I like being scared but I also scare very easily. I'm the kind of guy who will read a scary book right before bed but then have to sleep with the lights on. It's a little masochistic I think. But the scariest thing that ever happened to me happened in an actual haunted house.
My friend Jon was having a birthday, and more than anything he'd wanted to spend the night in a haunted house. I didn't enjoy the idea of spending the night in some crazy abandoned house, so I got together with another of his friends and we found a really great haunted bed & breakfast in this tiny little town called Micanopy. The Herlong Mansion was supposedly haunted by the ghost of the previous owner, Inez. It was the most stylish haunted house I'd ever seen.
To make it even better, I scheduled our stay to coincide with Friday the 13th, two days before Jon's birthday. When we arrived, he was really excited to spend the night in the haunted house. According to the manager, there was only one other group booked for the night, so we essentially had the whole place to ourselves. Throughout the night we told ghost stories and played with a Ouija board. The regular scary stuff. But the real scares didn't happen until later that night.
Around the witching hour, we began to play hide & seek. There may have been alcohol involved. Okay, there was definitely alcohol involved. Either way, we split up and ran through the house. I was hiding under a bed when a storm moved in. Being from Florida, fast and furious storms were nothing new to me, but whether it was my overactive imagination or the ghost of Inez, I began to feel distinctly unnerved. The storm raged outside, a symphony of thunder and wind and tree branches scratching against the windows. From my hiding spot under the bed, I could feel my heart pounding against the floor and I wanted nothing more than to run out and hear my friends talking. But I stayed where I was.
Then the power went out. The room was plunged into darkness and I began to panic. What had I gotten myself into? I was in a strange haunted house on Friday the 13th, hiding under a bed in pitch black darkness.
I waited under the bed as long as I could but I was gripped with fear. I heard whispers and taunts. Voices in the dark telling me to run, flee, get out of the house while I still could.
I shot out from under the bed and felt my way to the door and into the hallway. I thought I was going to tumble down the stairs but I ran into someone and screamed at the top of my lungs. It turned out to be both of my friends. The lights came on and we all had a good laugh. I don't know if I ran into a ghost that night, all I know is that I didn't sleep a wink.
Synopsis: The clock is ticking?
Ollie can't be bothered to care about anything but girls until he gets his Deathday Letter and learns he's going to die in twenty-four hours. Bummer.
Ollie does what he does best: nothing. Then his best friend convinces him to live a little, and go after Ronnie, the girl who recently trampled his about-to-expire heart. Ollie turns to carloads of pudding and over-the-top declarations, but even playing the death card doesn't work. All he wants is to set things right with the girl of his dreams. It's now or never?
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