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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at TAMU chapter.

As she walks down the street, the torchlight low and too far between, her accelerated pace increases with her anxiety.  

Quickly, quickly, quickly, her legs take her.

The sun set hours ago and now the dark reigns.  Even the moon—and the sliver of safety it provides—hides away, covered by clouds.  

Quickly, quickly, quickly, her heart demands.

She takes a turn, cringing as male laughter rises in volume.  Another couple paces, and she spots the group of rowdy men.

With her hood up, pulled tight with her worrying fingers, the men eye her hunched form.  They access her and laugh.

“This town is safe,” they tell her.

“The running little girl,” they mock her.

“Skitter along like a frightened mouse,” they shake their heads and laugh.  Laugh at her ridiculous nature.  

But is it so ridiculous to fear the night?  

Where monsters hide, preying on those they view as weak.  Sure, not all creatures that thrive in the night are looking for a kill, but all it takes is one.  One monster, one beast, one fateful turn, and she will meet her end.  So—

Quickly, quickly, quickly, she rushes through the night, weary of every turn she takes.

But on to her grandmother’s house, she must travel.

Howdy! I’m Gabriela Gomez, an avid reader who is interested in all areas of publishing and writing. And reading of course! I’m the Editor-in-Chief; I currently oversee all the publishing of articles for the Her Campus at TAMU chapter. I am overjoyed to read all the members’ articles and make any corrections that will help to elevate the article. I have been with Her Campus at TAMU since my freshman year. The first year I was a general member on the Writing and Editing committee. During that first year, I wrote a total of 23 articles and was always finding new ways to help. For my second year, I worked as the Senior Editor, publishing more than 80 articles and writing 38 articles. Now in my second semester of junior year, I have implemented a new pitch process for better organization and cleanest, I have already published more than 170 articles, and I have written 16 articles and will continue writing more! Besides working as the Editor-in-Chief, I am a dedicated student at Texas A&M studying Biomedical Sciences. I am also obtaining a minor in both English and Spanish. While not studying diligently, I work in a research lab grinding away, trying to get my name on some research papers (fingers crossed). In my free time, I read, obviously. I am also on the hunt for the best latte to ever bless this earth and love a good game of chess!