Truth and dare

Just a normal truth and dare game, with a dare that will change Alex's life forever.
In the small town of Hendersonville, there is one old castle that stands out with a mystery. Many people are seen entering easily, but none are seen coming out, and one particular dare sends normal teenager, Alex, investigating it.
He finds things no human will ever encounter in their life, and sees things no human will ever imagine of seeing.
It turns out the old castle isn't just a pile of old bricks, it holds a dark and mysterious secret that is hidden from the outside world.

Truth and dare will never be the same again...not after this.

Written in the !st person in the past.

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3. Truth and dare

When Max, Sam and I arrived at Nick's house, Sam rang the doorbell.

Max and Sam seemed to have forgotten all about what we saw, as if they denied everything, but me? I still had it fresh in my mind, everything we saw; the spiny branches from the scrawny trees, the dead leaves.

The Manor.

With the odd pile of old bricks and the chimney that did not look right from any angle, the manor seemed to have itself stuck permanently onto my brain with superglue.

When the front door opened, I jumped.

"Yo, man, what took you so long?" Max asked as he stepped in.

Sam followed after him, laughing, leaving me as the last person.

"You alright?" asked Nick, looking cautiously at me.

"You look as if you just saw a ghost, and I'm not even kidding." Nick said, inspecting me closely.

I hesitated slightly before I answered, and rubbed my hands together as it seemed like my palms had gotten sweaty all of a sudden.

"What do you mean? I'm fine." I laughed awkwardly and shifted my weight from foot to foot uncomfortably.

"Gotcha scared for a minute then, didn't I?" I stepped forward and into the house, and patted his shoulder on he way in.

He said nothing as I walked in and looked confused, but shook his head as if he was trying to shake the matter out of his head.

We walked up the stairs to his room to meet Sam and Max, and we sat on the floor.

I was still so wound up about the manor that I didn't hear Sam calling me, or even Nick throwing a pillow at me to get my attention.

"Dude! Alex! Earth to Alex?" called Max.

I blinked and jumped alert, surprised that everyone was looking at me.

"Sorry, I was...um...daydreaming! Yeah, daydreaming!" I pretended, trying to throw them off my trail.

"Yeah, right, Alex, you've been really jumpy since I saw you." said Nick. He didn't believe me.

"Yeah, just tell us what's bothering you." said Sam. He had clearly forgotten all about the matter which still sent shivers down my spine.

"No, it's nothing, don't take me seriously." I shrugged.

"You know what? No. Tell us. We're your friends, we're supposed to listen." said Max, sitting on a chair.

"I just...it's the manor." And that's about all I could get out of myself.

I didn't want to tell them about it, after all, were they going to believe me? I highly doubted it.

"There's more, isn't there? asked Nick, encouraging me.

"It's just, I can't stop thinking about it. There's just something about the place, and I can't forget about it, it's like it's clung to me." I continued.

"The spiny branches, with no leaves on them, no air, no wind, no nothing. Empty, it seems as if it's lifeless, hollow, but to me, it feels as if it's been killed or murdered or something like that." I said, looking around the room.

Everyone has straight faces. I thought they would have been laughing at me by now, but they weren't.

To be completely honest, I was confused.

They seemed to be enjoying the story.

"You know, it's just...I...I feel like every time I walk past it, it seems as if it's looking at me with it's hollow eyes, emptiness is just all around the place, and there's one thing that's there but isn't, even though it's an abandoned old house, but I can't put my finger on what it is." I said, looking around the room again, but once again their faces were straight, as if they had been frozen in the moment, as if they were captivated by me and my story.

I go on.

"Anyways, what I'm trying to say is that I just can't get it out of my head, I can't stop thinking about it. It seems like it's alive, but dead at the same time, and I'm pretty sure the place holds a secret." I whispered the last word.

"What secret?" Nick asked, and jumped alive.

"I don't know, but I want to find out, it's just that...you know...I don't want to go back there, but I do at the same time." I said, shrugging.

"Man, you are one weird guy." Max said, and got up off the floor.

"I'm not joking about this." I fought back.

"Ever since we saw that place, you've not been yourself, why can't you just let this thing go?" Max shouted.

"Like I don't want to let it go!" I shouted back.

"It's like you do want to be our friend anymore!"

"That's unfair, and it's not true!"

"You are so wrapped up in yourself to care about other people, like your friends? Us?"

"I do care!"

"No you don't, all you've talked about is you for the last half and hour!"

"Yeah, because you guys wanted to know!"

"Why don't you just go and see what you want to see so badly?"

"Because I do want to go by myself!"

"You scared?"

Max stepped forward, so there was only a small gap between us, and e was taller, so he towered over me like the tower of Pisa, and I looked up at him, trying not to seem scared by him, and the thought of me going back to the manor by myself.

"No! Of course I'm not scared!" I protested.

"Then go there by yourself!"

"I do want to!"

 

"I dare you."

 

I dare you.

 

It was said. The dare. The dare that we each promised when we decided to play the game the first time that no-one would say.

It was said.

The promise was broken, and there was no way to take it back, because when a dare was dared, there was no going back.

"What?" I whispered.

"You heard me. Do it." He hissed acidly.

"We promised never to dare that to someone, remember?" I asked, pleading with him.

"Yeah, I remember, but do you remember that everyone promised never to be an asshole in this group?" Max asked, his voice was still too low.

"I...please Max, don't make me." I pleaded.

"And now you're going to cry." Max mimicked me.

He turned his back on me and walked out of the room, leaving me and the others gaping after him.

There was the longest and loudest silence I had ever heard before someone said something.

"Dude, you know you don't have to do it, right?" Sam asked me.

"No, I do, we said we would do them, each of us, no matter what."

"I have to." I whispered.

 

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