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The Blind Date
by E.A. Black
‘Where are you?’ Jeanette texted. It was the third time she asked. She hated it when men kept her waiting.
‘Here.’ Her phone pinged. It took him over a minute to return her text. What was he, some kind of Luddite?
She climbed the steep stairs past the wrought iron gate towards the abandoned Hasker mansion. The place had been in disrepair for decades. Didn’t anyone own it? The brick monstrosity was a real fixer-upper, if you didn’t mind lead paint peeling from the walls and poisoned water from bad pipes.
‘Where is here? I’m on the stairs. Out of breath, if you may ask.’
‘In the ballroom.’ he texted after 45 seconds. At this rate, she’d be inside the house before she caught up with him.
The tall wooden door creaked as she used all her strength to push it open. She was surprised it was unlocked but people had been breaking into the Hasker mansion for as long as she knew it existed. The lock to the front door was broken. She walked into the yawning foyer and texted him again.
‘You’re in the ballroom?’
‘The ballroom.’ 30 seconds this time. His speed was improving.
Jeanette had been on blind dates several times but never before had she been on a blind date to a mansion haunted by demons. Both she and Steve discovered they had a taste for the macabre and chose the Hasker mansion as their first date. As long as they didn’t get caught by the police, all was cool.
She walked to the ballroom but didn’t see him anywhere.
‘Where are you? I’m in the ballroom but I don’t see you.’ she texted.
Her phone rang. It was Steve.
“Jeanette, my car won’t start. I’m stuck in my driveway. You want to do something else tonight or is it a rain check?”
A chill descended upon her. “You’re not at the mansion?”
“No. I’m home. Why? Are you there?”
“Have you been texting me?”
“If it wasn’t you, then who was it?”
Her phone pinged again. She looked at her text message and her blood ran cold.
Fiction © Copyright E. A. Black
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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