What have I gotten myself into?

I hesitantly tiptoe over to Dylan, avoiding thick shards of glass. Dylan is busy rummaging through a cardboard box in the corner of the room, instead of tending to his unconscious brother. I crouch next to Etan, gripping his shoulders in an attempt to move him upright. He’s a lot heavier than I expect. 

“Be careful, lightweight,” Dylan says as Etan’s body drops out of my arms. He drags Etan onto the closest chair and proceeds to tie his hands back with a line of rope. This is what I get for being nice.

“Were you a boy scout or something?”  

“Uh, sure. Let’s go with that.”

“Is all of this necessary?” I ask while he continues to restrain Etan’s torso and legs. The panic in his eyes tell me that it certainly is.

“Listen, I don’t know what this buruburu thing is, but I’m not dying today.” 

I roll my eyes at the thought of Etan having the moxie or physical strength to hurt anyone. Better to be safe than sorry, I suppose.

As I inspect Etan for any strange behavior, a sudden tremor runs through his body. Gasping for air, his neck rolls back and snaps forward. He twists and writhes about, struggling to escape from the restraints. If I wasn’t scared out of my mind, I would thank Dylan for his precautions. I have never seen Etan like this. Telling from Dylan’s reaction, neither has he.

“Why is he doing that? Is it the ghost?” I can’t help but glare at him. Didn’t I just tell say that? “Talk to him or something!” he barks. 

“Etan, calm down. Your obnoxious brother won't stop yelling at me." 

“Is he... growling?”

Dylan’s jaw swung open in a mix of awe and terror. His only response is an vicious grunt. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice one of the knots around Etan’s wrists is loose. 


The word gets caught in my throat and barely passes my lips. I’m not one to freeze under pressure, but this is a whole new realm of dread that I’ve never experienced before. Luckily, Dylan heard my warning and sped out the door, pulling me with him. My brain shifts from fear to survival mode. We aren’t dealing with Etan anymore. The buruburu has taken over.

The End

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