The door creaks open. My nostrils flare as I smell mold, death…decay. Wooden beams hang from the ceilings, crumbling with age. Except this house was only built last year. I step onto the threshold, the floor creaking as it comes in contact with my feet. A blast of cold air hits me, leaving me shivering and sweaty. I turn to leave but the door has disappeared. I have no choice but to go forward.
My ears begin to hurt as a sinister whisper flies through the house,
“You have stepped over the threshold. You have awakened the spirits. The curse is now upon you.” I reach to rub my ears, my hands come back…..covered in blood. I try to scream but a hand covers my mouth. I look down, there it sits…..attached to an arm which is attached to a body. I look up and there she stands. Matted black hair, sharp, pointed teeth; scabs and blood covering her face. Her eyes stare at me, black and deep. Suddenly they widen. Her arms look as if she has been shackled for years. Spiders crawl slowly from her hands to her shoulders and back again, whispering,
“Kill the traitor. Kill the intruder, prove yourself to the mistress.” I tear my eyes away from her face and try to move my hands…..but they are entangled in sticky webs. I look up; the girl’s eyes look human. And just like that they are black and soulless again. I begin to collapse but just as suddenly as she appeared the girl disappears. The voice whispers again,
“Return to me within a fortnight, or the same curse shall be upon the next person who touches you.” I run towards the door that has magically appeared, able to move; it was as if the webs had never been restricting my movements. I stop and look at my hands, no sign of webs, spiders or any harm at all. As I leave I look back once more, a woman stands waving me off. She wears a medieval dress, her hair long and plaited with flowers; her feet bare and dirty. She waves a yellow handkerchief that is slowly crumbling as it flutters in the cold wind. Her eyes are like daggers, her mouth curved into a cruel smile. The girl stands beside her. I stumble into the sunshine. The house disappears.