October 24, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: A Night of Fright Ch.2

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novelSTACKS Creative Writing Team

A big thank you to all those who contributed to our latest story! Also, a special shout out to koalabearwhite16, aquahorse581, and dolphinadorable67, who all had parts of their submissions used in today’s post. Chapter 3 will be the final installment of our spooky story, so if you’d like to contribute to the ending, make sure to post your chapter on the Night of Fright: Chapter 2 thread.

If you missed the beginning, you can go read Chapter 1! And now, here’s Chapter 2!


A Night of Fright: Chapter 2

Plastic bats took flight and fluttered around her living room. Spiders climbed fake cobwebs. The headless straw man rose from his seat and inched his way across the apartment, leaving a trail of hay in his path.

Veronica felt light-headed. Suddenly, stars began to flicker throughout the room as it all went to black. She fainted and fell to the floor with a big thump.

When she awoke, the headless man was standing over her, offering her a chocolate bar from his bowl. Veronica jumped back, startled. She bit her lip.

“Timmy!” she screamed. Her eyes widened as her brother came bouncing down the stairs.

“Yeah, sis?” Timmy asked nonchalantly. “What’s going on? The movie’s so good!”

“Come here!” Veronica yelled.

She pointed toward the decorations as they menacingly approached the siblings.

“Is this some sort of prank? ‘Cause it’s not funny! Look at the decor! I nearly knocked down Mom’s vase of marigolds!”

“What are you talking about?” Timmy asked curiously, and immediately, Veronica knew he had nothing to do with it.

That’s when Timmy discovered his haunted house had come to life. He saw the floating ghosts, the flying bats, and the approaching headless figure.

“Stay behind me,” Timmy said as he stood between his sister and the menacing living room.

This is when a flock of paper ghosts noticed the boy’s entrance and descended on their creator.

“Run!” shouted Timmy, and the two siblings scuttled away from the frightening scene. Their socks failed to find traction on the hard-wood floor and the two slipped around the corner as if running on a frozen lake.

Hot on their trail was the headless man. The pair slid under the kitchen table. Veronica wiped her wild mane from her face while Timmy tried to catch his breath.

“What was that?” Timmy inquired.

“I don’t know,” replied Veronica. “But whatever it is, it found us.”

Timmy looked up to find a collection of plastic spiders weaving a web around the kitchen table, trying to trap the siblings inside. Timmy ripped through the synthetic webbing and pulled Veronica through. The pair was off again, running through their haunted house. The headless man blocked the front door. There was no escape.

Veronica pulled on Timmy’s shirt and the two headed back up the stairs and dove over the couch where Timmy had been watching his horror movie. Veronica pulled out her pink, diamond-studded phone and began to dial her parents’ number. But before she could complete the call, a plastic bat dove from high above and stole the device from her hand.

“Hey, give that back,” she yelled after the creature.

“What do we do now?” Timmy asked. He was shaking with fear.

“I don’t know,” Veronica replied.

That’s when the two heard another knock coming from the front door . . .


Do you like the latest installment of A Night of Fright? Want to help write the final chapter? Then head to the Night of Fright message board thread and post your ideas for how the story should end!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

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  1. jacky

    why r the games NOT scary if u want to know ask me? if u read abook about bigfoot tell me because im doing a research about it ok please let me know im begging u guys please

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