I can’t remember how it started. All I know is that I have to turn them on. All of them.

The lights.

Something is in the darkness. I get a glimpse sometimes. When it gets close. When the lights flicker.

I can hear it breathing too. Whatever it is, it’s not a nightmarish collection of body parts barely clinging to life. It sounds fit, strong. It sounds like a hunter, biding its time.

There must be something wrong with the electrics in the house. Lights don’t stay on after I’ve left the room. And the lights that do stay on are either dim, or flicker. Especially the fluros. Oh how I wish we didn’t have the fluros.

So here I am, running from room to room, desperately hitting switches that I hit only minutes before. Desperate to stay in the light, but I have to keep moving.

If I’m there when the lights flicker, it gets close.

There are others here. I’m sure of it. They’re doing the same thing I am – switching on lights as fast as they can. But I never seem to run into them. I hear them though, and I call to them.

I think we’re starting to coordinate. More lights are on now. Not all, but more.

I’ve been doing this so long. How long can someone stay in a panicked state? How long can someone run through the same rooms, over and over again.

How long can someone stare at a lightbulb and pray to a god they don’t believe in that the light holds, just a little longer?

I’ve been doing this so long that the mundane, held back by adrenaline and sweat, starts to reassert itself. I almost laugh – I really need to pee.

It’s close. The light is on in this room, but the next room stutters with the flash of an unstable flourescent tube. I think that’s the kitchen – I can’t remember. I can feel it there, waiting near the door. Waiting for my light to start flickering too.

But I know it’s losing. More and more lights are on. I’m sure I saw one of the others leave just as I entered this room. We’re winning. We’re going to be ok.

I just need to keep this light on. Just need it to stay stable. Just need….

The light in the next room suddenly stops flickering. It’s on. Strong. Stable.

They’re all on. The lights are on. It can’t be in here any more.

We’ve won. I’m safe.

I still can’t see anyone else, but it doesn’t matter any more. It’s gone. And I still need to pee.

I head into the bathroom. Strong, stable light. Our power bill is going to be higher than normal, but that’s ok.

I close the door. Scrabble at my pants. I must have been running for hours – need to go so bad! Without even thinking, habit in full force, my stupid traitor hand moves over to the switch to flip it on.

Except it’s already on. All I manage to do is to turn it off.

A hot gust of breath on my neck.

At least I no longer need to pee.

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  • Commented on September 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm


  • Commented on September 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Such a tasty pasta! Now I’m scared to wander the halls at night… ._.

  • Commented on September 27, 2013 at 1:00 am

    This was great!!
    Last line made me laugh. Nice one.:)

  • Commented on September 27, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Very tasty. The last line was funny xD

  • Commented on October 2, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I tried to make a nice reading on this story one of my new favorites. Check it out tell me what you think, Improvements? 🙂


  • Commented on October 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    i laughed more than i was supposed to cx

  • Commented on October 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I want to make a reading too, may I? I wanted to search a really good creepypasta for my first reading and this Story is really good and scarry 😀 Sry for my english but it’s not the yellow from the egg

  • Commented on November 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    This story really reminds me of the game knock knock, you go from room to room turning on lights with monsters you can only see in the dark and when they enter a room it flickers and turns off, but anyways, this story is spectacular, good job!

  • Commented on November 2, 2013 at 2:07 am

    creepiest epic fail ever

  • Commented on December 17, 2013 at 1:09 am

    That was very tasty well done. 🙂 9/10

  • Commented on February 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I need to piss though 🙁


  • Commented on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Oh, do humans need sleep anyway?

  • Commented on April 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Very tasty pasta. Well done. Not as scary as much as it’s humorous.

  • Commented on June 30, 2014 at 5:17 am

    were they afraid of the dark or something else?????

  • Commented on July 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    … and number one quickly turned to number two. LOL! Great pasta!

  • Commented on January 24, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Lol well done

  • Commented on January 24, 2015 at 6:10 am

    HaHaHa! Last liner is great ; )

  • Commented on April 3, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Huh. I wasn’t expecting this one to be particularly well received. It’s a modification of a recurring nightmare I sometimes have (I wake up at the bit where I realise whatever I’m being chased by is behind me). The modifications being that there is no one else in the dream, and being a dream I don’t run anywhere – I’m just always in a room where the lights are flickering, and the room changes over time. Glad you liked it 🙂

  • MsFlynn
    Commented on June 12, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Oh shit, the ending really got me. Nice job! I tried to make a good reading out of it, check it out if you like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xll4PuBkb8A&feature=youtu.be I hope you enjoy!

  • Commented on June 18, 2015 at 3:26 am

    That was a funny pasta! One mistake can change everything I guess! 10/10 breads for the last sentence!

  • Commented on September 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    This was the first one I read when I found Creepypasta, and I just want to thank you.

  • Commented on February 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Amazing bruh, Loved the last line. Comical. 9/10!

  • Commented on April 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I found it interesting to say the least. I think it would have been cool to have your character run into someone else.

  • Commented on April 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I loved it. It was both creepy, and at the end, funny.

  • Commented on May 14, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Omg i have to pee bad and now i donna go… Its too dark…

  • Commented on June 19, 2016 at 1:11 am

    100/10 Because of the last sentence X3

  • Commented on October 16, 2016 at 3:48 am

    I think you did more than just pee, bro haha good one though

  • Commented on November 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    It was good….it kinda reminded me of the movie lights out but this version is funnier….

  • Commented on January 19, 2017 at 6:07 am

    *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*

  • Commented on March 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Hmm, not bad, actually pretty good. I like the ending. Its creepy and funny at the same time. 9 1/2 out of 10.

  • Commented on April 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Epic last sentence

  • Commented on May 19, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Omg seriously… Haha

  • Commented on June 4, 2017 at 12:19 am

    wow that was pretty good. I suggest do more like these. good job on the end too.

  • Commented on January 5, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    So creepy! I know that feeling too well
    Confusing, but great, creepy pasta! 5/5

  • Commented on February 23, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    This is one of my absolute favorites!!!!

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