The Day of the Undead Sophomores
By Michael J.P.Whitmer
Act 1: Young Love
"Come on honey! We're going to be late!" His mother shouted up from the bottom of the stair case.
"I'm not going!" A young Cole yelled back, appearing at the top of the stairs.
"Why?" His mom asked, placing her hands on her hips.
"She doesn't like me!"
"That's silly, she likes you! Now get down here!" She pointed to the bottom of the stairs.
Cole took a few reluctant steps. "I wasn't invited! I barely know any of her friends!"
"Her mother invited us... We're going! Now grab your gift, and let's go!" The woman demanded.
"Hey, Amanda..." Cole said meagerly, staring down at the ground, clutching her perfectly wrapped present, which was his mother's doing.
"Hi... Cole." Amanda responded irresolutely, standing awkwardly a few paces away from the boy. She clearly had been forced to come greet him.
"Happy birthday... Here, this is for you." Cole held out the gift.
"Thanks..." Amanda smiled meekly, as she took the present and proceeded to unwrap it. "Um..." She stared clueless down at a pot of dirt.
"There're flower seeds inside... Tulips, I think," he scratched his head and shifted nervously. "It was my Mom's idea... Sorry if it's dumb."
"No," she suddenly said. "It's great." Amanda gleamed. "I'm always helping my mom with her garden... Now I can start my own... Thanks!"
"Yeah--" Cole began with an enthusiastic smile of his own but was abruptly cut off.
"Amanda!" Another little girl yelled for her. The birthday girl glanced behind her at her friend, and then back to Cole. "Amanda, come on! The moon bounce!" She persisted.
"Thanks, Cole." Amanda managed to mutter before slipping the pot onto a table cluttered with countless other presents in all sizes, and running off with her friend toward the moon bounce. Cole furrowed his brow, watching as the girl ran off.
She could have asked me to play, he thought as he slipped into hiding.
"Okay, kids! Time for cake!" Amanda's mother announced, and there was a cheer by the children. Amanda took a seat at the end of a long picnic table where a large birthday cake had been placed with six candles burning for her to make a wish. "Make a wish, sweetheart!" Her mother explained. Just as the girl blew out the candles Cole came out of nowhere dunking her head face first into the cake. The other children exploded with laughter, the parents gasped, and Amanda instantly started to cry...
So began what would be a lifetime of torture.
Act 2: Varsity Blues
10 years later
"Another individual has turned up missing last night. Loving husband and father of two, Burt Richards, was out last night on an evening jog when he didn't come home. Mr. Richards has been added to a long list of people that have gone missing in the last few months. The Mayor has finally taken action, issuing a mandatory town wide curfew for all ages until these mysterious disappearances are solved."