It was Halloween night and Kurt was on his way to a party that his buddy Paul had told him about. “There are going to be some real hot babes there!” Paul had said, “Some nice firm meat that you can really sink your teeth into!”
“Sounds like a blast.” Kurt grinned as they parted ways, knowing that they would meet up again later that night. It was just past sunset now and Kurt had some things to do before the massive flesh fest so he was actually happy that the party didn’t start until midnight. Paul was planning to dress up for the event but Kurt didn’t know if he would or not. Dressing in costumes seemed so pointless anymore, for just one night of the year he wished he could actually juts be himself and finally discard the mask that he wore for all of his college buddies and co-workers. It was so exhausting always trying to fit in, and be someone that you’re not, just for the benefit of being accepted.
So, midnight was coming ever closer and Kurt was suddenly getting antsy about the party. He wanted to be there when things kicked off and not wander in late as he normally did, when all the best girls were taken and all he was left with were the drunken whores that would fuck just about anybody. He knew that the chances of him finding a virgin at this thing was rare but at least he could entertain himself with a girl who hadn’t been passed to every dude on campus.
He looked to the address again, that Paul had written on a napkin from the cafeteria. 1216 River side drive, well that was definitely in the rich section of town, probably a nice set up with a pool and live D.J. This was totally going to be a party to remember and Kurt couldn’t wait to make his grand entrance and see all the fine young flesh that would be dying to share a dance with him, and maybe a little more.
As he drove farther and farther down the road, the houses became further and further apart. It occurred to him that this party house might actually be so far out in the country that it was actually secluded from the rest of its neighbor’s. His assumptions were confirmed as he turned onto a dark, narrow, dirt road that was aptly named River Side Drive because it ran right alongside a wide and rushing river. “Nice.” Kurt frowned, “I think I saw this road in a Stephen King movie once, look out for dead kids and corn fields.” He flicked on the high beams then descended into the spooky ass darkness that seemed to embrace the road and the small wooded area that surrounded it.
About five minutes had passed since Kurt veered onto River Side Drive when he suddenly slammed on the breaks before careening out of control and hitting the stupid jack ass that was stalled in the middle of the road. The driver of the other car walked over to Kurt and leaned over so that they were looking at each other eye to eye. The other driver was an older man, maybe late forties. He had jet black hair that was starting to grey in some areas; it was slicked back and plastered neatly to the top of his head like some movie mobster or something. He was wearing black jeans, matching turtle neck and a long brown cow boy style trench coat. Kurt wondered what his costume was supposed to represent, he could see a cowboy maybe if he had a hat but the clothes under the coat were all wrong, he also couldn’t see this guy going to the same party that Kurt was on his way to; the dude was much too old.
“Hey Sorry about that guy…” The other driver said as he leaned in closer to Kurt. “My car just took a shit, I was trying to push it off the road when you showed up, are you alright?”
Kurt smiled, “yeah no worries, I’m fine. Hey you need some help getting it off the road?”
“Appreciate it.” The other said.
Kurt backed up then pulled his car along the side of the road. He got out and walked over to the broke down car and he and the driver began to push it off the side of the road where it would be out of the way of anyone else that happened by. Kurt narrowed his eyes as he looked at the back window and a saw a streak of red across the glass. “Everything ok with you?” Kurt asked, pointing to the stained glass. “Were you alone in the car when it stalled?”
“Oh yeah I’m alone.” The stranger said, “And I am fine, thanks for your concern. Actually when the engine stalled I hit a pot hole and a big bottle of fake blood went flying. It was part of my costume but now it’s all over the back seat.”
“I see…” Kurt looked suspiciously to the car once more before heading back to his own car. “So, you have someone coming out to pick you up; a tow truck or your wife maybe?”
“Not married.” The stranger said as he leaned against his car, “And you know, it’s the damnedest thing, my cell phone died right about when my car did.”
Kurt narrowed his eyes, “Riiiiight.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out his own phone and flipped it open, “Well, mine has a signal. You can borrow it but then I really have to get going, there’s a big party that I’m missing and I really want to get there before I miss all the good shit.”
“Hey I can understand that…”The stranger moved from where he was leaning against the car and started walking slowly towards Kurt. “The thing is, I don’t have anyone to call, and I am kind of short on cash at the moment so I couldn’t pay for a tow truck. I appreciate that you’re late for a party but actually my house is just a little ways up the road here and well, I would be much obliged if you wish just give me a quick ride up to my place then I can come back in the morning with a tool kit and see what’s wrong with the old hunk of junk myself.”
Kurt sighed then nodded, “yeah ok, get in. I’ll drop you off real quick then I have to get going.”
“Understood…”The Stranger said, “Wouldn’t want to hold you up. “
“Well…”Kurt said as he got in and started the car up, “Let’s get you home and get me to this party. I’m getting kind of hungry for some of the fine fresh meat that’s going to be there tonight.”
“I know what you mean.” The Stranger said, “I know just what you mean.”
There was an awkward silence as the two drove down the dark and seemingly deserted road. “How much farther is your house?” Kurt asked.
“Not much father.” The stranger said, “Just keep driving, we’ll be there soon.”
Kurt eyed the stranger suspiciously, “There wasn’t a house in sight. His buddies had chosen this location for their party for a reason, seclusion.”
Kurt switched on his CD player and let some tunes fill the car but almost as soon as he turned it on, his passenger reached over and switched it off.
“Don’t like music?” Kurt asked, growing slightly annoyed.
“I can’t hear myself think.” The stranger said, his voice growing darker now, more serious. “And I need to concentrate.”
“Concentrate on what?” Kurt mused, “Did you forget where you live or something?”
The stranger starred at Kurt with slight irritation. “So it was nice of you to give me a ride like this….” He said softly, “Nice, but a little stupid.”
“Really?” Kurt asked, “And why is that?”
The stranger shrugged. “Well, for all you know I could be some psycho killer.”
Kurt raised an eye brow suspiciously, “And how do you know that I’m not one?”
The stranger laughed at this, “I’m a pretty good judge of character kid. I much better one than you are. I can tell you more about you than you even know yourself.”
“Is that so?” Kurt grinned. “Then tell me something, something about me that you think you know.”
“Well…” The passenger leaned back against his seat. “You’re a good kid. You didn’t get out of the car and cuss me out when you almost hit my car in the road. You got out and helped me move it even, most people wouldn’t do that.”
“You don’t think so?” Kurt watched the stranger cautiously as he spoke. “I think you might have under estimated humanity a bit there. I think more people than you realize are still willing to help out someone in trouble.”
“But was I really in all that much trouble?” The stranger turned and looked at Kurt and their eyes met.
Kurt furrowed his brow. “How much longer now?” He asked.
“We’re almost there.” The stranger told him. “Almost to the end of the line now.”
“Good.” Kurt hit the gas petal a little harder now.
“So…you’re a good college kid aren’t you?” The stranger asked.
“Am I?” Kurt asked. “You’re the one that knows everything, you tell me.”
“I think you are.” The stranger answered. “You get good grades and I am sure you make your daddy proud of you. You have big plans for the future, probably a lawyer or a doctor or something. You’re the type of person that wants to spend their life helping others, makes me a little sick.”
“Helping people makes you sick?” Kurt asked. “Why is that?”
“Because…”The stranger breathed heavily, “Most of humanity today is filled with scum and vermin. It’s not worth being saved.”
“Scum and vermin?” Kurt asked, “Hmmm…like the person that you had stashed in the trunk of your car?”
The stranger glared at him, “What?”
“Oh nothing.” Kurt smiled for the first time since picking up his unwanted passenger. “Just that I know the blood in the back seat of your car was not stage blood. And I could smell the corpse in your trunk. It’s already started to decay, of course you wouldn’t be able to tell, not yet, but I could smell it.”
The stranger glared at Kurt with pure rage in his eyes, “How?”
“Now if I told you that, “Kurt laughed, “It would ruin the big surprise.”
The stranger began to reach into his coat pocket and Kurt snorted. “Hope you have silver bullets in that gun, otherwise it won’t do you much good.” Kurt began to slow the car down, and then brought it to a complete stop on the side of the road. “Now…where did you say your house was, because I am pretty sure you would want to start running towards it now?”
The stranger laughed suddenly and grinned devilishly, “You’re playing games with me.” He taunted, “Nice, I like it. Will make this a lot more interesting though I have to hand it to you kid. Don’t know how you figured me out but your good. What I can’t figure out though is how did you know about the body in the trunk? I know you didn’t see me put it in there, so when did you figure it out?”
“When I helped you push the car off the side of the road.” Kurt answered, “I could smell it.”
“What?” The smile faded from the stranger’s lips as he watched the expression on Kurt’s face change.
It was Kurt’s turn to grin now, he stretched his lips into a wicked and dangerous smile that revealed two very sharp elongated fangs that dipped down from the roof of his mouth like two sharp and shinning, salivating daggers. The stranger suddenly pulled the gun out of his coat and pointed it directly at Kurt’s face and fired. “Stupid bastard…” The stranger growled, “You’re no fun at all.”
When the smoke cleared the stranger gasped to see Kurt still smiling at him, with the bullet caught between his teeth. His face at morphed into something ugly, something sinister, something that resembled a creature that was half man and half cat. He spat the bullet back at the stranger and growled, “Run…run now!”
The stranger wasted no time; he shoved the car door open and almost fell to the ground getting out. He was on his feet again and running through the woods faster than even he would have thought possible but when he looked back, he didn’t see Kurt behind him so he slowed his pace then stopped to look around. The woods were dark, quiet, he was alone.
“Fucker!” He shouted. “I don’t know how you did it but you tricked me somehow. Oh I am going to have fun when I find you. You’re going to wish to God that you had never been born.”
There was a rustling somewhere in the trees above him, a sound almost like heavy breathing and when he looked up into the tree above him, all he saw was a large pair of beast like green eyes.
The stranger never even had time to react; a large black panther like creature jumped from the tree above him and pounced. The stranger was knocked to the ground and the gun went flying out of his hand. He crawled around frantically, searching for his lost weapon when he felt the large animalistic claws dig into his back. The stranger screamed in rage and pain as he was flipped over again and thrown like a rag doll to the ground, his side splitting open as something massive bit into his torso. The last thing he saw were the teeth, large and razor sharp row upon row of those teeth. They were yellowed and stained with blood, pink saliva dripped from the jaws of the great man-cat then, there was only darkness.
Kurt walked back to his car picking up items of discarded clothing that he had shed earlier, dressed again and got back into the car. He smoothed out his hair and wiped his chin then started the car and drove off. The house came into view quickly; he could hear the music pounding from the street and saw the lights as he neared the circular drive that was littered with vehicles. He parked as close to the house as he could, but still had to walk a ways to get to the door. The door swung open as he neared it and Paul came pouncing merrily towards him. “Man I smelled you before you even got out of the car, what the hell you been doing?”
Kurt hugged his friend, “Sorry dude, I picked up a snack along the way.”
“Oh well you didn’t miss anything, we were waiting for you to get here before we got started.”
“Nice.” Kurt grinned. “We got a nice selection tonight?”
“Decent.” Paul shrugged, “Some of the girls didn’t show, there was some news story about a carjacker, guess he butchered a whole family and stole their car. They were warning people to stay indoors till he’s caught…you know, humans.”
Paul and Kurt laughed. “Yeah…” Kurt grinned, “I hope they find what’s left of him.”
Paul high fives his friend and they walked into the house together just as the moon came into full view over the trees, the party was just getting started.
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