It was a dark and stormy Halloween night, a cliche beginning, but that was how it was. Mark, or Markiplier, was hosting yet another Livestream. The dark haired man had been making quite a few of the streams as he played countless horror games and even read a few scary stories. It wasn't uncommon for him to act all creepy and condescending, going by what the fans dubbed him by; Darkiplier. The glasses wearing man would just randomly stop playing and stare at the screen, his head lowering and a smile slowly spreading across his face. Apparently it got so spooky a few of the stream watchers logged off, only to pop back on a few moments later.
He was currently playing a particularly scary horror game that many Mark fans would know all too well. Slender: The Eight Pages. Anyone who was anyone would know just how creepy the game was and just how nerve wracking it could be, especially in such a setting that Mark was playing in. No light other than the faint glowing from his desktop screen illuminated the room he was recording in. Even his clothes were dark, almost as dark as the rings under his eyes, signifying that he hadn't been getting much sleep. Not that he wanted to sleep anyway, it was Halloween night! No time for sleeping!
For two rather interesting fans of the well-known Let's Player, Mark's creepy Livestreams were pretty entertaining. It fueled their ideas for review videos they were so known for. SharkZombie and KatAttack, Let's Players and malicious reviewers, were not only best friends but pretty fun individuals. Whether it was the costumes or the videos, the two were either hated or adored by the YouTube community. They often examined games or movies or even other gamers on their shared channel, both having separate accounts for their own things. But on this particular night, as the duo watched Mark's streams and gorged on Halloween candy, they couldn't help but noticed just how creepy the usually happy man was being.
"Ugh," Kat groaned as Mark stared at the screen once again, "He's being really weird! It's freaking me out!"
Zombie shrugged as she sat next to her, knees pulled up to her chest as she played on her Nintendo DS, "Maybe it's a new thing he's doing? It is Halloween after all... Damn it, my Fennekin fainted!"
"Well, for whatever reason, it's pissing me off. This 'act' has been going on for a while now...ever since last week! Then it was barely noticable, but now..." She shook her head, the fake cat ears on the top of her head wiggling slightly, "I mean, at first the videos were pretty cool! Now they're just annoying, I think we should do a review to get our point across."
"Alright, why not? My DS needs to charge anyway," Zombie stood up to go plug in her system to the charger.
The two still wore their Halloween costumes, which happened to be their usual get-ups for their videos just with more flare. Zombie was, of course, a zombie. Her brown hair was all ratty and knotted, prosthetics scattered all over her body, each oozing with thick, chunky blood, and even fake shark teeth as a memento to her love of sharks. Half of her face had been completely decked out in a much larger prosthetic, making it look as her face had been severely burned. She wore a tattered hoodie, the words 'Keep Calm and Zombie On' printed on the back, and torn shorts. Even her legs were covered in fake gashes and blood. She went all out this year. Kat, on the other hand, decided to be a bit more elegant. She wore a lacy black dress along with her black and white cat ears with a matching tail. Plastic fangs were resting in her mouth, over her canines, giving her an even more catty look. Having drawn whiskers and painted her nose black, Kat could officially call herself, well, a cat.
Once the camera was all set up, the duo sat down in front of it in their usual poses. Zombie in a pretty lax and resting way, while Kat help a more professional and serious posture. They adjusted their appearances, fixing their hair and whatnot before Zombie cleared her throat, beginning the video.
"Happy Halloween, guys! It's Zombie and Kat for another review! In light of today's wonderful holiday, we've decided to focus this particular video on a pretty cool guy that we all think you might know...Markiplier! But oh no, not just the lovable babe himself! We plan on looking over all sides of Mark! Especially the creepiest side, Darkiplier," Zombie gave a shudder for effect, "Ooh, that dude is freaky! And that's coming from me!"
"No doubt," Kat nodded in agreement, looking straight at the camera, "I think we can all agree that Mark's recent videos are pretty creepy, but it's honestly getting pretty old. I mean, I miss the old Mark, the cute and lovable one who'd scream at mannequins, this Mark just seems...weird. I don't like it one bit."
Zombie gave a fake pout, giving off a hurt puppy sort of vibe, "Aw, come on, Kat! It's not that bad! Besides, I think it makes his videos a little better! Especially since it's Halloween! Am I right?" She looked to the screen and smirked before looking back to her friend, "It makes people sit on the edge of their seat."
"Well I just think it's a bit excessive," Kat rolled her eyes and crossed her arms, "I mean, if he did it every once in a while it'd be totally fine! Not when it's pretty much every video, but that's just my opinion," She shrugged.
"Yeah, I guess you're right... I miss the old Mark too," Zombie sighed, acting defeated, "Well! What do you guys think?" She looked at the camera and grinned, "Let us know in the comments below!"
"And don't forget to subscribe!" Kat quickly added in.
The duo both smiled and waved to the camera before Zombie stood up and switched it off. She then proceeded to hook up the cable to her computer. As she brought up the YouTube page, Kat went back to her own computer on the other side of the room to go back to watching the Livestream. She nearly yelped in shock at the sight of Mark practically pressing his face against his webcam. That dude was sending her some pretty scary vibes.
"How's the stream?" Zombie asked suddenly, making her friend jump, "It still going or did he leave?"
"No...no, it's still going," Kat leaned back in her chair as she watched, "And he's still being creepy as hell... Anyway, when's the video going to be finished?"
"In a few seconds, why?" Zombie asked over her shoulder.
"I just wanna see it get finished," Kat explained, "Besides, I hear Pewdiepie uploaded a new video not too long ago."
"Oh my god!" Zombie turned in her seat to laugh, "You are so head over heels for the guy! Why don't you say something already? It's not like he's gonna turn you down... Marzia told me he's a pretty cool guy!"
"She only said that because she likes him too..." Kat grumbled, huffing in her seat.
"Dude, Marzia is awesome and you know it, the only reason she hasn't made a move is because she's too shy! You can totally have your shot!
Kat shrugged defiantly, pretending to not hear, making the zombie girl roll her eyes in annoyance. She turned back to her own screen, surprised to see that the video had finished uploading. She raised her eyebrow and shrugged before she titled the video and began to add things into the description box. Once everything was finished, she clicked the 'done' button and stretched out her arms.
"All done," She announced as she leaned back in her chair, "Wanna watch?"
"Sure, why not? Beats watching this creepy...whatever any longer than I have to," Kat stood up and walked over to her friend, kneeling down beside her to watch the screen. She grinned a bit as Zombie hit play and the two leaned forward to watch their newest product of boredom. It was not at all how they expected.
The video kept fuzzing out, twitching and pausing randomly, the girls' voices were distorted and sounded awfully distant, as if there was an echo. For a few frames it looked as if they were sad, looking down instead of up at the camera. Then, for what seemed like only a second, their faces were gone. Just blank. No noses, no eyes, no mouths, just blank slates. As soon as the video finished, Zombie was on her feet, pointing straight at the screen.
"Oh. Hell. No," She said in a slow, shaky voice, "I've seen enough horror movies to know this is how somebody dies!"
"H-hey, calm down-"
"No! You calm down!" Zombie interrupted, grabbing the monitor and shaking it back and forth, "This had better be some sort of stunt or I'm gonna flip!"
"I think you're already flipping!" Kat shouted, trying to be heard over the other's loud screaming. She grabbed her friend and wrenched her away from the computer, "Come on! Stop!"
Zombie let go of the monitor, yanking herself away from Kat, "You saw that too, right?!"
"I-I think so..." Kat swallowed and sat down heavily on the bed, holding her arms, "What...was that?"