“Tommy, no one’s there. Stop fooling around and help me bring these boxes in the house.”
“Now he left. I think he’s mad.”
When Tommy walks into his new bedroom, he sees Lucas sitting on his bed, and says, “I thought you were gone for good.”
Lucas stretches out on the bed. “Nope. You’re stuck with me. This is my room, but I guess I can share.”
“Mom can’t see you. “
Lucas laughs. “Good catch.”
“So, you lived here before? What happened to your family?” asked Tommy.
“Dad deserted us when I was real young. He used to hit mom and she cried a lot. We were both happy when he left.”
Tommy opened a box full of clothes and began putting things away.
“Where’s your mom?” asked Tommy.
“We were in a car accident,” said Lucas. “A drunk ran a red light and t-boned us. Mom died immediately and I was taken to the hospital. I died in the emergency room. Now I can’t find mom, so I came back here.”
Tears welled up in Tommy’s dark brown eyes.
“Please, don’t be sad Tommy,” Lucas said as he began to phase in and out then disappeared.
“Lucas, where did you go? Please come back.”
Lucas reappeared then explained, “Sorry about that. Sadness drains my energy field.”
“You can bet as soon as my energy recharges I’ll be back,” Lucas said.
Tommy asked, “Can you please tell me what’s going on with you?” There was a silence that seemed to go on for what seemed like forever, and then can the loudest boom and everything shook violently.
Tommy’s mom yelled from the other room, “Tommy! What was that? Are you ok?”
“I’m ok, mom! I’ll be right there!” Tommy looked at Lucas. “What was that?”
“He’s coming! Get out! He can’t find you in my room!” Lucas looked scared and used his energy to nudge Tommy towards the door.
In the hall, Lucas held onto the doorknob, while Tommy cringed at the loud, angry voice booming from inside his bedroom.
“Lucas! I can smell him. If you’ve shown yourself again, I’m going to kick your friendly Casper ass!”
“W-W-Who’s that?” asked Tommy, backing down the hallway away from the bedroom door.
“Someone you never want to meet,” cautioned Lucas.
Tommy suddenly backed into a body and he thought that thing, that monster, whatever it was had escaped the room.
Two hands grabbed Tommy’s shoulders.
“Tommy! What was that loud noise? What are you doing?”
Tommy was never so happy to see his mom. He grabbed her and hugged her tight.
“Oh, my God, Mom! You literally scared the sh__” he caught himself, “livin’ daylights out of me!”
Tommy looked as white as a sheet as he continued to shake with fright.
“You look like you have seen a ghost, son.”
“Duh, Mom. That’s what I have been trying to tell you.”
“Stop being silly. There are no such things as ghosts.”
Suddenly, all of the walls started shaking pictures flew off walls and the lights flickered! “Mom, see that it’s the mean one he’s messing with us now!”
Mom said, “That’s utter nonsense. It’s either a jet flying over or an earthquake. “Go to your room and stay there. You will scare your brother.”
Tommy made a move as if to re-enter his bedroom. A cold force stopped him. “No, Tommy, you can’t! Please don’t go in there!” Lucas wailed.
Tommy looked from the ghost back to his mom. Tears of anguish stung his eyes, “Mom, I’m sorry,” and he rushed past her and down the hall.
Sobbing loudly, Tommy bolted wildly out of the house, down the street, and into a public park. He slowed and threw himself on the grass near a picnic table.
As he used his tee shirt to wipe his eyes, he felt guilty about leaving his mom alone.
“You run pretty fast, Tommy.”
“Lucas? You followed me? That thing in my room has got to go. Mom and I can’t live there like that,” said Tommy.
Tommy sniffed and wiped his nose on the arm of his tee shirt.
“What is that thing?”
“I don’t have all the answers,” said Lucas. “I haven’t been dead long enough.”
“I wish there was some kind of instruction manual for dead kids,” said Lucas. “Maybe we could find something at the library.”
“The LIBRARY?” yelled Tommy. “We can use my iPhone.”
“Your what-phone?” questioned Lucas.
“Hey! Just exactly how long have you been dead?”
“I really have no idea. I can’t feel time pass at all. I remember playing Galaga at the arcade next to Blockbuster video store yesterday.” Lucas answered.
“The arcade? Blockbuster? They have been closed for years. l can play games and watch movies on my iPhone.” Tommy explained.
Then all of a sudden, the phone rang. It was Mrs. Winslow his next-door neighbor. “Tommy you need to hurry home. Something has happened. Your mother said to call you and tell you to rush right home.”
“I’m on my way. I’ll be there soon as I can.” Tommy hung up phone and ran home quickly.
Tommy slowed as he got home. His mom and brother were out front with a cop. His mom waved him over. “Why didn’t you say there was someone in the house? I didn’t see him, but he pushed your brother!”
Tommy’s younger brother, Brandon, scowled right at Lucas. “Who’s he, Tommy?”
“I’m Lucas. I met Tommy at the park. Right, Tommy?”
“Uh, yeah. Right. We met at the park.”
“Hello, Lucas. I’m Tommy’s mom.”
Tommy looked from his mom to Lucas. “Mom, you can see Lucas?”
“Of course, dear. Really, I don’t know what’s gotten into you!”
“0kay,” said the cop. “Why are you pretending there’s some invisible kid there?”
“Wait, you can’t see him?” asked Mrs. Mills.
“See who?” asked the cop.
“Him!” she said, pointing at Lucas. “That boy! Right there!”
“Look lady, do you want to report a crime?”
“Ma’am tell him no,” said Lucas.
“Errrr, I’m sorry, Officer. There’s been some sort of mixup,” said Mrs. Mills.
The cop mumbled something under his breath and returned to his car.
“What’s going on?” asked Tommy’s mom.
“No human can see me unless I let them,” explained Lucas.
Tommy, Brandon and their mom walked back into their house. The air in the living room became as cold as ice. A loud crash came from inside Tommy’s bedroom.
“It must be that thing again!” Tommy yelled. “We really need to find out what that thing is, Lucas.”
As Tommy slowly moved to his bedroom door he was sweating profusely and couldn’t calm his breathing. “Are you coming Lucas?”
“No. I can’t, Tommy, be careful!” Lucas said.
Tommy opened his door and stepped inside. His stuff was floating around the room and bright lights shined out of the closet.
Before he could take another step, Tommy felt a cold breeze and Lucas was there in front of him. “I can’t let you face him, Tommy. He’s my problem.”
“Who…” Tommy started to speak but was cut short by all of his stuff crashing to the floor.
“There you are, boy. Daddy is home.”
Tommy was scared but he just had to know who or what was behind this. He finally got his nerve up enough to speak.
“WHO ARE YOU?” Tommy shouted in his most demanding voice.
A disembodied voice shouted back.
“SILENCE YOU LITTLE HUMAN TWERP OR YOU’LL JOIN MY SON IN DEAD LAND!”
“Dead Land?” Thought Tommy.
Now it began to make sense. Lucas’ dad treated him bad in life, and now he must have died and is hunting him down in the afterlife. Tommy had to help his new friend… somehow… no matter what it took.
Tommy yelled, “SHUT UP YOU BIG BULLY!”
The demon inside of Lucas’ dad had completely taken control of him in the afterlife. Its eyes were now glowing bright red. Lucas floated in front of Tommy to protect him.
“Ah, there you are Lucas boy! Looks like you found a new boyfriend. You filthy freak!”
Suddenly, with a sudden upward motion Tommy was lifted off his feet with force so strong he blacked out. Lucas screamed at the demon that his dad turned into, “Stop! You want me, not Tommy. Please! He’s just my friend and I don’t want nothing to happen to him. Please, oh no!”
Brandon raced into the room and knelt by his brother. He shook Tommy, trying to wake him. Lucas growled, blasting a wave of energy at the ghost of his father.
“Just as much of a sissy now as when you were alive. How many of your little boyfriends am I gonna have to kill, boy?”
As Brandon was shaking Tommy, trying to get him to respond, his eyes focused on an object hanging on the wall. It was a large religious cross. He remembered seeing a movie where a cross was used against evil.
Brandon jumped up and grabbed the cross from the wall.
He raised it high above his head until he could reach no higher. Brandon yelled at the top of his lungs.
“I COMMAND YOU IN THE NAME OF CHRIST… LEAVE THIS HOUSE AND LEAVE US ALONE!”
The demon inside Lucas’ dad turned into mist and flowed out through the air duct. His ghostly shell was left laying on carpet, unconscious. The cross and incantation also made the ghost of Lucas light up like a Christmas tree. He too collapsed onto the floor.
Brandon yelled for his mom. “Mom! Hurry!”
Slowly, mom walks into the room with an evil laugh, “Hahahaha! You think you can get rid of me that easily little boy?” With a gust of air, the cross was chucked out the window. “Awe, what’s a matter, son? Mommy is gone for a while!”
Lucas’ energy levels fluctuated then stabilized just in time to hear what the boys’ mom said. “Brandon, help Tommy get up. I have to get you guys out of here quick. We’re in double trouble now that the demon and my dad have separated!”
The ghost of Lucas’ father began to move.
Brandon helped Tommy to a standing position and as Tommy’s senses started returning, he saw his mom standing there.
Without knowing, Tommy instinctively ran to his mother’s waiting and protecting arms.
Brandon made a grab, but Tommy slipped through his fingers.
Simultaneously Lucas and Brandon yelled to Tommy.
As Tommy reached his mom, the evil within her possessed body grabbed him and pulled him close, their bodies melting into one large evil entity.
Meanwhile, the ghost of Lucas’ dad awoke. He saw Lucas and said, “I’m so sorry for what I did and said to you son. The demon took over. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
Lucas’ dad lunged at the demon possessing Tommy and his mom. “Take me!”
The demon used his powers to take Lucas dad and send him away from the house to the netherworld! “Now, as for you, little boy, we have plans for you.”
Lucas stood in front of Brandon and said. “You will leave him alone! What if I take his place?”
“No! Lucas, you can’t I won’t let you!” Brandon screamed.
The demon hesitated and almost split back into two. Lucas took the opportunity to fling it against the wall. A path to the front door stood clear.
“Brandon, come on! We need to get outta here and come up with a plan!”
With a final glance at the demon, Brandon followed.
Lucas ran out the front door and just as Brandon reached it, he noticed his Super Soaker Water Canon in the top of an unpacked box. He grabbed it without stopping and continued out the door.
“Lucas!” he yelled, “Look!” Brandon held up the water gun for Lucas to see.
“That’s only a toy,” said Lucas.
“Yeah, but what if we filled it with… Holy Water?” suggested Brandon.
“It could work,” said Lucas.
They stood out in the middle of the street, looking one way, then the other.
“But where are we going to find Holy Water?”
Brandon thought for a minute then said, “We could order holy water on Amazon or go into that church across the street. They have it for baptisms.”
“Going to the Amazon is too far.” Lucas replied.
“Not that Amazon,” Brandon giggled. “Forgot this is all new to you.”
“Well we can’t just go into the church and get it,” Brandon said.
“I know. I can’t enter the church. I’m dead and it is a barrier to me,” Lucas said.
Then all the sudden a lady in white came floating down the road with beautiful flowing blond hair and emanating light all around her.
Lucas’s voice trembled as he watched his mother float towards him. “Mom! I looked everywhere for you! Where were you?!”
“I was stuck in an in between place. I tried to get to you, but I couldn’t. Your father freed me and said you needed help!”
Brandon watched, mouth agape.
Lucas and his mom hugged, creating a bright, white halo around them. Brandon was frozen in awe at the miracle he witnessed.
“Mom, I want you to meet Brandon. He’s a human. His family is being possessed by an evil entity. We need to find Holy Water… quick.”
The mother spirit glanced around and saw the church nearby.
“Brandon,” she instructed, “You need to run inside that church and yell for help. If no one hears you, look for a stone structure that looks like a wishing well. That’s where you’ll find Holy Water.”
Brandon opened the heavy, oak church doors and stepped inside. He looked around but didn’t see a soul. He did however see a bird bath looking thing with water. “This must be it.” Brandon thought to himself. He hastily filled up his super soaker then ran back outside.
“Now that I have my super soaker filled with holy water, I’ll see what I can do.” Brandon thought to himself. Then out of nowhere a swarm of mayflies started descending towards him. Brandon started to run as fast as he could, but when he turned down the alley, a pack of wild dogs chased him to large fence.
Brandon backed against the fence at the end of the alley and raised his super-soaker. He had to try something, and it was the only weapon he had. He shot at the cloud of mayflies and each one that was hit by the holy water burst into flames!
Now the dogs were closing in.
Brandon aimed carefully at the lead dog and squeezed the trigger. It was a direct hit and the dog howled as it burst into a small fireball and disappeared.
Brandon smiled and quipped, “Yes!”
This was just like a video game and he was good… really good at games.
He looked down the barrel of his super-soaker and kept his eyes focused on the sights.
Each time he aimed and pulled the trigger, he uttered, “Pow!”
“Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!”
Every shot was a hit. Every hit destroyed its target. Finally, he stood alone, his heart beating hard.
Suddenly, the demon possessing Tommy and his mom appeared.
Brandon yelled, “Get out of my mom and brother now!”
He pulled the trigger on the super soaker, but it was dry. The demon smirked.
“Lucas, help!” Brandon screamed as he too was taken into the demon.
As Lucas watched Brandon be taken in, he felt so defeated. After all he was just a simple little boy ghost. “What am I to do? I brought this on this family.” He thought. In an instant he had idea. “I will go sit outside the church and leap into the priest when he comes out. He can help me figure this out!”
The priest exited the church and walked down the steps. Lucas leapt forward. Just before he reached the priest, a blast of cold power pushed him aside.
Lucas’s mother stood on the sidewalk. “You were always an impulsive teen, even when you were alive. There are other ways.”
The priest stopped suddenly as a cold shiver ran through his body. He looked around, but saw no one.
“Hello! Is someone there?”
He got no answer, so started on his way.
He stopped again and turned around. Slowly, out of thin air, a young boy started materializing.
“Sir, we need your help. Please. My human friends and their mom are all possessed by a terribly evil spirit.”
Suddenly Lucas’ mom’s spirit materialized next to Lucas and confirmed what he said.
“It’s got three humans and grows bigger and stronger with each passing minute.”
Another spirit appeared next to Lucas and his mom. It was his dad who had been freed of the demon. He hugged his family saying,
“Love you both. I’m sorry for the bad things I did in life. We must stop the demon from destroying another family. Can you help us priest?”
“I don’t know if I can,” said the priest. “but I can try to do my best and assess the situation. I will consult with God and see if he can help me out.”
Meanwhile, the demon was trying to talk with Satan. The demon snarled, “This is not just my battle, it’s the ultimate evil vs good!”
The sidewalk cracked under the demon’s feet. Smoke and the odor of sulfur filled the air. The priest uttered a frightened squeak and fled back into the church.
A voice bellowed from the crack. “It is not your place to question me, demon. Collect the souls, especially the boy!”
The demon headed toward Lucas, but Lucas’ dad jumped in front of him.
“LEAVE HIM ALONE!” yelled the dad spirit, as he made the form of a cross using his arms and held them up in front of the demon’s eyes. “I COMMAND YOU TO LEAVE!”
The action did nothing but annoy the demon.
“GET OUT OF MY FACE,” bellowed the demon. “Satan wants the boy’s soul and he shall have it.”
The demon swatted at the dad spirit, knocking him off his feet, then grabbed at Lucas.
Lucas saw the evil claw-like hand coming at him and bolted for the church door.
Lucas’ mom and dad continued to fight the demon as its clawed hand grabbed Lucas’ head. The memory of his death rushed back to Lucas. He recalled his dad yelling at him in the arcade, running into the basement and falling down a shaft. The same shaft he saw in Tommy’s basement.
Lucas remembered he came face to face with Satan before. He was told that one day they had plans for him and that he was the chosen one to lead them to victory over the forces of good. But remembers that something was told to him by something else but he can’t focus on what.
Lucas felt himself being absorbed into the demon. His parents continued to fight but it did no good. Then the church doors flew open and the priest stood there holding the biggest balloon that Lucas had ever seen. The priest threw it at the demon’s face. Water sprayed everywhere.
The Holy Water spilled down over the demon and its skin began burning and smoking. It released its hold of Lucas’ soul and Lucas slowly returned to the Holy Spirit that he had been.
The Demon becomes transparent and the human bodies of Tommy, Brandon and Mrs. Mills are released.
The six of them stood there with the Priest looking on, thinking the demon had finally been defeated.
The ground suddenly rumbled, feeling much like an earthquake and the small crack that had opened previously got wider.
A netherworld voice trumpeted from the depths of hell.
“Spirits back to limbo where you belong!”
Huge vines grew out from the crack, wrapping around Lucas, his mom and dad slowly dragging them underground.
“Tommy, you will find our bodies in the shaft. Give us a proper burial so we can finally be at peace!”
“I will Lucas. I promise!”
As Tommy made his way back home, he thought about all that had happened he was still shocked to know ghost and demons existed he made a promise to himself right then and there that he would always help kids and families being haunted or possessed by demons. He headed for his basement.
As soon as they reached home, Tommy’s mom and brother collapsed on the couch and fell asleep. The ordeal inside the demon wore them out. Tommy was too restless and was determined to find the bodies. He went downstairs and located the opening to the shaft and peered inside.
It was pitch black inside, but Tommy could see that the shaft went down a short way, then cut its way back into a tunnel. A rickety wooden ladder was attached to the side of the shaft’s wall.
He climbed onto the ladder and carefully made his way down to the tunnel.
He peered into the tunnel.
‘Hello… Hello… Hello…’ only an echo answered.
Tommy pulled his iPhone from his pocket and turned on the flashlight. He pointed it into the tunnel but could see only a few feet ahead.
He cautiously entered the dark, damp space.
Tommy was glad to be on solid ground. He thought to himself since he almost slipped off the ladder a few times coming down, “I’ll bet that when Lucas’ parents came looking for him, they fell to their death climbing down that rickety old ladder.” He shined his phone’s flashlight on the floor and saw three skeletons. He carefully collected the bones in the three canvas bags he had brought with him.
Before he could start climbing back up, Tommy heard a loud booming voice, “You Can’t Have Them! A swift glowing red hand snatched the canvas bags out of his hands. They belong to us and now so do you! You will never be able to get out of this portal to Hell!
Something grabbed Tommy’s legs and pulled him deeper into the tunnel.
Tommy kicked at the claw that held him, but he couldn’t get free. In desperation, he yelled into his cell. “Text Brandon. Help! I’m in the tunnel! Found bones but the demon got me!”
The one bar he had on his phone disappeared so he tossed it behind him, hoping it would be found.
Brandon and his mom had been sleeping upstairs, but Brandon had found the urge to pee. As he stood at the toilet relieving himself,
He pulled his phone from his pocket and clicked on messages, seeing what Tommy had just wrote.
He zipped up and ran back to his mom.
“MOM! WAKE UP!”
Brandon showed the text to his mother. Mrs. Mills jumped up and the two of them hurried to the basement.
They found the uncovered shaft entrance but couldn’t see or hear anything.
“Brandon, run upstairs and get flashlights from the kitchen.”
Brandon quickly got the flashlights and ran back into the basement. He and his mom were right under where the arcade was years ago. They shined their flashlights down into the dark shaft and yelled,
“I’m going down.” Brandon said.
“Be careful honey!”
He was getting scared as he made his way deeper and deeper, it was so dark. He got to a spot that was so hot that he was sweating badly and was hearing screaming and very loud voices. “Boy, how dare you come down here. You can’t help your brother. He’s mine now. Replacing Lucas in my army! Roar!”
Brandon recognized the voice of the demon. The same demon who he had just recently escaped from. He stopped and picked up his brother’s iPhone. Further along, he found the three canvas bags. He wondered to himself, “If I bury the bones, will they be free to help me again?”
He grabbed the bags and quickly made his way back to the basement.
“Mom, these are the bones of our three spirit friends. I think we need to bury them to lift this curse and get Tommy back.”
“I think you’re right, son. Take them to the church yard and hallow ground. Hurry!”
Brandon grabbed his folding Boy Scouts shovel and ran to the church. His mom had phoned ahead, and the Priest was waiting. He quickly led Brandon around back to the cemetery.
“Dig right there,” said the Priest, pointing. “Make it deep enough so we won’t ever have to disturb it.”
Back in the tunnel, the demon had Tommy pinned to the wall and was ready to consume his soul. Suddenly, a brilliant white light flooded the tunnel. The demon screeched then disappeared as three angelic beings appeared. It was Lucas with his mom and dad.
“Our souls have been freed.”
Tommy was then greeted by an angelic figure. The angel spoke, “You are the guardian of good here on earth. I am bestowing you with special abilities to help you in your journey of fighting evil demon spirits and protecting souls from evil. Do you accept?”
Tommy grinned. “Yes! I will gladly accept. Thank you! I am ready.”
Tommy looked at his mother. She nodded, knowingly. He faced the three spirits. “As Guardian I can release you to Heaven.”
Lucas blurted, “I wanna stay with you!” As Lucas’ parents agreed they shimmered and were gone. Tommy took Lucas’ hand and Lucas became a live boy once more.
Tommy led Lucas into his bedroom, hand in hand. “I’m so happy that mom got all the paperwork sorted to let you live here. I even started cleaning out the spare room to make it into your bedroom.”
“Don’t you mean your bedroom? This is my bedroom.”
“Very funny. This is my bedroom.”
“It was mine first. I guess we’ll have to share it.” Lucas smirked and winked.
Tommy blushed a bright red. “I wish. Mom would never go for that, though.”
Lucas sighed. “Ok. Ok. Let’s go check out this new bedroom.”
Back down under the arcade, the tunnel began to glow with an orange light again. Heat and the smell of sulfur poured forth. A clawed hand appeared out of the darkness pulling its owner forward. The demon’s eyes flashed with Hellfire. “I’m not done with you yet, boy. I’m coming and Hell is coming with me.”