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  • On October 27th, I was walking home from a college lecture. It was a cold evening, so I tried to get home fast. I got to my apartment and rested before I made Ramen for dinner. I opened the blinds, because it was dark in my apartment, even with the lights on. I noticed a dark figure in the window across of the building across the street, but I ignored it and ate dinner. After dinner, I noticed how it never moved, and never did after I went to sleep. The next morning, I woke up and this figure was still at the window, watching me. I could see it more clearly now that the sun was out. It’s body was a strange tan color with cracks that looked as if a black fuzzy substance kept it together. It was smooth and shiny, a human-like figure. It had a large grin, stretching from ear to ear. It’s eyes were cold and dead. I thought it was a prank since Halloween was this weekend, so I thought nothing of it. The next day, I noticed how it would follow my movement throughout the apartment. I got creeped out, so I shut the shades on all my windows. An hour after, I peeked outside, to see what was once a smile, was now a menacing frown of anger. I started to get angry myself, so I walked to the apartment across the street, to where the figure was standing. I tried knocking on the apartment door, yet the door was already opened. I slowly and nervously walked in. The room was dark and it smelt like rotting wood and mold. The only source of light was where the figure was standing. It’s head was completely facing me while the rest of its body was facing toward the window. As I stared at it, I noticed it was a mannequin, held together by wilted, black vines. Its face was even more frightening up close. My body felt heavy as I ran out of the room in fear. Once I got to the safety of my apartment, I had the urge to open my shades once more, and soon the frown turned back to a smile. Every day after this happened, I got happier and happier. Then it became unnatural, so I’ve been smiling ever since.
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