Open the book.
Read the words.
Take the journey.
To worlds unknown.
To freedom of expression.
To your destiny.
Has End House returned to Oasis?
Our chanting had cast it to sea.
It can’t be back.
We can’t be under attack.
Silence fills the forest.
A cold breeze tickles my arms.
I follow the path through
a thick copse of trees.
The sky darkens.
A shadow looms in the distance.
I enter the clearing.
Seagulls cry and swoop low.
I halt by a deep hole.
The spot where End House had stood.
A hard shove
And I’m falling.
Laughter follows my descent.
I hit rock bottom.
A tunnel stretches before me.
Light at its end.
THE DEAD GAME CONTINUES
PRELUDE TO BOOK II
Terror has to come to our town.
Why the big unhappy frown?
The Dead are here to stay.
They have come out to play.
The church is burning down.
There goes our pretty town.
I am their leader, you see.
Bow down now and worship me.
THE DEAD GAME
The stairs are slippery.
Why are we here?
Why are we going down
to the basement of End House?
We should have stayed
far away from this house.
Only bad things have happened here.
Strange lights in the dark of night.
People lost within its deserted walls.
The next victims.
The door just slammed shut.
The floor is filled with water.
We can’t go back
but only forward.
The walls are shaking.
What’s that loud noise?
Cages are descending
from the ceiling.
They’re trying to catch us
with their pointy edges.
Circular saws are cutting
across the room,
looking for our heads.
We must make it across
the dark water—in one piece.
I can see steps in the distance.
A door is opening.
Maybe we could escape
from this hell.
THE DEAD GAME has begun.
THE DEAD GAME
Was End House really gone for good? Linda wasn’t so sure.
Their cars raced to End House, taking with them Abe and his family of warriors. At the house, they watched as sections of the beautiful house were ripped off by the vicious winds and flung into the ocean below. The trapped vampires were clawing through the remaining walls of the raging house.
“We must help them escape, and once they’re freed we’ll be able to destroy them,” Abe said, staring up at the house with his family members standing around him. Their tall figures stood steady in the heavy gusts of the increasing storm, their long coats billowing in the wind. In each hand, they held a long sword. Linda noticed more ammunition beneath their coats. They stood ready for battle. At least they are on our side.
Once again, Father John gathered everyone in a semicircle. While the Father and Abe chanted, everyone grasped each others’ hands. The house slowly rose up from its foundation—with its imprisoned vampires still trapped inside—and then ever so slowly toppled over into the water below. As soon as it hit the water, the house disintegrated into nothingness.
From deep within the raging waters rose the dark shadows of the freed vampires—who appeared more than ready to return to town to continue with their reign of terror. However, once the chanting resumed, the shadows were stopped in their tracks and then violently ripped apart in mid-air, their cries echoing eerily as their dark light was extinguished forever. Their remains were burnt up in a cloud of smoke, with their ashes scattering across the foaming waves of the ocean.
Almost immediately, the ground began to fill in the deep hole left behind by the destroyed house, covering it with grass and trees. Even the metal fence rearranged itself, leaving behind a narrower precipice. The next house built on that spot wouldn’t need to be so close to the edge, but it could be located further back in the forest. However, she didn’t believe that another house would ever be built on that spot.
As the ground closed up, Linda noticed that the left section of the house remained standing for a few moments before it also dissolved into the ground. She didn’t know if she had imagined it or if that section had survived in a transparent form before it had gone underground. She thought back and tried to remember if she had ever entered that side of the house. She realized that the answer was no; she didn’t even know what had been there.
She turned to Todd and asked, “Did you happen to see anything unusual with the left side of the house?”
Todd look confused. “No. What did you see?”
“The left side lingered for a while in a shadowy form, before melting into the ground. What was on that side?”
“Nothing much—the first floor had an empty ballroom, and the upstairs had two empty bedrooms. And…oh. There was a locked door leading down to the tunnels beneath the house.”
“What was in those tunnels? And where did they lead?”
“I haven’t heard anything recently about the tunnels. I don’t think anyone has gone down there for quite some years. There have been many rumors about the tunnels being dungeons where people were trapped and tortured. I do remember hearing that the door wouldn’t open for anyone.”
“Well, the left side of the house is now also underground in these tunnels. The dungeons could hold any number of evils. Maybe Tom and Edward—and possibly others, who’ve disappeared from town—could be down in those dungeons. Remember, we visited the tunnels when the stairs extended themselves below End House. It was terrifying down there with all those ghoulish creatures grabbing at us.”
“Let’s not worry about this now. Maybe nothing will come of it—and if it does, we can deal with it in the future. I don’t want to frighten the others more than they have been already.”
Linda nodded her head in agreement. Great, more secrets to add to our ever-growing list. She wasn’t going to sweep this secret under the rug. If Tom and Edward were trapped down there, then she was going to find a way to free them. She wasn’t going to allow demons to control her town and her friends any longer.
Time to rid the town of the evil vampires.
Father John told everyone to hold hands. After no one moved, he insisted that the spell wouldn’t work unless every one of them held hands. They formed a semicircle in the front yard of the mansion.
Father John and Abe began chanting a spell from the priest’s old spell book. As the storm grew stronger, a soft moaning sound could be heard rising from within the house. The faces at the windows were moaning and grimacing in pain as they were being forcibly pulled out of the house. They were being lifted up into the sky, where they were burnt up by the electrical forces in play over the house.
James, the supposed caretaker, came running out from the front door. “Stop chanting. You are killing my people.” He raised his arms and roared out loud. His body straightened to stand taller, transforming him into a younger man. He howled louder and projected his deadly fangs. “Leave at once. This is also our town. We’ve done nothing wrong.” He stomped toward them, his eyes burning a deep shade of red.
Watching the man’s drastic metamorphosis, Todd felt his own blood run cold. He stepped forward to face his new adversary and asked, “Do you eat humans or do you survive on animal blood? Was Wolf your leader?”
“We are vampires. Of course we need human blood. What happened to Wolf?”
“You are pure evil and so are your followers.”
James’ eyes turned blood red as he screamed out, “No” as he helplessly watched his vampires continue to perish before his eyes.
A loud explosion erupted from inside the mansion, throwing dirt and rocks in their direction. James burst into flames, with his remains slowly disintegrating into the ground.
Vampires, humans, and human vampires covered each other as protection from the flying debris. Luckily, no one was hurt.
The house was gone. All evidence of the mansion’s prior existence was destroyed, and in its place stood a field of grass covered by yellow daisies. Even birds could be heard chirping. It was as if the large mansion had never stood there in all its evil glory.