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Ghost
Season 3, Episode 8
Ghost-S3
Air date August 16, 2012
Written by JamesonOTP
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Ghost is the eighth episode of Season 3 of Glee: The Next Generation and the fifty-second overall. It is the series's second overall Halloween episode.

New Directions and their friends decide they are too old to attend the Halloween carnival and blow it off in search of more mature fun. So, they decide to head to a supposedly haunted ex-mental hospital in a near-by town to see if the ghostly legend is true. But when they get inside, they end up trapped when the porch collapses and the only way out is out the attic window seven stories up as it's the only one that isn't barred. Once they get further into the abandoned mental hospital, paranoia begins to set in and it becomes hard to separate the truth from imagination.

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Glee: The Next Generation Season 3, Episode #8: GhostEdit

So here’s what you missed on Glee: The Next Generation:

Lana’s mother is really overbearing and she doesn’t approve of Hallie, Lana’s girlfriend. So Lana had this whole phase where she pretended to date Ana to appease her mom, all while secretly dating Hallie. But the problem with that was, Ana had real feelings for Lana and really just suggested the idea to get closer to Lana. But Ana’s with Natasha now, so she’s pretty much over that, right? Jaxon’s ex-boyfriend from his pre-New Directions days, McKenzie, reappeared at a NYADA mixer not long ago. Jaxon has had a rocky relationship with his fiancé, James. I mean, he had to fight Archie for James’s heart, got drunk and cheated on James with Evan, broke up with James due to James’ dangerous bad boy persona, got stabbed coming to James’ rescue, and now after their happy Paris engagement, McKenzie enters the picture. Can’t these two catch a break?

And that’s what you missed on Glee!

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11:46 pm Monday, October 31


Jaxon looked in shock as he stood over Miles, who had sat up as McKenzie stared at them.

“This isn’t what it looks like,” Jaxon said.

Truth is, it wasn’t what it looked like, Jaxon narrated. But for the past couple of years, I have always managed to find myself in messed up situations. And it doesn’t get much more messed up than this.

“Oh yeah?” McKenzie asked. “Because I saw you kissing Miles.”

It wasn’t a kiss! Kisses between me and Miles are so last New Year’s Eve! And it only happened while we were drunk. This was not a kiss.

And you may also ask me, why is McKenzie here? And why is it so dark? Why are we in a broken down elevator? Ugh, who am I kidding? There is just too much to explain. Maybe I should tell you the whole story. Let’s take a moment to rewind to where this all began, shall we?

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3: 45 pm Friday, October 28


Will and Sue smiled as they stood in front of the Glee Club.

“Okay, so the carnival is Monday and I want to see you guys there,” Will said. “It was thanks to you that we started this tradition and it would only be fitting for you guys to be there again.”

“Halloween carnivals are so lame,” Lana said under her breath with a sigh.

“We still on for Monday night?” Miles asked, leaning down towards Lana.

Lana nodded.

“There will be lots of fear related fun,” Sue said. “And gosh, do I love fear!”

“Sometimes I worry about her,” Kevin said.

“And sometimes we worry about you,” Honey said as she patted Kevin on the knee.

“So, make sure you’re there,” Will said. “It’s gonna be a lot of fun. I promise you, you’re not gonna miss this.”

The bell rang and everyone scrambled to collect their books. Will sighed at the obvious lack of enthusiasm as everyone piled out the choir room door.

“Let’s just be honest,” Jaxon said as they all walked down the hallway. “The Halloween carnival is gonna be lame.”

“Definitely not on my to-do list,” James said.

“What if Miles, Adam, and I said that we have the remedy for your impending Halloween boredom?” Lana asked.

“I would drop down on one knee and ask you to marry me,” Jaxon joked as James gave him a light slap on the arm.

“Then I guess I’ll take my secret to the grave,” Lana said, sticking her tongue to taunt Jaxon.

“Fine,” Jaxon said. “I would say you’re awesome.”

“Much better,” Lana said with a smile.

“Or I could just weasel it out of Miles,” Jaxon said. “As his best friend, I get those types of perks.”

“Miles knows I’d kill him if he spilled,” Lana said. “Trust me, he’s afraid of me.”

“I’m afraid of no one,” Miles said cockily.

“Wanna take another trip to the trashcans?” Lana asked, raising an eyebrow.

Miles shook his head. “No, I’m good.”

Everyone laughed as Lana put her arms around Miles and Jaxon.

“Have you guys ever heard of Weston Heights Sanatorium?” Lana asked.

Honey swallowed a lump in her throat. “That’s the abandoned mental hospital in the next town over, right?”

“Yes,” Miles said. “It was an operational hospital in the early nineteen hundreds that was used at one point to house almost two hundred patients suffering from tuberculosis until a good deal of those patients died and they briefly shut it down to convert it into a mental hospital instead. However, shortly after its reopening, reports of ghost sightings from the patients began to trickle out. Due to the mental state of most of the patients, they were written off. But when a young nurse was driven crazy by her reported sighting of ghosts, she hung herself in the infamous Room 205.”

“Reports say that the room was the center of paranormal activity within the hospital,” Lana added. “The room was so feared that the nurse hung there until they finally discovered her body a year later when they officially shut it down.”

“One of the people who discovered her body was so disturbed by what he saw and heard in that room, he jumped off Room 205’s balcony to his death,” Miles said.

“His last words were ‘this room leads to hell itself,’ which he screamed on his way down,” Lana added.

“You guys are scaring me,” Honey said.

“That was hardly the end of it,” Lana replied. “They never tore the building down because everyone was too scared to disturb such a place. Still to this day, you can hear and see all sorts of scary things in its halls. Shadows on the walls, an eyeless child asking you to play with him, the sound of a ball bouncing down the halls, human screams, chains, the sound of the nurse’s body dangling from the ceiling--”

“Okay, cut it out,” Lucas said. “You’re scaring her.”

“Then I guess you two are too lame to come along with us to Weston Heights Sanatorium Halloween night,” Miles said.

“I’m not lame,” Lucas said. “Or afraid. I know it’s just some made up ghost story created to scare people.”

“Then I guess we can count you in, Lucas,” Miles said. “And Honey out.”

“I’ll go,” Honey said. “Rachel never would have went and so, by going I have a chance to once again achieve something she never did.”

Lana laughed. “Think you can handle it?”

“We’ll see Halloween night,” Honey said. “I’ll show everybody.”

“You in?” Lana asked Jaxon?

Jaxon nodded. “I’ve faced down a gang member with a knife and got stabbed. “If I can do that, what’s a few creaking floorboards in an old, rotting and cobweb covered building, huh?”

“Excellent,” Miles said.

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4: 11 pm Friday, October 28


Will sighed as he sat in Emma’s office, playing with a stack of pamphlets to preoccupy himself. Emma gave him a sympathetic smile as she walked over to stand in front of him, leaning against her desk.

“I know you’ve worked so hard on this Halloween carnival, Will. But if they don’t make it, no hard feelings toward them,” Emma said.

“They just were the whole reason we started the Halloween carnival,” Will replied. “It doesn’t seem right without them.”

“You have to let them go, Will,” Emma said. “This the last year for most of them. You’re gonna have to get used to not having most of them around.”

“It was so hard having to let go of Rachel, Kurt, Finn, Quinn, even Puck and Santana. All of those kids meant so much to me. You know, after the failure of a year I had three years ago, I almost disbanded the Glee Club. It wasn’t until I let you an Beiste talk me into keeping it around that I decided not to.”

“Because Glee Club means a lot to you, Will. Can you even imagine your life without it? Think of how much would have changed if you hadn’t held those auditions and found Jaxon. Jaxon gave you’re your faith in Glee Club back.”

“When I heard saw him perform, saw his moves and heard his voice, I knew it wasn’t time to give up. I knew that that kid had something special and it was my responsibility to help nurture it. To help him with letting it shine.”

“You believed in Glee Club again,” Emma said. “He gave that to you. Heck, all those kids did. And as much as you care about them, you have to let them soar, Will. Don’t clip their wings.”

“I just kinda wished they would come to the carnival since it’s their last year,” Will said. “One last Halloween hoorah.”

“But Will, some of them are adults now. This isn’t their idea of fun anymore, per se. Look at James and Jaxon. They’re engaged to get married this summer in New York City.”

“Which I still don’t fully approve of,” Will pointed out.

“But in the end, Will, it’s their life. All we can do is point them in the right direction and be there to help them find their way back if they get lost. That’s all we can do. We can’t force them down a certain path. You know, just try to foster their happiness.”

Will nodded. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.”

Emma smiled as Will stood up and grabbed Emma, pulling her into a hug and kissing her on the cheek.

“See you later, Emma. I love you.”

“I love you, too,” Emma said.

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7: 37 pm Monday, October 31


Lana came downstairs, dressed in her Batman hoodie as she made an attempt to reach the door before Callie looked up and saw her.

“Lana?”

Too late. Lana sighed as she walked over to where Callie sat on the sofa.

“What are your Halloween plans?” Callie asked. “I know you are too old for trick or treating. You’re not gonna be out there egging and toilet papering houses, are you? Isn’t that what kids your age like to do?”

Lana rolled her eyes. “No. I’m going to the school carnival with my friends.”

And it wasn’t a lie. I was going to the carnival. However, it was just long enough to meet up with the rest of my friends before we headed out on our true destination.

“The school carnival?” Callie asked. “Aren’t you a bit old for that, too?”

“I’m helping work it,” Lana said.

“Oh, really? You doing work? The same girl who has to be forced to clean her room?”

“It’s not that bad, mom,” Lana said.

“Oh?” Callie asked. “So I assume it’s normal to have to wade through a sea of t-shirts and old jeans nowadays?”

Lana sighed. “Look, I won’t stay out past curfew.”

“You better not, Lana,” Callie said as she changed the channel. “It’s a school night.”

“Duly noted,” Lana said as she took off toward the door.

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7: 53 pm Monday, October 31


McKenzie Kenton walked inside the carnival and took a look around. He spotted Jaxon and started toward him.

“Hey, Jaxon,” McKenzie said.

Jaxon turned around, his face going pale as if he had seen a ghost.

Look, I know that I’ve said in the past that I had never really been in love and that James was my first love. Well, I kinda lied. McKenzie was my first love. I guess I was so head over heels in love with James that I forgot all about him. McKenzie and I were close friends from the time we were in like fourth grade. But when we got to freshman year of high school, everything changed and McKenzie and I were in love. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was nothing like me and James. My love for James was on a whole different level. McKenzie was just the training wheels when I was learning to ride a bike, I guess you could say.

“McKenzie,” Jaxon said, barely audible.

“Wait,” James said from beside Jaxon. “This is McKenzie? From what you told me, I expected someone nerdier. No offense, Mac. Can I call you Mac?”

McKenzie rolled his eyes. “Yeah, well I changed. I blossomed from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.”

“What brings you here, McKenzie?” Jaxon said. “You live in a whole different state.”

“My dad had to fly in for some last minute business matters. I may be moving back next year. So I came along and I thought while I was here, why not check out old McKinley High? And lo and behold, I found you.”

James looked at Miles. “Can I speak to you in ivate-pray?”

Jaxon looked a bit uncomfortable as James and Miles walked off together, leaving him with McKenzie.

“What does ivate-pray mean?” Kevin asked.

“It means in private,” Jaxon said with a sigh. “It’s pig Latin.”

“Oh, so pigs speak different languages?” Kevin asked.

McKenzie snorted as he laughed.

“Nevermind, Kevin,” Jaxon said.

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7: 57 pm Monday, October 31


When he felt they were far enough away, James turned to Miles.

“I am not very comfortable with McKenzie around,” James said. “He was Jaxon’s first love and I know when Archie first came after me, Jaxon assured me that he never had a first love, but he did. It’s obvious. And McKenzie is gorgeous. I can’t compete with that. I’m too tall, I’m awkward, I have big ears and my teeth are a little large--”

“James,” Miles said, grabbing him by the shoulders. “Stop it. You’re a good looking, cute guy. No homo.”

James looked at Miles for a second.

“And no offense with the no homo,” Miles quickly added. “But seriously, you are blowing this whole thing out of proportion. I mean, after what all Jaxon went through with the Archie issue, I think you kinda owe it to him to stick by him through this. Of course, the important thing to realize now being that when the Archie thing happened, you and Jaxon had just gotten together. Now it’s two years later and you two are engaged. Your love is much stronger than either Archie or McKenzie. Or both of them together, if you wanna be straight up honest here.”

“I know,” James said. “I’m just not as strong as Jaxon.”

“Stop telling yourself that, James,” Miles said. “It’s a lie. You proved to me that you are. Your father beat you, kicked you out, and left you on your own. You survived. You are a survivor, remember? You are stronger than most of us here. I don’t even have the courage you have to stand up to my dad. James, I’m jealous of you. I wish I had half of your fighting spirit and tenacity.”

“Hey,” Jaxon said as he appeared, McKenzie at his side. “Everyone’s here so we’re gonna head on out, now. McKenzie is gonna go with us, too if it’s okay.”

James looked at Miles who gave him a look of support.

“It’s fine,” James said as he put his hand out to McKenzie. “Nice to meet you, McKenzie.”

McKenzie took James’ hand and shook it. “Nice to meet you too, James.”

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8: 31 pm Monday, October 31


As all of their vehicles pulled up into the parking area, New Directions, Chuck, Reece, Declan, Dillon, Wyatt, and McKenzie looked up at the abandoned Weston Heights mental hospital. Everyone got out and grouped up, studying the building.

“This place looks really unsafe,” Bella said. “I mean there are bars on all the windows--”

“If you’re chickening out, you don’t have to go,” Miles said.

“Who said I was chickening out?” Bella snapped. “I was simply making a point.”

Reece walked forward and wrapped his arm around Bella’s waist as they looked at the barred windows.

“This looks like the beginning of a really bad horror movie,” Nicole said as Dillon put his arm around her.

From somewhere in the distance, a wolf howled, causing everyone to jump. Bella, Nicole, Adam, Kevin, Taylor, and Hallie screamed.

“Relax,” James said with a laugh. “It’s just a little bark at the moon.”

“Bark at the moon, huh?” Lucas said with a smile as he stepped forward and looked at James.

James smiled. “I see where you’re going with this.”

“Screams break the silence,” Lucas sang. “Waking from the dead of night. Vengeance is boiling, he's returned to kill the light. Then when he's found who he's looking for, listen in awe and you'll hear him.”

“Bark at the moon,” James sang. “Years spent in torment, buried in a nameless grave. Now he has risen. Miracles would have to save those that the beast is looking for. Listen in awe and you'll hear him.”

“Bark at the moon,” Lucas sang.

“Hey yeah, bark at the moon,” James sang.

“They cursed and buried him along with shame and thought his timeless soul had gone, gone,” Lucas sang. “In empty burning hell, unholy one, but he's returned to prove them wrong.”

“So wrong,” James sang.

“Ooh, yeah baby,” Lucas sang.

“Howling in shadows, living in a lunar spell,” James sang. “He finds his heaven spewing from the mouth of hell. Those that the beast is looking for, listen in awe and you'll hear him.”

“Bark at the moon,” Lucas sang.

“Hey yeah, bark at the moon,” they both sang. “Hey yeah, bark at the moon. Oh, oh yeah, bark at the moon.”

As Lucas and James finished singing, Wyatt approached Lana.

“Listen, Sis,” Wyatt said. “Sorry I kind of invited myself along but I figured you would need someone to protect you from the things that go bump in the night.”

“I do,” Lana said. “And I have myself, which is all I need. Thanks anyway.”

“You know, one day you’re gonna realize how lucky you were to have an older brother like me looking out for you,” Wyatt said as Lana walked away.

Lana joined the rest of her friends as they stepped onto the porch. She heard a few cracks, but she didn’t pay much attention. Jaxon turned the doorknob all the way and using his shoulders, put his entire weight into a push. The door swung open and he, James, Hallie, Bella, Miles, and Reece all tumbled inside.

“Ow,” Bella said as she crashed into Jaxon.

“Smooth move, Ex-lax,” Evan said from the doorway as he and Claude walked in.

“This place is dark,” Miles said. “Can you guys find a light switch? Oh and whoever’s butt that was that I just completely grabbed a handful of, I am so sorry.”

“Oh, it’s just mine,” Hallie said. “And quite frankly, worst three seconds of my life.”

“Hey, it wasn’t that bad!” Miles said, offended.

“Hello,” Taylor said as she walked through the door. “Your girlfriend’s right here.”

“There isn’t any lights,” Lana said. “This place has been closed for decades so it doesn’t have power anymore. That’s why in my handy-dandy backpack, I have candles, flashlights, and matches.”

“Great,” Taylor said. “Dora brought her handy-dandy backpack. I swear to God if she pulls out a talking map, I will shove it up—no, no never mind. Be nice, Taylor.”

“Is everyone in?” Jaxon asked.

“Yes,” McKenzie said. “I was the last one in.”

Everyone felt their stomach drop as they heard a loud noise that sounded like an avalanche right outside the door.

“What was that?” Ana asked, clinging to Natasha.

“Lana?” Jaxon asked. “Hand me a flashlight.”

Lana rummaged through her backpack and handed a flashlight to Jaxon.

“I have enough for everyone,” Lana said. “I just made a pit-stop at the hardware store on my way home from school and spent a couple hundred on supplies. My mom is gonna kill me when she gets my credit card bill, but it’s worth it.”

Lana began passing out flashlights as Jaxon turned his on and focused it at the door. He walked over and opened it. His heart skipped a beat when he saw that the entire stone block archway had collapsed, blocking their exit.

“No problem,” Miles said. “If all us guys push on it, together, surely we can move it.”

“I don’t think so Miles,” Lana said. “There isn’t enough room for all of you guys to have ample room to push. Besides, I read that arch way weighed around a thousand pounds.”

“She’s right,” Jaxon said. “There isn’t enough room for us to get enough people to have the strength to budge it.”

“Who are our strongest guys?” Miles asked. “Me, you, and who else?”

“Chuck, Aldy, Claude, and Wyatt,” Jaxon said.

“Come on, guys,” Miles said as he rolled up his sleeves.

The rest of the guys gathered around the door and found a place to push, but it was no use. In the positions they had to be in, each of them could only push at half strength.

“Chuck and Claude, you two are the weakest of us,” Jaxon said. “Stand back. There’s too many people to get a good enough push going.”

Jaxon, Miles, Aldy, and Wyatt pushed as hard as they could, but it wouldn’t budge.

“Shoot!” Miles said. “I was pushing full strength and it still won’t budge.”

“Oh no,” Honey said. “We’re stuck in here.”

Lucas put his arm around Honey, squeezing her shoulder gently.

“We’re not stuck,” Jaxon said. “There has to be another way out of here.”

“Look around,” Evan said. “All the windows are barred.”

“Maybe we can pry them off,” Claude said.

“With what?” Lana said. “I didn’t think to bring a crowbar. I thought we would just go in, get the crap scared out of us, and run out screaming.”

“Did you even bring any food?” Kevin asked.

“How can you think about food at a time like this?” Rose asked.

“Cuz my stomach is growling,” Kevin said.

“I brought apple sauce,” Chuck said. “A whole backpack full, to be exact. I have different favors, too.”

Everyone looked at Chuck, dumbstruck.

“Just why do you happen to have so much applesauce?” Taylor asked.

“You have to know him,” Dillon said.

“Don’t judge me,” Chuck said. “Just be thankful for the glorious applesauce bounty.”

“He is really weird,” Taylor said.

“But at least we won’t starve,” Kevin said as Chuck trust a container of grape applesauce in his hand.

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9: 24 pm Monday, October 31


We’ve just been sitting her for almost an hour, trying to brainstorm ideas of how we’d get out of here, Jaxon narrated. We all tried calling for help, but none of us got a signal. I don’t know what it was about this place, but it was a complete and total dead zone for all cell carriers.

Not one of us had come up with a good idea. Kevin suggested that we start pulling books on the bookshelf, looking for a secret passage like some old black-and-white horror film that he had seen. This was promptly followed by a head-slap from Miles, as always.

“You know, I think I saw something,” Bella said. “The attic window, it wasn’t barred.”

“The question is how do we get there from here?” Nicole asked.

“I think we should split up,” Jaxon said.

“No,” Taylor said. “No splitting up. I am not going through here alone.”

“Not alone,” Jaxon said. “We’ll be in teams. If we split up, it increases our chances of finding the attic window. That team can climb out the window and try to unblock the door way. If that fails, they can go get help.”

“Great idea,” Hallie said.

“But what if we get lost?” Lana said.

“We can use room numbers and stuff to find our way back,” Jaxon answered. “There has to be signs in here. It is a hospital, after all.”

“Alright then,” Miles said. “Let’s do this.”

“I don’t wanna do the obvious pair-offs,” Jaxon said. “Whatever team makes it to the window will have to have someone strong to help try to move the blocks from the outside.”

“And they should have someone smart to help find their way through here,” Lana said.

“Here we go,” Jaxon said. “First team: Evan, Hallie, and Declan. Second team: Lana, Wyatt, and Rose. Third team: Miles, myself, and Nicole. Fourth team: Aldy, Taylor, and Kevin. Fifth team: Chuck, Natasha, and Ana. Sixth team: Reece, Honey, and Dillon. Seventh team: Bella, Claude, and McKenzie. Did I miss anyone?”

“Me,” Lucas said.

“Okay,” Jaxon said. “Lucas, you can go with Chuck’s team.”

“Me too,” Adam said. “You forgot me and James.”

“James, you’re with Aldy’s team,” Jaxon replied. “Adam, you’re on Lana’s team. Lana, divide your supplies up between the teams. Chuck, start dividing up the applesauce. We don’t need anyone passing out from hunger if we get stuck in here for too long.”

“Have I ever told you that you’re a great leader?” James asked Jaxon.

Jaxon blushed. “Thanks.”

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10: 02 pm Monday, October 31


This is pointless, Lana thought. I’ve passed that same damn staircase three times. I have been walking around in circles for what seemed like forever.

Lana looked at her watch.

Well, about thirty minutes. I felt the desperation sink in. I was never gonna make it to the attic. All I could find was the staircase that lead me back down to the first floor.

“I feel weird,” Adam said.

“Like somebody’s watching me,” he and Lana said in unison.

“Who’s watching?” Lana sang. “Tell me who’s watching, who’s watching me?

“I'm just an average man with an average life,” Adam sang. “I work from nine to five. Hey, hell, I pay the price. All I want is to be left alone in my average home. But why do I always feel like I'm in the twilight zone and--”

“I always feel like somebody's watching me,” Lana and Adam sang.

“And I have no privacy,” Lana sang.

“I always feel like somebody's watching me,” they both sang.

“Tell me is it just a dream?” Adam sang.

“When I come home at night, I bolt the door real tight,” Lana sang. “People call me on the phone, I'm trying to avoid. But can the people on TV see me or am I just paranoid? When I'm in the shower, I'm afraid to wash my hair ‘cause I might open my eyes and find someone standing there. People say I'm crazy, just a little touched. But maybe showers remind me of Psycho too much. That's why--”

“I always feel like somebody's watching me,” Lana and Adam sang.

“And I have no privacy,” Adam sang.

“I always feel like somebody's watching me,” they both sang.

“Who's playing tricks on me?” Lana sang.

“I don't know any more,” Adam sang. “Are the neighbors watching me? Well is the mailman watching me? And I don't feel safe anymore. Oh what a mess! I wonder who's watching me now - the IRS?”

“I always feel like somebody's watching me,” Lana and Adam sang. “And I have no privacy. I always feel like somebody's watching me. Tell me is it just a dream? I always feel like somebody's watching me. And I have no privacy. I always feel like somebody's watching me. Who's playing tricks on me? I always feel like somebody's watching me. And I have no privacy. I always feel like somebody's watching me. I can't enjoy my tea! I always feel like somebody's watching me. Can I have my privacy? I always feel like somebody's watching me. Who's watching me? I always feel like somebody's watching me. I always feel like somebody's watching me. Stop playing tricks on me.”

Lana pulled away from Adam, Wyatt, and Rose, and found herself walking into a room, unsure of why she felt drawn to it. She looked at the number on the door. Room 232.

As Lana stepped into the room, she looked around. She shined her flashlight in the corner, where she thought she saw some movement. She stepped forward and tripped over something in the floor. Her flashlight hit the ground, shut off, and rolled to a dark corner. Lana was cast in complete darkness.

Lana started to back toward the door and backed into someone. She turned around. They seemed about Hallie’s size and height. It definitely wasn’t Rose. Then the scent hit her nose. Curious by Britney Spears, which was Hallie’s favorite perfume.

“Oh, Hallie, you scared me,” Lana said.

“But I’m--”

“Shh,” Lana said, putting her finger to the girl’s lips. “We haven’t had a little janitor’s closet tryst since Kevin burst in on us and that one was interrupted. Kiss me, Hallie. This danger is turning me on.”

The girl didn’t resist as Lana put her lips to hers. Lana opened her mouth and slipped her tongue in, her hands, running up the girl’s shirt to grab her breasts. That’s when it hit Lana. This wasn’t Hallie.

“Who are you?” Lana asked, completely shocked as she pushed they girl away.

“It’s me, Ana,” Ana said.

“Why didn’t you tell me before I shoved my tongue down your throat and started feeling you up?” Lana asked.

“I tried,” Ana said.

“What are you doing here?” Lana asked. “You are supposed to be with Chuck, Natasha, and Lucas.”

“I got separated from my group and my flashlight batteries died,” Ana said.

Lana sighed as he took a couple of batteries out of her backpack. “Here, Ana. I guess you can stay with us until you find your group.”

“Thanks, Lana,” Ana said, as she changed the batteries in her flashlight.

Ana’s flashlight beam focused on the corner, where Lana’s flashlight was lying on the floor. Lana walked over, grabbed it, and turned it back on.

“Let’s go,” Lana said.

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At The Same Time


Chuck stopped walked and looked behind him. Rose and Lucas stood there, wondering what he was doing.

“Where is Ana?” Chuck asked.

“I thought she was behind us,” Lucas said.

“Obviously not,” Chuck said.

“We should go back and look for her,” Natasha said.

“We could lose all our progress,” Chuck said.

“You’re just saying that because she’s your girlfriend,” Lucas said.

“No, I’m saying it because I thought New Directions was about sticking together, no one left behind,” Natasha said. “She could be in danger. Besides, Jaxon divided us into teams for a reason.”

“Fine,” Chuck said. “What is the nearest room number?”

“Room 216,” Lucas said.

“Remember that,” Chuck said as he turned around and headed in the opposite direction. “Room 219, 220, 221…”

Chuck stopped and looked at the five flashlight beams headed in their direction.

“I found some of our friends,” Chuck said as he turned back to look at Lucas and Natasha.

“Hey,” Wyatt said. “We found one of your team members.”

“Ana, we were worried sick,” Natasha said. “Where did you go?”

“I found myself drawn to this room,” Ana said. “Room 205. It was like it was calling to me. I had to go and check it out. I went in there and I heard voices. I turned around and ran out as fast as I could, but I was already lost.

“Room 205?” Lana asked. “That is the most haunted room in the whole place.”

Chuck scoffed. “I don’t believe in ghost stories. It’s all in your head, ladies. You’re paranoid. Well, anyway, I guess we should all stick together.”

Natasha glared at Lana, sensing that something was up between her and Ana

“You can look, but you can't touch,” Natasha sang. “I don't think I like you much. Heaven knows what a girl can do. Heaven knows what you've got to prove. I think I'm paranoid and complicated. I think I'm paranoid, manipulated.”

“Bend me, break me, anyway you need me,” Natasha sang as Ana joined in. “All I want is you. Bend me, break me, breaking down is easy. All I want is you.”

“I fall down just to give you a thrill,” Ana sang. “Prop me up with another pill. If I should fail, if I should fold, I nailed my faith to the sticking pole. I think I'm paranoid, manipulated. I think I'm paranoid and complicated.”

“Bend me, break, anyway you need me,” Ana and Natasha sang. “All I want is you. Bend me, break me, breaking down in easy. All I want is you.”

“I think I’m paranoid,” Natasha sang.

“I think I'm paranoid,” Ana sang.

“Bend me, break, anyway you need me,” Ana and Natasha sang. “All I want is you. Bend me, break me, breaking down in easy. All I want is you.

“Steal me, deal me, anyway you heal me,” Natasha sang. “Maim me, tame me, you can never change me.”

“Love me, like me, come ahead and fight me,” Ana sang. “Please me, tease me, go ahead and leave me.”

“Bend me , break me, anyway you need me,” Natasha sang. “As long as I want you baby it's all right.”

“Bend me, break me, any way you need me,” Ana sang. “As long as I want you baby it's all right.”

Ana stopped walking and grabbed Natasha. “I have a confession, Nattie.”

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10: 35 pm Monday, October 31


Jaxon sighed as he, Miles, and Nicole realized that they were still lost on the third floor. Jaxon stopped and sat down, his back against the wall.

“We’re never gonna get out of here,” Jaxon said. “This is pointless. There are so many rooms, so many staircases, so many hallways.”

Miles sat down beside Jaxon and patted him on the back. “Look, bro. Don’t give up now. We’re on the third floor. Only four more to go and then we’re free.”

“I saw an elevator back there,” Nicole said.

“No electricity,” Miles said.

“I know that,” Nicole said. “But I’ve seen those movies where people climb up the elevator shaft. I was always good at the rope climb in gym class. I figure that we could climb up the cable and it would be a straight path to the seventh floor.”

“Do you have any idea how dangerous of an idea that is?” Miles asked.

“At least it’s an idea,” Nicole said.

“I’m willing to try it,” Jaxon said. “I am willing to try anything at his point.”

Jaxon got up and made his way back to the elevator. He motioned to Miles to help up pry the door open. With their combined strength, they managed to open the door.

“These are old, antique style elevators,” Jaxon said “I don’t know how similar they are to modern elevators.”

Behind Jaxon and Miles, the door behind them made a loud pop and shut. They both ran over and tried to pull and push the door, but it was stuck.

“It won’t open,” Jaxon said. “It’s stuck.”

Miles began to beat on the door. “Nicole! Nicole!”

“Miles!” Nicole yelled from the other side. “Hold on, okay?”

“Go find help, Nicole!” Miles shouted.

“I’ll get you out,” Nicole said. “Just hold on, okay? I’m going to go get someone to help us.”

Miles sank down in the corner of the elevator.

“This isn’t good,” Miles said.

“It’s okay,” Jaxon said. “Nicole is going to go get help—”

“You don’t understand,” Miles said. “I’m claustrophobic.”

“Well, let’s sing a song to relax you and keep your mind preoccupied,” Jaxon said as he sat down beside Miles.

“Right now the only song I can think of is ‘Harder To Breathe. Ironic, isn’t it?” Miles asked.

“How dare you say that my behavior is unacceptable,” Jaxon sang. “So condescending, unnecessarily critical. I have the tendency of getting very physical. So watch your step 'cause if I do you'll need a miracle. You drain me dry and make me wonder why I'm even here. This double vision I was seeing is finally clear. You want to stay but you know very well I want you gone. Not fit to fricking tread the ground that I'm walking on.”

“When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love,” Jaxon and Miles sang. “You'll understand what I mean when I say there's no way we're gonna give up. And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams - is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe. Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe.”

“What you are doing is screwing things up inside my head,” Miles sang. “You should know better you never listened to a word I said. Clutching your pillow and writhing in a naked sweat. Hoping somebody someday will do you like I did.”

“When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love,” they both sang. “You'll understand what I mean when I say there's no way we're gonna give up. And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams - is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe. Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe.”

“Does it kill, does it burn is it painful to learn that it's me that has all the control?” Jaxon sang.

“Does it thrill, does it sting when you feel what I bring and you wish that you had me to hold,” Miles sang.

“When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love,” Jaxon and Miles sang. “You'll understand what I mean when I say there's no way we're gonna give up. And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams - is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe. Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe. Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe.”

Jaxon patted Miles on the back as they sat in the elevator, trapped.

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10: 52 pm Monday, October 31


Aldy lead his group as they made their way through the second floor. Kevin, James, and Taylor followed not far behind. Kevin was eating a tube of Go-Gurt as he walked down the hall nonchalantly.

“Do you hear that?” Aldy asked, stopping.

James and Taylor listened closely. James shook his head.

“I hear chains,” Aldy said. “How can you guys not hear them.”

“I hear them,” Taylor said after a moment. “Guys, I’m getting really scared. This place is like my worst nightmare.”

Aldy slowly turned toward Taylor with a wicked smile on his face.

“Aldy?” Taylor asked.

“Nightmare!” Aldy sang.

“You’re scaring me, Aldy,” Taylor said

“Now your nightmare comes to life,” Aldy whispered.

“Cut it out,” Kevin said.

“Dragged you down below, down to the devil's show to be his guest forever,” Aldy sang. “Peace of mind is less than never. Hate to twist your mind, but God ain't on your side. An old acquaintance severed. Burn the world, your last endeavor. Flesh is burning, you can smell it in the air ‘cause men like you have such an easy soul to steal. So stand in line while they ink numbers in your head. You're now a slave until the end of time here. Nothing stops the madness, turning, haunting, yearning, pull the trigger.”

Taylor grabbed onto James, clutching him tightly as Aldy sang to them.

“You should have known the price of evil. And it hurts to know that you belong here, yeah. Ooh, it's your freaking nightmare. Can't wake up in sweat. ’Cause it ain't over yet. Still dancing with your demons, victim of your own creation. Beyond the will to fight, where all that's wrong is right. Where hate don't need a reason, loathing self-assassination. You've been lied to, just to rape you of your sight and now they have the nerve to tell you how to feel. So sedated as they medicate your brain and while you slowly go insane they tell you ‘given with the best intentions, help you with your complications’.”

“Geez, Aldy,” James said. “She’s terrified. Ease off, huh?”

“You should have known the price of evil. And it hurts to know that you belong here, yeah. No one to call, everybody to fear. Your tragic fate is looking so clear, yeah. Ooh, it's your freaking nightmare. Fight, not to fail, not to fall or you'll end up like the others. Die, die again, drenched in sin with no respect for another. Oh, down, feel the fire, feel the hate, your pain is what we desire. Lost, hit the wall, watch you crawl, such a replaceable liar. And I know you hear their voices calling from above. And I know they may seem real, these signals of love. But our life's made up of choices, some without appeal. They took for granted your soul and it's ours now to steal.”

“Aldy, come on. Stop it,” Taylor said.

“You should have known the price of evil. And it hurts to know that you belong here, yeah. No one to call, everybody to fear. Your tragic fate is looking so clear, yeah. Ooh, it's your freaking nightmare.”

Aldy stopped singing and shook his head, He looked confused.

“Sorry,” Aldy said. “I don’t know what came over me.”

“You can say that again,” James said.

Aldy looked straight ahead at the hallway in front of him. He raised his flashlight and started to walk toward the figure he saw standing there. It was a small child with his back to him.

“Hey little fella,” Aldy said.

The child turned around and Aldy stumbled back, horrified at what he saw.

“Will you play with me?” the eyeless child asked.

Aldy screamed.

“What is it?” Kevin asked and he and James ran ahead to join Aldy.

“Did you see him?” Aldy asked, all the color drained from his face.

“See who?” James asked. “There’s nobody there, Aldy.”

“We gotta get out of here,” Aldy said as he grabbed James and Kevin and turned around, heading in the direction they came from.

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11: 07 pm Monday, October 31


Evan and Hallie walked hand-in-hand down a dark corridor. Somehow they had made it to the fifth floor. Only two more to go and they were free.

“We’re gonna make it,” Evan said to Hallie.

“Wait,” Declan said as he turned around. “I hear some movement.”

“You’re probably just hearing things,” Hallie said.

“No, I hear it , too,” Evan said, letting go of Hallie’s hand and stepping forward, flashlight pointed straight ahead.

“Right in the eyes,” Lana said.

Evan sighed a sigh of relief as Lana, Wyatt, Adam, Rose, Lucas, Natasha, Ana, and Chuck all stepped forward.

“I guess half of us are accounted for,” Chuck said.

“Maybe we all should stick together,” Evan said. “Since we’ve all gotten this far anyway.”

“Hallie,” Natasha said. “While we were wandering around this haunted hell-hole, do you know what your girlfriend was doing, huh? She was locking lips with my girlfriend. Yeah, go figure.”

“I said it was an accident,” Ana said. “Lana didn’t mean to.”

“Oh? She didn’t mean to?” Natasha asked. “Did she trip over a ghost and your lips broke her fall?”

“I thought she was Hallie,” Lana said. “My mind was a mess, she had on Hallie’s perfume—”

“Curious is hardly exclusive to Hallie,” Natasha said.

“Look,” Hallie said. “I should be upset, okay? But given the circumstances, I know how easy things like this could happen. Miles grabbed my butt, after all. So instead of fighting about it, can we just find a better way to deal with it and move on?”

“I agree with Evan,” Lucas said. “And also, you Hallie. But we should all stick together now.”

“I can’t even look at any of the three of you, right now,” Natasha said.

“Nattie, please,” Ana said. “This place is messing with everyone’s head, okay? You can’t think straight. It was an accident.”

“You know,” Evan said to Lucas. “I think that’s the first time since we broke up that you acknowledged me in a non-angry way.”

Lucas nodded “I think so. I was just so jealous. I wanted to come between you and Claude, like he came between us, but I couldn’t do it. I have Honey now and I owe her more than that.”

Evan didn’t look pleased at what Lucas said. “You wanted to come between us?”

“You know?” Hallie said, turning around and looking at Ana. “I don’t blame Lana for this. I blame you. You probably orchestrated the whole thing. It’s no secret you used to be in love with Lana.”

“What?” Ana said. “Hallie, what’s going on? You don’t seem like yourself.”

“There's a ghost down in the hall,” Hallie sang, getting up in Ana’s face. “There's a ghoul upon the bed. There's something in the walls. There's blood up on the stairs and it's floating through the room. And there's nothing I can see and I know that that's the truth because now it's onto me.”

“I don't understand it,” Evan said, looking at Lucas. “Hey! I don't understand it.”

Lucas and Ana started to back up as Evan and Hallie walked toward them, looking angry.

“There's a tapping in the floor,” Evan sang. “There's a creak behind the door. There's a rocking in the chair, but there's no-one sitting there. There's a ghostly smell around, but nobody to be found. And a coughing and a yawning where a restless soul is going.”

“Don't understand it,” Hallie sang. “Hey! Don't understand it. Hey.”

“And who gave you the right to shake my family?” Evan and Hallie sang. “And who gave you the right to shake my baby, she needs me. And who gave you the right to shake my family tree? You put a knife in my back, shot an arrow in me! Tell me are you the ghost of jealousy? The ghost of jealousy.”

“There's a tappin in the floor,” Hallie sang. “There's a creak behind the door. There's a rocking in the chair, but nobody's sitting there.”

“There's a ghostly smell around, but nobody to be found,” Evan sang. “And a coughing and a yawning where a restless soul is going.”

“Don't understand it!” Hallie sang. “Yeah, yeah!”

“Don't understand it!” Evan sang.

“And who gave you the right to scare my family?” Evan and Hallie sang, corner Ana and Lucas against the safety railing of a staircase. “And who gave you the right to scare my baby, she needs me. And who gave you the right to shake my family tree? You put a knife in my back, shot an arrow in me! Tell me are you the ghost of jealousy? A sucking ghost of jealousy. And who gave you the right to shake my family? And who gave you the right to shake my baby, she needs me. And who gave you the right to shake my family tree? And who gave you the right to take intrusion to see me? And who gave you the right to hurt my family? And who gave you the right hurt my baby, she needs me. And who gave you the right to shake my family tree? You put a knife in my back, shot an arrow in me! Tell me are you the ghost of jealousy? The ghost of jealousy.”

Ana screamed as the safety railing broke from her and Lucas’s combined weight. Lucas pulled away in time, but Ana fell backwards. Evan broke from his trance, grabbing Ana by the hand. She dangled in the air, at least 10 feet from the bottom of the stairs below.

“Help me!” Evan said. “I’m losing my grip!”

Lucas dropped to his knees and grabbed Ana’s other hand.

“Hallie, you have to help us!” Lucas said.

Hallie nodded, breaking her trance as she walked over and grabbed onto one of Ana’s arms and helped Lucas and Evan pull her to safety.

“You saved me,” Ana said, looking at Hallie.

“It was the right thing to do,” Hallie said.

Ana reached over and hugged Hallie. “Thank you.”

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11: 23 pm Monday, October 31


Miles has having trouble breathing as he sat huddled up in the corner of the elevator.

“Where is Nicole?” Jaxon asked. “She should be back with help by now.”

“Face it,” Miles said between breaths. “She’s lost in this God forsaken place.”

“Calm down, Miles,” Jaxon said. “Deep breaths.”

“I’m having a panic attack, Jaxon. I can’t help it, okay?”

Jaxon shot over to Miles’ side. “What do I do?”

“I’m just hyperventilating,” Miles said. “Unless you have a paper bag—”

“Which I don’t,” Jaxon said.

“I can’t breathe,” Miles said.

Jaxon looked worried as Miles turned blue and collapsed. He tried to shake him awake, but it didn’t work.

“Miles!” Jaxon said, shaking Miles hard. “Miles, wake up!”

Jaxon slapped Miles lightly on the cheek, to no avail.

“Oh god,” Jaxon said.

There’s only one thing to do, Jaxon thought. I have to give him CPR.

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11: 28 pm Monday, October 31


Nicole stopped running when she finally found another team. She tried to catch her breath as Bella ran over to her.

“Nicole, are you okay?” Bella asked, putting her hand on Nicole’s shoulder.

“I’ve been running up and down the same two floors looking for help. I would have tried another floor, but I was flustered that I couldn’t think straight and I kept getting lost and going in circles.”

“What’s wrong?” Bella asked as Claude and McKenzie joined them.

“It’s Jaxon and Miles,” Nicole said between breaths. “We were gonna try climbing up the elevator shaft, but they got in and the door got stuck, trapping them.”

“Do you have any idea how—”

“How dangerous of an idea that it? Nicole asked. “Yeah, I know. Just please, you guys gotta help them.”

“Where are they?” Claude asked.

“The floor above,” Nicole said.

“I guess it’s a good think Mr. I-Think-I-Know-A-Shortcut got us lost on the second floor for two hours,” Bella said.

“Hey,” Claude said. “I thought it was a shortcut.”

“Yeah,” Bella said. “Back to where we started.”

“Come on, guys,” Nicole said. “I think I can find my way back, just hurry.”

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11: 46 pm Monday, October 31


Jaxon leaned over Miles, blowing into his mouth and trying to resuscitate Miles, still. He wasn’t having much luck as he wasn’t that good at CPR.

“Hold on, guys,” Claude said from the other side of the door. “We’re gonna kick the door down!”

Jaxon pulled Miles to the far side of the elevator and continued trying to revive him from his passed out state.

“Stand back!” Claude said.

Jaxon jumped as two different feet kicked the door. He saw the door budge a little bit. He gave Miles another breath and began to press his chest. Another kick to the door. The door gave halfway this time. Jaxon gave Miles another breath and all of a sudden Miles’ eyes opened.

Miles looked at Jaxon as their lips were pressed together. Both were in shock. Another kick to the door and the door swung open, revealing Jaxon with his lips pressed to Miles’.

“Oh my god,” McKenzie said as he and Claude looked at them and then at one another.

Jaxon looked in shock as he now stood over Miles, who had sat up as McKenzie stared at them.

“This isn’t what it looks like,” Jaxon said.

“Oh yeah?” McKenzie asked. “Because I saw you kissing Miles.”

“I wasn’t kissing him,” Jaxon said. “I was giving him CPR. He lost consciousness because he had a panic attack and couldn’t breathe.”

“Jaxon, you saved my life?” Miles asked.

“Yeah,” Jaxon said. “That’s what best friends, do right?’

Miles smiled as he hugged Jaxon. “Thank you, buddy. I owe you one. You’re a lifesaver, literally.”

McKenzie turned toward Claude. “You know, I think there is something going on between those two.”

“Jaxon is kind of my ex, so I am gonna avoid this like a plague as it will get hella awkward for us in Glee Club,” Claude said. “But feel free to muse amongst yourself all you want.”

Claude gave McKenzie a pat on the shoulder as he walked off to join Bella and Nicole.

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11: 58 pm Monday, October 31


As Evan, Lana, Wyatt, Ana, Lucas, Chuck, Declan, Natasha, Adam, and Rose stood in front of the entrance to the attic, they breathed a sigh of relief.

“We’re free guys,” Rose said.

“Not so fast,” Wyatt said. “We have no idea if the attic is even accessible. The floor could have rotted all the way through, it could be unfinished – anything awaits us in there.”

“Just open the damn door,” Lana said.

Evan opened the door and there it was…a small, empty room with a single, unbarred window. They all jumped as behind them, the door slammed.

“It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark,” Evan sang.

“Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart,” Lana sang.

“You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it,” Evan and Lana sang. “You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes, you're paralyzed.”

“’Cause this is thriller, thriller night,” they all sang. “And no one's gonna save you from the beast about strike. You know it's thriller, thriller night. You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight.”

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Jaxon, Miles, Nicole, Bella, Claude, and McKenzie slowly made their way through a dark hallway.

“You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run,” Jaxon sang.

“You feel the cold hand and wonder if you'll ever see the sun,” Bella sang.

“You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination, girl!” Jaxon and Bella sang. “But all the while you hear the creature creeping up behind, you're out of time.”

“’Cause this is thriller, thriller night,” they all sang. “There ain't no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl. Thriller, thriller night, you're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight.

“Night creatures calling, the dead start to walk in their masquerade,” Claude sang. “There's no escaping the jaws of the alien this time. This is the end of your life, ooh.”

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Aldy, James, Taylor, and Kevin walked up a flight of stairs.

“They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side,” Kevin sang.

“They will possess you unless you change that number on your dial,” Taylor sang.

“Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah,” Kevin and Taylor sang. “All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen, I'll make you see.”

“That this is thriller, thriller night,” they all sang. “’Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try. Thriller, thriller night. So let me hold you tight and share a killer, diller, chiller, thriller here tonight.”

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Outside the mental hospital, Chuck, Evan, Wyatt, Declan, Lana, Lucas, and Adam managed to move the large chunk of concrete that was keeping the blocks from being moved. With it laid aside, the rest of the blocks were no problem to move.

“’Cause this is thriller, thriller night,” they all sang as the opened the door and walked back inside, leaving the front door open all the way. “Girl, I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try. Thriller, thriller night. So let me hold you tight and share a killer, thriller, ow!

“I'm gonna thrill ya tonight,” Adam sang.

“Darkness falls across the land,” Chuck sang as he followed everyone else back inside. “The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize y’alls neighborhood.

“I'm gonna thrill you tonight, ooh baby,” Ana sang. “I'm gonna thrill you tonight, oh darlin'. Thriller night, baby, ooh!”

“The foulest stench is in the air,”Claude continued. “The funk of forty thousand years and grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.”

“Guys!” Lana yelled as she cupped her hands into a megaphone. “We’re free! Come back the way you came and head toward the entrance! Follow our voices!”

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12: 21 am Tuesday, November 1st


Everyone stood outside, looking at the mental hospital one last time. Lana stepped forward.

“I’m so sorry, guys,” she said. “This is my fault. “I shouldn’t have gotten the crazy idea to do this. If we would have just attended the carnival tonight, then Ana and Miles wouldn’t have almost died, Ana and Natasha wouldn’t be fighting, and most importantly for me anyhow, I wouldn’t be ground for missing my curfew and lying to my mom as I am likely to be once I get home.”

“I’ll cover for you,” Wyatt said. “She can be mad at me.”

“Why would you do that?” Lana asked.

“Because I said I came along to keep you safe from the creatures that go bump in the night,” Wyatt answered. “Mom just so happens to be the worst one. Besides, it’s kinda my duty as your older brother. And even though tonight was crazy, we could have died, and we nearly were drove mental by- and this is ironic- a mental hospital, it was the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.”

Lana smiled. “Thanks, Wyatt.”

“You know,” Natasha said, looking at Ana, Hallie, and Lana. “I’m sorry. I wasn’t myself in there. Something about that place messes with your head. It was almost like I was—”

“Possessed,” Evan, Hallie, and Aldy said at the same time.

“I know,” Hallie said. “For a moment in there, it seemed like I wasn’t in control of myself.”

“Me either,” Aldy said. “It was like someone had taken over my body and I couldn’t fight it. And then I saw this ghost boy—”

“With no eyes?” Ana asked. “I saw him, too.”

“It’s just a ghost story,” Lana said. “It’s not real. Ghosts are not real. It’s all in our heads because we were trapped, we were distressed, we were scared and panicking. It does weird things to you. But we weren’t possessed. And we didn’t really see any ghosts.”

“I didn’t see the ghost you claimed to see,” James said. “Lana’s right, it’s all in our head.”

“I guess you’re right,” Aldy said.

“I guess it’s safe to say that whatever happened in there, they things we said and did, let’s not take them to heart,” Natasha said. “It was the product of fear and stress. Ana, I’m sorry. I’m sorry to you too, Lana.”

Lana smiled at Natasha. “It’s no big deal. Let’s just get home because we all have school in the morning.”

As everyone walked to their car, Lana looked back at the attic window and saw the eyeless boy staring out the window at her. She closed her eyes for a moment and looked again. He was gone.

“Now my mind is playing tricks on me,” Lana said. “Geez, I must be sleepier than I thought.”


THE END

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