I always like to post a dark story for Halloween. Enjoy!
When she heard the cry of wolves in the distance, Amy closed her eyes and kept quiet. She already knew nobody else could hear them. Her parents said they believed her. They took her to counseling, and had her hearing checked. Friends found it novel at first, but soon stopped sympathizing with her little quirk. In the end, people became impatient, even accusing her of making it up to get attention. College was hard enough without feeling isolated and weird.
Lately, the howls had grown louder and more frequent, which just made things worse. One afternoon, she stopped studying, covered her face with her hands, and just listened. It didn’t matter what people in the library thought of her. She sort of hated them all anyway.
This time, it sounded different. She felt a message being communicated by the wail. This voice wanted her to go to it.
Amy picked up her things and shoved them into her backpack. As she walked toward the entrance, the sound grew quieter. The autumn wind flowed over her as she entered the sunlight. At the first intersection, she went north toward her apartment and felt the ululations growing. When she went west, they softened. She turned around and the mystical sound seemed to hit her in the face. For the first time the chorus made her feel wanted instead of lonely.
It led her out of the university into the foothills. She kept walking along the trail through scrub oak and pines, passing a few other hikers as the sun set. The voices sank when the path turned back toward the city, so she followed them off the road. Climbing a grassy hill, she found herself on the crest.
Stars filled the night sky and she cursed the nearby lights blocking some of this magnificent show. Amy searched every direction for the wolves that had been calling her for so long. Their summons quiet now, she shivered in the brisk breeze. Doubt seeped in and she crossed her arms. Was she crazy? Had her mind cracked and led her out here to the middle of nowhere in the dark of night for nothing? Still, she felt good. This place felt right.
As the last sunset light faded, the tips of the mountains to the east, took on a yellow glow. Tonight would be a full moon. The thought thrilled her, in a strange way. She felt like pulling the legs off of bugs and pouring soda-pop into her dad’s computer keyboard.
As the edge of the bright disk came into view, her lungs burned. Her stomach cramped and her lower back ached. It scared her at first, but once she realized it was something inside her trying to get out, she calmed. She set her pack down and sat near it feeling the emotional and physical tug speeding up her heart. She took deep breaths as the disc rose higher into the sky.
Suddenly she knew. This October moon was the signal, calling her to a remote place where they could be alone together. She flexed her arms and stomach, repressing the gnawing inside. A monster lurked there, and it wanted out. She knew it as clearly as she knew her own name. It wanted to run and hunt and kill.
Also she understood she she a choice. The beast could be held in. She could turn away and hide from the transforming light and keep the creature inside forever, just as she was doing now. Her life could be normal.
Yearning welled up inside her. This lunatic orb promised exhilaration if she just leant it a little control. She could stop being a marginalized girl and turn into a force of nature. People would die. Probably the people she’d passed on the path up here would be first.
Another pang in her gut made her wince, but when she opened her eyes, it had turned to a smile. This power would be worth the cost. She tipped her head back and let the moon take over.
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