The following work of flash fiction is in collaboration with my fellow blogger friend Jithin of PhoTrablogger. The picture above is his creative photography which inspired this series of fiction writing. Do check out his blog to read his adventures while travelling and some lovely photographs.
Character list :
1. Margaret or Maggy – a 19 year old girl , out to search for some truths.
2. Steve – The caretaker of the mansion , a man in his fifty’s
3. Robert – The house cook
4. Grandpa – Maggy’s grandfather
Maggy felt her heart stop the second time that night. She inched towards Rob, as softly as she could, eyes fixed on the shadowy figure in the doorway. As soon as she had reached closer, Rob gripped her hand making her look at him. In the moonlight streaming through the window, she could see his eyes telling her to move slowly behind the door, near the cabinet which had been their secret hiding place years ago. They could see the shadow moving slowly towards the kitchen and hastened to hide as fast as they possibly could. It was impossible to move fast and risk making themselves known, for the old wooden floor was bound to creak if they put too much weight on it. Only the firm grip of Rob on her hand stopped Maggy from shrieking herself with fear.
Though it might be a good idea to scream, she thought. At least their was a chance that Steve would be alerted and come to rescue or the noise might frighten whatsoever was in the doorway. While she was thinking this, they reached the door of the cabinet. The cabinet door opened without a single sound. Thank heaven Steve has oiled and maintained all the doors or we would be goners by now, she thought while hurriedly entering the cabinet. Rob came quietly behind her and closed the door, keeping just a small gap to peep through.
It was difficult to see properly in the dark, though the moonlight helped a bit. Rob was the only one able to see through the gap, since Maggy was sitting behind him. They could sense the shadow form entering the kitchen. It was an eerie sensation, a hint of sound coming from the room. It certainly didn’t sound like human footfall. Suddenly she remembered the stories of the mansion and surrounding woods told by grandpa to her as a teenager. She had been a fan of ghost and horror stories and grandpa had been the only source of stories. And what grand stories he weaved around the house and the woods, she thought. Maggy had enjoyed those stories thinking they were all a figment of his very creative imagination. Now she was not so sure. Whatever glimpse she had of the shadowy figure and glowing eyes, certainly didn’t seem human.
Suddenly the kitchen was filled by the sound of crockery breaking and they could here Steve’s distant yelling sound coming close. Rob peered back and told her It is gone. He too must have sensed the in-humanness of the thing, Maggy thought hearing him as he slowly ventured out of the cabinet. She followed. Before they could make sense of the mess in the kitchen, Steve reached there and stood by, shocked looking at them and the mess. His looks all too well suggested that he thought these two as the culprits of the scene.
What will happen next….check out what twist Moses has given to this story..
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