Dare Games For the Brave: Bloody Mary
We all remember this one from when we were kids. A lot of us have tried it, or know someone who has. Some of us “know someone who knows someone” who actually saw Bloody Mary.
There’s no way to know with absolutely certainty whether or not there is some terrifying spirit who likes to haunt teenagers’ slumber parties. Maybe she’s just an image conjured from the minds of people–some manifestation of our own fears of the dark and of the unknown which carries over from childhood. Would that be any more comforting than legends of a vengeful spirit who waits beyond the mirror, watching us and waiting to be beckoned?
You’re probably telling yourself, “That was childhood nonsense. She doesn’t scare me anymore.”
If that’s the case, then try it. Right now, turn the lights out. Not just the bathroom light–cover your home in darkness. Go into the bathroom and be sure to close the door behind you. Stare into the mirror, do a slow turn and whisper “Bloody Mary.”
Keep doing that. Let the pace become gradually faster. Spin around chanting “Bloody Mary,” and be sure to get a good look at the mirror on each pass. Don’t worry about how many times you need to do it. Some say three, some say thirteen, some say one hundred. Just do it for as long as it takes.
Maybe you’ll do it thirty times and get bored. Maybe you’ll do it three times and won’t have the courage to keep going. Maybe if you do it long enough, you might even forget what you were doing. You’ll just keep on spinning, chanting “Bloody Mary,” giving a quick glance to the mirror with no idea what to expect. Maybe on one of those passes, something will catch your eye.
You’ll stop when you see it. You’ll turn to the mirror and look–not just a glance–you have to look. What you see won’t just be your reflection. You won’t be alone anymore. She’ll be there. It will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Her cold eyes, the blood running down her pale skin. She’ll just sit there and wait. Why should she need to do anything? You were the one who called her. You wanted her to come. So she’ll just wait–wait for you to make the first move. All it will take a is a step, maybe a scream, or even just a quick gesture for the light switch or the door knob. Hopefully you’ll move fast enough. You don’t want to go back into the mirror with her, do you? Better move quickly.
But none of that will happen, will it? Well, go ahead. Give it a try, then come back and tell me all about that iron spine of yours. Tell us all that there’s no such thing as Bloody Mary. I dare you.