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My heart was beating a million miles a minute as I watched the scene being played out before me. The sight I was beholding was terrifyingly dark and wicked. My palms were sweating profusely and I trembled uncontrollably, biting on my lip to try to calm myself.
“Please,” a young, average woman pleaded, stepping away from the menacing man in front of her.
“I’ll make this quick,” the man responded, his lips curling back into a smirk as he closed in on her.
A shudder ran through me as I caught sight of the two gleaming, pointed, unnatural canines that protruded from his mouth. My eyes stayed wide open, no matter how much I wanted to close them. Fear incessantly filled my veins as I continued to watch the atrocious spectacle in front of me. It was like one of the car crashes that were so horrendous you couldn’t look away.
In the blink of the eye, the man was on the woman, and a snapping sound was heard soon after. A strangled scream escaped my throat as the body of the woman fell to the ground, lying lifeless. Suddenly there was a stinging slap on my back, and I jumped violently, twisting around to face the person who had inflicted the pain, ready to scream again.
“Emily!” my friend Leah scolded in a harsh whisper, her eyes narrowed in irritation. “Shh! There are people trying to watch a movie!”
Relief washed through me at the sight of my friend. “You’re the one that dragged me here,” I finally snapped back, my heart pounding a mile a minute. “You know I’m terrified of horror movies and vampires!”
Leah rolled her eyes. “Vampires aren’t even real, Em.”
“They’re still scary,” I muttered, leaning back in my cinema seat and glancing back up at the screen where the vampire was now devouring the woman’s blood.
I cringed and looked away, shaking my hair over my pale face so I didn’t have to see the scene. Leah sighed quietly and I heard her mutter under her breath, but couldn’t quite make out exactly what she said. Now it was my turn to sigh. She was the one who dragged me here in the first place. She shouldn’t be the one sighing!
“Are you okay?” a new voice asked quietly, making me jump again. I turned to see my other friend, Alli, giving me a concerned look. “You’re really pale…”
“It’s just the movie,” I assured her quietly, now hearing the sounds of fighting from the screen. “You know how I am with horror movies…”
Alli smiled knowingly and then bent over, retrieving something from her bag. She placed a little, plastic package in my hand. I glanced down at it, then back at her with a frown. “Your mom told me to make sure you ate these,” she admitted, putting her head close to mine so we wouldn’t be shushed.
I groaned quietly. “But I hate dried apricots and raisins!”
“Sorry,” Alli responded, a small smile of amusement on her face. “But they were your mom’s orders…”
“But they’re gross!”
“Shh!” someone from behind me hushed, obviously annoyed.
My face heated up in embarrassment and I quickly shoved a dried apricot into my mouth to keep myself quiet. As soon as the flavor reached my tongue I wanted to spit it out. Dried fruit was disgusting! But I knew if I didn’t eat my mom would find out somehow and scold me…. and then make me eat double the amount that she had originally ordered. I’d have to grin and bare it
By the time I finished the disgusting bag of fruit the movie credits were rolling. The lights came on and people around me stood up, heading towards the exit. I took my time getting up and stretching, glad the horror flick was finally finished. Leah sighed contently from behind me.
“That was an awesome movie,” she commented, turning to watch the credits. “Definitely got my adrenaline pumping. Perfect for Halloween night.”
“It was horrifying,” I responded in a flat voice, now making my way out of the aisle. “I’d rather be trick-or-treating right now!” This seriously was a waste of my Halloween night. “Why do you drag me to horror movies when you know I don’t like them?”
Leah scoffed. “I don’t drag you to every single horror movie…”
I gave her a flat stare. She grinned back at me sheepishly.
“Okay, maybe I do drag you to most of them,” she admitted.
“Mostly all the vampire ones,” Alli interjected, throwing her empty bag of popcorn into the trashcan by the theatre exit. “She makes me go to every single horror movie, so you should feel lucky Emily.”