It’s finally time for Jack Sawyer to go on the book tour for his newly released book, Darkness Falls. He’s organised everything, except he’s forgotten to book a hotel room. He arrives at the Mortem Hotel, a very creepy looking hotel and manages to book a room. But what Jack doesn’t know, is that there are strange things that happen in the hotel at night…
With the help from a familiar looking girl, will Jack escape the Mortem Hotel?
NIGHT TWO – PART ONE
A soaking wet Jack opened the doors to the hotel and sighed. He was very, very annoyed. After the book signing, he ended up going to fifteen different hotels, and none of them had an available room. Then on the way back, he couldn’t find a taxi, which meant he had to walk two miles. Also, to Jack’s luck, it had also began to rain… A lot.
He didn’t want to come back here, but he had no choice. He had no where else to go.
He slowly walked into the reception, looking around to see if anyone was there. Once he was sure no one was there, he walked behind the counter. He checked the time on his phone before bending down, to take out the big, dusty book that the receptionist had written his name in yesterday. It was eight minutes until nine o’ clock. He still had time.
He opened the book and looked through it. He scrunched up his eyebrows. It was the hotel’s log book, however it only had seven names written down in it. Jack looked through the names, but froze as he read the dates. The first name was dated back to 1953…
He checked through the other dates too. 1958… 1974… 1981… 1999… 2005, and 2015…
There was also ticks next to everyone’s names… apart from Jack’s. It left Jack confused. What did these ticks mean?
“Jack, what the hell are you doing out here? It’s nearly nine o’ clock!” Laura shouted at Jack, which made him jump.
“You’ve got to stop that, that’s probably the tenth time I’ve jumped while being in this place.” He muttered, then hesitated, and pointed a finger at Laura. “Wait, where did you come from?”
“Jack, answer my question. What are you doing out here?”
“I want to see what comes out at nine o’ clock.” Jack answered, crossing his arms. That wasn’t the reason though, Jack was definitely not coming out after nine o’ clock after hearing what he heard last night. He had hardly slept.
“Are you actually serious?” She stared at him in shock.
“Why isn’t your name in this book?” He asked her, pointing to the old, dusty log book.
“I never signed in. If you sign in… you’re dead…” Laura mumbled, looking down at her feet.
“What?” Jack said, his eyes widening.
“Jack, you do know Mortem is Latin for death?” Laura asked him, stepping closer to the counter. Jack stared at her. She looked like she was telling the truth… But how could he trust her when she was pretending to be the main character from his book? However, there was something in the back of his mind, telling him to trust her. Laura sighed. “You sure you wanna be out here now?”
Jack looked down and closed the book. He put it away under the counter, then crossed his arms. “And why should I believe you?”
“Because your life depends on it.” She muttered, walking around the counter and faced Jack. “What are you still doing here anyway? I thought I told you to get out of here!”
“I tried to get a room somewhere else, but all the hotels were full. I had no where else to go.”
All of a sudden, a clock chimed. Jack’s head snapped around at the sound. A grandfather clock was placed in the corner of the room, which Jack had sworn he hadn’t seen before…
“Oh, God… It’s nine o’ clock…” Laura whispered.
“Let’s get out of here then!” Jack whisper-shouted, gesturing towards the front door.
“We can’t, the door automatically locks at nine.” Jack whisper-shouted back to him.
“What?” Jack muttered, quickly walking towards the door.
Jack tried to open the door, but it wouldn’t open. He tried to pull it with all the strength he could gather, but it still wouldn’t open.
“Jack, come here! Something’s bound to come out no-”
Loud footsteps were suddenly heard from down the hallway.
Jack’s head slowly turned around and he looked at Laura. She quickly gestured for him to come to the counter and he did as he was told. They both crouched down behind the counter and hid from the ‘thing’ that was producing the footsteps, coming from the hallway. Jack’s heart was beating the fastest it ever beaten and he was finding it hard for him to not breathe so heavily. Laura held a finger up to her lips as the footsteps passed them and stopped in front of the counter.
Laura carefully moved her hand towards the shelfs, under the counter and got out a key. She showed Jack the number which was written on the key, and gestured for him to follow her. The key was to room four.
She slowly moved over to the entrance of the hallway and gave Jack the key. “You open the door and I’ll distract it.”
“What exactly is it?” Jack asked curiously, turning his head towards the ‘thing’, but Laura grabbed his chin and made him look back at her.
“Don’t look at it. If you look at it, you’re dead. You understand me?” Jack nodded his head. Jack still wasn’t sure if he could trust her, but she seemed to know what she was doing. “Now, go and unlock that door. Make sure you get it open quickly or we’ll both be dead.”
“What about you? What if that thing gets you?” Jack asked, worriedly. Even if he couldn’t trust this girl completely, he would never want her to die.
“It won’t be able to see me, unless I make a noise.”
“Are you sure?”
“Just go, Jack.”
Jack hesitated, but then nodded and squeezed the key to room four in his hand.
“Ready?” She asked him, taking off her left shoe.
“Whenever you are.” He mumbled and she nodded. Laura stood up and threw her left shoe into the corner of the room, which made a loud bang. Jack immediately ran as the ‘thing’ made a howling noise. Whatever it was, Jack was not intending on meeting it anytime soon. He searched for room four, which was the second room down on the left, opposite to room three. He stuck the key in the lock and turned it. Laura screamed and began to run down the hallway. Now it knew she was there.
Jack hurriedly fiddled around with the lock, turning it right and left, until he eventually turned it fully and opened the door.
“GET IN AND LOCK IT!” Laura shouted as she ran into the room. Jack quickly followed her in and locked the door as fast as he could.
As soon as he stepped away, something began to bang on the door, making him and Laura both jump.
“Are we safe now?” Jack asked.
“I can’t guarantee it.” Laura mumbled.
“Are you okay?” Jack asked Laura, who was now trying to catch her breath.
She shook her head. “Something… Something happened then… I saw something… It wasn’t nice… That’s why I screamed.”
“What did you see?” He asked her.
She shook her head again. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
“Okay…” Jack mumbled, then turned around to face the rest of room four. His jaw dropped. Laura turned around too and her eyes widened as she looked around the room.
Jack had a feeling that this room wasn’t going to be any safer than the hallway.