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...
The item turns out to be crowbar and you wonder if you could use it to get through the door when the sound of something heavy being dragged across the floor reaches your ears. You turn left, your eyes slowly getting used to the lack of light, but whatever was causing that sound wasn't close enough for you to see. It seems to be heading this way, and you start to feel uneasy. Your friend assured you that this place had been abandoned long time ago and yet, listening very carefully now, you're sure you can hear footsteps too.
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.
Wait and see
You clutch the crowbar nervously, as both sounds get closer. You hear a thump, before the door on the left slams open with such a force your ears ring afterwards. A horrid stench starts to fill the room and you cover your mouth with one hand, fighting the urge to vomit. You fail. In midst of vomiting, your eyes detect movement, and you swing the crowbar towards it. Whatever you hit staggers backwards, giving you a few moments to back away. To your horror, you realize the thing is now between you and the front door. You take few more steps back and brandish your weapon as the creature fixes its gaze to you and growls. As it straightens up, you can see its way taller than you, reaching almost half-way to the ceiling. It swings its arm towards you and you raise the crowbar to meet it. The force of the blow almost makes you fall, but you manage to find foothold in time.
You decide to...
Head to the door on the left
You block another blow. The creature rushes forward, and you barely manage to step aside. Noticing your change, you slam the crowbar on its head with all your might. The creature goes down, twitching. You take step backwards, panting loudly. Keeping your eyes on the shape, you wipe your mouth with your arm and take few more steps back. It has stopped twitching, but you're still unsure about turning your back on it.
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.
You manage to pry to planks away from the window and smash it open. As you climb through it, you can hear horrible roar from behind you. Turning around you see the creature standing in the doorway. You quickly try to get through the window, but it's difficult to squeeze through the shards and the creature grabs your leg, twisting it. You scream in pain, trying to hold on to the window, despite the glass cutting deeply to your hands. After struggling a while, the pain becomes to much, and you let go of the window. The creature slams you onto the floor, then takes your head between its claws. You feebly raise your hands to try to get it off, but its grip is like steel. Before you can do anything else, the creature snaps your neck.
You decide to...
It takes some time, but finally you manage to get to the other side. The air flow has stopped. As you take few steps forward, you hear small laugh right next to you. You quickly turn around but you can’t see anybody. Feeling unnerved, you walk backwards away from the blockade. Someone giggles next to your ear. You turn around again, but there’s still nothing to be seen. You almost jump, as cold breeze brushes your cheek. Stumbling a little, your hand finds a door handle on the right side of the hallway. You realize that it’s not locked and wonder if you should check it out when the laughter you’ve heard comes from inside the room. You quickly back away, your back hitting something hard on the other side. Scared to turn your back to the other door, you use your hands and figure out it’s a doorknob. Should you…
The creature’s claw, also bend weirdly, reaches towards you. You feel cold all over and jump away from the window. What should you do now? You might be able to jump far enough that the creature doesn’t catch you. Or maybe it would be safer to look for another window elsewhere?
I'll change the poll every Sunday from now on.