Jeremy opened the door and we all stepped into the motel. The interior decor; simple but exquisite. We were still admiring the decors when she approached us.
“Welcome,” she said smiling.
We all turned to look at her and they couldn’t resist returning the charming smile.
“Hello, I’m Brenda, your hostess. Actually, I own this place,” she told us still smiling.
“It’s beautiful,” Gabriel stated.
“I know right,” she responded.
“Thanks for having us. This is going to be a fantastic birthday,” I giggled as I took out my phone and started taking selfies.
“A birthday you say?” Brenda asked us.
“Yes it’s my girlfriend’s birthday,” Gabriel replied placing a kiss on my cheek.
“Oh, I see. So are there more of you coming or it’s just the four of you?” Brenda inquired.
Nonchalantly, “She doesn’t like the crowd. We are her only friends so yes it’s just us,” Jeremy responded.
She smiled, “That’s good. So if they are together, are you?” She asked implying to Lili. “And she seems quiet.”
Jeremy looked at Lili and smiled.
Lili looks away from the painting she has been staring at, “Yes we are together but he has a girlfriend and I have a boyfriend. He’s my brother. And I’m just observing,” she grinned and then frowned again resuming why she was doing.
“Creepy right?” I asked.
“Not at all,” Brenda responded. “But I hope you guys have fun.”
“Of course we will. That’s why we booked this place,” I uttered smiling.
“And that’s why we are going to start from the reception, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Juicy June,” Gabriel started singing and they all joined making me blush but then…
“Stop guys. I think Brenda isn’t okay,” Lili uttered.
They stopped and we turned to look at her. Brenda seemed uneasy.
“Ma’am, are you okay?” Gabriel asked while Jeremy moved to touch her.
“Yes, yes, I’m fine,” she replied moving backwards. “I just feel uncomfortable anytime I hear birthdays songs,” she told us.
“Why?” I asked.
Brenda exhaled and hesitated but seeing they were eager to know, she decided to speak.
“I lost my son on his birthday,” We felt sudden pity towards her. “They drugged him to death” she explicated but then brightened up, “but it’s okay. That doesn’t stop me from trying to make young people like you have fun especially on a day like this one. So I’ll call the attendants to take you to your rooms,” she told us as she left trying to hide her sadness.
After having our baths, we excitedly moved down to the place Brenda had set up for us to have a nice time.
We opened the door and entered the room we had been directed to. Immediately the lights went off and we all shook with sudden fear.
“It’s all right. Just open the door so I can call them to check the lights,” I stated as I reached for my phone.
“No service,” she said aloud with surprise.
“The door is stuck,” Jeremy said as he kept pulling the door.
“That’s not possible,” Lili said.
“Let me try,” Gabriel said and Jeremy stepped backwards.
Gabriel pulled and pulled but it would t budge. Fear began to creep in and worse when we heard strange noises.
“What’s that?” Lili asked in fear.
I turned on my phone’s torchlight. The sounds grew closer and with shaky hands I raised the light up. I screamed at what I saw followed by Lili and Gabriel.
The zombie grabbed Jeremy by the neck and tried to strangle him but Jeremy struggled with it.
“We need to do something,” I vocalized while Gabriel tried to find something that could come in handy and just then Lili jumped on the things’ back. I screamed. Gabriel tried to go get her but Lili started yelling and stabbing the zombie in the head with her pocketknife. Still, on his body, she stabbed him until he let Jeremy go and until he passed out and fell to the floor with her still on his back. She stood up and ran over to Gabriel and me with blood dripping all over her.
Jeremy still trying to regain himself tried to stand up and then the ceiling started cracking.
“What’s happening?” I asked trembling. We all looked around to see what was going on and before we could realize it, an arrow tied to a rope dropped from the ceiling and into Jeremy’s head, he cried out in pain. We rushed to help him but a figure dressed in all black dropped from the ceiling and obstructed us. She raised up her head and, “Brenda,” we called out in astonishment.
When we realized what was going to happen, we ran leaving Jeremy behind. With my torchlight, we found a tatty staircase so we ran down. Brenda too rushed to the stairway but then she remembered something. She turned back to look at Jeremy and with an evil impulse and a cosmic force, she pressed the arrow deep into his head, killing him.
She chased us down the stairs, caught up with us and jumped in front of us.
Lili and I cowered as Gabriel urged us behind him.
Brenda giggled, “Where do you think you’re running to? These stairs are endless, it leads nowhere. I have you locked in here.”
“Why are you doing this?” Lili asked panting.
“Weren’t you listening when I was explaining downstairs. It was people like you that killed my son and on a day like this,” she laughed ludicrously.
“But we didn’t kill your son,” Lili stated.
“You didn’t but you killed him again in the zombie I brought to life. So now I’m going to help you so you don’t get high and kill yourselves,” our minds began to settle until, “I’ll kill you myself,” she completed and we trembled with fear.
I discerned Gabriel slowly opening the pocketknife he had collected from Lili earlier on. As Brenda made to drag Lili, Gabriel tried to stab her but she held his hands and knocked the knife off his hand. With her eyes, she flung me into the wall and how I was still able to hold on to my phone could explain how addicted I was. Gabriel and Brenda fought for a while and I was amazed at the physical and spiritual powers she possessed.
Lili tried to pick up the knife but got herself hit by an unseen blow. She tried again but was been held back by invisible strengths. I couldn’t move, Lili was being held and Gabriel was really losing out as he had been battered already.
I expired and bowed my head, I reflected on the wonderful twenty-second birthday I had pictured for myself turned out. I began to remember the good part from the road trip till when we got to the motel and then boom.
I looked up slowly and laughed out loud.
“Why are you laughing?” Brenda asked me whilst Gabriel sprawled on the ground.
“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you,” I started singing.
“No, stop it. I said stop singing right now,” she ordered but it was too late. My voice filled the room and it weakened her. She held her head and fell to the floor on her knees.
“Now Gabriel,” Lili roared.
Gabriel, with groans of pains, stood up as fast as he could, picked up the knife and slitted Brenda’s throat. As her blood gushed out and air exhausted from her lungs, Lili and I became free. We ran to hug Gabriel.