GENRE: YA paranormal romance
I should have left. I should have gotten in my car and driven home. I
should not have started walking. Alone. At night. Toward a haunted
Though that last part wasn't intentional.
The stadium lights glared at me. The trumpets' blares taunted me. The
northern courtyard was empty. I'd checked three times. They weren't in
the other two courtyards either.
I hadn't wanted to come, but my mom had insisted. "You need to step
out of your comfort zone, Holly."
Why she wanted me to be uncomfortable, I had no idea.
I should've gone home and told her I couldn't find it. The truth. Even
if it did sound pathetic.
I should've gone into the stadium and waited for the game. Alone. Even
But I didn't do any of that.
I took a walk. Walking never felt pathetic. It felt purposeful. Even
by myself. Even if I had no destination.
Gravel crunched beneath my feet as I crossed the parking lot. At the
corner, a bright orange sign tacked to a light post caught my
attention: Haunted House, Free Today Only.
The horror movie scenario entered my head uninvited. Lonely girl goes
to mysterious haunted house and winds up dead, or worse. Eaten by a
zombie? Turned into a werewolf? The other way around? I didn't know
which was most likely. I avoided scary movies. Maybe zombie
I would not be going to any haunted houses. Not by myself. Not ever.
Even free ones.