Legend of the Skeleton Man

Chapter 4

"God!" the hunter cried out as Adrian lifted him up into the passenger seat of the truck.

"I'm driving." Ashley grabbed the keys and got into the front seat. "You two can be in the back and watch for the Skeleton Man."

"Can he fly?" the hunter asks.

"Dude, what's your name?" Ashley asks.

"Matt." he groaned.

"And yes Matt, he can fly." Ashley said as she stuck the keys in and turned the truck on, the wheels screeching as she drove off.

"Hey." I opened the back window of the truck. "You got anymore bullets?"

Matt opened his glove box and gave me a box. "That's all, use them wisely."

"Right." I muttered and re-loaded the rifle. "Let's kill this bastard for real." I cocked the rifle. "Hey Ash, is there anyway to kill the guy?"

"Well, not really..." she winced. "As far as the legend goes, nobody has tried to kill him."

"Damnit..." I muttered. "I guess these bullets can slow him down at least till we get some help."

"You might wanna get that rifle ready now." Adrian pointed up at the air as the Skeleton Man appeared before us.

I aimed the gun and pulled the trigger. He dodged the first bullet...and the next and the next. "Damnit!" I swore. "Stay still!"

"Blaise, use this to catch him." Adrian handed me a rope . "You said you can lasso a rope."

I handed him the rifle and stood up, leaning against the truck. Lassoing the rope, I threw it at the Skeleton Man and it wrapped tightly around his cloaked form. Keeping a good grip on the rope, I knelt down towards the back left tire and threw the rope at it. The rope got caught in the wheel and pulled the Skeleton Man to the ground. I grabbed the rifle and emptied it into the creature, including using the whole box.

And he still didn't die!

"I'm out of bullets!" I threw the rifle at the creature, which hit him in the head. The Skeleton Man let out a demonic screech and his bony hands grabbed the rope and began to pull himself up.

"Oh shit..." Adrian swore.

"Hey, you got a knife?" I ask Matt.

He reached into the glove box and pulled out an 8-inch hunting knife, handing it to me. "What are you doing?" Adrian asks over the wind.

"Ashley, I've got an idea!" I shouted over the wind. "I'm going to cut the rope and when I do, I'll tell you to stop and then back up to run over him!"

"Got it!" she shouted back.

I cut the rope. "Now!"

Ashley slammed down on the brakes and then backed up quickly. The truck thumped as the tires ran over the Skeleton Man once. I looked from above the truck and saw the glowing, red eyes of the creature as he looked at us and screeched.

"Oh-no you don't!" Ashley whispered and put truck into forwards. She slammed down on the gas peddle and ran over the creature. She kept running over him a bunch of times until he seemed motionless. Ashley stopped the truck and poked her head out the window. "Is he dead?"

"Looks like we'll have to find out." I said and jumped out of the back. I slowly approached the creature and nudged him with my foot. He didn't move. "I think he's dead." I said and walked back to the truck.

Ashley had gotten out without me knowing and her eyes widened. "Look out!" she screamed and pushed me out of the way. Next thing I knew, a bony arm came through her chest and out her back.

"Ashley!" I screamed. "No!" I tried to go to her, but Adrian grabbed my arm and threw me into the front seat beside Matt. "We have to help her!"

Adrian got into the driver's seat and took off. "We can't help her. She's gone."

I felt tears in my eyes as we drove through the trees. "I'm so sorry Ashley..." I whispered.

…...

"We're out of gas."

The truck stopped the minute the arrow hit the empty gauge. "Shit..." Adrian swore. "Looks like we're walking." we got out and helped Matt out of the truck.

"Goddamn, that hurts!" he groaned, hopping on his good foot.

"We'll get you to a hospital soon." I spoke, feeling guilty about Ashley. "We need the freaking military to kill this guy. Contain him, get him away from the world."

"I don't think the military can do anything about him." Adrian paused. "He's way too powerful. He's also too dangerous for people to mess with him."

"But we have to do something about him!" I protested. "We can't just let him roam around and kill people!"

"Blaise, there's not much we can do."

"But-."

SHUNK

Matt gasped as a scythe came through his chest. "Shit!" I screamed and we both dropped Matt. The scythe was yanked out and the Skeleton Man landed on the ground.

"Blaise," Adrian grabbed my hand, pulling me close to him. "There's something that Ashley and I never told you because we had forgotten."

"What is it?" I ask.

"If we keep running, we'll reach the border of the woods. The Skeleton Man can't cross into non-forest territory. We're safe if we reach the school because it's right by these woods." Adrian grinned sheepishly.

"Why didn't you tell us that before moron?!" I punched his shoulder and then we sped off. The Skeleton Man seemed dumbfounded for a moment before going after us. We ran as fast as we could and finally reached the border of the woods.

"On the count of three, we're going to jump!" Adrian shouted. "One...two...three!" we both took a leaping jump just as the scythe nearly threatened to severe us in half. We fell to the ground and rolled a little bit before stopping.

Breathing heavily, I looked up to see the Skeleton Man glaring down at us, trapped behind the barrier that kept him in the woods. He let out low, demonic growl and then walked off into the darkness.

"You okay...?" Adrian asks, pulling me up by my hand.

I looked away from the woods. "Yeah...I guess so..."

"Oh Blaise," he murmured and pulled me to him in an embrace. "I'm sorry about Ashley. I know she was your best friend."

I closed my eyes and sighed against his shoulder. "Yeah..."

...

Two hours later, the bodies of Ashley, Riley, Chase and Matt the hunter were all brought out and laid in the grass. I leaned against Adrian, exhausted.

"We found no Skeleton Man in the woods." the chief said when he walked over. "I believe in the legend, hell, I've even seen him once. But we didn't find him at all."

"The woods are his grave." I spoke and sighed. "He's trapped in those woods forever."

"Well, we'll make a rule about not going into the woods, especially at night. Unless you have a special reason." the chief said. "Come on kids, I'll give you a ride home."

Minutes later, Adrian and I were sitting in the back, sort of leaning against each other. "Hey, since we didn't die..." he spoke, his hand finding my own and squeezing gently.

I smiled and squeezed back. "Are you asking me out?"

He shrugged. "I guess so."

Before I could answer, something jumped onto the roof of the police car. The chief stopped the car. "What in the world?" he muttered and was about to open the door, but then a scythe came through the roof, splitting him in half.

"Shit!" Both Adrian and I screamed. "Get the door!"

I began kicking the window with a hard force and within minutes, the glass broke. "Go! You first!" he shoved me out the window.

"Come on!" I grabbed his hand and began to pull him out.

SHUNK

"Adrian!" I screamed when the Skeleton Man drove his scythe through Adrian's back.

Blood trickled down his chin. "R-run..." he whispered and then went limp, hanging over the door.

"Damnit!" I yelled out and then ran off. The Skeleton Man followed close behind. "This can't be-!" I suddenly tripped on the grass and fell on my face. "No..." I cried, tears rolling down my face as I tried to crawl away. I rolled onto my back and didn't see the demonic creature. Panting quietly, I stood up and just stood there. "Adrian..." I said quietly.

Then I heard a growl from behind me.

Eyes wide, I slowly turned around to find the Skeleton Man glaring down at me, scythe ready to strike.

I let out a loud scream.

…...

The bodies of Chief Harrison, Blaise Anderson and Adrian Charlton were found the next morning around 8 a.m.

No suspects have been recognized for these murders.

Some people say it was the Skeleton Man, a demonic creature that lives in the woods. Others say it was wolves.

But the ones who believe fear the woods.

For if they cross the Skeleton Man, he will not let anyone escape.

You have been warned.