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Episode 6 · 4 months ago

Half Town

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Rudy Wilson goes running late one night when the moon is full, and is attacked by a werewolf. 
 

When the witching hour draws near, shewill whisper in your ear. Nightmares do come true. This is a horror fiction, podcast featuring stories that will shockdisturb and dismay your listening to the dark, lady podcast, my hello, Darling, so nice of you tojoin me. What can I get you popcorn cheese, puffs, sinite, just popcorn all ready, then come sit with me on the couch. Let'stalk, they say it's a full moon to night. We should open the window and watch thenight sky and, if we're lucky, we might hear a Werewolf's hell. A look. You see that guy in the redshortz running down the road, his name is Rudy Wilson. He lives. Onthe other end of half town, he goes to...

Wolsey High Straight A student star ofthe High School Track and field team. The kids fast some people say he canoutrun the devil himself, but you know what you can't out run destiny. Let'ssee how this plays out. I go out for a run. Every night, I'musually out the door by six P M, but since it was Sunday I decided to go outa little later I wore my remond T, shirt Red Jim short in my old sneakers.I left the house around eight thirty P M. I told my dad that I'd be back homebefore ten dad made me wear the running head lampthat my aunt eunus gave me last year on my seventeenth birthday, it's aflashlight that you can strap to your head, so you can see the road betterwhen you're running in the dark. It also helps to oversee you as they passby it was annoying to wear, but dad, wouldn't let me go out on my night runswithout it. I watched the light from my head lamp bounce from the sidewalk tothe white picked fences to the garden gnomes on Mister Sullivan's, front yard.It felt as if the world was standing still, I loved the night time it was sodark and soothing, no people on the sidewalk, no cars on the street. It was just you and the trees and thewind. You could be alone with your...

...thoughts and you didn't have to worryabout any one or anything else. You could just be yourself. I went on my usual root. I ran totwenty ninth street all the way to thirty. First then, I made a right turnand started running to a nameless road. All the kids at my school called thisroad hang man's alley. It was a long winding path paved with black ashfalt.It is a road that people really used, so the ground was mostly smooth. Theroad was narrow only wide enough for one car to pass through. At a time, Dudtold me that he didn't like me running through this road. In fact, he forbademe ever to go near it, but there was something about this place that I justcouldn't resist and what he didn't know wouldn't hurt him to. My left were the twisting pines, aforest thick with red pine wood trees to my right were the backs of beautifulone story, houses and condos. Most of them are empty. Personally, I wouldhave killed to live in a place like this. For some reason, these houses hadtrouble selling some people believed hangman's alley was haunted. There wereall sorts of rumors and urban legends about this place. People say they'd,send you Er foes in the sky or heard the spirits of dead children crying inthe woods. My friend Morgan told me that his friend, Danny Burkett and hisgirlfriend were at Hangman's early one night last summer. They are in Danny'scar on the side of the road. When they saw something stagger out of the woods.It appeared only ten or twelve paces from the car at first Danny thought. Itwas a bear. He hunged the Horn and...

...turned on the headlights, thinking thatthis would scare it away, but instead they saw something else. It was acreature they had never seen before, and they had only heard about in mythsand legends Danny said, the creature was twelvefoot tall and covered from head to toe with coarse black hair. It walkedupright and had a posable thumbs. Its eyes were blood red. He said that thecreature looked hurt or sick. It may have looked like an animal, but itsounded like a man screaming in agony. It had trouble walking and it lookedlike its arms were broken. When the creature looked Danny in the eye, hethrew his cover in a verse and hit the Exilaria, or he drove backwards for atleast eight miles until they made it out of Hangman's alley. Danny swears onhis mother's grave that the thing he had seen that night was big foot big foot. Really. When Morgan finishedhis story I laughed, then I asked him if Danny and his girlfriend were doingdrugs. I told Morgan that I must have run up and down Hangman Valley athousand times, and I had never seen big foot or anything else that wasstrange or supernatural in those woods. It was funny how far some people wouldgo to scared little kids, I exhaled looked up and gazed at thebeautiful night sky. There were no clouds, only stars and a full moonriding high above the mountains. One of my teachers, Missus Bailey, told usthat to night we would see the first full moon after the spring equinox. Shesaid this full moon was special because...

...it marks a transition from winter tospring. Missus Bailey was very spiritual for achemistry teacher. She said that people had cycles just like the moon, we areborn. We grew from kids to adults and eventually our light goes out and wedie. She said that the full moon representsa new beginning, rebirth and reincarnation. I ran down Hangman's valley for aboutten or fifteen minutes. When I saw something blocking the road, I sloweddown my pace and adjusted the flash light on my head lamp. It was a treetrunk. Some of the bark looked like it had been burned. It must have beenstruck down by lightning. I ran around it and kept going. There were no streetlights in Hangman's alley that every house had a motion: Sensing SecurityLight they activated one by one. As I passed by, I ran about half a milethrough the narrow road. When I passed a house whose security light did not gooff, I ran down three more houses, but noneof the lights illuminated I should have turned around, but my body kept pushingforward. I ran down ten or twelve more houses,but the security lights did not activate. There must have been a blackout it didn't matter. I knew this road like I knew the back of my hand. Icould run through hangman's alley and back blindfolded. Besides, the moon was big and brightenough to light my path. I checked my watch, nine o four P M. I was makinggood time I passed a house that was painted bright red. It had a silver ofweather vane shaped like a rooster on the roof. The winds began to blow violently therooster, creaked and groaned as the high winds, tossed it in everydirection: North East West, South North...

East, west, south it looked as if theweather vain was about to be ripped from its hinges. As I passed the RedHouse, I heard something that made me stop in my tracks. I jerked my head towards the twistingpines, a small, yellow light from my forehead bounced from tree trunk totree trunk other than the branches, swaying and rustling above my head.Nothing in the forest moved. All I saw was darkness. Hello is any one out there, no answer, it must have been the wind Ishrugged it off and kept running. I ran past may be a dozen more housesfor a moment. I forgot about the sound I heard. Then I heard it again closerthis time. I stopped running and stared into the woods. I cupped my hands overmy mouth and said: Hallo is any one out there hello. My thoughts were racingwas I being followed? was some creep trying to lure me into the forest, anddo God knows what to me, or did some Hyka wander into the woods and get hurt?I'm not going in there that I can get help. Are you hurt? What's your name? Iwaited a few minutes, but there was no...

...response. I took a step back last chance, I'm going to leave now. AsI turned away. I heard a man scream in agony. I heard bones cracking then a horrible epiercing howl startled I tripped and fell backwards on the ground. I crawled and forced myself to get backon my feet. I ran like hell back from where I came from. I had never run so fast in my life. Ididn't know what was in those woods and I didn't want to know. All I knew wasthat I needed to get back home. I sprinted down the road past a dozenhouses before falling on my knees. I had to stop it felt like my heart wasgoing to explode. I looked up and found myself back at the red house, the rooster spun slowly, ominously, North East, South West, North East, South West. I was about tostart running again when the light from my head lamp flickered then went outgreat just great, I fidgeted with the head lamp desperately. I pressed allthe buttons. I did everything I could to turn the light back on. Please comeon. Thankfully, the light on my head,...

...lamp turned on the light was dim, but Iwas pretty sure you'd be enough to get me back home. Suddenly, the hers on the back of myneck stood up. My hands were shaky. I could feel some one standing rightbehind me. I stood still for a moment like a dearcaught in the headlights. I was six feet tall and weighed about a hundredand twenty pounds, but whatever was standing behind me was nearly twice mysize. It breathed down the back of my neck. Its breath was hot and smelled sour,like rotten eggs, its body smelt like dirt in mould. I craned my neck to the right. Thelight on my head, lamb, trembled as it shone down on what looked like a man'shand, with sharp claws for finger, nails the hand was covered with BlackThur. I slowly turned around and looked a creature in the eye before she died. My Grandma Alice hadwarned me never to go anywhere near the twisting pines when she was a childalice and her brother Max got lost in the forest. It was the dead of winter. She was inthe twisting Pines for eight days without food or water. Somehow shesurvived the townspeople felt alice by the river, but they never found Max orhis body. When Alice told people what happened to her brother, nobodybelieved her. It was not a man, it was not an animal,it was something else entirely. The creature was a great hulking massof muscle and Black Fur. Its face, arms and legs were covered with thick blackfur. It had pointed years a long snout...

...and sharp yellow teeth. He was foamingat the mouth like a rabbit dog. His eyes were blue. They looked almosthuman, Danny Burkett. Had It all wrong. This was no big foot. Your aware, Wolf. I said the beastlunged at me, angrily as if I had offended it by calling him by its truename. It swiped its cord hand across my face. If I had not stumbled backwardsin time, the Werewolf would have taken out my eye. I turned around andsprinted down the road. I looked over. My Shoulder. TheWerewolf was on all fours snarling and snapping its teeth. A it was fastfaster than a human or animal that I had ever seen. It was quickly gainingon me. I knew that it wouldn't be long until it tackled me to the ground andripped me a heart I kept running my eyes searched the road frantically. AsI tried to find a way out a few moments later, I saw the fallen tree trunk Ihad passed by earlier that night. It was still laying on the middle of theroad. I took several deep breaths and pickedup my speed. It had been a long time since I jumped over a hurdle. I wasn'ta very good jumper but desperate times called for desperate measures. I threwmyself forward and leaped over the trunk. The warwolf didn't see the tree in time.It skidded across the asphalt trying to slow itself down, but it was too late.It crashed against the tree trunk with great force. I used the opportunity tomake a sharp left turn and make a break for the houses I lunged forward andgripped the top of a tall wooden fence.

It was about twelve foot high andpainted white my feet scraped against the fence. As I tried to pull myselfover. Suddenly, the monster appeared and grabbed my right ankle. It clamped down on my sneaker with histeeth and tried to drag me down to the ground I held on to the fence for dearlife. When I looked into the creatures wild blood thirsty eyes, I knew that Iwas going to die. My heart pounded in my head and adrenal in coursed. Throughmy veins I was not a violent person, but my base primal instincts suddenlykicked in. I drove my heel in between the WERWOLF's eyes, piss off this sent the ware Wolf reeling. He letgo of my foot and looked at me, stunned as if it weren't used to being hit back.I threw myself over the fence and landed on a couple of empty aluminumtrash bins, crushing them. I lay on the ground for a few moments,writhing in pain. To my surprise, the whereof charged atthe wooden fence slamming his body against it. With brute force the fenceshook violently for a second or two before he threw himself against thewall. Again, he was trying to break it down. TheWerewolf was not going to. Let me get away that easily. I crawled away fromthe fence and limped towards the streets. My screams echoed throughoutthe neighbourhood the light from my head, lamb bounced from house to houseall the windows were dark. There were...

...no cars parked on the streets; therewere no signs of life. The neighbourhood seemed completely empty.I ran to the closest house and knocked on the door. Please let me in there's some one outof here trying to kill me no answer. I ran to the next house and tried again help help. I cried. I heard a longpiercing, howl, echoing through the streets. It sounded close my stomach twisted into a knot, as Irealized the Werwolf had gotten through the wall. I made my way to the thirdhouse. I ran to the porch and knocked on the door. I waited for a secondnobody answered. I grabbed the door KNOB and turned it. Luckily, it was unlocked. I quicklypulled it open, let myself in then locked it. I turned off my head lap andquickly backed away from the door. I could hear the Werewolf growling andsniffing the air. It was trying to find my scent. I looked around the darkhouse. There was no furniture, no shoes by the door, no pictures on the walls.It was clear that nobody lived here. I stood still for a few minutes. It wasquiet too quiet. Maybe the monster had gone away, but I couldn't help feelthat something was wrong. There was a large crash in the livingroom. Just ten paces to my right, broken glass rained down on the woodenfloor, a dark shadow slowly rose from thefloor and turned towards me...

...his eyes bulged out of his head. He snarled his gaze was fixed on myneck. He was ready for the kill, as it took a step towards me. I pulledthe running head lamp from my head and throw it as hard as I could at thebeast it bounced off its chest, like it was nothing when he lunged at me. I ducked down andcovered my head, the Werewolf crashed into the wall behind me. I quicklycrawled to my feet and ran up stairs. I ran down the hall and opened the firstdoor on my left. As soon as I locked the door, the bees slammed against itwith such force that had knocked me to the ground: a Bang, Bang, Bang the Werewolfscratched and pounded on the door furiously. He would not be satisfieduntil I was dead. I needed to defend myself. Somehow I saw a red tool box inthe corner of the room. I opened it and pulled out a hammer before the bedroomdoor inevitably came down. I jumped inside the bath room and locked myselfinside the door was thinner and flimsier than the last one. It was onlya matter of time before the Werewolf got through. I spun around and saw asmall window just above the toilet seat. I closed the lid on the toilet seat andstood on it. I used all my strength to pull the window up, I pulled and pulled,but the window would not budge. In my desperation, I smashed the window withmy hammer and forced my body through the small opening. There was barelyenough room for me to get through. I looked down as the icy wind beat mynose and cheeks. It was a two story drop. If I didn't fall the right way, Icould break my neck and die. I was half way out of the window when Iheard a louder crash. The Werewolf...

...grabbed me by the ankle and started topull me back inside get off me. I dropped the hammer andwatched it fall on the grass below. I did everything I could to fight it off.I kicked and screamed and held on to the walls for dear life. Then itdragged its long, sharp claws across my right calf. Cutting me deep. I screamedin agony and lost my grip. The Werewolf dragged me back inside the House andthrew me on the floor. It pinned me down. Snarling at me, fix salivadripped from the monster's mouth on to my neck. It was about to rip my threadout when I grabbed a shad of glass from the floor and stabbed it in theshoulder. The Werewolf fell back and howled inpain. I forced myself to get up and lunged at the window. I squeesedthrough the narrow opening and fell two stories to the ground. I landed face.First on some bushes. I arrived on the ground cursing andcrying out in pain for several minutes. Then I crawled out of the bushes andtried to stand. My right sock was soaked in blood. The Werewolf hadscratched me deep and I was losing a lot of blood. I saw the hammer on thegrass near the bushes. I picked up the hammer and looked up at the window Ihad fallen out of. I couldn't hear the well of screaming any more. I stumbledforward and leaped towards the back gate. I staggered through Hangman'sally with the moon. At my back I could barely walk. I looked at my watch. Itwas a quarter past ten.

I was late. If the WAUL didn't kill me, my dadwould likely finish the job. I started feeling hopeful when I saw the streetlamp at the end of the road. It was like seeing a light at the end of thetunnel. It's okay. I told myself it's okay, you're, going to make it suddenly. I heard a loud siren behindme, red and blue lights. Flashed across my body, my heart dropped. When I heardthe officers step out of the car and point their gun at me, freeze drop yourweapon. I froze and dropped my hammer. It clattered on the ashfalt beside myfeet: the head lights on the police, car glared down on me harshly, like aspotlight, now put your hands in the air slowly turn around and face me. Iput my hands in the air and slowly turned around. I stared at the officerwith wide eyes. I knew her. Her name was officer Pam. She was the only ladycop in half town. I went to Woosley high school with her son Harvey. Weboth had the same history class, the third period, hi officer Pam. Sheseemed to recognize my voice. She lowered her gun and peered at my face.Really. Is that you? Oh my God what happened to you? I don't know I wentout for a run and then I don't know Pam horsted her gun and walked towards me.I was about to collapse, but she grobe my shoulders and kept me upright. It'sokay, Rudy, just tell me what happened. Some one came out of the woods andattacked me who attacks her. I don't know what did they look like? He was toldhow tall maybe ten or twelve feet. Okay. How oldwas he did he have any tattoos or scars?...

He was Harry Harry yes, Harry his faceand body was covered in fur. I thought it was an animal, but it wasn't ananimal. It wasn't a person either. It was something in between. Was it big foot? What no it wasn't bigfoot? It was a Werewolf Rudy, I'm going to ask you a question,and I want you to give me an honest answer. Okay, are you on drugs? I knew she was goingto say that. Why was I even surprised? What I'm not on drugs, listen officerpen were both in terrible danger. We need to get out of here. It's okay,Rudy, I'm going to go to all the help you need. Where did you get the drugs?What what are you on? Is it Mariana cocaine?Ecstasy heroine mushrooms is Mariana, isn't it I'm not on Drugs Rudy? What happened to you? You weresuch a nice kid remember. When I went to your school for National Drug aWarner's Day, officer Pam, I went to your Englishclass and I did a presentation. You were taking a lot of notes. You werethe only one taking notes and I was very impressed he's right behind you.Don't you remember what I said: Hugs Not Drugs. Her look out by the time Pam turned around. It wasalready too late. The ware Wolf grabbed her by the armsand sank his teeth into her shoulder. I picked up the hammer from the groundand lunged at the beast. I was about to strike him on the back of the head whenhe turned around and grabbed me by the throat. The War Wolf lifted me off the groundand threw me towards the police car. I...

...landed on the front wind shield, glass,shattered and metal twisted. All around me. The war will fleck of Pam and slowlyadvanced towards me. He was foaming at the mouth. His eyes was seething withhatred. My legs were numb. I couldn't move my own body, I couldn't run awayany more. I closed my eyes as the beast towered over me. It was all over my eyes snapped open when I heard threeloud POPs, the Warwolf looked down at me with a confused expression on hisface. The Werewolf turned around slowly and I saw that his back was bleedingofficer. Pam stood firmly on the ground. Her right arm was bloody and mangled itdrooped down by her side lifelessly like a broken wing. She hurled her gunin her left hand firmly and pointed it at the Werewolf. The Werewolf took one step toward herand pam fired her gun again, striking the WARWOLF in the belly, the Warwolf yelped and staggered intothe woods disappearing into the night. Well, what do you know? Rudy made itout alive good for him on the down side, rudycrushed the police radio, when the war wolf threw him on top of the car, soofficer, Pam couldn't call her back up on the upside officer. Pan Gave Rudyhis very first driving lesson and they both made it to the e R before theybled to death. That's all I have for to night thanksfor listening darling until next time. This was the dark. Lady PODCAST...

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