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Friday The 13th: HubNuggets Horror at Crystal Lake Camp

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Elle Fredine (RedElf), photographer, published author, Elle loves seeking out new writers, and catching up with old friends

Warning - not for the faint of heart!

This hub contains horrific scenes of paralyzing terror.

Scream in fear as the HubNuggets Team is stalked by a remorseless, machete-wielding maniac.

Will any of them survive their fateful encounter at Crystal Lake?

Prologue - Thursday, just before midnight...

The full moon laid a glistening path across the calm, clear waters of Crystal Lake, splashing silver light onto the wooden dock, and illuminating a motionless silhouette - a dark form, more sensed than seen, barely visible against the backdrop of towering black pines.The moonlight gleamed dully on the form's expressionless face, picking out the pockmarks, scars, and staring eye sockets of a goalie's mask.

Jason gazed out over the still waters. Behind him, the newly-renovated camp buildings lay ready for visitors. Soon, an unsuspecting gang of happy campers would paddle their canoes across the lake to unpack their bedrolls and camping gear, preparing for a relaxing stay. Soon - on, Friday the 13th - the HubNuggets Team would arrive...

Original poster from commons.wikimedia

Original poster from commons.wikimedia

The HubNuggets Team

The HubNuggets Team

Friday the 13th - Morning...

"ripplemaker, have you seen my sun screen?" ladyjane1 was rummaging through her carry-all. lj burned easily, and always carried extra zinc ointment as well as a fashionably co-ordinated parasol.

ripplemaker smiled as Patty Inglish whipped a bottle of sunscreen from her knapsack and offered it. "Trust Patty to be more prepared than any self-respecting boy scout," she mused, noting Patty's sturdy hiking sandals and crisp, uncrushable camping togs.

ripplemaker glanced over at Enelle Lamb's sleek carryall, topped with its teetering stack of hat boxes, smiling as she remembered Enelle's packing frenzy. The feline fashionista insisted on a hat for every camping occasion.

"It was sure nice of Jason to invite us to his family's camp at Crystal Lake," said KoffeeKlatch Gals. Always stylishly attired, she was busy cramming her bag with adorable two-piece swim wear in the latest summer prints.

RedElf flopped down on the couch beside ripplemaker, sighing deeply. "I can already smell the pine trees," she said. "Camping by the lake, moonlight canoe rides, midnight bonfires - no computers, no deadlines for a whole week - sheer bliss!"


Crystal Lake Camp?

Friday the 13th - Nightfall

Their first day at Crystal Lake sped by in a whirlwind of happy activity. After unpacking, the team was whisked away to enjoy jet-skiing and water polo, followed by a delicious picnic on the shore. A brief nap and spa treatment rounded out the afternoon, topped off by a leisurely hike along shade-dappled paths winding through the towering pines that surrounded the camp.

That evening, following a tasty salmon BBQ, the team toasted marshmallows over a crackling bonfire, and marveled at their beautiful surroundings.

"Jason's family has done a fabulous job renovating the facilities," said Gal. "The spa is phenomenal!"

"The hiking paths are top-notch," said Patty. "They're so well marked I could find my way around in the dark."

Happy laughter wafted from the dock, where ladyjane1 and ripplemaker sat, feet dangling in the cool, clear lake.

"Has anyone seen Jason yet?" asked Gal. "I thought he'd be here to meet us."

As Patty started to reply, a throat-tearing scream rent the air. Patty and Gal froze, eyes wide. ladyjane1 and ripplemaker raced towards them, faces blanched in fear.

ripplemaker stared about, frantically counting heads. "Where are the kitties?"

"They went to explore an old barn near the back of the property," said Gal.

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"That's where the scream came from," said Patty. "Let's go!"

The scary old barn, from

The scary old barn, from

Violin with catgut strings, from

Violin with catgut strings, from

Alternative to catgut strings, highly recommended by Enelle Lamb and RedElf, from

Alternative to catgut strings, highly recommended by Enelle Lamb and RedElf, from

The Deadly Barn...

The frightened foursome raced up the path at breakneck speed. They flung open the doors of the old barn, calling out to their feline friends, but the only sound they heard over the pounding of their hearts was the swish of fresh straw under their feet.

A shaft of moonlight in the center of the ancient building drew them forward. Enelle's favorite hat lay in a pool of silvery light, its brim crushed, its once-jaunty feather broken and draggled.

Dripping red splashes laced with tufts of gore-daubed fur streaked the walls of the barn - mute testimony to the kitties' fate, while atop Enelle's hat, lay two freshly-strung violins.

Gal touched one of the instruments and drew back her hand with a grimace. "The strings are still warm," she said in a hushed voice.

Patty gingerly picked up the nearest violin and drew the bow across the strings. ripplemaker winced at the sound, tears filling her eyes. "Enelle made exactly that sound the last time I stepped on her tail." Sobbing, she ran from the blood-spattered barn.

As ladyjane1 rushed after ripplemaker, Gal called, "We should stay together!"

Replacing the violin on Enelle's ruined hat, Patty murmured goodbye to her furry friends. "Let's go after the girls," she said to Gal. "We'll come back for the cats on the fiddles later."


Midnight Approaches...

Gal's cup and saucer clattered like castanets as she raced through the pine trees, swatting branches out of her way. "Patty, slow down!"

As she neared the lake shore Gal could hear frantic splashing, and choked, gurgling cries for help. "I'm coming," she called. "Hang on!"

By the time she reached the dock, ominous silence had descended. Leaning over the dark waters, Gal spotted something. Grabbing a broken branch from the shore, she thrust it deep in the water. On her third try, Gal snagged a loose bit, and pulled hard.

The thing began to rise through the red-swirled waters. A pallid hand floated up first, followed slowly by its arm. The shape slowly resolved into two icons, floating to the surface. Contorted black and white limbs were tangled in a white-collared, blue silhouette - ladyjane1 and Patty Inglish. Gal gasped in horror.

Her gasp turned into a terrified scream as a third shape exploded up out of the lake, looming over her, water cascading down its goalie mask, machete raised. She screamed again as the machete slashed down, smashing through cup and saucer. Once, twice, a clinking of broken china, then silence...


The Last Camper Standing...

ripplemaker staggered out of the trees near the shore and fell to her knees, too spent to run any further. Tears burned her eyes as she recalled the scene by the dock. Shards of broken china - Gal's cup and saucer - lay crushed in the sand. All that remained of ladyjane1 were a few shreds of black and white photograph stuck to the torn and crumpled remnant of Patty's once-white collar.

Ragged sobs tore at the little HubNuggets cheerleader's throat as she heard heavy footsteps behind her. She turned her head to see silver moonlight gleaming on a blood-stained machete...


Jason gazed out over the still waters of the lake, its dark secrets hidden beneath the calm surface. Behind him, the newly-renovated camp buildings lay ready for visitors. Soon, another unsuspecting gang of happy campers would paddle their canoes across the lake to unpack their bedrolls and camping gear, preparing for a relaxing stay...


Saturday Morning - Back To Reality (More or Less)

"Wow, Jason - even ripplemaker?" Maddie Ruud set down the manuscript and stared up at HubPages Marketing Manager, Jason Menayan.

Jason had been pacing nervously, waiting for Maddie and Simone to finish reading his new film treatment, Friday the 13th: HubNuggets Horror at Crystal Lake Camp. "I killed off the whole team in this version - I thought it it made the ending stronger," he said. "What do you guys think?"

Simone Smith nodded as she read the last page. "I agree, Jason - much stronger." She grinned at Jason and Maddie, tapping Jason's manuscript. "It's a winner - our first project for HubPages New Line-By-Scary-Line Cinema."

Maddie winked at Simone. "Jason Menyan - Scream-writer...sounds great! Oh, by the way," she said. "The team has sent in their picks for this week's HubNuggets contest."

"Excellent" said Simone, as Maddie passed out the lists. "Let's get busy reading and voting."


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© 2011 RedElf


RedElf (author) from Canada on July 01, 2011:

You are most welcome - nice to meet you ahshansiddiquee.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 23, 2011:

kewl :D sounds like you "live in interesting times' as the ancient chinese saying goes.

Srth Barnet on June 23, 2011:

many times my better half and I are paranormall investigators So unique experiences doesn't even begin to cover it

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 23, 2011:

Hey, seth, sounds like you had some unexpected fun too :D

seth barnet on June 22, 2011:

Yeah that is always fun. I made the mistake of renting a bear suit 1 trip up there ans almost the tar knocked out of me by my best friend who always brought a baseball bat with him certain pranks sound way better in the planning stage than the way they work out LOL

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 22, 2011:

Sounds like you had a blast, vforge! Another slasher movie, "Grizzly" was filmed in an area where I lived. We got a real kick out of seeing our local locations in the movie :D:D:D

vforge from Jacksonville, Florida on June 22, 2011:

I am from NJ we used to camp in the woods acrossed the Lake where it was filmed in Blairstown It was in front of the tiny little town's library where the infamous words You know your all going to die up there. it is also one of the entry points to the appalachian trail as well Great secludsed campground abourt 2 miles from the road Oh the practical jokes we pulled on eachother

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 05, 2011:

Thanks so much, Captain Spaceman - glad you enjoyed the hub.

Captain Spaceman from Manhattan Beach on June 04, 2011:

Great take on a very near and dear topic to every hubber. Voted and rated. Much respect.

RedElf (author) from Canada on June 01, 2011:

Yes, hawaiihibou, I must admit I have never watched any of the "Friday 13th" movies all the way through.

hawaiihibou on June 01, 2011:

This particular type of horror I never watch, because simply too horrifying!

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 20, 2011:

Thanks so much, GE! So glad you enjoyed the hub - we have some great new writers in this week''s showcase!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 19, 2011:

Just a terrific hub and spellbinding read. This is what it's all about, Red. :-)

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 18, 2011:

Congratulations to all the nominees and all the winners! Well done everyone. Thanks to everyone for reading and voting!

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 17, 2011:

Thanks so much for supporting our new writers. Pam! So glad you enjoyed the hub, too!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 17, 2011:

Fantastic hub which was fun to read. Voted for Hubnuggets.

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 16, 2011:

Greetings, friend Hh. So glad you enjoyed the hub.

Gals, it was a "Shattering" experience, wasn't it? :D I'm sure we have a tube of super glue somewhere, LOL.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on May 16, 2011:

RedElf, I was terrified. What a heart pounding experience. You had me til the end. Loved the whole thing. I just didn't like being shattered - have any glue?

Vote, and voted you up and awesome.

Congratulations nominees.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 16, 2011:

Thanks for the good laugh.

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 15, 2011:

No worries, Michelle - no more mayhem for a while :D:D:D

Thanks so much, Mrs. Menagerie - and not at all, I had great fun building the images - and a few giggles, too.

Thanks, Cags - like I said, having Friday the 13th, and a manager named Jason... it was too good to pass up. I think we're lucky he's held it together so long (jk) :P!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on May 15, 2011:

Hey RedElf, definitely an interesting read. Killing off the team, but still posting HubNuggets. I guess Jason was finally fed up with so many women in his life, that he figured getting rid of a few of them was worth the effort. :P I actually found it funny too. An excellent read. Thumbs up! :)

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on May 15, 2011:

I LOVED this story. I actually laughed out loud at the pictures of fiddles, torn pits of paper and broken china. (Does that make me a bad person for laughing at such gruesome-ness?)

So clever! Will read and vote!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on May 15, 2011:

Ooopsie, sowee I mean don't make me die first LOL But that's a good idea too...enough mayhem for awhile! tee hee

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 15, 2011:

No, ripplemaker, I won't... I think this was enough mayhem to last for a while :D:D:D

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on May 15, 2011:

RedElf, don't you dare! LOL

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 14, 2011:

Thanks so much, tlpoague! It was one of those gifts - Friday the 13th AND a Manager on HubPages named Jason :D:D:D

Tammy on May 14, 2011:

I loved your story RedElf and have voted. Giving you all the big hits... :) It was tough voting this week. Great job to all the nominees!

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 14, 2011:

Thanks again, Enelle! Who better to say thanks than the machete-master, himself?

ripplemaker, both you and Enelle are NOT big fans of horror. **Note to self: next time, have ripplemaker killed off first, so she won't get so scared** Just kidding :D:D:D

Congrats to all the nominees!

Thanks so much, Denise - you should be OK if you stay away from the dock and the old barn... and the cabins... well, and the lake... OK, maybe just mail in your vote?

Paradise7, another great bunch of nominees this week - thanks for reading and voting!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on May 14, 2011:

Thanks for these nuggets--it was tough to decide!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on May 14, 2011:

Ok, R.E.-I had to vote it funny and AWESOME-excellent timing and presentation. Loved the story line and now, if I am not off-ed beforehand, I will vote! :)

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on May 13, 2011:

Done voting! Wonderful and awesome hub! Go, go, go hubnuggets nominees! Best of luck to all. Now I am going to rest, with hopefully no scary dreams! hehehhe

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on May 13, 2011:

RedElf, oh the horror of watching everybody die!! What a gruesome thing to experience? You did an awesome job as I was totally engrossed wondering what will happen next! (Ummm I just posted in the forum that I am scared of scary movies hehehhe) Thank God it was just a story. Pure Sigh of Relief!!! Whew!

Okay, I may have to take some water before I go visiting the hubs! :)

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on May 13, 2011:

Love your "Thanks for Voting" pics (and the others!) BTW :D

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 13, 2011:

Sorry about the hat, Enelle, but you sounded fine once the strings "cured" - :D:D:D Thanks for the plug!

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on May 13, 2011:

Holy moly! That was my best hat!! And to top it all off, I wasn't even "in tune"...

Read, rated, voted, tweeted and f/b'd :D

RedElf (author) from Canada on May 13, 2011:

Thanks so much, Patty. Jason did keep muttering something the whole time - I couldn't quite make out the words, but it DID sound like "Panda Refit..." :D:D:D

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 13, 2011:

And here I thought Jason simply got fed up with the Panda Refit and Reactions! LOL

Read, rated, laughed and will re-read and vote in a bit.

This is the best Friday the 13th treatment in a long time...

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