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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

A televised edition: episode 6—horror

Eva Harshman
A picture of my friends the first and only time I’ve been to a real haunted house; I didn’t stop screaming the entire time.

Everyone around me is covering their ears.

I scream when I’m scared, and lately, I’ve been constantly terrified. It’s obnoxious; people are starting to turn away.

It’s painfully obvious when the main character runs straight toward the danger; they are practically following a map towards the nightmarish creature that is eerily following closely behind.

I keep running towards the monster.

I can’t help but let my feet run without my brain directing them. They take off at a pace I normally could never match. They go numb, fueled by anger and fear and stress and loneliness and every feeling I’ve ever felt besides love.

There’s nothing left to lose—if I don’t confront the creature head-on, I’ll keep running away my entire life, glancing behind my shoulder at every step. I can’t live like that. I continue plowing forward in the opposite direction of reason.

All the while, I never stop shrieking at the top of my lungs. My vocal cords strain, and my voice is becoming fried. It feels like I inhaled a day’s worth of bonfire smoke. I choke on air and cough out terror. Each hair on my arm is at attention to the command of my despair. My pupils shrink to hide themselves from what I am approaching.

My pupils shrink to hide themselves from what I am approaching.

My sprint halts immediately with no warning. I look at the grotesque, writhing creature before me. It’s a horror series—the odds of making it out alive aren’t on my side. Plot armor isn’t here to protect me this time; the outcome of this situation is entirely up to me.

The monster lashes out, striking me with its charcoal-scaled tail. I stand my ground. I convince myself that it doesn’t hurt—it’s a survival instinct intrinsic to my biology. I swallow my tears in a hard gulp that I feel drop into my stomach and pool up in my feet.

I’m finished here.

I can’t defeat this monster, but I’m not letting it chase me either. I’m not running. I will not attempt to tame the creature in such a cliché manner—or, honestly, at all. I turn on my heel and slowly make my way back the way I came. I wave to the creature, and it hisses at me furiously, but it doesn’t give chase. It knows I don’t fear it, and it knows I won’t cry.

I let the fury come off of me in waves, instantly providing me with a cool relief. As it leaves me, I am no emptier but overflowing with relief. I realize, at last, my mouth is gaping with no sound escaping. I finally stop screaming, and the silence is a song like no other.

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Eva Harshman
Eva Harshman, Editor-in-Chief
Eva Harshman is a senior who is thrilled to be entering her fourth and final year on staff as Editor-in-Chief. Apart from writing for The Central Trend, she enjoys riding her Thoroughbred, Thirsty, spending time with friends, and watching her favorite TV shows for hours on end. She is also an avid competitor in Odyssey of the Mind alongside her teammates who also happen to be her best friends. Although she tends to stick around the people she knows best, The Central Trend has broadened her horizons beyond compare. Being a part of Room 139 has taught her so much; she has met so many people thanks to The Central Trend.   Favorite type of story: Editorials Pets: A bunny (Georgie), a dog (Leon), and a horse (Thirsty) Dream vacation: Tokyo, Japan Favorite books: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie MBTI and Enneagram: ENTP-T 8w7

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