A Shade of Halloween

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Chapter Twenty-Two

The next morning, the doctor came and checked on me. I really didn’t know what they were hoping to find because there was absolutely nothing wrong with me. The only thing I needed was to get the hell out of the state, maybe even the country. I thought of requesting to go live with my dad but I couldn’t. I preferred living with my mom and besides, I wasn’t just going to run off and leave her alone with the Serafino clan of murderous vampires.

“Honey, I’ll be going home for a bit but I’ll be back soon, and I’ll bring you some lunch.” My mom announced.

“No!” I screamed.

I saw her shocked look and immediately apologized.

“Please, stay here. They’ll come for you if you go home alone.” I pleaded.

My mom just smiled and walked out, suppressing the tears that were threatening to spill out of her eyes. I knew I had to stop her. I couldn’t let her go back to that house by herself. I tried to go after her but was stopped by the nurses.

“Let me go!” I screamed at the top of my lungs.

“The vampires are going to get her!”

I should never have said that because they just looked at me like I was crazy. They literally dragged me back into my hospital room and locked the door, leaving me alone. I waited for them to leave before going to the restroom and slipping out the window. It was small and tight, but I managed to squeeze through.

Thank goodness I’m slim.” I thought to myself, as my legs landed on the ground outside.

Well, I wasn’t technically outside the hospital, I was just outside my room. I walked down the hallway towards the exit door that led to the staircase. I walked as silently as I could, to make sure no one saw me. I was just two floors from the basement when I saw a nurse coming in from one of the exit doors.

“Hey!” He screamed, realizing I wasn’t supposed to be there.

Silly me, I should have changed out of my hospital gown before leaving.

I did the first thing that came to my mind which was to make a run for it. He simply pressed a buzzer he had on him and soon, I was surrounded by hospital security.

Stupid technology!

They dragged me back to my room and had nurses in there with me until my mom returned.

“She’s not getting any better, Mrs. Ryder. We need to transfer her to the psychiatric ward.” I heard the doctor telling my mom whose eyes were filled with tears.

“What? No! I’m not crazy.” I yelled at the top of my lungs.

It was to no avail. I was moved into an isolated white room that was so plain, it could make me go crazy from depression. My mom was crying so much it hurt me to see her like that. I finally figured that the only way to get out of there was to stop talking about the vampires – at least until I could prove a few things. I even thought that would make them let me out sooner than they stipulated. I just hoped the vampires didn’t get to my mom before I got out.

A nurse came into my isolated chamber through the metal door, accompanied by two other men. He was holding four brown belts and for a second, I was surprised. I realized what was going on when the men held me down and the nurse began strapping me down to the bed.

“No!” I screamed.

“Mom, please… don’t let them strap me in! I’m not crazy!” I yelled at the top of my lungs.

Again, it was to no avail. My mom just wrapped her hands around herself and sobbed.

“Mom! You can’t let them do this! The vampires are going to get me!” I had said it before I remembered not to mention the word ‘vampire’.

“I can’t watch this.” My mom cried, running out of the room and leaving me there.

I continued screaming ‘No!’ until I felt the prick of the needle on my arm. I heard Mr. Ross in my head, cackling with a cold laughter that made my skin crawl.

“She’s going to die and come Halloween’s day, so will you.”

His voice was clear in my head just like he was standing in front of me. I looked around frantically, but he was nowhere. The only thing that moved around me was the metal door which closed after the nurse and his henchmen exited my room.

Everything went blank after that.

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