The way Mike spoke scared Ellie so she quickly turned her phone on and illuminated the room. "What's going on? Why did you suddenly shut the door?" she asked through frightened pants.
"I thought I saw something," Mike said, panting. "You know, something moving." He looked around the room and bent down, placing his hands on his knees. He looked up at Ellie. "Well, what should we do now?" He asked. "I could just be paranoid, but I thought I saw something."
"It... was probably just your eyes... playing tricks on you. You know, since we are in house that would be perfect for a horror film," she said trying to convince him and also herself. "As for what we do now, I'm not sure. You don't look like your up for going back out there," she glanced at him, "And someone must be out there if there was a candle lit inside this room." She looked around the room, on the floor and on the ceiling for a way out but she couldn't find one. Then something behind the wallpaper caught her eye. "Mike, help pull this wallpaper off! I think there's a door behind it."
Mike walked over and put his fingers behind the wallpaper. "Maybe it's for the key you were so excited about," he said with a grin. "On three. Ready, one...two... Three."
"I wasn't that excited," Ellie mumbled and pulled the wallpaper on three. Once the wallpaper was off she touched the door. "Eww!" she exclaimed and wiped her hand on the wall,"It's slimy."
"Slimy?" Mike pondered. He touched the door. "Ew, you're right," he said. "Why don't you shine the phone light on it?"
Ellie turned the phone so the light shone on the door. "This HAS to be a joke," Ellie said, almost about to gag again. "That better not be real b-blood."
"Well, no matter what, someone's trying to keep us out," Mike said, backing away from the door. "I won't argue with em."
"Yeah, no kidding," Ellie agreed, eyeing the door and backing away. "So now what? I still don't think the hallway is safe and I don't want to know what's behind that door."
"Well... Okay. We need to find a way out of here. So... We're gonna get out of this room, and go back downstairs where we've already been, and then we can plan our escape from there. That sound good?"
"Sounds like we're just walking in circles but seeing how that sounds much better than staying here, I guess we can do that." Ellie walked to the other door that lead to the hallway and opened it. She peeked out and saw nothing there, "It seems clear."
"It also looks dark," Mike muttered, slowly entering the hallway. He could see the shadow of the stairway railings on a wall down the hall. "Okay, let's go. Stay close. We still don't know what we're dealing with, but I doubt it's gangsters at this point."
"For once, I might actually agree with you about the house," Ellie mumbled. She kept close to Mike, maybe a little too close since she kept bumping into him and apologizing but she had no intentions to seperate from him at all.
"You don't have to step on my heels," Mike whispered with a slight chuckle. He got to the top of the stairs and looked down. It was impossible to see anything beyond the light of the cell phone with all the windows shut tight.
"Sorry," Ellie apologized and allowed some space between them. She stared at the stairs and suddenly felt a cold breeze. "What the heck, is a window open?" She shivered and felt the hairs on the back of her stand. For some reason she felt like someone was watching her and she was too scared to find out who.
Suddenly, Mike felt as if someone's...er... Something's eyes were fixed on him. He turned around slowly and lanced at Ellie. "You feel that?" He asked. "Like something's watching us?"
Ellie's eyes widened when she looked at Mike. "You feel it too? I was hoping it was just my imagination..." Her body was shaking yet it was frozen in place. She didn't want to move forward and she definitly did not want to move back. She just wanted to curl up in a ball and disappear.
Mike stared into the dark hallway, still unable to see anything. He still felt like someone was playing with them, but he was getting less sure with every weird feeling he got. He turned to Ellie, then glanced back into the hallway. "We'll, we can't stay in between the first floor and the second floor. That hallway doesn't look too inviting to me right now."
Ellie nodded and took a slow step on the stairs. When she was about five steps down she heard something rolling in the hallways and getting closer. Something told her to see what it was and she did. A good sized lead ball came to the top of the stairs and stayed there for a few seconds before rolling on to the first step then the next and past Mike and Ellie and continued all the way down. At this time Ellie became teary eyed from being so scared. She turned to the hallway and screamed, "Leave us alone!" And just then a force gave the two trespassers a push down the stairs and before Ellie blacked out she could have sworn she heard a cackle.
Mike groaned as us face hit the wooden floor at the bottom of the stairs. The floor whined loudly, but he still thought he heard a cackle from the top of the stairs. In disbelief, he sat up and turned to his right, seeing Ellie laying motionless on the floor. "Oh, God..." He said, moving over to her. He checked her pulse, and was relieved to see that she was still alive. "Okay..." He said in complete darkness. "Where's her phone... Where's her phone?" Suddenly, he heard a thump at the top of the stairs. Whatever it was, it was coming towards them. Mike was frantic now. Soon, he found the phone and shined it at the stairs. In a split second, he saw a very dark shadow rush back into the hallway. He heard some distant mumbling, but the only word he recognized was "you". Mike turned away from the stairs and looked at Ellie. He grabbed her arm and started to shake it. "Come on, Ellie. Wake up!" He whispered.