Dave stood outside in the cold… Blowing air into his mitten covered palms looking through the window at his family making dinner.
He shivered but didn’t leave his spot. Christmas had never looked so beautiful in this house,well ever since dad died.
He sighed and clouded the air with his warm breath. Finally, after 15 years everyone was here, again without dad.
Just them, no external family so it was even more intimate than what he’d ever had.
Dave stood and stared with unseeing eyes, he loved his dad and was closest to him next to his Mom. The death of his father hurt even afterall these years.
Mother lifted her head to smile at him.. this was her idea afterall. She didn’t want to see everyone so disconnected.. it’s the least they could do for her as she was widowed for quite a while.
He waved at her and walked into the house,stomping his feet so the snow goes off. He sighed and took in a deep breath as the aroma of chicken and the other meals reached his nostrils.
He sat at the table and smiled and talked and as everyone took their places around the table.
Your father would be very proud to see how all of you have grown so well.. mother said looking at her oldest child. He smiled and said,Yes he will.
They held hands and said grace and the food started going round.. he sat watching, smiling not eating… Just watching and taking in this scene as it was his last until he left the country for work.
Suddenly the forks and knives dropped from the hands as everyone seemed to have fallen asleep behind the table.
Dave looked in confusion then burst out laughing.. you can’t fool me twice. Plus today isn’t my birthday..no pranks on New Year’s Eve remember?
He was about to take a bite.. but dropped his fork and yet no one moved. He stood,slightly disturbed at their realistic stillness and shook Jeffery but his brother slid off his chair in an unconscious heap.
His eyes widened.. and checked the rest of his family, his little sister and mother. Both were breathing evenly, barely as well… Like they had fallen asleep.
What is happening? Guys this isn’t funny at all… He tried to sound stern. Oh don’t fuss so much Dave. They’re only alseep..I am yet to kill them. A voice said from behind him.
Dave turned sharply and saw a hooded figure in the dining room. He shrieked and took a step back almost falling over his mother who are you a-and what have you done with my family?
The figure said nothing and walked towards him. Daintily flipped the oak dining table and scattered the chairs.
Dave, who had always been soft at heart was frozen with fear as he watched the dark figure approach. He looked around for a weapon but it was too late.. this stranger had him down and was soon tied up firmly and gagged…
The man proceeded to put him in a chair and pushed him towards the wall.Well the figure said Now you must know the truth.
He pulled his hoodie off to reveal a deeply scarred face and sunken eyes. His expression was blank, mostly because all the passion was present in his death-filled eyes. My name is Freeman.
Freeman lifted Jeffery up by his hair and scoffed This bastard here is not your brother… He slashed the neck of the his brother. As the blood spilled from the gash, Freeman opened his mouth to quench his thirst.
He dropped the bloody body and went over to Tiana. She looks so much like her mother don’t you think? Too bad she’s not mine.. he groped the body and fondled with the breasts of the unconscious young woman.
He put his hands in her mouth, one each on where teeth were and pulled,he opened and stretched till the lower jaw was no longer attached to the body and threw her against the wall.
Dave screamed through his gag as he watched this man tear his family apart. Freeman flashed him a wink and went over to his mother and ripped off her clothes.
Oh how she turns me on… He said snickering at his captive in the chair.. he fondled her gently and run his blade all over her body and proceeded to lick the blood off her.
He pulled off the panties of the older woman and begun to make love to her right there on the dinning room floor. Dave struggled and screamed and cried as he watched the man abuse his mother…
The intruder stood with a satisfied smile on his face and pulled a butcher’s knife from the rack… I loved her but she didn’t want me.. did your mother ever tell you who your father was? He screamed Or did she lie that it was your deceased loser father? A low chuckle escaped his mouth.
I raped her before her wedding day so you are my son… He smiled widely… But she didn’t want me… The smile quickly changed to a scowl as he begun to chop on the neck of the nearly lifeless woman.
He chopped and chopped and laughed and laughed as he chopped.. blood splattered everywhere as he continued and soon he held her head up by her hair and showed it triumphantly to his son.
Say hi to mama and papa he said as he pointed to the head and then to himself. Look Olivia.. he said addressing the head. Mistletoe.. he took mistletoe out of his front pocket and hung it over then and kissed the head passionately.
He laughed maniacally and bashed the head against the wall and let it fall… He looked at the man in the chair who was weeping and quivering with fear.. as for you my son… We have lots to catch up on.. he said as he dragged him off the chair and unto the floor I had to watch you spend quality time with that old rat.
He chuckled no one would ever know how he died, unless of course it slips out that I was there in the hospital that day
He laughed and dragged his son out but stopped when he saw the radio and pushed a button.. deck the halls with boughs of holly.. it sung.. he hummed along as he dragged his captive out of the house