as Maria walked home from school, she took a breath of the cool fall air, taking in the colors of the leaves. popping in her earbuds, she continues home. As Maria continues walking, her backpack feels heavier, so she stops to rest.
Suddenly, she spies a vending machine, that seems somehow... eerie. grabbing a coin, Maria cranks it, suddenly a tingle runs down her spine, and with a shudder, the machine spits out a dull plastic ball. when she opens it, a ghastly groan freezes the air, and something escapes.
Maria tries to scream but... nothing escapes. she feels hot, and... she's gone. another soul lost to the vending machine.