Become a Fan
Beyond the Grave
By Steve L Reichard
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
He rocked back and forth in his rocking chair as he covered his ears,trying desperately to drown out the noises inside his head.
It had been 3 days since it had happened and everynight since had been an utter nightmare.
He poured some whiskey into a tall glass as he tried to stop shaking,the guilt was so unbearable and it seemed as though even his house was taking on a life of it's own.
Things had changed dramatically,he was now no longer in control of what was going on around him.
He could no longer make out what was real or fiction and it scared the living hell out of him.
He had been a loner most of his life and now he wanted nothing more than to have someone..anyone there with him.
The walls began to bleed as he cried out to anyone that would listen"Please save me from this madness!"
He fell back against the wall as he clutched his fists and hit the wall in anger.
"I never meant to...please I swear I never meant to.."physchotic laughter filled the room as he covered his ears and began to sob.
Ghastly figures roamed freely across the room as he closed his eyes and prayed he would be freed.
He was being punished for being such a hideous miser and death would surely be his sentence.
He continued to drink the whiskey as images of his old friend resurfaced"You did this to me Howard and now you must pay!"
He trembled in fright as the ghoul laughed"Don't you remember or should I show you what you've done?"
"No...please anything but that!"the ghoul smiled as he replied"This is but one mere portion of your punishment Howard".
The walls began to move towards him as the ghoul laughed"There's still so much more pain and suffering in store for you my friend".
Howard tried to cover his eyes but to no avail as images began to flood his mind.
The room began to spin around and around as Howard relived the day that changed his life forever!
It was a bright and sunny day,the birds were chirping and everything seemed to be in perfect harmony.
Howard breathed in the clean mountain air as he sat down on the bench and began to whittle.
He had been living up in the mountains for nearly 40 years and hadn't had even one visitor.
That is until one of his long lost navy buddies decided to drop in and pay him an unexpeced visit.
Howard stared off into the distance as he noticed a small van approaching,he reached inside for his shotgun when the van came to a screeching holt.
Howard lowered his gun as his friend smiled"Don't shoot Howard it's only me...your best friend Billy Watkins!"
Howard shook his head as Billy walked over and extended his hand"How have you been these last few years?"
Howard shook his hand as he sighed"So Billy why have you decided to pay me a visit after all these years?"
Billy took off his sunglasses as he sat down beside his friend and smiled"Still the same after all these years eh Howard?"
Howard continued to whittle as Billy attempted to tell him the reason for his visit.
"And that's why I've come back Howard to help my family in their time of need".
"And to maybe see my best friend one last time"Howard stared at him as he shook his head.
"I hope your family gets the help they need but I've got work to do so if you don't mind I'd like to".
Billy cut him off in mid-sentence as he replied"How about letting me stay the night here after all it's a good little ways to my family's estate and it's getting dark".
Howard shrugged his shoulders as Billy grinned"Well alright then I promise I won't be any burden in fact act as though I'm not even here".
Billy walked back towards the car as Howard placed his knife back in his pocket and sighed.
"Oh yeah it's definetely going to be a long night"he whisphered to himself as Billy stood before him carrying 4 large suitcases.
Howard opened the door as Billy dropped the suitcases in the floor by the sofa and sat down to rest.
"Man that sure is a lot of work got anything cold to drink?"Howard nodded as he pointed towards the fridge.
"Help yourself Billy I know you will eventually anyways"Billy smiled as he walked over and grabbed a beer out of the fridge and opened it.
"So Howard can I ask you something?"Howard shrugged his shoulders as Billy walked over and sat down next to him.
"What ever happened to that pretty little girl you used to date?"Howard shook his head as he replied"That's none of your business!"
He got up to walk away when Billy intervenued"Hold on Howard don't go off in a huff forget I asked ok?"
"And while I'm at it how about I forget that you're even here!"he stammered out the door as Billy ran outside to apologize.
He grabbed Howard by the arm as he shook his head"I'm really sorry man I shouldn't have opened my big mouth".
Howard sat down on the bench as he replied"I'm sorry too it's just I don't like talking about her ok?"
Billy nodded as he sat down next to him"I understand and I won't bring it up again".
Howard nodded as he stared at his watch"It's getting kind of late don't you think?"
Billy shrugged his shoulders as he nodded"Yeah I've got to get up pretty early tomorrow".
Howard opened the door as he pointed towards the lone bedroom"You can sleep in my room I'll sleep on the couch ok?"
Billy shook his head as he replied"I can't let you do that Howard after all this is your house and I'm just a guest".
Howard grabbed a pillow from the foot of the couch and hurled it at him,as he layed down on the couch and yawned.
"Just shut up and go to bed will ya?"Billy smiled as he nodded"Ok Howard goodnight".
He turned the lights off as Howard removed his shoes and sighed"It's only 1 night I can stand him for that long....can't I?"
He shook his head as he fluffed his pillow and layed back down to sleep...
Around 3 in the morning Howard awoke to some strange banging sounds coming from the basement.
He slipped on his shoes and grabbed his coat as he opened the door and stepped outside.
The door leading down to the basement was warm and had a strange symbol etched into it.
Howard shook his head as he turned the knob"Probably just some kids from town wanting to play a trick on me".
He climbed down the stairs as he noticed a trail of blood leading over towards the storage room.
He walked cautiously towards the door as Billy called out to him"Are you down here Howard?"
Howard sighed heavily as he replied"Yeah Billy now go back in the house I'll be there in a few minutes".
As Billy made his way back to the house Howard noticed something strange laying near the wall.
Howard bent down to pick it up when the lights flickered off leaving him completely in the dark.
He reached inside his pocket for a match when the lights came back on"That was certainly strange".
He shook his head in disbelief as he sighed"I know I saw something here and now it's gone!"
"What in the blue blazes is going on around here?"he thought to himself as he made his way back to the house.
He entered the house as Billy spoke"So what's going on really?"Howard shook his head as he replied.
"I just thought I saw something but it must have just been my imagination"Billy nodded as he stretched his arms.
"Well I guess I'll go back to bed I need to get some muched needed rest goodnight Howard".
He closed the bedroom door as Howard sat down on the couch and stared out the window.
"I wonder if it really was my imagination?"and with those words still fresh in his mind,he layed down on the couch and closed his eyes.
Morning came very quickly as Howard opened his eyes and stretched his legs"I guess Billy was tired after all".
He knocked on the bedroom door as he awaited a response"Billy are you awake yet?"
He knocked again still nothing"That's strange Billy usually isn't a very sound sleeper".
He pecked on the door again as it flung open and a horrible sight crossed Howard's eyes.
On the floor by the bed layed his friend,blood covered the walls and floors as Howard noticed the strange symbol.
He ran over to check on Billy as he felt a strange pain shoot through his body,his arms and legs felt as heavy as anvils.
"That symbol..it's the same one I saw in the basement last night but what does it mean?"
He fell to the floor as darkness ensued,a few hours later he slowly began to awaken.
He opened his eyes as he found himself trapped in a large steel cage,he grabbed hold of the bars as he cried out.
"Let me out of this damn cage!"he shouted as a familar face appeared from out of the shadows.
"It can't be..you're dead I saw you die in that building!"the mysterious figure smiled as it walked over and grabbed his hand.
"It's really you..my precious Elizabeth has returned to me"he kissed her hand as she pulled it away and slapped him in the face.
"Fool how dare you touch me you're responsible for all this!"Howard shook his head as he replied.
"How can you say that Elizabeth?"she stared at him with a look of disgust as she answered.
"You did this to me I never would have entered that building if you hadn't asked".
"I was a fool for ever loving someone as dispicable as you but no longer!"she laughed loudly as she pulled a dagger from her boot.
"Tonight my love you will find out the true meaning of a woman's scorn!"Howard stared at her with tears in his eyes as he sighed.
"Very well if my death will ease your suffering then so be it!"she stared into his eyes as she opened the cage and held the dagger to his throat.
"Any last requests before you die?"he shook his head as she smiled"Good because you don't deserve any!"
She lunged at Howard as he grabbed her arm and threw her to the floor"Forgive me Elizabeth I truly am sorry for all your pain".
"Save your sympathy for someone who cares!"she ran at him again as she fell onto the dagger and cried out in pain.
Howard rushed over to her side as blood trickled down her cheeks"I really did love you Howard but somewhere along the way I lost all hope".
He held her hand tight as he held her in his arms one last time"I loved you too Elizabeth and I always will".
She smiled as she kissed him on the cheek"Thank you for setting me free I can rest peacefully now".
And with that she died leaving Howard in a state of complete shock which he's been in ever since.
"You killed me Howard..you and that physchotic bitch and now I'm going to kill you!"
"I'm sorry Billy you'll never know how much"he stared at the spirit as he sobbed.
"Shut up Howard I don't want to hear anymore excuses it's time for you to feel my wrath".
The room turned to flames as Billy's spirit laughed loudly"How about that Howard you're old flame killed me and now these flames are going to kill you!"
"Irionic isn't it but then again it kind of sounds like sweet retribution ha,ha,ha".
"What's wrong Howard cat got your tongue?"he shook his head as he replied"There's nothing else I can say".
Howard stared at the calender as he sighed"I always did like the month of November".
"Well today would have been my birthday Howard but thanks to you I'm living a nightmare and it's time for you to join me my friend!"
Howard didn't even try to budge,his life wasn't worth living anymore he had managed to hurt the two most important people in his life.
He had driven Elizabeth mad and in turn killed the best friend he had ever known.
He stared at the picture album as tears streamed down his cheeks he was now ready to die.
Billy laughed loudly as Howard disappeared forever in a wall of burning flames.
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|Reviewed by Mike Terry
|I loved it- good job|