A Shade of Halloween

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Summary

Selena Ryder wakes up one morning to find a note predicting she’ll die on Halloween’s day. She passes it off as an early Halloween prank by her roommate but with each passing day, several creepy and mysterious events suggest that the note she received is anything but a prank. With crazy nightmares that play out verbatim in reality, Selena is forced to search for answers to questions that defile the very core of rationality. With each answer, comes pain, grief, fear... and more questions. As Halloween’s day draws nearer, Selena is faced with the terrifying truth that a vicious mythical creature has a vendetta against her. The scariest part of it all, is that this might not be the first time it has happened. Can she survive this creature?

Genre:
Mystery / Thriller
Author:
RobinTodd
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
43
Rating:
4.7 17 reviews
Age Rating:
13+

Chapter One

“Halloween’s day: The day you die!”

I stared at the note in front of me with a raised eyebrow and smiled. It was only the 24th of June and my roommate, Alex was already preparing for Halloween. I wondered when he snuck up beside me and dropped the note. He was usually a clumsy one, unable to stay quiet even if the survival of the planet depended on it. I could tell he’d gone out of his way for this ultra-secret Halloween mission and could visualize him snickering quietly to himself while slipping the note beside my pillow.

Nice try, Alex but you forgot a few details.” I smiled to myself.

It was way too obvious that Alex dropped the note. Who else had access to my room in the middle of the night? I was sure the note wasn’t there at the time I went to sleep. If it were, I would have seen it. The fact that I didn’t see it before going to bed ruled out the possibility of anyone else sneaking into our dorm room to drop it. Besides, Alex was the only person I knew who had no life. When other people go out to have a great time or stay indoors to take a beauty nap of awesomeness – like me, only people with no life A.K.A. Alex, sneak up on them and place creepy Halloween notes beside their pillows.

It’s not even October yet, for Pete’s sake!

I decided to make things a little interesting, just to show him I was capable of creeping him out as well. The best way to do that was to give him a dose of his own medicine and that was exactly what I did.

I got off my bed and walked to the reading desk where I kept my box of pens. I picked a red one up, and scribbled “A single slash of the throat” on the piece of paper, right under Alex’s writing. Satisfied, I placed the paper back on Alex’s pillow and smiled.

That should tell him I’m on to his silly prank.

I took a nice warm shower, brushed my teeth and stood in front of my mirror for the best part of the day - Makeup. I loved fashion in general but makeup was my favorite bit. Over the top shades of blue, red and black always made my day pop. I applied a double layer of eyeliner for the dramatic eye effect I loved and was just applying my black waterproof mascara when I caught movement in the room behind me from the side of my eye. There was no reflection in the mirror but I was pretty sure I saw something or someone move.

I turned around sharply and surveyed the room. My eyes darted quickly from one corner to the next, taking in the entire space within the room.

It was empty.

I shook my head and sighed. There was no one in the room with me, so I brushed it off. I must have imagined what I thought I saw.

I finished my makeup and smiled at my reflection in the mirror. Looking good always did wonders for my confidence. Since I looked great today, I was sure I was going to have a great day. After one final glance in the mirror, I picked my backpack up from the side of my bed and hung it over my shoulder. I needed to head out because my first class was at eight and the last thing I wanted was to be late. I heard my History tutor had zero tolerance for late coming and I didn’t want to be the first one to try his patience.

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