You turn towards the mansion again, cold wind blowing behind you. Shuddering and hesitant, you take a step forward, trying to remind yourself of the prize for winning the dare.
The ground under the snow is frozen and slippery. Flailing, you try in vain to keep your balance. The snow softens your fall a bit, but unfortunately your coat and gloves are now wet, making the wind feel even chillier as it passes you again. Your mood darker now, the sound of your friend's laughter feels like it's mocking you.
Getting up, you hear creaking sound coming ahead of you. Looking up you see the mansion's door slowly opening, as if welcoming you. There's still enough light for the door to cast a shadow, but you can't see past the threshold.
Your friend's voices sound very distant now. You can feel something staring at you in the darkness ahead.
Will you go in? Or will you return to your friends?
Passing the threshold, you feel the wind against your face and wonder if there's window open somewhere. Taking few more steps into the mansion, you look around. It isn't any easier to see anything than it was before, but you can make out the shape of a rather large staircase not too far from were you stand.
The door slams shut behind you, trapping you into darkness. Scared, you turn around and try to open it again, but despite your best efforts the door doesn't budge. You want to scream, really, but something inside warns you that that would be a very bad idea. There must be some other way out, you think and turn back towards the staircase. As you start walking towards it, your leg hits something hard, causing you to fall down. Stumbling back up, your hand brushes something and you pick it up. You realize it is...
Both sounds keep getting closer and closer, and the fear you've been holding back starts climbing up again. You tell yourself you're being silly, but it doesn't help. You look at the staircase and then back towards the direction of the sound, unable to decide what to do.
You decide to...
It takes some time, but finally, you relax. The creature hasn't moved for a while now, but you still don't want to get any closer. Maybe there are windows or something on the way it come from. It's worth checking out, you decide and finally turn away from the monster. You run the to door, and just in case, turn to look back once your hand reaches the handle. Still no movement. You sigh in relief and move past the door.
Almost immediatelly, your foot catches something on the floor, and you trip. You manage to avoid falling completely by steadying yourself with your hand. You look back, realizing it must be a large sack. The smell seems to be flowing from it. You gulp. As you try it with your hand, the contents seem both soft and hard. Based on the smell, you can guess far too well what's inside.
You wonder if this caused the thump before the creature slammed the door. The thought makes you shudder, and it's not the only reason. It's getting pretty cold. You really should hurry.
The room seems wide, with almost no furniture. You can see the shape of a sofa in the middle of the room, and it seems to be accompanied by a table, but that's all. You can feel wind on your skin. There definitely is window here. You follow the wind and reach it.
You notice another window right next to it, but you can't feel any wind from that one.
I'll change the poll every sunday from now on.