As the sun began to set on a hot summer’s day, Maria locked up her small bakery and started walking home. She had been working non-stop for over twelve hours, baking and decorating cakes for various customers. As she walked down the quiet street, she heard footsteps behind her. Turning around, she saw a shadowy figure in the distance. Her heart raced as she quickened her pace. Soon enough, though, she realized that it was just an old man hobbling along with his cane.
The sun was setting on the small town of Millfield, casting long shadows across the empty streets. It was a quiet evening until a blood-curdling scream pierced through the air, shattering the silence. The townspeople rushed to their windows and doors in terror, wondering where the scream had come from.