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The Empty Vial



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You come into possession of an old box. Inside are several glass vials filled with dirt, dust and tiny bits of gravel or cement. The vials are labeled with places and dates such as “Port Chicago 7/17/44”, “Halifax 7/6/17” and “Guernica 7/17/36”. A trip to the library confirms that all are dates of massive loss of life in explosions. A few days later a package arrives with no return address.

Inside is an empty vial labeled with your home town and next week’s date.

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54 thoughts on “The Empty Vial”

  1. Gosh, it was a boring ending. It should have been dated that day, and then he should have been able to have seen a wave of whatever happens in an explosion coming, or to have sensed a sudden heat…

  2. For some reason the first thing in my thought is that the vial sender want you to blow up your own hometown and put whatever left of it in the vial.

  3. “A quick trip to the library”? I have active cards at three libraries, and I’d still Google that shit rather than make the trip.

  4. *Recieves box*
    Oh shit! Oh shit oh shit no no no no no no way is this true
    How the hell did they know i had a nuclear bomb experiment?!?

  5. “WE GOT MAIL!”
    “WE GOT MAIL AND I WONDER WHO IT’S FROM!”

    Wow depressing.
    I guess seeing as all these dates were easily found public info, I think I’d assume I was being pranked as I am a bit of a sceptic… I am however a cautious/curious sceptic and would go elsewhere for the day, riding it out and keeping a close eye on the news to see what happens.

  6. You’ve just been inducted to have psychic premonitions about tragedies. They sent an empty vial with the last letter to fill once it happens, so you could send it with the others to the next person who’ll be inducted.

  7. Dates don’t go by weeks. They go by days. You can’t have next week’s date because there are 7 days in next week.

  8. This is kinda creepy but not overly so.It’s someone or something telling you “Your town is going to get destroyed and you have a week to gtfo”.

  9. @comment number 2
    XD wow funny you said that, now that japan has been half destroyed.
    (im not trying to make fun of the whole thing) Just funny that you said that… and this happened

  10. A Person From Halifax.

    FYI – the date that you have for the Halifax Explosion is incorrect. It is actually 12/06/1917.

    …Unless you were trying to make all the dates in July. Either way, still a very awesome piece. =)

  11. The first thing that came to mind upon reading “Inside are several glass vials filled with dirt, dust and tiny bits of gravel or cement” was Jack Sparrow and his jar of dirt.

  12. Once that happens, I pack up my things, take them to my nearest relative’s house, and knowing there’s no time to sell my home, buy every house insurance policy there is (tornado insurance, flood insurance, nuclear explosion insurance, etc.).

    Then I tell everyone I know, and if they don’t believe me, I be sure not to forget to stand over their funeral pyre and say “I told you so”.

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