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Masked Shadows of Viktor's Farm

Scenario: a group of teenagers go to the countryside to rent cottages but encounter a man who warns that there is a farmer named Viktor who comes out at night masked and armed and the adolesents must survive
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a group of teenagers go to the countryside to rent cottages but encounter a man who warns that there is a farmer named Viktor who comes out at night masked and armed and the adolesents must survive
“Did you pack your toothbrush?”
I asked my best friend Alex.
We were both sitting in the backseat of my car as Sarah drove.
He gave me a sheepish grin.
“I forgot,” he said.
“I packed an extra one, just in case,” I said.
“I’m sure it’s not a big deal.”
“Thank you, Em.
You’re my lifesaver.” He rolled down the window and stuck his face out.
The wind blew his brown hair every which way, but he didn’t seem to care.
He was too busy enjoying the moment, much like how he enjoys life.
“Are we there yet?”
Sarah asked from the driver’s seat.
She was tapping her fingers on the steering wheel, and her foot was even tapping the gas pedal.
We had been on the road for about two hours now, and we were about twenty minutes away from our destination.
One of Sarah’s friends had told her about these cottages near a lake that we could get away to for the weekend.
The price was reasonable, and they looked pretty cozy.
I’d been needing to get away for a while now, but I kept putting it off because work seemed like it would never end.
What a relief when Sarah had mentioned it to me and Alex one day at lunch.
We all agreed that it would be nice to be together in a place that wasn’t the city for once.
And Sarah, being the hopeless romantic she is, said that maybe she’d meet someone special there this weekend.
So we packed our bags and left right after work on Friday night before the traffic got too bad.
We still had our jobs to go to on Monday morning, so we couldn’t make it a long trip, but I hoped that these two days would be enough to recharge our batteries before heading back to work.
It wasn’t anything fancy, just a cute little cottage in the middle of nowhere with barely any phone service, but it definitely would be something new for the three of us city dwellers.
“I think I see the sign,” Sarah said.
“Yup, that’s it!”
She sped up and took the next exit and then made her way down a gravel road that was nestled between two rows of pine trees on either side of us.
In the distance a few hundred meters away was the lake that we were staying by.
The sun was starting to go down and was casting a beautiful pink and orange glow over the water.
It looked so peaceful and serene.
I couldn’t wait to take it all in for a couple of days with my friends.
Sarah stopped the car in front of the first cottage and turned off the engine.
We all sat there for a few seconds taking in the view before I finally got out of the car to check in and grab the keys for both cottages.
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“There’s no cell service,” Sarah said as soon as I got back into the car with the keys in my hand.
I sighed and put my phone into airplane mode so it wouldn’t die too quickly, but I knew I had no hope of getting any service until we left tomorrow night or Monday morning.I thought about all the things I would miss without my phone: calling people, texting people, playing games when I was bored.
“I’m going to be so bored,” I said to Alex and Sarah who were still sitting in the car with me.
Alex opened the door and got out of the car with his bag slung over his shoulder.
“You’re lucky you remembered to bring your book.” He pulled his phone out of his pocket and looked at the screen before putting it back again with a disappointed look on his face.
“What are you going to do?”
Sarah asked as she opened her door and got out as well with her bag in tow.
“Maybe you’ll have to talk to us instead.”
I snorted and shook my head.
“I’m not that desperate.”
We all laughed as we walked to our cottages to unpack.
Sarah opened the door to hers first.
It was a cute little place with a living room in the front with a fireplace that looked like it worked.
There was a small kitchen in the back, a bedroom on one side of the living room, and a bathroom on the other side.
The whole place smelled like fresh pine.
We all loved it.
When we all went through Alex’s cottage next door, I noticed that he had big windows in his living room facing out towards the lake.
The view was amazing; I was jealous.
He also had a fire pit in his backyard for us to use if we wanted.
Sarah’s cottage didn’t have one of those.
Once we were done unpacking, we decided to take a walk around the area before it got too dark.
We saw a dock behind Alex’s cottage where he could bring his boat if he wanted.
Sarah hoped he would take us out on it tomorrow while we were all together.
“I hope I meet someone special this weekend,” she said as she looked out over the lake.
Alex and I both turned our heads to look at her.
She shrugged and turned around with a smile.
“I’m allowed to hope.”
“You are.” Alex walked up next to her and put his arm around her shoulder.
“I just don’t want you to be disappointed when you don’t have any luck in the love department.”
“I have luck in the love department.”
“With your cat.”
She smacked him in the stomach.
“Shut up, Alex.
Not everyone can be as lucky as you and Em are being best friends and roommates.
If I can find a boyfriend that I can get along with then you should also be able to find one too, Alex.”
“I have Sarah,” he said.
“I meant someone new.”
“So you want me to have a different girlfriend every week like you?”
“No,” he said.
“I was just making sure you’re not cheating on Sarah.” He winked at her.
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“Maybe I am cheating on Sarah with you right now.” I nudged him.
“Shh,” he said as he waved his hand at me.
“Don’t tell Sarah that we’ve been sleeping together every night since we were three years old.” He took Sarah’s hand and led her back towards the cottages.
“Wait,” I said as I followed behind them.
“Were we supposed to keep that a secret?
My bad, Sarah.
You know how it is when you’re drunk and you make bad decisions.”
They both laughed at that.
When we were twelve years old we got drunk off of wine coolers that my mom had in the refrigerator because she thought we would never drink them.
We snuck them outside to drink them while we had a campfire in Alex’s backyard.
We ended up playing truth or dare and Alex dared me to kiss him on the lips.
So I did it.
We both realized that we didn’t like the feeling of kissing each other’s lips so we never did it again after that.
But it didn’t stop us from teasing each other about it until this day.
We woke up to a beautiful day on Saturday.
The sun was shining and there was hardly a cloud in the sky.
It was supposed to be seventy degrees so we were all happy that we decided to go to the lake this weekend instead of going to one of the bigger lakes where it was colder.
We were going to take Alex’s boat out on the lake after breakfast so Sarah and I went into my cottage to make some eggs and bacon and toast for everyone while Alex took a shower in his cottage.
When he came over to my place in a pair of basketball shorts with a towel hanging around his neck he looked so hot that I almost forgot how to make eggs sunny side up for a minute there.
But then I remembered that we were all best friends so it wouldn’t be weird to look at each other like that because we were all attractive.
And if we all thought that then we knew that other people thought that too so it was okay.
I sighed as he walked by me to sit down at the table and put my hand on my forehead as if his hotness was too much for me to handle.
He looked up at me and laughed as he sat down at the table with Sarah who was looking at her phone as usual.
“Who are you texting?”
Alex asked her as he looked over her shoulder while I cooked breakfast for everyone at the stove in front of them.
“No one,” she said as she put her phone down face down on the table next to her plate of food that she had barely touched so far.
“She’s probably texting her cat,” I said as I put the eggs on three plates and sat them down on the table in front of them with some toast on a plate next to them on the table.
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