A Different Kind of Horror Story

Chapter 1: The Scares of a Lifetime

"Sir, this is for your own good." Marcie explained, a hand on her friend's knee. She clutched at the fabric and tried not to break down into tears, but without success. Peppermint Patty sighed as she wiped away her friend's tears.

"I'm gonna be okay, Marcie." Peppermint Patty promised. She knew why Marcie was traumatized though. She had read the stories, she put all the sharp objects out of the tomboy's reach, she even locked all the windows and doors at night. The whole nine yards, the kids joked. "Everything's gonna be alright."

Marcie whimpered. She knew the tears were showing, she knew her fearless face was masking anxiety, she knew her sleepless nights were understandable. "The doctor will find out why I'm having these episodes, Marcie. Everything will be alright." Peppermint Patty added as she hugged Marcie.

"I'm just scared." Marcie explained. "I don't want to wake up to seeing you try to flee through the window again."

Patty's eyes shrank. That night was planted in Marcie's memory. Peppermint Patty had no idea what happened on that night, but, according to Marcie, it could've ended in disaster if that truck was driving at 40 mph. "Marcie, this is going to be cured, okay?" asked Patty. Marcie trembled some more.

Marcie sighed as Peppermint Patty released her arms from her. The bespectacled girl trembled as she continued to sob. "But…it might happen again." Marcie explained.

Peppermint Patty sighed. She was right. The first time one of these episodes took place was during school and it was very embarrassing to say the least. The next few times, Peppermint Patty had been very worried about what could've happened if the episodes had taken a turn for the worst. Her dad was afraid of the episodes, but he wasn't usually at home to witness them. When he did see the episodes, he was very shocked and tried to help her understand what had happened.

The tomboy began to cry as Marcie sighed as well. A doctor tapped the former on the shoulder. "Patricia Reichardt?" the doctor asked.

"Yes?" asked Peppermint Patty as Marcie's eyes widened.

The doctor smiled. "We're ready for the polysomnography."

"I…I'm ready too." Peppermint Patty said as she hugged Marcie tightly. "I'll see you tomorrow, Marcie."

"You too, Sir." Marcie sniffled.

"And stop calling me 'Sir'." Peppermint Patty chuckled happily as she followed the doctor to a room. Marcie sighed as she tried to comprehend what had happened to her best friend. All those episodes traumatized both of them, but one of them stood out the most.