Cemetery Charles by Christopher P, grade 7
Tonight we are finally going to the cemetery. This is gonna be fun! thought Christopher. It was Friday night, the night he had been waiting for. He was going with his friends Aliesa, Jesus, Jacob, Michael, and Jessy. When they arrived at the gate, they took turns sliding under the gate because there was a little gap.
“Hurry up, Christopher, before the cops catch us,” Michael said.
Christopher cut himself for trying to hurry up. “Ow, dang it, Michael, if you never rushed me, I would have never cut myself.”
“It’s fine, only a little cut. It shouldn’t hurt you, Christopher,” Michael replied.
“Yeah,” Christopher said.
When Michael finished going under the gate and got up, they all heard a strange noise, like there were knives getting sharper, and they told each other not to be afraid.
“Christopher, be careful outside, okay? And come back before 10 o’clock,” Christopher’s mom had told him.
“I will, Mom. See you later,” Christopher had agreed.
Remembering what his mom said, he started to be more careful.
“Let’s play a game, guys,” Jacob said.
“Okay, what game then?” Michael asked.
“How about hide and seek?” Jacob suggested.
They all hid while Christopher counted. “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Ready or not, here I come!” While Christopher was searching for his friends, he saw a trail of blood on the floor. He started to follow the trail of blood to see if one of his friends was hurt.
When Christopher got to the end of the trail of blood, he saw Jacob there, bleeding with cuts all over him. His heart started to beat fast. He tried to calm himself down.
“Jacob, what happened to you?” Christopher asked.
“You have to leave now, Christopher, before he gets you, too,” Jacob said.
“Who is he? Are you guys pranking me again?” Christopher wondered aloud.
“No, I’m serious, we aren’t. You gotta find the others and leave without me,” Jacob said back. “Someone came after me, and he is trying to kill us.”
“No, I’m not leaving without you!”
Christopher picked up Jacob and started looking for the others. While they were looking for the others, a guy with a mask stood in front of them with a knife in his hand.
“Run, Christopher!” Jacob called.
Christopher started to run but tripped on a rock, dropping Jacob. The masked guy caught up to them. He picked up Christopher and threw him in an open grave, then walked away with Jacob. Christopher saw a shadow passing by him. He knew it was Michael.
“Michael, help me, I know you’re there,” Christopher yelled out.
“Oh, I didn’t see you there,” Michael answered back. He helped Christopher up.
“A guy cut Jacob with a knife. He took him and threw me in a grave.” They both went to search for Jacob. While they were walking, they saw a book on the floor and Michael picked it up. After thirty minutes, they saw the gravekeeper’s house, and they went inside. Then they opened the book. Christopher was reading.
“What’s in the book?” asked Michael.
“It says ‘If you find this book, well, it will probably be too late for me, but for you, I will help you escape. I have been looking into the reports on the news of a masked man. I think I finally figured it out. Tomorrow, I’ll go down to the police and let them know. One thing you need to know is that the masked man’s real name is Charles Jackson, and he lives in an empty house in the graveyard, and he hides people down in his basement, but watch out: he keeps sensors there. This is all I can tell you. He’s coming for me, so bye.’”
They both saw a picture of a young man and his family in the book. “That must be Charles and his family,” Michael said.
“Yeah, probably! I wonder what happened to them,” Christopher said back.
Charles started walking into the house and saw his book open.
“Where did this book come from, and who opened it?” Charles asked angrily.
Christopher and Michael started crawling away out his house but stopped after reaching the door. “We can’t leave Jacob here,” Christopher said to Michael.
“Then where is he?” Michael said back.
“Well, the book says he keeps people in the basement.” They both sneaked past Charles when he wasn’t paying attention then walked to the basement. They saw Jesus, Aliesa, Jacob, and Jessy there, told them to be quiet, and carried them all out, but accidentally hit the sensor on their way out.
Charles ran down to the basement door and he looked down. “Dang, these kids left,” Charles said.
Christopher and Michael ran out of the house while carrying their friends. Charles ran out of the house as fast as he could and saw them at the gate. Jacob slid under the gate first, then Aliesa, then Jessy, Jacob, Michael, and last Christopher, but when Christopher went under the gate, Charles hit him in the arm with a glass bottle.
“Ouch! Dang it, not again,” Christopher said, sliding all the way under so he couldn’t get hurt anymore.
“I will get you all next time,” Charles yelled.
Jacob looked at the time. “It’s 6:00 AM; we all should go home.”
They walked to the police station. They tried telling the police, but they wouldn’t believe them.
“You kids should go home,” one of the policemen said.
“We aren’t lying,” they all said. They tried to convince the policemen, but they did not believe them.
They walked home and thought about what happened last night. How were they going to explain the cuts and the bleeding to their parents?