As soon as I dropped the phone I heard a ringing in my ears and I couldn’t help but close my eyes. The pain I felt was relentless! I opened my eyes to see a ring of in the middle of the woods. The fire was almost as tall as I was and it glowed almost a crimson red. In the middle stood a little girl in colonial clothing reading a book. I couldn’t quite see what the book was, except it had shapes on the cover. She put the book down and looked at me, smiled then went back to reading.
I close my eyes and open them again to see that I’m back in the bar.
“Andrew!” John yelled. Everyone ran up to me.
“What happened?” Angela asked.
“Did you get ahold of anyone?” Daniel pressed.
“Well I did get a hold of someone on the line, but it wasn’t too clear. A female answered the line. I told her everything with the best of my ability… then-“
“Then what?” Taylor asked in a concerned tone as she touched my shoulder. She could tell I was spooked by something.
“Then I heard what sounded like a roar over the phone. And then after that I was taken to a different time. I was in this ring of fire and she was reading this book and she looked at me and smiled! The next thing I know I’m back here.”
“Take it easy Andrew. I think we’re all a bit stressed out from the fog and the crash. You did take a bump to the head so maybe you’re a bit confused.” John said, looking for a reasonable explanation for what I saw and felt.
“I’m not surprised that you saw something young man.” Vince got up from the aged barstool, grabbed his green coat, and headed towards the squeaky door.
“Little Hope definitely has a deep and dark history to it. Not many folk live here anymore because of it. I suggest you get the hell out of here while you still can.”
Everyone began to follow Vince as he walked outside into the street to his bike parked on the light post.
“Vince, wait!” John reached out to him. “Why are you still here?”
“There are no demons to claim me, I have nothing left to fight for. It’s just myself and my roots. I have nowhere else I’d rather be. I’m not afraid of an old ghost town. You are the ones that need to leave. Don’t get caught up in this place. This town has claimed too many people already.”
Vince got on his bike, but turned around to look at everyone.
“There’s a road up ahead. It goes on a trail that crosses the old school and bridge. Keep going on that road. You’re going to reach a diner that has a working phone. It was nice to meet you folks, but please don’t ever come back to this god forsaken place. Best of luck to you.” And just like that, Vince was gone.
“We need to get out of here right the fuck now!”
“Please calm down Taylor.” Daniel said.
“Why should I? If it wasn’t for our crazy fucking teacher we wouldn’t be here! We’re stuck in shithole central because of this stupid field trip.” Taylor pouted.
“That is way out of line! I had absolutely no idea that the bus was going to crash. I don’t want to be in this situation with any of you either, but here we are!” John raved on trying to assert himself against Taylor.
“Even though it’s John’s responsibility to keep us safe, being nasty towards him isn’t going to help.” Angela said.
“Don’t get me started. Maybe you should both get lost in the fog.” Taylor snapped.
“If anyone thinks they could do a better job, step right up!” John stepped outwards towards the circle.
The constant chatter of the group began to swarm my head, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to say something.
To be continued….
(Disclaimer- this is a fan fiction from the game Little Hope. This is all for fun! All rights reserved, original credit goes to Dark Pictures Anthology! Bits of the story differ to offer originality and the choices you make can affect your outcome.)