It was meant as a joke to play on the new girl, Alice. The broken down old house was used to scare all the new kids in school. It was a rite of passage, of welcoming and belonging. At least, until that monster killed Autumn’s friend when they entered. It was all Autumn could do to run and hide under an old bed with a hand over her mouth to keep from screaming.
The monster paused next to the bed in front of Autumn and crouched. Before she knew what happened, Alice’s smiling face was watching her.
“Hi. Wanna play?”