A Night in Helltown Story #Thread
I was a freelance photographer, freelance portrait artist, freelance writer, and a professional gamer. Well, I was actually rolling in money, but still lived a private and secluded life, loved by many, friend to none, and it just had to be that way if I still wanted to cohabit
peacefully with others.
I was born with a curse, one that some call a ‘unique gift’. Where the normal human sense would pick up the strange smell of burning rubber and sulphur in unusual places, I could see the demon itself, yeah! I could see and hear angels, demons, and ghosts
the good thing about it all, was that for some unknown reason, I was untouchable by these things, and I had grown so used to seeing them every second, that it no longer bothered me. If people knew just what was happening in the spiritual realm, and the demons some people walked
with, they would be more conscious and deliberate with their actions. As a child, I thought seeing things was a natural thing for everybody, but I grew up to realize it wasn’t and that realization made me decide to live a very private life, free from the inquisitiveness and
prying eyes of the world, and so far, it had helped a great deal. My parents thought it best that I left Nigeria, and that was the best decision, because we- Nigerians are a very religious people, and there was no telling what trouble my supposedly unique gift could attract,
especially in the Nigerian environment where every occurrence always got tagged with some spiritual influence.

There I was at the diner as usual, minding my business as usual, when I saw a pretty lady seated alone, rather than have demons about her, she had a beautiful and
radiant angel by her, the sight was just beautiful to behold, and immediately set to work drawing the portrait of the lady and the angel.
As I drew, I looked around the diner, so many demons tempting their humans to go talk to the pretty lady, but for some unknown reason the
guys couldn’t make the move. I put my head on the table for a while.
“Hey Danny” Someone called me. I looked up to find Cara, my neighbor next door
“Hi Cara” I responded
“Our photographer bailed on us at the last minute, and tomorrow we have this amazing road trip to Ohio, em, you’re my last hope Danny” She said. I was still pondering whether it would be a good idea to join them or not, when Joe joined us.
“Hey Danny Yo! Has Cara filled you in?
Yo bro, you need to be on that trip man, it’s gonn’ be fun yo” Joe said as he patted my back and went on to the table where the pretty lady was, and I could hear Joe tell her.
“Yo pretty Mamacita, ya know your pretty ass ain’t turning up late for the road trip to Ohio tomorrow”
Joe said, and she laughed. I turned to Cara
“I’m in” I told her.
“Wow! Danny you’re a lifesaver” Cara said as she hugged me. Oh well! Remember when I said I was loved by many, but friend to none, yeah! This was one of those situations.
That night, as I packed my photography gear, I sat back and took some time to ponder, and there was this premonition that the road trip would not end well, but when I slept, I had the strangest dream, I saw the pretty lady from the diner, telling me she would protect me, and it
felt so assuring.
The next day, ten of us was on the bus taking us to Ohio, and of the ten, I only knew the faces of Joe, Cara, and the pretty lady from the diner. It wasn’t a pretty sight on the bus, I just wondered the scene if the occupants of the bus could just get a glimpse
of the demons that filled the bus, it was a really terrible sight looking at the restless and ugly monsters trying to bring unbalance and irrationality to the seemingly peaceful but noisy bus. The demons were subdued perhaps because the pretty lady’s angel was also on the bus,
and she was right by my side.
“You don’t talk much, do you?” She asked me.
“I try” I said with a smile.
“Oh well, I’m Charlotte” She said, as she offered a handshake
“Danny” I said
“You are different from the rest”
“And how do you know that?” I asked.
“I have the gift of seeing people’s energies, among other gifts” She said.
“And you feel comfortable telling me?” I asked, because I had never felt comfortable telling people what I could see.
“Oh sure, because you are different, take my hand, and I’ll let you see through my eyes” Charlotte said
I took her hand, and there was something that felt like a glitch effect and I saw differently, in place of demons, I saw auras, all negative auras, it felt better than seeing
fang baring ugly demons. Charlotte left my hand abruptly.
“Oh my God!” She exclaimed, while gasping for air.
“Oh my God!” She exclaimed, while gasping for air.
“What’s the matter?” I asked
“I – I was able to also see through your eyes too” She answered
“Not a pretty sight, right?”
“How do you cope?” She asked.
“Well, I’ve become used to it, so it doesn’t bother me anymore” I answered.
“Wow! now I see why you don’t talk much” She said, and I shrugged.
“Yo Danny! What’s up? Hey Charlotte, how’s ya doing?” Joe asked from across
the aisle, we nodded with smiles.
The rest of the journey was filled with weird conversations with Charlotte, and by weird, I mean we were not having the usual conversations a lady and guy meeting the first time would have. It was a long drive, and for some unknown reason,
the driver had made a wrong turn and ended in Helltown, Ohio. It was 11pm and we had a lost a tyre, it was unanimously agreed to camp in Helltown till the next day. I did not like the new development one bit, and I had every reason to, not just because the demons were having a
filled day, but because we were in Helltown.
Helltown was a ghost town with so many spine-chilling, blood-curdling, scary stories about Satanists and their human rituals, a chemical accident that created undeads, a chemically mutated python, and ghosts. It seemed like I was the
only one among the group who had heard stories about Helltown, because they all seemed unbothered
“Are y’all sure about chilling here? I ain’t seen a soul here, looking like a freaking ghost town” Joe said as he looked around.
“That’s because it is really a ghost town” I replied
“Yo man, you’re kidding right? don’t be playing with my feelings bro” Joe said as he looked around frantically, and I could see the demon of fear tormenting him. I looked around, and saw the demons of the others were in a frenzy, it was going to be a long night.
“Quit the bullcrap, there’s nothing like a ghost town, or ghosts or spirits and all that balderdash” a Goth-dressed guy called Goethe said. I thought Goth people didn’t speak. One thing I never did was argue with people who didn’t believe there was any other realm aside the
. In no time there was a heated argument about the existence of spiritualism, ghosts, angels and demons. Some were of the opinion that there was a spiritual side to our existence, even if their premise for believing was somewhat warped, and the others were the
‘unbelievers’. Oh well, both the believers & unbelievers individually had a lot of demons surrounding them.
“Alright guys, let’s get some wood to start a fire, so we don’t freeze to death out here” Cara said
“Or get eaten by wolves” Another member of the group said with a laugh
“I’ll wager Brandon will get eaten first, dude’s so fat, whatever’s out there will start with him, and be too full to come after us” A lady said.
“Screw you Anny, if I get eaten, you’re so skinny you’ll be used as the toothpick, or maybe, just maybe you’ll be the skewer” Brandon
“Ohhhh shots fired! I repeat shots fired!!” Joe cheered Brandon on.
Another argument broke out, and it was beginning to look like a fight would happen. Two howls from a distance, and everyone became quiet.
“There’s so much negative energy here” Charlotte whispered in my
“So many demons at work” I whispered back, then I looked at her angel looking as radiant as ever. You see there are a lot of things about the spiritual world that can never be explained with science, science could not explain how it was possible that I was seeing what I
was seeing, it all felt like some augmented reality stuff. For instance, I could see Charlotte’s angel, and she was so bright, but in the real world, there was pitch darkness.
“Did y’all hear that?” Joe asked. No one responded.
“Wolves are scared of fire, I saw this in a movie, we need a fire” Someone whispered.
“We need to get some wood to start a fire” Cara added
“Where?” Joe asked
“The woods, dude” Brandon said, as he stood up and went in the direction of the woods.
“Damn! Brandon, where are you going?” Joe asked
“To get some wood from the woods” Brandon said.
“Oh and get yourself killed in the process. Well done Brandon, well done” Anny added.
“I’ll go with you Brandon” I said
“I’m coming with you” Charlotte added
“Y’all ain’t gonn’ leave a brother out here yo, where you go I go mehn, I ain’t staying with those horny homosapiens o’er there” Joe said, pointing at two members of the group making out, while another looked on with rapt attention.
“Urgh! I’m coming too” Anny said
“Perfect, whatever’s out there will have Anny and I for dinner, the rest of you can escape” Brandon joked.
“Oh please fatso” Anny replied
“Guess I’ll come along too, I don’t feel so safe with only these people” Goethe said, pointing at the three others who were already at the
mercy of the demons of lust.
“Thought you didn’t believe in them ghost shit?” Joe asked Goethe
“This isn’t about ghosts, it’s about wolves and survival” Goethe answered
“Nah Bro, you’re just scared, but you’re welcome to enlist in our army of wood fetchers” Joe said with a laugh.
I looked all around me, If only these people knew what I was seeing, it felt like the demons were getting stronger, and they were just all over the place, I looked at Charlotte, her angel was right by her, and no demon could get close, then I wondered if I had an angel or demons
on my side, because I couldn’t see myself. We headed for the woods with our flashlights, and the closer we got, the more demons I saw, and they were not the usual demons I saw every day, these were more terrifying than those ones, and even though I knew I was untouchable, for
some unknown reason, I was a little terrified at their sight, and at some point I had to stop to look around. I noticed what looked like a chapel near by.
“Can I see?” Charlotte whispered in my ears, and I knew what she meant.
“As long as you don’t freak out” I whispered back.
“No I won’t”
“Alright, let me know if I’ve got an angel or demon with me, ‘cause there’s a beautiful but fierce angel with you.” I whispered.
“Yeah I know, she’s my bestie” Charlotte whispered
“What are you two whispering about?” Anny asked
“About angels and demons” I answered.
“Yo Bro, not here man, we’re in the woods, ya ain’t gonn’ start some scary movie ghosts’n’demon stuff in here, if y’all don’t wanna carry a passed out Joe with your wood” Joe said.
“And I’m the scared one” Goethe said with a chuckle
“Hey Goethe, I ain’t scared, I’m a black man, being scared ain’t in my genes, we just need to control the energy here” Joe defended
“Guys it’d be best if we split up, gather what we can and head out of here” Brandon said.
“Say what? Yo Brandon, what ya say? We gonn’ do what? I don seen a movie like this, is you tryna set us up for some sacrifice or something? We split up and get hacked and impaled, I don knew you was outta ya mind when you made this move” Joe added, obviously scared.
As we continued into the woods, I had this strong feeling that terrible things would happen, not to me, but members of the group, I wasn’t sure whether to tell them what I was seeing or not, we were surrounded by a legion of demons, and it was 12 am- their hour.
“We are not alone here” Charlotte whispered to me
“Yeah, ready to see?” I asked in a hushed tone
“Yeah” She said. We held hands, and I could see through her eyes, there were only black and red energies, not just from the other 5 people, but from around us, like there were more
people in the woods with us. We stopped holding hands and I knew I just had to tell the group.
“Guys, let’s just go back and everyone stays in the bus” I said
“Why?” Cara asked
“’Cause terrible things are about to happen” Charlotte answered.
“And how do you know this?” Brandon
had barely asked the question when we heard terrifying screams coming from the direction of the bus- it had begun!
“Shit! Shit!! Shit!!! Brandon you brought us in here, Brandon? Brandon?” Joe called frantically. We all turned our flashlights to where Brandon had been standing
some moments ago.
“Oh my God! The hell happened to Brandon? I’m calling 911” Anny said, she got her phone out, and there was no cell coverage, same thing on all of our phones.
“What do we do? Search for Brandon or go check on the others? Cara asked
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