Once upon a time,there was a man who had two children.He loved them dearly.
One day,however,when he had taken them to a carnival,the carnival burned up.The man and his children burned down with it.
Now,the man haunts the town where the carnival was,stealing the souls of the weak and grieving,always in pain for the death of him and his children,always trying to make himself better by making others feel less…
It was the year 2019.Natalie Maurice and her family were going to the movies.
Natalie was a young twelve year old girl who had a TON of personality.She had bright,two-toned lavender and black curly hair.She wore a purple tee shirt.She wore blue shorts,blue and green stockings and gray boots.
Natalie was an only child and had a Mom and Dad.But she was always closer to her father,even though most girls her age despised their fathers.
Natalie used to be an extremely happy and content girl.
Her Dad was driving the car past the speed limit,insisting that:"It wouldn't do any harm." Her Mom was screaming at him to stop,he didn't listen.Natalie sadly watched in the background.
Her Dad turned around to joke with Natalie,but right behind him was a big truck..
"Dad,look out!" She screamed,pointing at the window.
But it was too late,the truck crashed on the car,broken glass shards and machinery injuring Natalie and her Mom and killing her Dad.
Are they dead? They can’t be dead.No,it’s too much…that cannot be…no…no…IT’S NOT TRUE! NO! Natalie thought frant as an ambulance came to carry the three of them away.
THREE WEEKS LATER,AFTER THE ACCIDENT:
Anika's parents ran upstairs to Anika's room to tell them about the sad news with her friend Natalie.
Anika was one year older than Natalie and her best friend since kindergarten.She had long dark brown hair,a splash of freckles and dark eyes.
"WE HAVE TO GO VISIT NATALIE AND MAKE SURE SHE'S OKAY!" Anika yelled.
"We're going to visit her,but we have to get ready first." Her parents said.They went outside to start the car.
Anika got in the white SUV and they drove off to visit her sick friend.
When they got to the glass hospital,they went to the front desk and told the person behind it that they were going to see the Maurice family.
The woman behind the desk told them where they were and they went upstairs to find them.
Anika found Natalie in a white room with a thousand plugs and machines beeping and whirring.
The entire room was white and smelled like hand sanitizer.The walls were white,the bed was white,and the sheets were white.
"Anika.." Natalie croaked.
"Natalie! Natalie,are you alright?" Anika asked,rushing over to her.Her parents let her see her friend.
"I'm fine...I just hope my parents are okay."Natalie said.Every breath looked like pain.
Anika's parents rushed in,followed by a sad male doctor with black hair and glasses.
"Natalie... I have some news.It's about your parents." He said.
"What?" She asked.
"Your Mom is injured,but we can help her get better.We can get you and Your Mom better." He said.
"What about my Dad?" She asked uncertainly.
The doctor sighed.He looked like he didn't want to talk about it.
Anika and her family were about to leave,but Natalie insisted that they stay.
"You see,the hardest part of my job is saying things that patients aren't going to want to hear." The doctor said.
"What is it that I don't want to hear?" Natalie asked.
"Your father is.." He looked like he didn't want to say it.
"What?" She asked.
"Your father is dead." The doctor said.
After Natalie and her mother were (physically) healed,they went back home.
The next day when Natalie went to school,everyone was upset for her.She hated their pity.She just wanted to be alone with her friend.
When she got home,she ignored her Mom, who pestered Natalie with pointless questions about her well-being, and went upstairs to do her homework, something to get her mind off of life in general.
She accidentally tripped over something..
"OW!" Natalie yelped,caressing her left foot.
She looked at what she tripped over.It was a long,unnatural,black claw.It didn't look real.
Then,the claw moved.She saw an arm and then a body.
Finally,a man.Or what was close to a man.
This man had black hair,red eyes with black,hypnotic swirls in them,long,black claws,sharp teeth and pointy ears.
He looked evil.
"What are you? What do you want? Are you real?" Natalie asked fiercely.
"Of course I'm real.If I weren't real,then you wouldn't have tripped on my claw.I just want to make you happy,Natalie.I understand that your father's death was a tragedy.Let me be your father.I'll take care of you." He said.His voice was a combination of high and low.
Natalie watched enough horror movies to know that in a situation like this,people in her position died.
But Natalie was sad and scared.She didn't want to mourn her father.If this thing could be a father to her,then so be it.
Natalie ran to the man and hugged him.He hugged her back.
"I'm going to need you to do something,though. I can't live without souls.You must give me pieces of your soul.Only little pieces.You will not die.I promise." He said.
She looked up at the thing.She did not want to give him pieces of her soul.But she didn't want him to leave,either.
So she nodded.With that,the man took a piece of her soul.
That was only the beginning.
From then on,Natalie would offer pieces of her soul to the devil man.But she was starting to lose herself.
She no longer bothered for bright colors and quirky earrings,she was too tired to care.She just wore whatever she saw in her dresser.
Anika knew something was up,but she couldn't place it.
One day when Anika and Natalie were going to school together,Anika asked Natalie:
"Are you okay?"
Natalie only nodded.She didn't look okay.She looked like a frail old lady with stringy black hair.
"Are you sure you're okay? Because you don't look okay.Natalie,I'm worried about you.I think you should talk to someone.This isn't good." Anika said worriedly.
Natalie glared at her.
"I DON'T NEED HELP! I'M FINE! LEAVE ME ALONE!" She screamed at her.
Anika shut up.But deep down,she was scared.Scared for her friend.
Anika had enough of her friend acting this way towards her.
So,after school she asked Natalie if she could come over to her house and Natalie said yes.
After telling her parents on the phone that she was going with Natalie,she went to her house.
They got to her house and tried to play some board games,but Natalie was not interested.
So they watched TV.
"Pause the channel.I need to do something." Natalie said.So Anika paused it.
Natalie went upstairs,to her room and Anika followed her,to make sure she was okay.
Natalie slammed the door shut and cried.
Anika pressed her ear to the door...
And heard an evil,inhuman voice say:
"Natalie,you're doing a good job.Now,another piece of your soul."
"But,Dad! Isn't this enough?! I'm hurting! Everything hurts.." Natalie sobbed.
Anika gasped.What the heck?! Why was she calling that monster her Dad?!? Was she giving it pieces of her soul? Something wasn't right here..
"No,it isn't enough.If you want me to be there for you, you must be there for me.It's only fair." He said.
Anika was disgusted.This thing was manipulating her friend!
Anika tried to open the door,but it was locked.
She heard an awful,soul-sucking sound,followed by screaming and crying.Anika tried opening it even more furiously,but it was still locked.
Then she heard:
Natalie opened the door,covered in tears.There was nothing in her room.
Anika looked at Natalie's hand.Her left pinky was missing.In fact,it looked like it was chewed off.
"Nat...what is going on?" Anika asked.
She did not answer.
"NAT,ANSWER ME! I heard you in the room! What was that thing you were talking to?!" Anika screamed.She couldn't help it.She was worried for her.
Natalie's face darkened.
"Please...don't lie to me.Tell me what is going on.Please.." Anika pleaded.
Natalie pulled Anika close to her.
"I'll tell you what's going on." She whispered.
Natalie was about to talk,but then her Mom's car pulled up on the driveway.
"Come over to my house for a sleepover and then we'll talk." She whispered.
Natalie told her Mom about the sleepover and when Anika went home,she asked her parents if she could come.
They said yes.
When it was time,Anika arrived at Natalie’s house.
When Anika arrived at the house,Natalie was waiting for her in the living room.
She sat on the pile of pillows and blankets.Natalie had her stringy black hair tied up in a bun.She was wearing a white shirt that was too big for her.Natalie's eyes were a sickly white.Disgusting white goo formed on the edge of her lips.
She looked sickly.
Anika tried not to stare,but it was impossible.
"Okay,you're not going to believe me-"
Anika interrupted her.
"Nat,I heard a weird voice in your room.Of course I'll believe you." She said.
"-but there is a man.He's not human.He's a demon man.He said he could be my father and take care of me,as long as I gave him pieces of my soul...I agreed,but everything hurts and I'm scared and I-" That was as far as Natalie got.Her eyes closed and she fell to the ground in a weak heap.
“Nat,I heard this scary story about a man and his kids who went to a carnival.The man and his children burned up,but the man’s spirit still haunts people,hurting those who are weak and scared.The spirit is called:”The Father.” I think that’s what’s haunting you.I think he’s trying to steal your soul.Nat? You awake? NAT?!” Anika asked.She thought she was merely resting,but now,she thought she was sleeping.
Anika shook Natalie,but she didn't move.
"Nat! Please wake up,or I'll lick you!" She yelled.
Natalie shot up from the ground.
Suddenly,there was a deep rumbling in the house.The girls huddled together.
A black claw crawled on the floor and revealed a red-eyed man.
"SO YOU BETRAYED ME?! YOU TERRIBLE,NAUGHTY-"
"SHUT UP! NOBODY GETS TO SAY THOSE THINGS ABOUT MY FRIEND!" Anika yelled,holding Natalie protectively.
The man turned to look at her.
"Who are you to speak like that, little girl?" He asked mockingly. Anika ignored his tone.
"Listen here,you vile freak,if you don't give Natalie back her soul and leave us alone right this instant,then I'll-" But the monster interrupted her.
"Or what? You'll fight me? You can't do anything,you're just a child.I'm going to kill you both,understand?" The man laughed.
The girls backed away.Could one really blame them? They were frightened.
They ran upstairs to Natalie's parent's bedroom,hiding in her closet.
But the man was one step ahead.
"You can run,BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!" He screeched wildly.
Soon,he opened the closet and was standing in front of them...
This thing,this monster,it was bigger than them.It was certainly stronger than them.
But these girls had to face their fears.It was the only way.
But how could they get rid of him? He could kill them with just one smack.They were littler,after all..
Natalie figured out a way.
"I think we have to stop paying attention to the monster.It feeds on our attention,our time.If we don't pay attention to it,then it will disappear." Natalie whispered to her.
They ignored the monster,which wasn't an easy task,since it was EXTREMELY NOTICEABLE and right next to them.
But slowly,it began to disappear into thin air...until...it was no longer there...
Anika and Natalie stopped shaking and dared to look at the spot on where the monster was.
But there was nothing there.
"It's gone." Natalie said.
"It's really gone." Anika said.
Yes,it was gone.
"I'm so sorry,Anika! I'm sorry I've been distant...I'm sorry I listened to that thing...it's just...I-it's been so hard on me and it said it could love me, I was being stupid...stupid.." Natalie was reduced to tears.
"Shh...you don't have to talk about it." Anika said.
Just then,Natalie's Mom pulled up on the driveway.The girls immediately ran downstairs,to open the door for her.
"How was the sleepover? Did you do anything fun? Are you feeling better,Natalie?" She asked.
The girls opened their mouths to tell her about what happened,but instead,tears came out.
They ran to her and hugged her tightly.
"Shh...it's okay.I'm here.It's alright." She said to the girls reassuringly.
Everything was going to be alright,because there was an end to the carnage.
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Natalie’s photos are in my wall.