Brass Vase

The Brass Vase is a scary story about a guy who gets a strange letter from his friend, asking him to do her a very special favor. It’s based on a story written by thoughtpod.

Brass Vase

A few days ago, I received a very strange letter from my best friend, Julia.

“Jason, I need you to do something for me tonight. It’s very, very important that you do it exactly as I ask. You’re probably going to think that this is all crazy, but please just humor me. Maybe we can laugh about all this, if I ever come back.

Do you remember the brass vase that I found half-buried in the forest? The one with the odd markings engraved on it? I need you to go to my apartment and get it.

First, I need you to get a black marker and draw two eyes on the palms of your hands. Make sure the pupils are in the middle of each palm.

Then I need you to go to my apartment. Bring a bag and a candle with you. When you get to the apartment, it will be dark. Don’t turn the lights on. Use the candle to light your way.

When you enter my bedroom, you may hear a the sound of whispering. You won’t know where it’s coming from. Don’t let it freak you out. Just ignore it. Don’t let it convince you of anything. Just remember, everything it says is a lie.

You’ll find the brass vase sitting on the dresser. Make sure you pick it up with both hands at once. Make sure the eyes on both your palms are touching the brass. If you feel something touching you, just ignore it. None of it can hurt you.

Tip the brass vase over, until all the blood has drained out. Make sure you drain it until there is not even one drop left in it. Whatever you do, don’t look inside it. For God’s sake, don’t put your fingers inside it. Just drop it into the bag and leave.

Take it away and get rid of it. Put it somewhere no one will ever find it.

I’m sorry I have to ask you to do this, Jason, but you’re the only person I can trust. If I’d known then what I know now, none of this would ever have happened.

If everything goes well, I’ll see you soon.

All my love, Julia.”

It was signed in her usual flourish. I didn’t know quite what to make of it. Was she joking? Was it some sort of prank? I decided to call her and find out. Her phone rang a dozen times, but there was no answer. Then her answering machine kicked in.

“Julia here,” the recorded voice said. “Please leave a message.”

“Hi Julia,” I said after the beep. “I know it’s late, but could you give me a call? That letter you sent kind of creeped me out and I just wanted to check that you were OK.”

I heard a faint, muffled, “Help me.”

I froze and almost dropped my cell phone.

“Julia?” I yelled. “Is that you? What’s wrong?”

“Help me,” she said again, her voice barely above a whisper. The buzzing on the line had grown louder. “frightened I’m frightened I’m frightened I’m frightened I’m frightened I’m” The buzzing was drowning out her voice completely.

“Julia,” I yelled. “What happened?”

The line went dead and I stared at my phone, her words echoing in my head.

I tried to call her back, but the line was busy. I found a candle and a bag, grabbed my car keys and left the house. I kept trying to call her all the way over to her apartment, but there was no answer.

I parked outside and when I got to the door of her apartment, I put the key in the lock and opened it. Inside, it was as dark as dark could be. I reached in and was about to flick the light switch, when I remembered the instructions in the letter.

Don’t turn on the lights.

I took out the candle instead and, after lighting it, I walked into the apartment. The flickering flame cast weird shadows on the walls.

“Julia?” I whispered.

There was a musty smell in the air. Something felt wrong and the closer I came to Julia’s bedroom, the more wrong it felt. I put my hand on the knob and opened the door.

That’s when the whispering started. It was faint and it sounded like many voices, all whispering in unison. I couldn’t make out what they were saying.

lights turn on the lights turn on the lights turn on the

It was very dark.

lights turn on the lights turn on the lights turn on the

I had to resist the urge to turn on the lights.

lights turn on the lights turn on the lights turn on the

It was very hard to resist.

The brass vase was sitting on the dresser, just as Julia said it would be. It had a squat body with a long, thin neck and an opening just large enough for two fingers to fit in.

I grabbed it carefully with both hands at once. It felt warm to the touch.

All of a sudden, the candle flickered and went out. I was plunged into darkness. It was pitch black. The whispering grew louder and louder.

That was when I remembered the instructions Julia had given me in her letter. The eyes on the palms of my hands. I had forgotten to draw them.

“There’s nothing I can do about it now,” I thought.

I tilted the vase and in the darkness, I could hear the spilling out on the floor. The room filled with the stench of copper.

I don’t know how long I stood there. Perhaps a minute. Maybe even an hour. I listened to the drip, drip, drip, and when it stopped, so did the whispering.

It was deathly quiet. All of a sudden, I realized how frightened I was. A wave of maddening fear washed over me and I just wanted to be sick. I had never been so terrified in all my life.

Dropping the vase into my bag, I left the apartment as fast as possible and went back to my car. I took out my cell phone and with shaking hands, I called Julia again. There was no answer.

All of a sudden, I felt a strange tingling in the palms of my hands. Then the whispering started again. It was all around me, surrounding me, going down on me.

I was driving towards the bridge, intent on throwing the brass vase over the side and getting rid of it that way. The whispering told me not to. It told me to turn around and go home. I obeyed. I took the brass vase home.

Each time it starts, it starts like this. First, there’s whispering. Sometimes it’s many voices at once. Sometimes it’s only one. Sometimes it sounds like my mother. Sometimes it sounds like Julia.

I always understand what they are saying.

Sometimes, they say, “feed us feed us feed us feed us feed us”

Sometimes, they say, “turn on the lights turn on the lights turn on the lights”

Sometimes they say other things… things I don’t want to repeat.

The whispering gets louder and louder and I find myself powerless to resist.

I prick my finger with a knife and hold it over the vase, squeezing the blood into its gaping mouth. This is how it feeds.

I’m a prisoner of the brass vase now. Day and night, I keep must it filled to the brim. I’m weaker than I’ve ever been in my life, but I can’t let it get hungry. It doesn’t like it when it’s hungry.

Maybe I’m just going mad. Maybe my mind has snapped. But that means I’m not insane, doesn’t it? I mean only a lunatic would consider himself sane. If you were sane enough to question your sanity, then you wouldn’t be insane any more, would you?

The whispering has started again. The vase is almost full now. Maybe this time the blood will satisfy it. Maybe this time it won’t demand any more.

I made one fatal mistake. I forgot to draw the eyes on the palms of my hands.

Julia, if you read this, I need to tell you something. I’m glad you’re free now. I’m sorry I failed to follow your instructions. If I ever manage to escape, I’ll find you, wherever you are and maybe we can have a big laugh about how crazy all of this is.

Comments

  1. DemonicQueenzilla says

    I would’ve read that note multiple times, until I know the instructions in my mind

  2. xXxGrrrrRawrxXx says

    You’ll never escape dude….and perhaps she didn’t either…. Too bad he jacked up with the instructions.

  3. Username_Invalid says

    To Jacob Hackman, I chatted with slenderwoman too. I have been at Scary For Kids since 2013 and I made my account in around 2014 or 2015.
    Hello to slenderwoman, if you are reading this, and to all the other people I chatted with :)
    And about this story, it was beautiful. I actually felt something when I suddenly realized that Jason had not drawn the eyes. It is one of those stories, which are scary and kind of sad at the same time. It makes me wonder where Julia is, but not in that unfinished story way.
    Nice plot, thoughtpod, and good job, scaryforkids.

  4. Sandertv says

    I really enjoyed reading this story!

    Pretty sweet how so many people are talking about how many nice people they met on this website.

    I haven’t yet, really. But i love this website.
    Everytime I see a new story i can’t wait to read it ;)

  5. jacob hackman says

    @mmmchocolate
    I was on YouTube when a username flashed into my mind. I looked it up and found it was someone from the group chat I hadn’t spoken to in over two years. I thought about how me and her used to talk nearly everyday on here and how much has changed since then. I also wanted to give a message to any readers from the old days of sfk. A little shout out to all that they did for me. I wanted it to be known that I still remember this place and what happened here. Just a trip down memory lane.

  6. Never_saw_em_again says

    Great story. The thing I like about this story that, it gives us feels that all this happebed with us. 9/10 Bronze cups

  7. mmmchocolate says

    @jacob hackman
    it actually sounds pretty great to have made friends online here. i get how you feel bc I’ve made my own share of net buddies.
    2012 was pretty long ago tho :o what made you get onto the site now? (it’s always cool to have people from sfk’s “good ol’ days” commenting on here after a while tbh)

  8. Wonderkill says

    Why there is need of diff account for chat , its problematic to make account frm my cell . Why many accounts of single website.

  9. jacob hackman says

    2012 a tinychat for scaryforkids opened up. Zikili, slenderwoman, Claire among others were there. That group chat became what I went to every day.I made friends there. I used multiple personas there. I brought people there. I just wanted to talk about how much that group changed my life and to the owner of sfk thank you. I became good friends with people such as Claire, Christiana, Zikili. Sad to say I lost contact with all them a year if not more ago. If anyone from that group is reading this, thank you. I will never forget about my experiences here wether it was the good or bad times. I will miss a lot of you.

    Scaryforkids. You’re the reason behind all that so one final thank you from a huge fan of yours.

    Sincerely- Henri.

  10. The Light of Lilly says

    Good story, but It feels like he would panic when he remembered the eyes, he should have cared more.

    – If you play a hero, read the instructions completely through.

  11. Princess Of The Dead says

    He was a little dumb tbh 😒 if I got a letter like that, Id read it like 3 times to get it all in my head and not fail a step, but thats just ME…

  12. FAN OF SCARY FOR KIDS says

    @ FAN OF SFK Actually i do not have any problem with your username, i thought people will get confuse with our usernames.
    And there is no need for apology and thank you for considering me as your idol but let me tell you i am not that great. As per your wish i am not changing my username and nor you need to change yours.

  13. FAN OF SFK says

    I apologise for copying your name @FAN OF SCARY FOR KIDS but I think you should be proud that I am taking you as an idol. I read every story that you comment on and you are like the second name for this website so please don’t change your name…

  14. FAN OF SCARY FOR KIDS says

    IMPORTANT NOTICE…………………………………….for me at least!!

    Guys and Girls….Actually i wanna change my username because i think @FAN OF SFK has a similar username as mine. So please help me find a cool and creepy username. I would be really thankful. I would be really glad if @scaryforkids helps me out too!

  15. FAN OF SCARY FOR KIDS says

    Awesome one! Can’t Julia help Jason in the same way as Jason saved her.
    But Julia for god sake don’t forget to draw eyes with pupils on your palm.

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