The girl who stalked the corridors

All Alice wanted to do was work as a psychiatrist in a mental hospital, not end up in one as a patient. But as she gets more familiar with the daily routine she comes across the girl in the corridor and her most deadly horrors come to life but her insanity may not be the case, maybe she is sane after all..

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23. Prudence.

As I stand in the Twilight of Nicholas's old garden I manage to calm myself. Calm myself enough to find Nicholas for answers. I try getting into the house, I rattle the handle but what a surprise! Nicholas has locked it. Typical ugh. I lower my ear to the door and all I can hear is his mother. Whimpering and crying. "Mother I'm so sorry, I have to do this. You want me to do this. The hospital or this? You can be with dad now. Please, Please understand." I can actually hear Nicholas crying and it breaks my heart. Silence. "NOOOOOOO" Prudence screams. A high pitched pained scream. Then silence.

 

I hear Nicholas walk into the hallway and I start hoping he is going to let me in. Of course he doesn't. I peer through the keyhole to see him reach for the phone on a little perfectly organised table. His voice is authoritative but hushed but I still manage to understand some of what he is saying. "Yes." Pause. "Yes dead." Pause. "Both of them yes." Pause. "Okay, thank you. Bye." He paced back and forth in the hallway. Pinching the top of his nose and looking at the floor. 

 

After around ten minutes there was a knock at the door. I couldn't see or hear properly but I saw four officials greet Nicholas and then walk through to the kitchen. I suspected they were collecting Billy's body and arresting or sectioning Prudence but as two men carried out Billy's stretcher with Nicholas watching; another stretcher came out carried by two men behind. I gasped and stumbled back in shock. Not one stretcher but two.

 

 

Once they had left Nicholas came to see me. I was fuming. "Nicholas who the hell do you think you are? Shutting me out here like some damn dog and not explaining anything! I saw everything you know! EVERYTHING! Why were there two stretchers when there should of been one!?" I started rambling on and asking lots of questions at once but I couldn't quite finish my sentence before I burst into tears. I don't know where they came from but I know that I was tired, angry, stressed, scared and shocked. Nicholas just stood motionless until he too burst into tears. We held each other tight and we calmed each other down. "shh shh, everything is going to be okay. I will explain everything."He soothingly stroked my hair and kissed my eyes gently.

 

 

"Well you see my mother has had a very serious case of Schizophrenia. Ever since she was young and she has been trying to overcome it ever since. It has got worse and worse and worse. Do you know what Schizophrenia is?" He looked at me nervously. "I've heard it mentioned in the hospital before but I'm not so sure." I obviously knew that it was a mental disorder but I still wasn't sure about the details. "Well the symptoms are delusions, hallucinations and emotional flatness and emotional changes." Now I realized it all made sense. How she started off so stuck up and dry and how she turned into a killer. I couldn't imagine what she had been through and how hard it must of been for her, Nicholas and Billy who of course had the worst fate. I turned my attention back to Nicholas as he started to speak. " She abused my father for years but of course she couldn't help it. I don't know how he put up with it all these years, I certainly couldn't so I had to get out and that's why I was dreading coming back. Anyway, I should of put her in the hospital straight away but none of us wanted that lifestyle for her and I'm sure you can understand that." I certainly could. He looked as if that was all he had left to say but he had not explained the most important part.

 

 

"Nicholas. Why were there two stretchers coming out of the kitchen?" I eyed him suspiciously worried he wouldn't tell me the truth. He sighed. "I, I had to do it." I knew what he was talking about but I wanted him to say it for it to be real and certain. "I had to kill her" Silence was the only response I could give. I knew that had happened and madly I understood why he did it but I was still frozen in shock. Constructing his mother's death to look like she'd killed herself in grief. It was best. Her illness had got to it's worst and there was no going back. The only way forward was torture at the hospital and both me and Nicholas both knew that death was better. He was the bravest man I ever knew, it must of been so hard and I was just so pleased he was mine. He eyed me curiously, Probably wondering what I was thinking. All I did was nod and that was all that was needed for him to know that I understood and that I loved him.

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