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Do Not Tell Anyone

I heard something late at night coming from my living room. My sister and parents were all asleep, it couldn’t have been them. I slowly opened my door and crept out into the living room. I thought it was one of my cats, or maybe my dog was trying to break out of its crate. I was wrong, I was so wrong.

It was tall and shadowy, with large antlers, and it was standing in front of the fish tank. With its long fingers it grabbed a fish and set it in its mouth. It didn’t chew, it just let the fish slide down its throat.

It turned around to look at me. It smiled largely, its eyes a white static mesh as it put one of its fingers to its mouth as if it were trying to shush me. It disappeared into the darkness.

I began running to my parent’s room, screaming their names. Time seemed to slow down every second. I tripped on seemingly nothing and looked at the floor where the words "Don’t Tell Anyone" were etched into the wood. I got back up and kept running.

Every step felt heavy, my heart began to beat harder and harder. My forehead was sweating more and more. I couldn’t hear my screams. My dog was barking, my cats were screaming, the world was spinning. The door seemed to get farther and farther away. I felt like I was running for hours before I finally touched the door.

I grabbed the doorknob and everything stopped. I let out a sigh of relief until its hand crept up my shoulder. It sent a shiver down my spine. I refused to turn around and look at its horrible face. It whispered, “Don’t Tell Anyone.” Those words kept echoing in my head.

It got louder and louder the longer I hesitated, pounding at my brain over and over again. I couldn’t take it anymore I turned the doorknob and pushed myself into the room.

My mother was already up in her robe. She must’ve seen my terrified face as she opened up her arms. I ran into her arms crying and telling her what I saw. The further into my story I went, the stronger her hug got. She patted me on the back. “It’s going to be okay.

Just remember your grandpa’s advice. Don’t tell anyone. '' Her grip got tighter, I looked up at her face in horror as she showed off a wicked grin with cold, uncaring eyes. She repeated, “Don’t Tell Anyone.”

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