Sie wurden gewarnt! (you were warned)
The sign clear on message didn’t register. The castle shown it’s frame. Large sandstone walls turn dark the ground. It’s former windows frame blue skies on the other side. The forest clearing didn’t seem to allow light to cast shadows from the walls.
Eli leans against a wrought iron fence surrounding their destination. “Hey, I see a door! Let’s get in before someone find us here.”
Henry has been standing back. Staring at the walls. There’s a feeling here. It’s almost as if it wants to say something to them. “You know it says ‘ you were warned’. You got the guys to go in!”
An arch dark as twilight formed a ten foot tall door. The six foot width fastened with cross bars. Twin metal bars project outward. They produce an audible clunk noise. The door doesn’t budge. After a couple tries, both push against the chunk of wood. It creaks and groans. An inch, then two. Another push yields a foot, no more.
The other side is a hollow building. Dark floors and ceiling wedge between walls. A world filled with furnishings looks trapped in time. Over twenty meters away, the far corner walls are gone. Not toppled, just gone.
The small opening in the door allows passage in. The light stays mostly outside.
“Henry, do you hear it? It’s like a whisper.”
“Man, you are in coolest place ever. Are you scared?” Henry hides his own nerves better. He hears but can’t tell what it is.
They stare at each other. A low sound slides with a chair across the room. A cool breeze points out the chair. The air is stale. Movement stops before it’s seen. But the sound send to keep moving through the room. Voices lost in whispers echo.
“Its getting dark. You staying in here, Eli? I’m waiting to see what comes out at night.” Henry smiles his words hang in the air.
“Me and my shadow aren’t going anywhere.” Eli points at a dark spot besude him. Irregular black patch rests at his feet. There is no light to cast it. It wasn’t noticed at first.
“Eek! Let’s hide in the sleeping bags! Really, man. It’s just an old castle.”
In silence, two bags are laid out. They stare out into space. No human voices to be heard. Whispers never really leave the air.
In a second, it’s dark. Wind enters from the door. Dust spins veils above them.
Henry wakes up to see Eli. Standing on the table. He is reaching toward the ceiling. “No! No! Noooo!” His eyes see a friend fall of table, but not falling. The image burns through his mind. Screams turn to muttering bits of words not known.
The struggle to gain control takes forever. When the fog clears. Two college friends square at each other. They know what they saw. It was the other hung by a noose.
The whispers clear up in their ears. “You were warned, Sie wurden gewarnt” Over and over.