Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

Creepypasta

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We had just moved into a little ranch house in the suburbs. Storybook neighborhood – quiet, friendly neighbors, picket fences, the whole nine yards. Suffice it to say that this was supposed to be a new start for me, a recently single dad, and my three-year-old son. A time to move on from the previous year’s drama and stress.

I viewed the thunderstorm as a metaphor for this fresh start: one last show of theatrics before the dirt and grime of the past would be washed away. My son loved it anyway, even with the power out. It was the first big storm he’d ever seen. Flashes of lightning flooded the bare rooms of our house, imparting unpacked boxes with long creeping shadows, and he jumped and squealed as the thunder boomed. It was well past his bedtime before he’d finally settled down enough to go to sleep.

The next morning I found him awake in bed and smiling. “I watched the lightning at my window!” he proudly announced.

A few mornings later, he told me the same thing. “You’re silly,” I said. “It didn’t storm last night, you were only dreaming!” “Oh…” He seemed somewhat disheartened. I ruffled his hair and told him not to worry, there should be another storm soon.

Then it became a pattern. He would tell me how he watched the lightning outside his window at least twice a week, despite there being no storms. Recurring dreams of that first memorable thunderstorm, I figured.

It’s easy to hate myself in hindsight. Everybody assures me there’s nothing I could have done, no way I could have known. But I’m supposed to be the guardian of my child, and these are useless words of comfort. I constantly relive that morning: making my coffee, pouring milk over my cereal, and picking up the newspaper to read about the pedophile local authorities had just arrested. It was front-page stuff. Apparently this guy would select a young target (usually a boy), stake out their house for a while, and take flash photos of them through their window while they slept. Sometimes he did more. My stomach sank as the connection was made.

At the time, it was merely something from a child’s imagination. In retrospect, it is the scariest thing I’ve ever heard. About a week before the predator was caught, my son came up to me in his pajamas. “Guess what?” he asked.

“What?”

“No more lightning at my window!”

I played along. “Oh, that’s nice, it finally died down huh?”

“No! Now it’s in my closet!”

I’ve yet to see the photos police have collected.

Credit To: alapanamo

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  • Beast

    THEN WHO WAS LIGHTNING?

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    • Anonymous

      the camera

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      • Anonymous

        The comment was refering to the story “Who was phone” as a joke. Im sure he knew what it was coming from.

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        • jeffthfemkiller

          Lightning is a pedo, phone is a (insert wat u think) and i am jeff’s partner in crime. Th real question is who r u ? Evr thoughtbof tht

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        • PewDiePie

          A duck.

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        • jeff the killer’s younger sister

          and im his sister

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        • Squidlord

          I could not read that comment at all

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        • Morgle

          I thoughtbof tha manny time. It nice unknown thing with answer. Sometime it huurt for thnking.

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        • Petite Fleur

          “Who was phone” just isn’t funny anymore, even when well timed.

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        • skosling

          but it only works if you dont know WHO it was ;p

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        • https://youtube.com/thewubbzter Wubb

          THEN WHO WAS CAMERA??

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        • http://mail.google.com Jeff

          Just here to prove the comment next to me

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        • Miss Soho

          Ummmmmm sometimes it’s okay to answer it actually

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    • Anonymous

      That is the best comment ever =)

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    • ImJustNotIntoYou

      DUH… did you even read it?

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    • http://aol I’m coming for you

      Aw they wrote a storie about me

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    • Destiny

      the pewdophile taking pctures with flash!

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    • Ark3

      HA! Phone reference!

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      • Dave

        Oh god

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    • Anonymous

      The child molester.

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  • DtheJG

    I really like this one. There hasn’t been a classic ‘moment of realisation’ story like this in a while. Short and sweet.
    Nice.

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    • Anonymous

      BEFORE he was caught, so he’s saying his son said this before the police got him. It was pedobear.

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      • Tundra

        *Gasp*

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  • Turtles.

    I love this story it is amazing. It gave me the chills at the end. I thought it was gonna be another stupid one about a possessed kid or aliens but it was so much better. Very good

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    • Chuck Norris

      Clever what you did there.

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    • Richard

      In a way it’s more disturbing because it’s something that could easily happen in standard reality.

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      • Owertire1

        that makes it pretty good as well^^

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  • Shogunfish

    The chronology got a bit weird at the end but I’m willing to overlook it

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  • Steve

    …his son died, didn’t he.

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    • ….

      No you moron….

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      • No u

        You’re the moron…

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        • http://creepypasta.com the cake

          ur face is the moron. look at it. DOOO ITTTT

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        • TreeBinMC

          He IS a moron but you lie cake.

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        • lie

          THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!!!

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        • Person

          The cake is yummy!

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          Rating: +19 (from 43 votes)
        • Jeff

          Tasty tasty cake.

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          Rating: +27 (from 39 votes)
        • Hehe

          LasT!

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        • She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

          If the cake is a lie…MY WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE. </3

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    • Didnt see dat comin

      no

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      • Kaylee

        No takes the cake. Dammit we all wanted some.

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        • Chell

          It’s true

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  • Alicia

    Thouroughly enjoyed this pasta

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    • http://garrettstelly.com Gaylude

      very savory and taut pasta!

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  • Anonymous

    This upset me ’cause I have a toddler.

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    • Anonymous

      This site will disturb a lot if you have kids

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    • http://garrettstelly.com Gaylude

      Then make sure you lock your doors.

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      • kiophuyt

        you betta hide yo kids

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        • Anonymous

          Hide yo wife

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        • Dr. Phil

          Hide yo husband

          because they rapin everybody up in here

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        • Anonymous

          This story was amazing. The end was a little messed up for me, because I missed some vital information in there… XD

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        • no…no…NO…PLEASE DONT……..NOOOOOOO!

          it disturbs even more if you are a kid also ive read so many others like bedtime im gonna have a hard time sleeping tonight wish me luck

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        • Destiny

          you better hide yo wife

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    • Anonymous

      This scared me because I’m in my room in the dark with my back to the closet

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  • BlueBeans

    This one breaks my heart but yet still a great pasta. Xoxo

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  • Dormin

    I first imagined the boy was going report sightings of beings seen in the lighting but that ending caught me by suprise, I’m curious as to what the father would have done next nevertheless a treat hidden within the pasta indeed, compliments to the chef ’tis was a good read.

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    • KillMeMaybe

      That’s not how you use the word “’tis.” It doesn’t mean “This.” It’s the words “it” and “is” joined together. The apostrophe takes the place of the missing “i.”

      You’d have to say either “It’s a good story,” or “’twas a good story.”

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      • lol

        wow, i’m so impressed by your obvious intelligence…not. what a jackass you must be.

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        • Anonymous

          Would you rather have him ignore Dormin’s mistake? If he hadn’t corrected him, Dormin may have kept using the word tis incorrectly.

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      • Fuck

        Watch out everybody, we got a Grammar Nazi over here

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        • WonkyTARDIS

          We’re everywhere.
          Now add a period to the end of your sentence.

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        • SoMe StRaNGeR

          I have grammar, but I don’t correct people. It’s lame in my opinion.

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        • lily

          good one bro

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  • lee

    I actually figured it was photographs. I saw it coming. Good story, though

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    • jillian

      Really? I thought it was a man looking in with a flashlight or something like that. XD

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    • jillian

      Really? I thought it was a man looking in with a flashlight. XD

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    • Anonymous

      I thought it was gonna be, I don’t know, not a pedophile that’s for sure.

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      • Owertire1

        I tought it would be some kind off monster or something, but the pedophile made the story more like a thing that could really happend! that is what maked it good and creepy! short and straight to the point^^

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  • Pedobear

    yeah Its me taking all these flash photos

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    • SlenderMan

      Hey dont forget, we had a deal, you get the pictures, i get the souls. You remember what happened to Jeff when he didn’t play along, dont you Pedo?

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      • Gingerman

        Excuse me Slendy, but I’m the only soul collector around here.

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        • http://creepypasta.com the cake

          humans dont hav souls. silly abominations. :)

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        • Weeping Angels

          You guys only get all of that after I transport them back in time and life off their remaining time energy of the life they would have had if I hadn’t sent them back in time. Go it?

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        • Jane

          You just killed it.

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        • Smile.jpg

          WOOF!WOOF!
          Now kill yourself!
          GRIN!

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        • Harold

          You lot ain’t doin’ none of that.Harold is here you sons of b*****.

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        • Samuel L. Jackson

          I’M TIRED OF THESE MOTHERFUCKIN’ IDIOTS, ON THIS MOTHERFUCKIN’ CREEPYPASTA!

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        • Mr.Widemouth

          Now, now. We were having a fine time playing with his forks and the electric socket when you came Pedobear…

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      • Jane

        Where’s Jeff. I have some business to do with him.

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        • Jeff

          If it has to do with selling me a house in the middle of the woods, I’m not buying it, Jane.

          I know you’re in on the deal too.

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        • Satan

          Posers.

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        • Satan’s Cat

          Shaddup Satan. Make me a sammwich.

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        • sweet deadlyshadow

          During this killing spree do you mind if I can have the blood?

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        • She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

          This string of comments just made my day.

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        • Yusuf

          Jeff u a dead man in coming for you

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    • Some popular creepy story antagonist

      Hey (Insert popular creepy pasta antagonist here) iem buter den u cuz i aem

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  • Dee

    Properly terrifying

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  • Kiri

    @Steve No I think the son was raped…
    Which is creepier to me than if he were killed :(
    Good pasta though

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    • http://thed0ct0risin.wordpress.com Dr. Malpractice

      I don’t think that anything was ever *physically* done to the boy in the story. It gives the impression that some of the children were attacked, but that, for the most part, the pedophile was a stalker. The “what *could* have happened” factor is the big one here, since the predator had just moved into the house and was taking pictures from the closet right before he was arrested.

      Definitely a pretty haunting story, regardless.

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      • Tori c

        I think the petophille could of attacked him in some sort of way. The father said how sorry he was about it, how much he hated himself. It sounds to me like more than just what we know, but of course I’m not a parent

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  • Len Lye

    I’m still confused what happened to the son. Based on previous experiences I’ll assume he died, but once you got to “a few days” then “about a week” and “several weeks” I just couldn’t follow. Otherwise decent pasta.

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    • rose

      Well from what I see the pedo got him after spending a few days taking pics. Its not that hard to understand.

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    • Tyler

      What I’m seeing is that the son wasn’t harmed physically, just had photos taken of him for sexual purposes. The father feels bad because he thinks he should have questioned what his son was saying and investigated, rather than chalking it up to recurring dreams. I think if the son had actually been harmed they would have been a little more descriptive about it. Basically, the kid is fine. The dad just thinks he’s a terrible father.

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      • korilian

        I think the father doesn’t entirely know what the pedo did to his kid yet, because he’s hasn’t dared to look at the pictures yet. So we don’t know if he just took pictures or actually escalated to physical abuse.

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        • TheIntimateAvenger

          Guys, not telling us everything is the whole point! The readers are supposed to fill in the blanks themselves!

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  • Cally

    Eek!

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  • MerellS

    I don’t really get whether the kid died or not >.<

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    • http://creepypasta.com INRGII

      The kid didn’t die. The son said that the lightning had moved from the window to his closet a week before a pedophile was captured, and it ends with the dad thinking about how he hadn’t seen the pictures yet, implying that the pedophile was the source of the lightning.

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  • Huwbert

    OMNOMNOMN tastiest pasta I’ve read in a long time,
    fantastic ending I did NOT see it coming

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  • Anonymous

    There is no error in the chronological order of the events, and those who think there is need to reread the story. But here it is, simply put:

    1. There is the night of the thunderstorm.

    2. “The next morning…”
    The boy said he watched the thunderstorm. The father probably assumed the storm extended further into the night. 

    3. “A few mornings later…”
    The boy said he watched it again. This is the first time the father says, “You’re silly. There wasn’t a storm.”

    4. “[Then it became] at least twice a week…”
    The father figures the boy’s just remembering the original storm because he liked it so much. 

    6. “I constantly relive that morning [when I saw the predator on the news.]”
    This is self-explanatory. He’s looking back, recalling the horrifying realization. 

    7. “About a week before the predator was caught…”
    The father is merely reflecting; going back before he saw it on the news. He’s saying that a week before the guy got caught, the boy then said the lightning moved to his closet. He is upset because he “should have known” here but he didn’t, not until he saw the news. This is why he feels guilty. 

    8. “I’ve yet to see the photos…”
    Now we’re in the present, and this is after the day he saw the guy on the news.

    Goddamn, guys.

    And no, the boy’s not dead. I mean, it is left open if you really want to perceive it that way. It’s not a FACT that he’s alive; however, I’m here to say that’s not what the author meant. Proof: he’d have already realized before seeing the news. The author would’ve probably mentioned the moment he walked in on the boys body. But whatever, you can think that. That’s also why I’m here to say, no, he wasn’t raped.. Just pictures, which is awful enough to a parent. But again, go for it and make what you want out of it. 

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    • Anonymous

      You forgot number 5

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      • Number Five

        Thanks, bro.

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        • Bro

          Your welcome, Number Five

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        • Number four

          Dude why did you kill number eight?!?

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  • http://wrywolf.deviantart.com/ untam3dw0lf

    Absolutely Original!! Love it!! The ending was my favorite!

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  • FyeahHumanity!

    I agree with Anon2. To me, there doesn’t seem to be a chronological mix-up. It’s pretty straight forward, and a very refreshing read. A human pedophile instead of something supernatural- and let’s be honest here…a pedophile or a human serial killer scares the crap out of me MORE than anything ‘supernatural’ might. I guess it’s just the thought that some of the members of our species are just as messed up as those monsters we’ve read about.

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    • Anon

      Are you sure about that?

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com/hope/ Dirjel

    This was a neat idea, but the presentation seemed kind of sloppy.

    I UNDERSTAND the order of events, but it wasn’t worded very naturally (or maybe TOO naturally, as it was written more like the dad was “telling” us a story in spoken English), Either way, it just wasn’t a very well constructed pasta.

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    • PastEcho

      You put it exactly how I was thinking it it wouldve been better if worded more fluently or added more detail I’m thinking it’s great but it’s odd and it’s harder than it is odd to find what’s odd about it

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    • darthknight

      It’s SUPPOSED to sound like the father was telling it to us, I think it makes us question if it’s really fiction.

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  • The forbidden one

    Wow is the only word that comes to mind.

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  • LollipopGestapo

    Oh my God, real terror here

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  • Danielle

    Days later and this is till terrifying me. It’s kept me up at night. Amazing

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  • darkorchid

    This is probably the most terrifying pasta I’ve read. My son is 3 and I can’t even… I know if this were to happen to my baby, there would be a follow up pasta about mommy the sociopath and her revenge. That being said, you should really write more, this was good.

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