“Want some candy?” the man said from the curb as his rusted van backfired.
“I don’t know…” Kelly said as she stopped walking, “My brother is home alone, I really shouldn’t stop for too long. He’s not old enough to take care of himself.”
“That’s alright. We can bring him some candy too!” the man said, his eyes growing a little darker. “Hop in and I’ll take you home.”
“That would be faster,” Kelly replied, taking a step closer to the van, “but I don’t know…”
“How far away is your house?” he asked.
“It’s not that, I just don’t know you. I’m not supposed to get in cars with people I don’t know,” she said.
“My name’s Peter,” he said, “what’s your name?”
“Kelly, Kelly Harrison.” she replied.
“It’s nice to meet you, Kelly,” Peter said. “Now we know each other, right? So come on, climb in and let’s get you to your brother.”
“A-Alright…” Kelly said as she pulled the door open and got in.
“Buckle up please. It’s the law.” Peter smiled. “Now where to?”
Kelly gave Peter directions to her house. The rows of houses gave way to thick trees and dirt driveways. They pulled into her driveway and Peter shut off the engine.
“Are you coming in too?” Kelly asked, casting him a suspicious glance.
“Only if you want me to. I want to make sure your brother is okay. I did keep you talking for a few minutes.” he replied.
“That’s very kind of you.” Kelly said brightening up. “Come on in!”
She climbed out of the van and led the way through the front door.
“It’s dark in here.” Peter said as they went through the door.
“Oh, sorry about that. I’ll turn on a light for you.” Kelly said as she skipped up the hall.
A loud click sounded and the bulb in the ceiling flared to life.
“That’s better. Where’s your brother, is he okay?” Peter asked.
“James!” Kelly yelled, “Where are you?”
The floor beneath Peter suddenly opened and he fell into the basement. The smell of earth filled his nostrils, but there was a tinge of something else. Something metallic as he got to his feet and realized there were four people standing around the cage in which he found himself.
“Wha-What’s going on?” He stumbled as the door on the far side of the room opened and Kelly walked in.
“What do you guys think?” Kelly said, “Did I do good?”
“I don’t know, Kelly,” A man replied, “He looks a little fatty…”
“Oh, it’ll be fine, honey,” A woman said, “Kelly hasn’t done this yet. It’s not a bad haul for her first catch.”
“What are you talking about?” Peter asked as they continued their conversation.
Everyone turned to the cage in unison. Peter watched, petrified as each person’s jaw unhinged and opened, revealing long, pointed, and jagged teeth. The man opened the door, letting the twin boys in first…