Knock Knock

I heard someone knock loudly, and then there was a scream.

A body was found. Could be illness, old age... but it wasn’t - because the next day two bodies were found.

Knock knock, who’s there? The joke is far from over...


6. Forbidden

I didn't know where our destination was, or how I would get out again, but I was certain of one thing - if I was caught, I would be killed.

Then don't get caught.

I eased through the gate a few seconds after the guards and Daniel, thankful for the howl of the wind that disguised the tell-tale creak of the metal. But my heart sank as they passed through a door guarded by two expensively-clad men.

Definitely Jack Hunter's men. We were here.

I bit my lip and grabbed a bundle of wheat that lay near me. I pulled my hood over my head and walked forward confidently.

"Deliver for Jack Hunter," I said firmly. But the guards did not move.

"It's Sir Hunter to you. And why are you delivering at this time of night?"

"Erm," I stammered. "I'm a relative. And he requested I came to him as soon as I arrived." I lifted my face indignantly and met the cold eyes of the guard closest to me.

"Go on through," he said warily, unlocking the gate behind him.

I quickened my pace and followed the gravel path that meandered through courtyards laden with flowers. I wanted to marvel at the vibrant colours, but a flurry of angry voices interrupted me. I jumped back, startled. Out of the corner of my eye I could see a door. I began to run, regardless of the gravel that crunched at me feet and screamed my unwanted presence. I twisted at the brass handle, but it wouldn't give. For a fleeting second I felt like my father, fighting a battle I couldn't win. Why couldn't I let go of the past?

The voices were getting closer, I knew that, but I couldn't think about much else. The door has been opened from the other side. 

"Mia, is that you?" he said. And I knew that some things come back.

And that was how my brother Christopher saved my life.



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