Woodard Hall was empty.ย  All the university workers were gone for the day, but it didnโ€™t matter whether the building was occupied or not; it always felt empty.ย  The long corridors sprinkled with muted orange lights drained all the energy out of the building, like...

Mr. Vanhin had a wonderful day.ย  He woke up at 5 am, said his morning prayers, and cooked himself a full breakfast, complete with fried eggs, sausages, and bacon.ย  At 10 am, after a short nap in his favorite armchair, he grabbed his cane, put...

James was an eight-year-old boy with the heart of a dog and the energy of a hummingbird. His mother died when he was only five, so he lived with his grandmother, Babcia. They were very poor: their house was a tiny, dilapidated thing, with a...

โ€œDo not go outside! Ignore all cries for help, no matter how human they sound!โ€ shouted Alexโ€™s dad. He pulled the cellar door over and paused to look back. โ€œAnd lock this door behind me.โ€ The door slammed shut. Alex locked it, walked down the stairs...

I sat down on the padded stool. It was cushioned and made of black leather. As I lifted the sticks, I couldnโ€™t help but shake the feeling like I was being watched. Like there was some sort of audience staring at me just outside of...

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