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Nightmares Come True


Nightmares Come True

I can never forget the last time I went to this place. It was 1991 when it all happened. It all started when Lily and I were intrigued at the rumors about our favorite pizzeria at night. We heard stories of evil spirits and killer animatronics that attack in the dark. Being mystery and sci-fi fans, we decided to check it out. But that night was the worst night we have ever experienced.

It was nearly midnight. We rode our bikes to the front of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. We parked them beside the building. The two of us grabbed our flashlights and crowbar to get us into the pizzeria. Lily and I strolled to the back, crickets chirping in our ears. BEEP BEEP! I glanced at my watch. 12:00a.m. Wow, this is late.

“Lily, hand me the crowbar so we can break in the kitchen window", I whispered.

“Josh, are you sure this is a good idea? We could get caught. Or if those stories are true, even worse.”

“Relax Lily. We’ll be fine!” I replied. Despite the thrill of horror and sci-fi stuff, I never really believed in them. We continued through the kitchen and made our way to the main stage where Freddy and his friends stood stationed, waiting until tomorrow to perform. Freddy was the friendly animatronic bear who was the star of the pizzeria. He and his friends, Bonnie the bunny, Chica the chicken, and Foxy the fox, made dozens of children happy everyday. They didn’t seem to be active so we stepped on the stage to investigate the animatronics. At the corner of my eye, I saw one of them shift its position. Lily shrieked.

“I just saw Bonnie move!” cried Lily

“Calm down. It probably was just a loose joint, or something,” I suggested.

I made my way back to the kitchen while Lily stayed in the main auditorium. There didn’t seem to be anything unusual. I was examining the other rooms when all the sudden, a loud scream came banging in my ear. It was unmistakably Lily's. I sprinted to the main auditorium. Lily was missing. So was Bonnie. I started looking everywhere for Lily. I searched the party room, the manager office, everything. But I did not find Lily or Bonnie for that matter. Then another scream echoed through the building. But it was not like Lily's scream. The scream came from the storage room. I sprinted to the noise. I couldn’t believe what I saw.

There was Bonnie, trying to shove Lily into one of the empty animatronic outer shells. I did not know what to do. Bonnie then jerked his head in my direction. In panic, my hand instantly shot up to shine my light at his face. The rabbit made an ear piercing, child-like scream and then disappeared. I walked over beside my friend. I placed two of my fingers on her neck, feeling for her pulse. Though still alive, Lily was unconscious from the event. Let’s get out of here before something else happens. I pulled Lily out of the storage room and back to the kitchen where we first came in. Okay, Josh. Keep a clear head. You can only survive if you stay calm. I paused to maintain my composure and took a deep breath as I walked under the doorway to the kitchen.

Suddenly, Chica jumped out of the corner. I was knocked down on the ground. She made a loud howl as I struggled to get on my feet. Then Chica pounced on me. My flashlight was knocked out of my hands. I used all my might to shove her off. I quickly reached my arm towards my only weapon, but I felt a tug on my leg. I then stretched my arm as far as it could go. A cold, smooth object was wrapped in my fingers. It was the torch. I pointed it at Chica and turned it on. She suddenly went away. The tight squeeze around my foot was gone. I regained my stance and picked up Lily, then I walked her toward the window. I carefully pulled Lily on the counter next to the window that we entered. I lifted her out the window and dropped her outside. I didn’t mean to hurt her, but it was the only way. It was then my turn to go out. One foot was lifted out the window, but my other foot caught on the window. Thud! Soft, green grass cushioned my fall. Lily started to gain back consciousness.

“Josh, let’s never go there again!” she breathed heavily.

After that, we never dared to return to that cursed place. Until 2001, ten years after that incident. Well, me at least. You might be wondering why. Well, truth is, the pizzeria shut down, but someone has to look after the old place. Everyone else was afraid of the rumors and stories. Everyone except me. I was the only one who knew what I was up against. Everyone else didn't know what to expect. I can't really blame them, especially since multiple missing child incidents have happened here before.

I pulled my car out of my garage after saying goodbye to my wife, Lily.

"Honey, please be careful,"

"I will, darling, I will."

I drove down the street. I turned my head towards my watch. It was 11:00p.m. After driving for about half an hour, my eyes fell upon the old Freddy Fazbear's sign. The lights around it were very dim with age. I turned into the parking lot. I grabbed my bag in the passenger seat and started making my way toward the building. I pulled out my key and put it in the front doors to the pizzeria. Dust blew everywhere causing me to sneeze. I turned my head to the central stage. The animatronics were still in their normal places. I pulled out my instructions to see were I needed to go. I dropped my bag down in the security office. Two doors stood on either side of my new desk. On the desk sat an old phone, a small fan, and a tablet with security cameras on it. By each of the two doors were two buttons. I sat in the chair and unpacked my flashlight knowing that it would protect my from the oncoming monsters. I glanced at my watch. 12:00a.m. Just like last time. I was ready this time. Then suddenly heard the phone ring. I started to reach for it, but i heard a man talking without even touching it.

"Hello? Hello? Hi, Welcome to your new job as a Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria night guard. I am recording this message to help get you through your first night. Uh, now the animatronics get a bit, um, active at night, so, uh, be on the look out for them. If they catch you, they will stuff you in a animatronic shell, uh, I think because they see you as an animatronic endoskeleton which for whatever reason is against the "rules". Not that bad... well, except for all the wires and parts that stick out in the suits that could kill you. So to keep them away, check your cameras, close the doors when they get close. Uh, there should be a red button by each of them that does this. If you don’t see them on any cameras, they are probably, uh, just outside your office, so, uh, you might want to turn on the lights just outside each door. Use the, uh, blue buttons. Another thing to know is, um, keep an eye on Pirates’ Cove, because, ah, he doesn’t like being watched, and uh, he is really fast. Oh, also Chica and Bonnie don't like bright lights in their face, so, uh, maybe have a flashlight on you just in case. It is not necessary, though. Um, anything else... oh yeah! Don't run out of power, because that's when Freddy comes out the most. Just in case you forgot, your, uh, shift ends at 6:00a.m. So, yeah, good luck and good night."

Well, at least I know exactly what to do. I sat in my chair, swiping through the cameras and checking for movement. And what Bonnie was doing to Lily. This just isn’t right. It is like these animatronics are possessed. How could this be possible? Back then, I thought of it as more of a childhood nightmare, but now I see that it is no longer just a nightmare; it is real. All of this is real. My thoughts were interrupted when I noticed that Bonnie was missing. Then I, my flashlight at hand, prepared for the oncoming monsters.


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  1. Date: 3/15/2019 4:00:00 AM
    This story was really fun to write. While a bit cringy, I think this is one of my best works. Feel free to take inspiration from this story as long as you credit me.