We Wants Some Candy!

It was the Halloween of 1989,
we had just laid my Grandpa to rest a year ago and it was still hurting my familys’ heart.
I missed him so much, Halloween wasn’t the same without Him…
Every year He would load Me and My two sisters up in the back of his old Chevy and go Trick or Treating all over Gallup and the surrounding townsites.
Sadly, not this year…
it just wasn’t the same…

We Wants Some Candy

My name is Thomas and I’m from a small town outside of Gallup N.M. called Gamerco. this story is about how You should always listen to your folks when they give you a fair warning about staying away from dangerous haunted places..
This is My story of a unforgettable Halloween…
My two younger sisters Rayn and Jazzy were super fired up to go out trick or treating, both were still young, they being 10 and 11, I was 14, almost a man and…
trick or treating wasn’t my thing. I wanted to jam out, read comics and look at Playboys left behind by my Uncles..ha!
That Halloween My parents made plans to go out to a party at one of Gallups’ Nightclubs.
and guess who had to watch the kids and take them trick or treating?
Yours truelly, Tommy Lee.
I was not in the mood and it looked like it might rain. There was a full moon and people had their homes all decked out in Halloween junk. Even ours, surprisingly…
My heart hurt, I missed My Grandpa Hank and seeing my Grandma sad thes past months made my heart hurt even more. Grandma was away at the sheepcamp, that’s where she went to find peace and quiet. Far away from Gallup, the Hospital that she worked at and far away from the house my Grandpa passed away in…now a days, the door to his room stays closed now, sometimes, I want to open it in the hopes that he will be sitting there, drinking his beer reading the newspaper…
but no..just his bed, his lamp and his journal…still sitting there, trapped in time…
“I miss him sooo much” I whispered
“Thomas! we’re going now! the girls are almost ready”
a rushing voice yelled from her room…she’s probably looking for her high heels…
or her purse?
“Thomas! did you hear Me?”
“Yes Ma, I heard You what do I feed the little monsters…Candy??”
I laughed to myself as I spoke thes words…
little monsters…funny…
“Tommy, remember, stay in the neighborhood…no going out pass the Rocksprings Bridge..it’s haunted at night…a troll lives under there…”
Ha ha, very funny new Daddy Doug…You’re sooo funny
yeah, funny looking…
I thought to myself…
The only Troll around here is You…
I didn’t care for my stepdad…why?
because…he wasn’t my real dad I guess?
“hey, did you hear me? no leaving the neighborhood….we’ll be back late, so put your sisters to bed…and be sure to wash off their make up first…see you later..”
okay Ma…see you guys latter…
“Thomas, Girls, don’t let the Trolls get You…hahaha!”
haha very funny wanna be Dad, what a jerk…

We started off as soon as it got dark, from house to house we walked, Gamerco is a small townsite but tonight, it seemed a lot bigger with everyone and anyone out walking about…
Franky-stein, Dracula, all kinds of ghost and zombies and Me dressed in a Mitallica t shirt with to weird-os, a Rodeo Clown
and a She-Pirate…yeah, we match…
I was bored from minute one, I wish My Grandpa was here…
We would be in Gallup checking out all the rich houses and getting the Big candies only they gave out…man, I wish you were here Pa…
Hey girls, it’s getting late lets start to head back…
“but Tommy…there are still a lot of houses we have not gone to yet…plus my trick or treat bag is half empty..”
My sis Rayn, the Rodeo Clown announced…
“yeah, what’s the matter, you getting scared?is it pass you night night time?”
the brat sis Pirate Jazzy added
No! I answered sharply
I just want to head back before it starts to rain…and, I need to get you both to bed…
in the back of my mind I was really thinking about how close we were getting to the Rockstrings Bridge…
and, I knew these two would want to cross to the other side to the group of houses where a few of their classmates lived…
then, the question was asked..
“Tommy, can we go see Hunter and Zack?? they just live over there…
across the Rocksprings bridge…okay?”
I knew it…
Aw No, Nerd One and Nerd Two??
those guys bug…the little one, Hunter, he never shuts up…
“come on Thomas, we won’t tell…if you don’t we’ll tell everyone that you were too chicken to cross that bridge at night…”
“Rain spoke like she was in charge…
“plus, you want to show up your favorite Daddy don’t You?? come on let’s prove how dumb he is…why did mom hook up with such a Loser foor??”
shut up Jazz..Doug is okay…he’s just a little weird…maybe because he’s white…
as I said the words, I was wondering what I was saying, and why was I saying it…
Little did I know, later that night, I would get my answer…
The Rocksprings Bridge was a one lane road that lead to another community about a mile from Gamerco….
there was once two bridges, the other was for the train…that was destroyed by time and the city…
a group of kids hung themselves there in some Satanic right of passage…
a stupid prank gone wrong they say..
I wouldn’t know, that was over 25 years ago…
when My mom was a teen…
Well, here we are…
hurry, go on and go…
You two wanted to see your weird-o friends…
cross the bridge as fast as you can…
or, like Dougie said…
“The trolls are gonna get You!”
I said in a stupid, not so creepy voice…
“Yes…the trolls will get you!”
a voice from the trees’ shadows spoke out
HOLY SHIT!
I jumped back as I screamed…
losing my big brother cool right then…
“who are you and where did you come from??”
my scared sis asked as she ready herself and Jazz to run
“Names Rich, and this my kid Bro Sam…we hang out here on full moons..smoking weed, drinkin’ beers…stealing candy from little kids…ha!”
the teens stepped into the moonlight, their faces painted up like the dead…
“don’t worry kiddies and Big Bro,
we’ll let you be…”
just wanted some candy, that’s all…we’re a little hungry…feels like we haven’t eaten for decades…Ha!”
“hey, wanna help us out? we droppped our pillow case full of candy down there some wheres…we were crossing the bridge and a ride ccame up behind us…and we had to run! haha we almost didn’t make it…”
I need to ask one question…
why doesn’t your brother Sam talk?
“don’t know, he doesn’t have anything to say I guess…”
was his answer, so I left it at that….
“Sam must be shy, He stays in the shadows a lot, never really stepping into the moonlight”
Rain added
“so, friends..wanna go down there and help us find our candy…so we don’t have to take Yours?”
ummm?
how ’bout No…
I don’t think it’s safe for my sisters and I…especially with no good lighting…
“I got My flashlight right here”
Jazzy the Pirate chimed in…

“No! put that away!”
the eldest Brother yelled out…
before I could shut Jazz up…
“I mean, no, light hurts my Bros eyes…he is very sick and he hates bright light…you know, head lights, night lights, flashlights..you get my drift…hha ha!!
we’re…
we’re on our way home now…right girls??
“can’t we just help them real quick..they lost their candy…if it were me, I would like it if someone helped me out if I lost something……”
Stupid Sister #1 shut up!
Rainy Daye Lee! why are you making it worse for me?
I thought to myself…
these guys are buzzed, high and looking for trouble, or someone to beat up…
mainly me…
I noticed the younger Zombie twitcching behind his Bigger Bro…he was waiting for something to go down…
I could tell…
I know that look…I just started high school earlier that fall, and I know that look…
trouble was on these guys minds…
“Hey, you find our bag, we’ll give you half…come on, what do you say? please? just walk down the side and under the bridge with us…it’s safe Big Brother…we won’t hurt you…”
when someone say they won’t hurt you…
and they look like they just crawled out of the pit of hell…
they probably plan to hurt you…
and these guys, they want something…
my sisters?
they want to hurt or rape my sisters!
these thoughts ran through my mind, as I thought of a way out of this scary mess…
and these two nerds want to go along with them for a frre half a bag of candy!
uhh, Girls, it’s starting to rain…
we need to get back
“get back where? over there?”
The Leader asked as he pointed towards Gamerco townsite…
What the??
how did we get to this side of the bridge?
“Majic…black majic…
witchcraft…happy halloween…trick or treat…we played the trick, so..you owe us a treat”
Sam finally spoke up from the darkness of shadows
“Give us a few pieces of your favorite ones, and, we’ll let you all go…but, you all have to give something…even you big bro…
oh no, no candy? tooo grown up for All Hollows’ Eve?”
yes, yes I am, and…
this is stupid…my sisters are getting rained on…just take their candy and let us go
“Thomas! no! this is our candy!! we walked all night for it!”
my sisters both yelled at the same time
“okay, okay, just hand over the bags and you can go home…but, we will warn you now…you better run as fast as you can across this bridge, because, if we catch you, we get your Soul..ha ha ha”
very funny Leader Rich, very funny…sooo Halloween of you….
Rayn handed her bag first, then Jazzlyn…
as Jazz did so, she dropped it, spilling it all over the ground…
“I’ll get it Jazz”
my sis said, pulling out the flashlight that she had..shining it down on the spilt loot that landed at the two boys feet…
What the Hell??
they had no feet!!
Raynie, get away! I yelled
the light of the flashlight shined on their faces…
they hadd no eyes!
and then…
sam smiled…
no wonder he had not spoken that much…
his jaw was almost ripped from his face…it felt like a lifetime..
before anyone could speak…
“Nice scary Halloween make up huh?
let me tell you a little secret…this ain’t make up…ha!
old Sam didn’t quite make it when that ol’ truck came up behind us that one Halloween night..so long ago..haha”
we stood there, to afraid to run…
we had to cross this bridge and get home…
but we couldn’t move…
the fear had a tight grip on us…
then..
a car horn blasted out loud!!!
scaring us to death!
“what the Hell are you kids doing out here in the rain on this bridge?!! damn it Thomas!! I told you not to leave Gamerco!!”
Mom???
Dougie?
we spun around to see the head lights shining on us and we ran towards them…
not once looking back to see if the Zombie Brothers were at our heels!
we jumped into the backseat, out of breath, scared, but alive…
“what’s the matter kids, you look like you saw a ghost or two?? haha”
ha ha Dougie, really funny…
as Doug turned the car around we looked at the bridge as far as the headlights traveled…
nothing..not a sign of the two Ghostly zombie figures…
We drove back up to Gamerco road, turning on our street…I looked back one more time..
and saw two teens shadows sitting on the guardrails of the bridge, eating, enjoying our Halloween candy…their empty lifeless eyes now glowing with glee beneath the moonlight
After I got yelled at by my mom about taking my sisters out in the rain and making them cross that bridge…
Doug came into my room and sat on my bed…and said..in a soft voice…
“Thomas, I believe you…so…ol’ Richard and Sammy almost got you three?
yeah, once upon a time…they almost got me…and your mom to…I saw what you saw…20plus years ago…
Me and your Mom knew eachother before you were born…and before My brother died…, that’s when my family moved away…”
how did he die?
I asked, almost afraid of the answer…
“Sammy and Richard got him…a long time ago…he was killed by a car, while was gcrossing that bridge…the driver that hit him said that Jeff jujst stood there frozen with fear…not once moving out of the way…yup, Sam andRich got him all right…scared him to death…literally
…I knew you guys were in trouble…my twin Brother Jeffs’ voice told me at the party…
and…
I knew you three would do exactly what I told you not to do…haha, I was young once…and so was your Mom…”
yup…I took her to that bridge late at night once…thought I would give her a good scare…and man o’ man…did I…never again..okay? promise?”
yeah Doug…I mean Dad….
I promise…”
“I hope I can go to bed now
I’m a little freaked out…
Dad…ccan those Boys come here and get us??
“No, I don’t think so…you gave up your Halloween candy right? soo…they’re cool with that…I hope…ha!
night kid-o…now, time to talk to your sisters…they wet themselves and are probably out of the bath by now…Ha
bet you wished they were Trolls under that bridge insteadof Two Zombie teens huh?”
ha….”
yeah trolls ha ha
funny Dad…real funny
every once and a while I walk to that bridge, say a prayer for them two boys, Jeff and all the others who lost their lives on that scary one lane bridge…and…
I leave a few pieces of candy for them…
to feed that sweet tooth of theirs…
and also, to keep them from bothering other kids on Halloween night
Happpy Halloween guys…
I hope someday, you can rest in peace…
– Jermaine Lee