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Home Alone MAG

By Anonymous

The sky was pitch black, the house was creaking, and I still had four hours until my parents got home. Locked in my parents’ room, I turned on the TV full blast so I wouldn’t hear the creaking house.

I barely heard the phone ring. I picked it up and said, “Hello … hello …?” but there was no response. I knew someone was on the other end. Finally, I hung up. A minute later, the phone rang again; still no one was there. I became more frightened as time passed; the same ­person called five more times.

At this point I didn’t bother picking up, but the ringing continued. To get my mind off this prank caller, I called my friend. She told me not to worry and to turn the phone off. As we talked, I heard someone pull into the driveway. When I peeked out the window, I saw an unfamiliar car.

Thirty minutes passed and the car was still in my driveway. It drove up and down the drive as if aware I was watching. My friend told me to call the cops, but I refused.

Soon the phone calls started again. I heard noises in the background, but I couldn’t tell what they were. I really didn’t want that person to get out of the car and start toward the house. If they did, I didn’t know what I’d do. None of the doors were locked, and I would have no way of protecting myself. The only thing I could do was hide, which wasn’t a very good plan.

At this point I was considering calling the cops, but my friend offered to drive by. “Maybe if they see me pull in, they will leave,” she suggested. By the time she arrived, the car had left. The phone rang again and I picked up, thinking it might be my friend. Someone on the other end said “Bye-bye.”

At that point I wasn’t as scared as curious. Since then I have not stayed home alone and I probably never will.

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on Apr. 19 2010 at 5:30 pm
celloizmylife PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious.....And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney

I completely understand from experience. Nothing ever happened to me that was that creepy, but I can get just as freaked all the same. However, I overcome my fears, and find very good precautions.


1. Lock all the doors.

2. Keep the keys away from the door (they can break the window and unlock the door).

3. Make it seem like the whole family is home (I turn on the news really loudly, the office lamp, and the kitchen lights, but I occasionally walk through and alternate things so it doesn't seem like there's a timer).

4. If you have a good guard dog, keep it outside; if not, or you're worried for your dog's safety, keep it in and cling to it for comfort.

5. Find something that makes you feel relaxed, esp. something you can't do when you're not alone (I practice singing 'cuz I'm too self-conscious to do so when my family's around). That way, you come to enjoy your time spent home alone.


These are just the five steps to protect yourself before something freaky happens. Some of you may think I'm paranoid, but better safe than sorry. I don't know what to do when something scary does happen to you however... hit them with a baseball bat?

Cuore GOLD said...
on Apr. 19 2010 at 4:11 pm
Cuore GOLD, Saint Augustine, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Be the change you wish to see- Ghandi

Everything in this room is eatable, even I'm eatable, but that my dears is called cannibalism and is highly frowned upon in most societies.- Willy Wonka

Bright lights often blind those who can't see. ~

OMG!!! That actually happened to you?!?!?! That is so scary. I'm glad that nothing happened to you. That was a really well written aricle.

on Apr. 19 2010 at 9:21 am
Acalleq PLATINUM, Togiak, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have

whoa! i don't know what i would have done in your position. that was written perfectly. keep it up!

on Apr. 13 2010 at 7:53 pm
WonderDreamer23 BRONZE, Maplewood, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Shut Up and Live I am the most sexiest thing that happened to you and i know you know it.

R u sure thats true....................GOD im now scared shizzzzzyyy wohhhaoo

on Apr. 5 2010 at 12:31 pm
SarClark BRONZE, NC, Connecticut
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OHMYGOD OH MY GOD FREAKY...!!! Extremely well written, SCARY AS HECK!!!!!

Jessie123 said...
on Apr. 3 2010 at 8:03 am
Jessie123, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Always shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars."

That was VERY well written!! my heart was pounding just reading it!!! it definately wont help my fear of that already though... for you, that's a good thing, meaning it was veryyy good!!!

on Mar. 28 2010 at 12:48 pm
Invaild_Kt BRONZE, Wattsburg, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Theres Jello Rocks My Socks, but Pudding does it Better...... I Love you!

I've seen the movie When a Stranger Calls, so if I was you I would have been frecking out! lol. It was very well written, and I enjoyed reading it. :)

on Mar. 18 2010 at 8:48 pm
hoodiequeen14 BRONZE, Evanston, Wyoming
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Favorite Quote:
My favorite personal quote is " Today will only happen once, MAKE IT WORTH IT!!!"

very well written, i would have been sooo scared if that happened to me!

on Mar. 14 2010 at 10:42 am
Authorgal98 GOLD, Frankort, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Let your mind sart a journey through a strange new world..."

This was amazing! Great writing! But, this really happened??? I would've screamed my head off. You've got a great friend.

SLC96 GOLD said...
on Mar. 6 2010 at 8:02 pm
SLC96 GOLD, McGill, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
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wow that is creepy! i had an experince like that just not as bad. i am glad you could make a sacry experince into a story *scray

Ashlen BRONZE said...
on Mar. 3 2010 at 3:14 pm
Ashlen BRONZE, Gibsonville, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
your boyfriend likes you but i'm his favorite
i don't do mornings
hey yall!, was up?

thank you i thot the ending was a little cheesy but didnt want 2 b mean

on Feb. 26 2010 at 2:41 pm
edwardcullen4always SILVER, Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"If you feed a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime."

I thought the whole thing was great. It was very short...i wish there was more :(

on Feb. 16 2010 at 3:00 pm
although i also have to agree with 400king the end was a little boring/cheesy


on Feb. 16 2010 at 2:53 pm
i have to agree with ashlen. the beginning was definitently a well descripive grabber.

Ashlen BRONZE said...
on Feb. 12 2010 at 7:25 pm
Ashlen BRONZE, Gibsonville, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
your boyfriend likes you but i'm his favorite
i don't do mornings
hey yall!, was up?

This is a really good story I would love to know more about what happened I couldn't stop reading once I started

phoenix1237 said...
on Feb. 1 2010 at 3:26 pm
your friend is a great friend for offering to drive by but that could have resulted in her getting hurt. if this ever happens again (which is extremely unlikely) you should call the police. also next time lock the doors. however, i don't think never staying home alone is the answer... or practical. what are you going to do when you get older? try working your way up to staying home alone. start for just say 5 or ten minutes while your parents take down the trash. next time go 15 or twenty minutes, then 1/2 and hour, and hour... etc. you can always call a friend if you need something to occupy you, or watch a funny tv show. remember to keep the doors locked. anywaz, the piece was very well written

zobean GOLD said...
on Jan. 14 2010 at 5:30 pm
zobean GOLD, Northfield, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"A Good player inspires themselves. A GREAT player inspires others."

OMG! This is so good, i totally want to know who that was. This story really draws you in, even if it is a really scary experience.

on Jan. 8 2010 at 4:07 pm
FanficFanatic, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes the kindest hearts can lie behind the plainest faces. Adopt a shelter animal and find a forever friend." "Michael Jackson and Obama are not heroes. You want to see a hero? The people who fight so you can read your tabloids are. Soldiers."

Why didn't you have the doors locked?

on Dec. 26 2009 at 5:30 pm
Adrenalinejunkie52 SILVER, Sweet Home, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
geez louise!
Hot Dang!!
Wasshupp?!!? (wuh-shup)
Hey You!

That's a really good story! What happens when the parents get home and stuff though? Please write more?! You got me hooked!

zoeee BRONZE said...
on Dec. 25 2009 at 12:54 pm
zoeee BRONZE, ?, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
if you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, its yours forever. If it doesn't, then it was never meant to be. - Shakespeare

wow. i like this story.