Sabrina made her way to the barn where she thought she heard a strange noise. She was used to the sounds the horses made when settling in for the night, but this was different. She opened the barn door and was startled when an owl came swooping out, screeching its battle cry as it flew through the air. She laughed at herself for being so jumpy.
She thought for a moment to blame the sound on the offending owl, but realized it wasn’t the culprit when she heard the sound again. It was a faint rattling sound of chains. She crept into the dark barn, feeling blindly for the light switch. A cool breeze chilled her and she shivered uncontrollably.
“Stop being so silly,” she berated herself. “This is your home. It’s not a place to be afraid of.” The moaning began then. It sounded like someone was dying. She quickly found the light and tried to turn it on, but apparently the power had gone out.
“Damn it!” she said, grabbing a lantern and lighting it instead. The flickering light cast strange shadows on the walls. The moaning grew louder and she jumped at the sound. It seemed to be all around her. The horses began kicking in their stalls, anxious to be away from this ethereal being. Sabrina tried to calm them, but to no avail as the moaning grew louder and louder until she dropped the lantern, trying to cover her ears to escape the sound.
The lantern caught the hay on fire and soon she, along with the horses, was trying desperately to escape the sudden blaze. In their desperate attempts, Sabrina swore she heard laughing.
Sabrina suddenly awoke in her bed, drenched with sweat. Her heart beat uncontrollably in her chest.
“It was just a dream,” she told herself. “I should never watch scary movies so close to Halloween.”
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