I’m not sure how to do that so I’m going to respond to Methodikal here. lol.
After writing it my dreams were filled with potential paths the story could take, and I do feel I will continue it. Richard has found himself in a very serious situation and it would be a pity to never see him resolve it.
Pardon any spelling mistake or grammatical errors. It`s 2:07, I don`t want to edit, and I think this story is just fine as it is. it`s just a short story, enjoy.
“What are you thinking?” a whisper passed across Richards ear. her voice betrayed her fear, but expressed her annoyance well enough. Her irritation striking at his spirit, inspiring him to continue.
“Seriously, this isn’t safe.” Her black lipstick made it hard to tell where those lips ended and her skin began, giving her a mysterious aura. Which was good, because Richard liked mysteries. The fact that it was night time made it even that much better.
“What, are you afraid?” he asked playfully, knowing very well her ego would get the better of her.
“Only as much as you are.”
“Good to hear, Lilly. because I’m loving this.”
The rickety old dock leading out over the edge of Skinner Lake was built of wood, now rotting. Its lack of care making it home to the strange sea side plant-life that could only be found in the Valley. Strange barnacles growing wild over the edges, coloured in shades of rad and orange; a side effect of the iron rich water. speckled between the barnacles and in the boards long grass-like leaves sprouted up almost three feet before bending under their own weight. and at the end of the dock was a stain, dark red and ominous.
Lilly looked over at it from where we stood now, just far enough to make out the shape. Oddly mistakable for a hand or foot of some kind. some sort of animal, with an apposible thumb. Definitely not human, unless it really was a hoax.
“Alright, we’ve looked at it and yes it looks sort of like a hand. I guess” she rolled her eyes and slouched with disinterest, “let’s just go back, this is boring me.”
“Naw, let’s get closer.” Richard moved quickly to the stain, leaving Lilly alone at the other end of the dock.
“Whatever, you know what I don’t care.” Lilly shouted, “This is boring me, I’m going home.” She waited for a moment before Richard noticed she hadn’t left.
“If you’re going to leave, just do it. Otherwise come check this out.” he knelt down and inspected the stain. There were a few leaves broken off at an oddly low point, and the barnacles weren’t growing near it.
Lilly took a double take behind her before deciding. “Fine!” she called out and started walking over to Richard.
Suddenly, there was a faint splashing noise and Out of the corner of Lilly’s eye she thought she saw something moving in the water. “Richard?” she tried to whisper to him, fearing that something might hear her. “Rich?” she said a little bit louder.
“That’s odd.” Richard mumbled to himself, “I think something’s been climbing up here Lilly.” He stood up quickly and turned to look at her. “It’s the barnacles. come see.”
Another splash rippled through the water causing Lilly to jump in the air and yelp. She gripped at her chest, her heart beating a mile a minute.
“Really Lilly? How girlish of you.” Richard laughed. A look of fear swept across her face as she locked eyes with him. She opened her mouth to say something, but nothing came out. It seemed to Richard that his friend was looking straight through him, behind him even. His heart began to race.
Out of nowhere there was a splash, Instinctively Richard turned to see what was behind him. Raising his arm in defence he called out for help and fell on his back, the tender wood buckling with the impact. He kicked out at the darkness trying to hit whatever was there, but he wasn`t making contact.
Then he realized, something else was wrong. He stopped fighting, nothing was on him. Lilly had tricked him, any moment now she would start laughing. That little brat got him back. Richard took a moment to lower his arm, Lilly hadn`t started laughing yet. She hadn`t made a noise at all.
Richard finally found the courage to lower his arm and look out into the night sky. The crescent moon looking down on him. He propped himself up and caught the rest of his breath before turning to where Lilly had stood a minute before. She was gone.