hum of far away cars, everything soon grew shrouded in darkness as house lights flicked on.
"Here we are." Scarlet said, sounding a bit sad that the walk had ended so soon. I nodded and smiled.
"I'll see you tomorrow?" I asked, planning on asking her to the movies after we had had lunch. She gave me the thumbs up and walked through her front door. When I turned and began my trip back the darkness seemed to shroud me in a icy blanket. The hairs on the back of my neck raised, I felt as though I was being watched. I spun on my heel, looking behind me. I could have sworn I heard footsteps.
"You did." A voice chuckled to my right. I jumped back in shock, it was the mysterious pale guy from earlier. I sucked in a breath of the night as frigged air chilled my body and made me shiver. "Nice to see you again Hunter, took you long enough to walk your crush home." My cheeks and ears grew warm, how did he know? I opened my mouth to protest but he held up his hand, his pale grey skin gleaming in the night. "Tell me Hunter, confirm what I already know." The guy crossed his arms and gave me a look of power. "Are you sick of your life?"
I dug my hands deep in my pockets and looked at the sidewalk. I wanted to immediately protest and say no, but I couldn't. To be honest he was right; I was sick of school, home, the boring monotony and rigid same schedule of every day life. In a whisper I quietly replied, "Yes." The man watched me for a few more moments then looked to the sky, the silver form of the moon was making its rise into the black sky. It illuminated everything around almost as though it were day.
"Hunter, I want you to listen cause this chance comes once in a life time." A twisted smile spread across his face and it sent a tremor up my spine. "You want a more...exciting life, correct?" I nodded. "Then I can offer you that. I can offer you the escape you've always wished for. Transcend the ways of everyday life and become something you've never dreamed of." I felt my attention rapt to this man, everything he said struck a cord in my soul. It sounded perfect, just what I had always dreamed of...though my mind disregarded what I was to become. "Do you want that, Hunter?"
I stared at him, the entire world around me faded away. His words echoing in my head. Should I do this? How can I believe a guy I just met...I didn't even know his name. I shook the doubts from my head and nodded.
"Yes, I want to escape my boring, same old life." The man's eyes glinted and he was suddenly before me, eyes right in front of mine. A large cloud of black mist seemed to eminate from his pressence as he tossed me to the ground and pressed a foot into my spine.
"Abyssus Abyssum Invocat!" He shouted the latin words, his voice shifting into a cackling laughter. A blade pierced my back and my eyes shot open. I wanted to scream but no sound came out. Warm blood flowed from my back and onto to pavement. As the world began to grow dark, the mans face appeared before my eyes. "Welcome to Hell." He laughed, the world became dark and I fell into nothingness.