Matt sat with Tai, side by side on a pale blue couch, as a particularly tense scene played out in front of them. It had been Tai's idea to rent a horror movie tonight. This would be the last time, Matt swore, that he would ever go along with one of the goggle head's decisions.

"Are you ok?" Tai asked, turning to face his considerably nervous best friend.

Matt twitched. "Y-yeah, I'm fine Tai."

Silence fell upon them again, and their focus fell back onto the movie. A long corridor. Darkness. One woman, no melody in the background to accompany her. A footstep, or two. A shadow against the wall that she didn't notice.

"L-look out…" Matt whispered under his breath. He so badly wanted to look away, to find something better to do with his time. But as the mysterious shadow drew nearer and nearer to the character that he so strongly felt for, his eyes only drew closer to the screen.

He shivered. "R-run…run…"

A turn of the head. A sharp jolt of music. And…silence. Her breathing was ragged, and pacey. But there was no one behind her. No one at all. Just the shadows of various branches hanging from a tree outside, trailing along in her wake. She was safe. She turned back around, reassured, and met an axe to the front of the neck.

"AGH!" Matt jumped, his knees rising to his chest. He covered his eyes with his hands.

"It's ok Matt!" Tai soothed, trying to conceal a smile. He put an arm around Matt's shoulders. "It's ok, it's just a movie."

"Y-yeah." He shuddered. "She should have run away!"

Tai shuffled a little closer. "I know, I know…"

"I mean, what did she think was gonna happen?"

"I don't know."

"You don't go taking a stroll around an abandoned house like that!"

"I'm glad we agree." The brunette nodded.

"Stupid movie."

Tai removed his arm from around Matt's shoulders after giving the boy a quick squeeze, and got to his feet. "I gotta go to the bathroom."

Matt's eyebrows shot up into his hair. "W-wait! You can't just leave me here!"

"Sure I can." Tai smiled. "I'll be right back."


Tai began walking out of the room without conceding an answer.

"Can't I come with you? Please?"

Tai smiled again. "Just wait here, ok? You'll be fine. And I'll be right back."

"Y-yeah." Matt rubbed a hand over his face, uneasily, and attempted to regain some of his natural composure. "Cool."

And with that, Tai left.

Matt's eyes fell back upon the movie. A young boy with a flashlight had followed the previous woman into the old, abandoned house. He tiptoed down the same corridor that she had followed only moments before. His eyes flickered about in front of him. His new shoes clattered about upon the tiles beneath him.

"Quiet down, kid." Matt whispered. "You'll get yourself killed."

The sound of something being dragged along the floor resonated from up ahead. Wide eyes. A sharp inhale of breath. The flashlight fell from the boy's grasp.

"No. Please no…!"

It rattled about on the floor.


The dragging sound halted.

"RUN!" Matt dropped from the couch, and shambled nearer to the T.V. "Run kid, run!"

At that, the T.V. blacked out.


The room was left in total darkness.


He turned around in a panic, blonde hair flailing.

"…are you there?"

The wind outside screamed. The rain tapped wildly against the windows.

"Is a-anybody there?"

No response.

"I guess we're just…we're having a p-power cut." He laughed, shakily. "I'll just sit here and wait for Tai to get back. I'm…I'm not scared."

In the back of his mind, though…

"I'm not scared."

…Matt could hear the faint clatter of tiny feet approaching. The squelch of a body being dragged. The heavy swish of an axe cleaving through the air, drawing nearer and nearer.

"I-I'm…" He pulled his knees up to his chin and wriggled backwards into a niche behind the T.V. set. And he waited.

"I…I'm scared, Tai."

Damn horror movies.