Haunted Amusement Park – Part 2

Jake struggled against the hands that held him tightly.

“Shut up!” Hissed Jerry. “You’re going to get us caught and I’m not going to play hero again.” He looked to the entrance, wiping sweat from his forehead.

“Who do you think he is?” Austin wiped shaking hands down his jeans.

“I don’t know and I don’t care. I just want out of here.” Jerry’s eyes widened as the entrance to the funhouse appeared to suddenly be covered in a blanket of gloom and despair. Jerry pushed the boys further into the funhouse. “G-Go!”

The boys crawled along the dirty floor as metal scraped against the floor breaking the dusty silence.

“You boys ain’t supposed to be here.” A low voice drawled. “Tis tres-a-passin. Now I’m going ta have ta teach yousa lesson.”

Jake shivered, slinking away from the sound. Austin yanked on his hoodie, dragging him along to keep up with Jerry. Dust swirled around them. The broken mirrors sent odd distracting shadows as they crawled along searching for a way out. Footsteps creaked somewhere to their left. The boys froze holding their breath in the deafening silence. Austin jiggled the floorboards looking for a loose board. Sweat streaked their faces and their breathing shallow as they crept along.

The air became stuffier the further they went. Jerry’s body jolted as he kicked a piece of glass. He stuffed a fist in his mouth to keep from swearing aloud. The footsteps halted and the boys dared not move. The silence stretched on. Exhausted arms and legs twitched as the silent minutes dragged. After several minutes, Austin dared to move forward feeling the boards again.

Suddenly mirrors to their left came down with a tinkling crash sending clouds of dust into the air. The boys coughed and choked.

“To hell with this.” Jerry pushed himself onto his feet, running blindly into the darkness. Austin and Jake weren’t far behind. Austin veered to the right. They lost sight of him until he yelled out in surprise. Jerry and Jake paused, groping around unsure of what was going on.

“Guys! I found a way out!” Jerry and Jake followed Austin’s voice until they tripped over his crouched body.

“What the heck man?” Jerry grunted pushing Jake off his outstretched legs.

“Shut up! There’s a loose board that I tripped over. You can feel cool air from the opening. Hurry up and help me move the boards around it so we can squeeze out. Jerry get that side, I’ll get this side. Jake look out for that creepy guy.”

Austin and Jerry pried at the boards. Jake peered into the darkness straining every part of his body to search for the man who chased them but the only sounds in the funhouse were from the creaking and breaking wood.

Jake hugged himself. “Hurry up guys.”

“Almost done.” Austin coughed.

“There!” Jerry yanked the final piece away. “Let’s get out of here.”

Jerry wiggled into the open space with Austin following in his wake.

“He’s probably gone by now Jake. I think he was only trying to scare us off.” Jake lowered himself into the hole after Austin.

“I hope so.” He sighed in relief when his feet touched the grassy dirt below. He glanced back to see a face with a ventilation mask break out from the darkness.

“Found you.” The man growled snatching Jake by the arm and jerking him back up.

Jake shouted out. Austin and Jerry rushed forward, wrapping their hands around each leg pulling back with all their might. Their hold on Jake slipped as their sneakers skidded in the loose dirt.

“Don’t let go!” Jake pleaded as more of him disappeared into the fun house.

Jerry gritted his teeth. “We’re going to get dragged in with him if we keep holding on. We can’t do this on our own we need to go get help!”

Austin’s eyes widened. “We can’t leave him! We won’t get back here in time!”

Jake cried. “Please guys! Don’t leave me!”

Jerry’s face hardened. “I’m not being taken by some psycho.”

Jake sobbed as he begged “Don’t let go! Please help me! I don’t want to die here!”

Austin shut his eyes, willing himself to hold on. “I won’t let go, Jake!”

Jerry’s hold slackened. “I’m sorry. I can’t.” Jerry let go and the momentum made Austin lose his grip and fall to the ground slamming his head. He lost his grip on Jake’s other leg.
“You coward!” Jake screamed as his whole body disappeared into the hole.

Austin rolled over onto his stomach. “How could you do that? We had him!”

Jerry gaped at the hole. Jake continued to scream “you coward!” until a loud thud silenced him. Jerry crawled out from under the rickety building, dusting himself off. He shot Austin a dark look.

“I look out for myself. I’m not getting killed for him. I’m getting out of here.”

“But what about Jake?!”

“Not my problem!” Jerry’s face flushed red. “Jake was slow and weak! I’m not! I’m leaving with or without you but I’m not staying and getting killed by that psycho too.”

Jerry bolted back to the fence. Austin crawled out and ran after him. He glanced back one last time, a rock forming at the pit of his stomach, before he pumped his legs harder, running all the way home.

 TO BE CONTINUED

Personal

Dreams overshadow the
Reality I live in
wishing to be free

Work is mocking me
held captive within these walls
wanting to get out

There has to be more
more than this 9 to 5 job
like freeing the world

Haunted Amusement Park – Part 1

The air was filled with the sounds of pounding feet on pavement. Heavy breathing penetrated the cool night air. Three figures raced across the parking lot, jumping the rusty chain link fence surrounding the abandoned amusement park.

Three boys doubled over panting. Despite the crisp air, a sheen of sweat covered each forehead.

“I can’t believe we’re doing this.” Jerry grinned from ear to ear. He loved the thrills life had to offer.

Jake shivered. “I don’t know about this.” He looked longingly at the parking lot.

Austin shoved him. “Come on. No one is here. We’ll just go in, take a quick video to prove we were here and post it. That’ll complete the dare and shut Steve up.”

Jake sighed. “Fine. Let’s just hurry up and get this over with.”

Jerry pulled out his phone turning on his camera. A red light blinked on the screen, notifying them that the video camera was recording. “We are here in the Old Winterview Amusement Park.” He swiveled the phone around shinning light for a moment on a dirty carousel about 50 feet away from them. The horses’ colors were dull and dingy and a few heads were missing. “Some people say this place is haunted!”

“Oooooo!” Austin cupped his mouth for effect. Jake shook his head. Jerry clicked off the camera.

“Come on fellas, let’s take a look around.” Jerry’s eyebrows wiggled up and down. He led the way with Austin close behind and Jake reluctantly taking up the rear.

Austin swiped his fingers at the cobwebs on the carousel. “This place must have been here for like a hundred years.”

“Ok guys, I think we can prove to Steve we were here. Let’s go.” Jake turned to peer into the darkness behind them.

Jerry jumped onto the carousel pretending to ride one of the horses while Austin doubled over in laughter. “You’re such a wuss!”

Jake huffed. “Whatever. I’m leaving. You two can get kidnapped by ghosts for all I care.” Jerry threw his head back laughing so hard he fell off the horse causing Austin to crumble to the floor holding his side. Jake shot them a disgusted look then turned on his heel walking back to the fence. Austin jumped up jogging after him.

He caught up and placed a hand on Jake’s shoulder. “Come on man, we’re just teasing. Right Jerry?”

Suddenly all the lights blinked on throughout the park. Jerry’s eyes widened as the carousel groaned and shook coming to life. It slowly moved, it’s off key music eerily echoing throughout the park. Jerry jumped off.

“Ok Jake, I think you’re right. Let’s go. Jake?” Jerry and Austin looked at Jake who stood still pointing at something in the dark.

“Did you see that?”

“See what?” Austin squinted into the darkness.

“I saw someone.”

“Stop messing around Jake, It’s just your imagination. Let’s just go so this scaredy cat stops crying.”

“I’m not messing around!”

Austin walked toward Jake to calm him down. “Hey we don’t think you’re messing around…right Jerry?” He shot Jerry a dark look. “It’s probably just a security guard or something trying to scare us off, but I don’t want to get arrested either, my dad will kill me. Let’s just go…”

Austin was interrupted by a loud metal scraping noise. All three boys froze.

“What was that?” Jake hissed.

Austin faced the carousel. “I don’t know but I think it came from over there.” He pointed to the other side of the carousel.

“Oh crap!” Jerry pointed to a lone figure, dressed in a maintenance jump suite, standing silently on the other side of the carousel watching them. As soon as they caught his eye he began to walk toward them in pace with the horses that slowly turned past him. In his gloved hands was a large shovel and a ventilation mask covered his face.

Austin turned to run and crashed into Jerry. Both boys tumbled in the yellowed grass. They scrambled up and ran further into the park.

“Wait up!” Jake bolted after them finally catching up with them inside an old fun house whose roof had collapsed in the back. He pushed aside the broken wooden door and peered into the darkness searching for his friends.

A pair of hands came out from the gloom; Jake yelled in terror. He tried to step back but another pair reached out and clamped over his mouth, dragging him behind a row of grimy, faded and cracked mirrors.

 TO BE CONTINUED