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It was a cold autumn night, though the smell of winter was in the air. I was just returning home from my best friend Mary; together with her boyfriend Kai and my cute neighbour Liam we had devoured several horror movies and probably a kilo of popcorn and chips. They had begged me to stay the night, but I had never been fond of sleepovers- I simply couldn't sleep well under a strange roof.
Liam had even offered to walk me home, the sweetheart. I had declined; I was going to be seventeen in a few months and big girls don't need escorts. That, and Mary only lived a few blocks away from me.
It was well past three in the morning and I relished the cold air, my hands deep in my pockets. As I entered the alley leading to the back of my house I noticed the garbage cans near the side of the road; one of them had been kicked over. I never understood why people enjoy making a mess of things, or worse: destroy stuff that isn't theirs.
My neighbourhood was alright, there wasn't much crime if you didn't count the occasional acts of vandalism by bored teens. I thought about this as I searched for the key to the door shielding our garden. Just as I concluded I couldn't even recall a single burglary the lock clicked and I entered the backyard. I fumbled a little with the key- it would often get stuck in the lock. After a few grunts and angry turns it finally released and I started to close the door.
I saw something black in the periphery of my vision, on top of the neighbour's shed. My initial thought was that it was a cat and I turned my back to it as I shut the garden door. Just as I turned to walk to my house something heavy landed on my back and I fell onto the ground. I had managed to soften my fall with my hands, but I felt a sharp and throbbing pain in my back.
I groaned as I got back on my feet and my eyes widened in shock as I realised what had just happened. Next to me stood a hunched figure, fully clad in black, a hood shielding his face from the already scarce light. My eyes locked onto the shiny object in his hand and I felt my senses heighten by the amount of adrenaline released into my veins.
It seemed like an eternity before I was able to turn my head away from the dripping blade and for my feet to move. I sprinted to the house, though it felt like I was running through water. My hand grasped the door handle and pulled it down. To my relief my parents had left the door open- we always left that door open and locked the garden door instead when I was out.
I entered the kitchen, one step, two steps. I hollered for help; called out for my dad, my mom, anyone to come and save me. I took a few more steps in and my next call ended in a smothered scream as I felt something sharp pierce my back. My vision blurred and I got pushed to the ground. I tried to scream again, but my chest burned and I felt out of breath.
Just as the person trying to kill me started to drag me back outside by my feet I realised what had happened: he had stabbed me in the lung. Panic washed over me, intensified by the sight of the bloody trail left by my body as I got dragged further and further into the garden.
I tried to scream again, but I doubted even my killer was able to hear me. I tasted blood in my mouth and that's when it really hit me: I was dying.
He had already dragged me more than halfway through the garden and I feared where he was going to take me more than death itself. I noticed the tree to my left and with every bit of power I had left inside of me I wrapped my arms around it and held on for dear life.
Even though my vision was blurred I was able to see the light inside the house turn on and a shadow hurrying towards the garden. Through all the pain and fear a little hope bloomed. I tried to call out for my dad, but I only ended up coughing blood.
The killer tugged on my legs a few times, but released them as soon as my dad entered the garden. It seemed like I had only been able to hear my own raspy breath and the frantic beating of my heart, but the sound booming from the creature I knew as my dad when he came running my way I heard too. I noticed another figure appear in the house, but my dad blocked my view as he knelt down in front of me.
He talked to me, I realised that much, but my world was spinning and my senses seemed to have gone haywire. I tried to tell him I loved him, but all I did was spray my blood all over his legs. I heard a different voice and noticed another figure appear beside me. A scream made my ears ring and in a way I was thankful that I was able to tell it was a scream. My mother held my hand as my dad stood up and disappeared from view.
I tried to smile to my mom, she had always been so kind to me. I started to grow dizzy from the world spinning the way it did, or maybe it was just the blood loss. The burning in my chest grew more intense and I felt lightheaded. I wrapped my hand over my mother's and closed my eyes for I was just too tired to keep them open.
Not to mention the pain. There was so much pain.
Perhaps if I were to go to sleep it would all fade away.
If I just slept it off it would all-
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