“I just got to get home.” Dan shook his head, his friends, this weird situation. It could all be a bad joke or the worst crisis he ever faced. He just couldn't face it right now, and he didn't have to. All he had to do was toss it all to the side and go home. “It's not like anyone can make me face this crap.” All alone on the side of the road. Dan had no one to disagree with him, so he picked up his feet and walked.
Dan had walked this path more than a thousand times. Of course it was either during the day or in the middle of his four friends. Needless to say out loud the atmosphere was completely different. The night quieter, the stars farther away than normal. Dan looked around, and felt creeped out. It didn't help at all that for all the steps he had taken, he was getting nowhere.
“What the hell is going on?” Dan started to walk faster, trying to make headway, where he was making none. Turning his head he could see the same house, Pammy's neighbours house go by him, assuring he was making some headway. Dan let out a sigh of relief, but that relief didn't last when that house came back. He knew because it was the only house with gnomes covering the front yard.
“No!” Dan denied it. It was impossible. He left the pretence of walking, or fast walking and flat out ran. His lungs burned with the effort of running. Dan ran faster than he ever had before. No matter the effort he put in, he kept seeing the same gnomes. Over, and over. His head whirled with the strain, before his legs gave up. Dropping him right back in front of Pammy's house.
“Do I have no choice?” Dan asked himself. He was caught in some weird sci-fi loop. His friends inside were either pranking him or caught up in this night's strangeness. The earlier, which he had naturally chosen, was becoming more and more further from the truth. “There was no way this could be a prank.” Dan's stomach tied itself up once more. He didn't want to, he really didn't want to. He longed for the warm comfort of his bed at home.
Closing his eyes Dan let the image of his warm bed, in his safe room at home, up. He was going back to that house, which left him with only one choice.
Written by Psto1464 on 14 March 2022