There he was.


Ready to strike.

He swung his machete with a mighty thwack, and knocked the ax out of Krista’s hand. Now vulnerable, Jason struck again, hitting Krista right in her side, sending her crashing down the stairs.

Jason then slowly descended, moving in to finish off the job.

Krista, lying there bloody and helpless, could barely move.

Jason then stood over her and raised his arm high above his head, with the flames seemingly encircling them.

Just then, a shot rang out.

It connected with Jason in the head and sent him sprawling backward onto the floor.

Krista then quickly looked back, recognizing the 44 Magnum's force.

Kevin paid no attention to Krista right away. He just stared at Jason and waited for him to get up, which he did a few seconds later.

Kevin then fired five more rounds out of the gun, all with precision accuracy, connecting with Jason’s head, while yelling, "Die, motherf*cker, Die!"

Jason, growling louder and more ferocious than ever, fell backward onto the floor, but because the fire weakened the floor more than it already was, Jason fell through the floorboards and crashed down into the basement.

“AHHH!” Kevin yelled, waking up in a cold sweat with the words “Die, motherf*cker, Die!” echoing in his head.

He then noticed Krista, who was right by his side.

“Where am I?” he asked.

“It’s okay, Kevin, we’re hiding out in the cemetery,” she replied.

“Am I dead?” he asked.

“No, you’re not dead,” she answered, “But you’re lucky I got to you. Jason would have finished you off if I didn’t…”

She didn’t get to finish talking, because Kevin interrupted her when he realized where he was and who he was with.

“Krista? Is it really you?” he asked, dumbfounded.

“Yes, baby, I’m here,” she replied.

“Am I dreaming?” he asked. “Cause if I am, please don’t pinch me.”

“If this was a dream, could I do this?” she asked, as she kissed him softly on the lips.

“No, I guess not,” he replied with a smile.

She then hugged him tightly as they both began to cry.

“God, I missed you,” Krista stated as the tears rolled down her face. “I love you.”

“I love you, too,” Kevin replied, as everything hit him like a ton of bricks.

Including the pain.

“Ahhh! Oh, God!” he yelled, as Krista let go of him.

“What is it?” Krista asked. “Did I do something?”

“No, no, it’s not you,” Kevin replied. “I just feel like I got ran over by a tractor trailer.”

“I’m sorry,” Krista responded. “I tried to help you, but I wasn’t sure what hurt the most.”

“Well, that’s an easy answer,” Kevin stated. “Everything. Everything hurts.”

“I had to do something,” she replied. “Those guys beat the hell out of you. I couldn’t leave you there.”

“Oh yeah, those guys,” Kevin remembered. “Don’t remind me.”

“What’s the deal with those guys, anyway?” Krista asked. “Why were they after you?”

Kevin’s face tightened as it sank into his hands.

All the emotion finally caught up to him.

He lost it.

Krista then hugged him as Kevin whimpered and shook in her arms.

“It’s okay, baby,” Krista said. “Just relax…take a deep breath.”

Kevin looked up at her, and, with tears rolling down his reddened eyes, finally spoke to her.

“They…killed…Jessica,” he said, barely able to get it out.

“What?” Krista asked, shocked.

“Yeah,” he responded with a sigh. “They did it all along. And I had no idea. It’s all my fault!”

“Oh my god, Kevin, I’m so sorry,” Krista replied, as tears began to roll down her face again. “But please don’t blame yourself. It’s okay now, Jason got them.”

“He did?” Kevin asked.

“Yeah,” she replied. “He decapitated one of them with an ax, and squeezed the other one’s head til it burst.”

“Yeah, but there were three of them,” Kevin stated.

“Well,” Krista said, “Jason remembered you, and he was about to finish you off, when the third one got his attention and he chased him to cabin. That’s when I got you and got out of there.”

“Oh, well, he’s as good as dead anyway,” Kevin replied, wiping his face with his blood-stained shirt. “I tried to tell them, but they didn’t believe me. They even tried to pin the murders on me. That’s how I found out about Jess.”

“Well, I know this isn’t exactly the most appropriate time for you,” Krista added, “But, look at it this way, at least you can close that chapter of your life.”

Kevin thought about it, and sighed.

“You know what, you’re right,” he answered. “Jason gave them the gruesome deaths they deserved, and if there’s anything left of that last one, I just might have to finish the job myself.”

“All we have to do is pull ourselves together, just like we did last year,” he stated. “And we can get through this.”

“Yeah, then we can close this chapter of our lives, too,” Krista stated. “We have to hope that the other agents get here soon. They are our only shot. I’ve seen Jason. He is a lot stronger than before. I don’t know what it is, but I don’t think we stand a chance against him alone, especially with you in your weakened condition.”

“Yeah, I think you’re right,” he agreed. “I am worthless in this condition without any weapons.”

“Weapons! That’s it!” Krista said with a smile.

“What?” he asked.

“I know where we can get a ton of weapons,” she stated, filling him in.

“Excellent!” Kevin said with a smile. “Let me wrap up my wounds here so we can go get these weapons and kick Jason’s ass…again. By the way, who are these agents are you talking about?”

“Well, it’s a long story,” she replied. “Can you walk? I will tell you on the way.”

“Yeah, I’m fine, just a little battered,” Kevin answered, grabbing a nearby tombstone for leverage as he tried to stand up.

He then staggered backward as he saw the name on the headstone.


It was his cousin’s grave.

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