“Why do we even have a race today anyway?” Chelsy asked Olivia as they changed into their running uniforms. It was Halloween afternoon, and the girls had a cross-country race in Prospect Park. It was their first cross-country race and most of them were upset because instead of going trick-or-treating with their friends, they had to run an extremely difficult race that was five kilometers.
“My boyfriend, Mason, is coming to support me,” Annalise blurted out. The girls turned and gave her a look as if they were all saying, who cares?
“Girl, you know we’re lonely and don’t have a boyfriend like you; stop showing off,” said Olivia to Annalise.
“You ladies have five minutes,” Coach Hunter interrupted and yelled from outside of the bathroom in the Picnic House. The girls swiftly bagged their belongings and rushed to the starting line. The official shot the gun in the air and the race began.
The girls started running and they decided to stay together. After a while, the girls began to slow down and eventually, there was a huge gap between them and the other runners who were in the front. “We need to catch up,” Chelsy said.
“I’m too tired. I can’t go any faster,” Olivia responded. The girls decided to stay together anyway, and began talking and joking around. “Where are we now?” Olivia asked the girls. The girls have been so distracted that they eventually lost the path of the race.
“Girls, it is Halloween and we are completely lost in the woods,” a girl whimpered. Instead of staying on the path, the girls found themselves lost in the middle of the woods in Prospect Park. There were ten girls among them. It started to get dark and the girls didn't know what to do. They began to cry for help, but no one answered.
“Girls, we can find our way back. We just need to stay together!” Annalise said. As she was speaking, the girls heard an unusual noise.
“What was that?” Chelsy asked. At that point, the girls were terrified. Suddenly, the unusual noise became louder and the girls began running faster. As Olivia turned around, she noticed a male figure with blue jeans, a gray shirt with a raven on the chest, and Timberland boots chasing them. The figure had a black mask over his face and a knife in his hand. The girls started running even faster and yelling for help. “Where’s Amanda?” Chelsy asked as they lost the masked guy.
Amanda was nowhere to be found. “The masked guy must have taken her,” Olivia said as she held Chelsy’s hand tightly.
“Ladies, we must be strong. We need to stick together. We can get through this,” Annalise said as she made the girls stop running. “First, we must find Amanda.” As she was speaking, Olivia noticed Maria was also missing.
“Maria is missing,” she cried. As she was speaking, the masked guy began chasing them again with his bloody knife. The girls began running again while screaming. “What is that thing? What does he want?” Olivia asked. With a burst of speed, the masked guy caught up to them and grabbed Katie by the arms. She screamed for her life, but the girls were too frightened to do anything. The masked guy viciously lifted his bloody knife and stabbed Katie in the heart. The girls became even more terrified and began sprinting for their lives.
Fortunately, the girls found a great hiding place which was a huge rock and they hid behind it. They watched the masked guy run by as they huddled quietly as a mouse. “We’re safe for now. We need to exit this park immediately,” Annalise told the girls. “If we keep going straight ahead, we’ll find our way.” Out of nowhere, the masked guy reappeared and he grabbed another girl, and stabbing her right on the spot. The girls began sprinting again without knowing where they were or where they were going. Suddenly, Miranda slipped and sprinkled her ankle.
“Wait for me,” Miranda yelled. The girls stopped for her and the masked guy mysteriously appeared once again and grabbed Miranda. The girls sprinted away once again. The masked guy chased and killed the girls for the entire night until Chelsy, Olivia, and Annalise were the only remaining girls.
As they were running, the girls noticed headlights going by and they saw a road. “Girls, we made it. Let’s get out of here,” Olivia said. When the girls exit the park and went home, it was around six in the morning. They reported the horrific incident to the police, but to their shock and to the police officers’ condescending sneers, when they searched the park there was no evidence of the masked guy or the bodies of the murdered girls.
The three girls went home to shower, but agreed to meet back up at school in a few hours. By 8am, Chelsy and Olivia were waiting anxiously by Annalise’s locker for her to get to school. Annalise’s boyfriend, Mason, passed by first, on his way to football practice, and asked them to swing by his locker to grab one of Annalise’s books for her. They quickly dashed down the hall, happy to have a distracting task to do.
When they got the locker open, though, horror crept across their faces, because not only was Annalise’s book – dripping with blood – in the locker, but so was the gray shirt with the raven on the chest, and a black mask.
“You can’t outrun ME,” Mason whispered from behind them.
- Yolanda Volcimus and Wanda Estil