Seriously, don’t. Look ahead, keep looking ahead. At least you know what lies in front of you. Don’t make the mistake of looking behind. What is ahead, what you can see, is safe…
Jack moved slowly through the abandoned house, making almost no sound, but listening intently to the silence that surrounded him. Up the stairs. He checked each room; nothing but rot and decay. Down the stairs. He rechecked the first floor, still, nothing.
Down the basement stairs. Again, each room as empty as the last. Jack opened the hatch leading into the subbasement, and descended the ladder.
He opened the door to the first room of that level. Empty. He moved to the second room. There it was, and Jack saw it —