I stayed at Laycee's for a couple more hours until I noticed the sun setting quickly into the west. I told her I'd see her at school the next day then headed home. My jeep rolled past the park just as the last rays of light were setting into the trees. I saw a flash of movement from the corner of my eye. It was something big. I turned to look but nothing was to be seen. I looked into my rearview window as I continued on. My breath caught in my throat. A man was standing in the middle of the road staring at my departing vehicle. His eyes shone like an animals in the night.

I walked into a completely black house. I flipped on the light switch as I walked to the dining room; a note from mom was sitting on the table.

Erica,

Went out to dinner with a friend. I'll be back eventually.

Don't wait up.

P.S. Have a nice day at school tomorrow, your lunch moneys on my dresser.

Love,

Mom

I was feeling kinda hungry so I went into the kitchen and rooted around in the fridge until I found some left over spaghetti and meatballs from a few nights before. They tasted pretty good considering their age, though I didn't think they'd be any good the next day. I was still wide-awake. I wandered into my room, threw some pajamas on, grabbed a book, and climbed into bed. I lay awake reading until I gently feel into a dream filled sleep.

"Hello Erica." The stranger said. I turned around to see who it might be. A tall dark figure stood behind me. His green eyes glowed in the moonlight. "It's a lovely evening, isn't it?" he smiled at me. His teeth were the color of bone ivory.

"Umm why yes it is." He had caught me off guard " Beg your pardon but do I know you?"

"No you don't, I just happen to be taking a late night stroll and saw you and thought you might like some company." He oozed charm but something was off. No man my age was this smooth.

"Well that was very thoughtful of you, but I was just about to go in for the night." I lied. I was slightly taken aback by his presence something about him just didn't seem right.

"Well if that's the case I bide you farewell."

"Well than sir, I shall be off." I turned to walk away but stopped and turned abruptly. He was looking directly at me. "May I ask your name?"

"Casper. You may call me Casper." Chills ran down my spine as I turned to leave.

Beep Beep Beep. I took a deep breath, "damn the inventor of alarm clocks." I rolled over and switched it off. The red fluorescent lights read 6:30. I let out a small growl as I rolled over to get ready for school.