艾力克斯, 奈特, 海倫, 傑克和我感情最好。
而艾力克斯就是那位常帶我們去不同地方 “冒險” 的人。
第三、 這也是最重要的一點，不要去想到鬼! 絕對不行!
「我說繼續跑! 不要管車了啦! 現在!」
英文版 Haunted Town - nosleep - Reddit
I’ve never seen Alex for ten years. Just after he said he had to go back there to get Nate back.
Alex, Nate, Helen, Jack and I were best friends when we were in high school.
Alex was like the leader or the center of us. I mean, he was that kind of guy born to be a CEO, you know. He was too mature to be a high school student like us. His behaviors, his remarks…, everything he did was more like a father. And also, he was mysterious and…weird. He’d never mentioned about himself, his family or his past. He seemed to know nothing about baseball games, tv series, even news. And, he had no cellphone!
He said that’d be not convenient.
I remember we were all puzzled when hearing that. How could a cellphone be not convenient? It was designed to make your life more convenient!
Most strange thing was that he never explained to us how he could find those places and how he knew the “rules”.
Even until now, I still don’t know how he could do that.
Anyway, he was a nice guy, we respected him and trusted him, without knowing him too much.
I doubt if anyone has the same experience as we do.
When we were in high school, out of some silly blind bravery, we loved adventures. And Alex was the one who took us to different places for “adventures”.
On a very early Saturday morning, we met up and headed to an unfamiliar direction to a town for, you know, an adventure. Alex said that town was over a tunnel. That reminded me of Silent Hill, a film just released at that time.
Alex and I were in Jack’s car with Nate’s car behind us. We thought that was a nice chance for Nate to talk with Helen in private, he had a crash on her.
Less an hour driving in woods, the tunnel was in our sight, Alex asked Jack to stop in front of it. We guessed he was going to tell us the rules. He always told us before really arriving those places. Normally there were just two. But this time, there was one more.
Rule no.1: Keep yourself in team.
Rule no.2: Don’t fuck up with those people and anything there. (That means no eye contact, no touching and no answering/ talking back, etc.)
Rule no.3, which, is the most important one: Don’t think of ghosts! NEVER, EVER!
This was definitely hard to Nate. We all knew that and Nate, himself, knew that too. He loved ghost stories, but weird thing was, he was actually not that brave. (sorry to say that.)
As cars driving in the tunnel, I found it was actually shorter than I expected because the end of it was not very far from us. There were already many cars in the tunnel, and they were oddly all still and empty, their taillights were dimmed, like abandoned for a while.
Alex opened the door, got out of the car and said, “Don’t worry. The town’s just outside. Let’s walk there.” Nate and Helen got out of the car to join us.
It only took us about fifteen minutes to walk out. It was cooler and humid. The town was in old style. I mean, the restaurants, the shops, the houses. People there were in that kind of old fashioned clothes like what your granny or grandpa would wear. It was amazing.
“So… you took us back to the past? I mean, is all this time travel thing?” Helen asked.
“No.” Alex answered.
Residents there were like those we'd met in other adventures before, they couldn’t see us without eye contact and couldn’t hear us as long as we didn’t answer them. Those men, stray dogs or even cars might bump into us, and that would violate rule no.2. So we had to be really careful anytime.
There was a nice house, two children were playing on the front porch, and the door was wide open. Jack entered the house successfully without making any noise and we followed him carefully. None of them noticed us.
There were a man and a woman chatting happily in the kitchen. I guessed they were the parents of kids outside. Jack went downstairs from second floor and looked bored. (Alright, I got to admit we’d entered many houses in those adventures before.)
When we were in the living room, watching a tv show we’d never seen before, the wife suddenly bumped into Helen. She took few steps backward, intrigued while Helen was stunned with mouth opening.
“We need to leave now.” Alex said.
We quickly ran out of the house and dare not enter any other house. But we didn’t learn a lesson from it. Later, Nate led us to a restaurant very close to the tunnel, and we thought that would be fun.
At first, we walked around, putting hands in front of people, yelling at them, and doing something foolish.
But there was something wrong, again.
This time, it was Jack.
A waiter bumped into Jack, and the soup was spoiled everywhere. Grumpy as Jack always was, he pushed the waiter hard.
“You fucking idiot!”
We all grasped, he just violated the rule.
Then the waiter became horrible right away. Sneered, his eyes became red with skin peeling.
Helen started screaming. All the others in the restaurant turned their heads and stared at her.
“Beautiful.” The waiter continued.
It seemed that Jack and Helen were no longer invisible to them. The restaurant was crowded immediately, those people or whatever they were just suddenly appeared, the couple and their children we'd just seen were there too. They looked horrible, some of their faces or bodies are twisted in an impossible angle, some of them were even bleeding. They were all speechless and motionless.
That was the first time I found Alex looked nervous. And that was the last time too.
“Go, go, go, go, go, go!” he urged us.
We ran to the tunnel as fast as we could. Those…residents, the way they chased after us was different, they didn’t run nor walk, they just popped up and disappeared again. But no matter how fast we ran, every time they appeared, they would be closer to us.
We successfully ran into the tunnel and thought we’d be safe, but we were wrong.
“Keep running! Don’t stop until the other end of the tunnel,” Alex yelled.
"And stop thinking, just run! You hear me?”
I didn’t know why he said that, at that time, my mind already went blank.
Jack and Nate were trying to find their own cars but there were too many cars and it was a bit dark inside the tunnel.
“I said ‘keep running!’ Drop your cars! Now!”
Jack and I gave up and followed after Alex but Nate and Helen didn’t. We kept calling them as running.
“Here it is!”
Then Jack and I heard a laughter echoing.
We got goosebumps right away because it was low and so creepy, not from one of us.
Terrified, Helen cried out loud, starting running to us, leaving Nate alone. When we finally got close to the end of tunnel, we heard the car and thought Nate might drive out just right after us. We turned around when we got out from tunnel, only to find rows of cars were quickly disappearing from distance.
Nate must have seen that too because he was backing his car and screaming. Just in second, his car vanished too.
It was hard to take this. We'd never been in this kind of situation before. I was stunned just as Jack, hearing Helen sobbing. Everything was so unreal.
Alex cursed and walked toward the tunnel.
“You guys just go home. Just go along the road.”
“No, no, no, what the fuck are you doing?” Jack said. He followed up trying to stop him.
“I’m gonna get Nate back.” Without headturn, Alex just stepped into the tunnel.
That was the last time I saw him.
“What are we supposed to do now?”
Not until Helen asked did we find the sky was a bit dark. Our phones told it was about five. Unbelievable. It felt like we just stayed in that creepy town for an hour. It should’ve been still in the morning, but it was almost dusk.
We did go back along the road, and luckily, after a while, our phones had signal. We called for help and those polices drove us home. And later, they did search the whole area for our cars and missing friends. Though they found the cars in the tunnel, they told our parents there was nothing but woods over it, not to mention a town.
Nate was found unconscious and fortunately, unharmed in school next Monday morning. He didn’t remember anything on that weekend. His mom was very angry with us. Despite believing what we explained, she thought we bullied her baby son and tried to make some stupid excuses!
There was one thing upsetting us more than being grounded and considered nuts.
Alex was gone.
I wished I knew more about him so that I could report to polices and they wouldn’t think he was just our imaginary friend. (Imaginary friend for high school guys? Seriously?)
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