Night was falling as a black suv drove down a lonely road with nothing but wheat and corn to keep it company. A mix of rock, metal, rap and what could only be explained as ‘experimental’ blared on the radio.
"So how long before we get there?" the driver Aaron asked
"about two hours I think, it's been a few years..." Crystal said
"How the hell did you get so lucky man?" Serach said, giving the sign of the devil horns to
"Lucky how?" Crystal said, an eyebrow raised
"Getting a farmhouse with a ton of empty land for us to party on all summer, that's how!" Serach
"I had to lose both my parents and grandparents for it... I don't call that lucky, just a consolation prize" Crystal said, looking out the window
"Smart ass" Amora said, mockingly smacking Crystal on the shoulder
"hey, just calling it like I see it..." Crystal said, shrugging a bit and turning back to her window
"so we got everything for a season dedicated to partying, hanging out and just not giving a shit about life?" Zack said quickly
"Well, there is a town five miles from the farmhouse if we run out of food, drinks or other items" Crystal reminded
"well we brought food, a grill, matches, booze, chairs, hammocks..." Aaron started
"weed" Serach said, smirking
"WEED?! WHAT THE FUCK?!" everyone else shouted
"dude, we get caught with that..." Aaron snapped
"Nah man, I mailed it to your house last week, should be there..." Serach said, pointing to Crystal and Zack
"woof... don't scare me like that" Aaron said, holding his hand over his chest
"You mailed it to the farm house?, well you get points for intelligence... I think..." Crystal tilted her head
"What? you think I'm gonna get us busted by the cops..." Serach said, leaning back in her seat
"Of which my brother is one..." Crystal reminded
"whatever..." Serach waved her hand and smirked
"Hey what about the condoms?" Amora asked
"Aren't you on the pill..." Serach observed
"I got them, various sizes, male and female" Crystal said, digging through a black purse
"And the virgin saves the day" Amora joked
"why do you call me that"Crystal said, raising her eyebrows
"Cause its true" Amora nudged Crystal as she said this
"well... I'm just not ready is all..." Crystal blushed
"Hey what's that up ahead?" Aaron asked, ignoring the bickering
The fair seemed run down, empty, almost haunted. The posters that once showed people branded as freaks now swung in the wind, tattered, torn and almost reaching for living flesh. Outside was an old wagon, advertising various charms, potions and other cure-alls once sold in the days of snake oil and barkers. An eerie creaking filled the air, as if there was still life in the rotted corpse that was this wonderland.
"I remember passing this, but I don't think we ever stopped here" Crystal said almost to herself
"I think it was dead when we were kids" Zack said, scratching his head
"Wonder if anyone is here..." Aaron asked, tapping on the steering wheel
"I doubt it" Zack said shrugging “never seemed that busy to me”
"Hey, let's explore it!" Search Said, unbuckling her seatbelt
"Why?" Amora asked, folding her arms
"Spring break, that's why" Search exclaimed
"Um... isn't this how horror movies start?" Crystal said
A small, strange man held both his hands on the car window, looking eagerly at the now frighten passengers, lifting his bowler hat as if to greet the group.
"WELCOME WELCOME! We seem to be having a busy night, yes?" he seemed to grin as he spoke
The group looked on at the strange man as he seemed to motion toward the side of the fence "COME come, we have more room in the back for your vehicle, how many will be joining tonight?" he motioned to the fairground
"ummm... we don't really..." Aaron started
"Now now, don't keep the fair waiting!" the strange man said, almost like an excited child
"Oh we can't... we..." Crystal stuttered as she checked the gps, they were a mile from the farmhouse, what luck "have to get down to my grandparents house, just a mile down"
"Oh?" a look of curiosity crossed the man’s face
"Yeah, we got a lot of stuff to set up, so we should get there and get to work before it's too late at night" Zack added
Everyone in the car chimed in with agreement
"Oh, what a shame, but don't worry, we will be here tomorrow, please join us then, on me" the strange man handed them five tickets "they're good all summer"
"err... thanks..." everyone said at once
The group drove off, stopping at an old, three story farm house. The house seemed well maintained, clean and very cheery, even in the moonlight. Behind it there was an old red barn and grey silo along with what seemed to be an endless field of wheat.
"Here we are!" Zack said
"Man, the place hardly changed since we were kids..." Crystal said in a dreamy voice
"well it was maintained until grandma died last month" Zack pointed out as his face began to fall "Too bad I couldn't make the funeral..."
"well you did have that business thing to do, and they wouldn't let you out if it cuz..." Crystal said
"Bet its dusty as hell now" Amora joked
"Well, we can clean it up, shouldn't be too hard..." Crystal said as she was cut off by a shout
"dude!" Serach yelled, holding up a package in a plain brown wrapper
"let me guess, the contraband made it" Aaron half sneered
"Yeah, sweet!" Serach said, fistpumping
Everyone laughed as they started to bring in their things into the house. Everything seemed untouched from the last time people were there. Despite the old fashioned look, there were modern conveniences like internet for the partiers to enjoy. As they unpacked and chose their rooms though... the carnival crept into the back of their head...
What was its deal?
How could a place that run down still be open?
Was it safe?
Should they go?
These were choices they would have to sleep on for now...