Behind Closed Doors

~Written for the What's Hidden on Your Street? competition~

Hannah is the new girl in school, and Jake is immediately intrigued. Even more so when he finds out that she's moved in right down the street. After befriending her, he learns about the horrors that live behind the closed doors of her home. Will he stand by her? or will he leave her in the dust?


2. Watching

     After that day, Jake watched the family down the street. He knew that there were two other men in the house along with the girl. The older man was her dad, the one he assumed was yelling the first day. The younger one was her older brother. Both men seemed to be out of the house all day, but the red-headed girl never came outside. After this went on for a few days, he figured it was time to introduce himself.

    Walking down the street with new-found courage, he checked to make sure her brother and dad weren't there, then knocked on the door. He heard a light thud, then the sound of someone coming to the door. When it didn't open right away, he lost some of his confidence. What if she doesn't want to see me? He thought.

     He turned around, ready to walk back to his house, when he heard the creak of the front door. Spinning around, he saw that the girl was even more beautiful in person. There was no roof over the front porch, so the sun light shone on her red locks. Up close he could see the golden highlights in her hair and the smattering of freckles on her face. Her brown eyes were wide, as if she were frightened to see him. Again, he saw that she wore a pair of jeans and long-sleeved shirt.

    "Can I help you?" she asked. Her voice was quiet, as if she were afraid he would attack her. Hmmm.... he thought, his mind working a mile a minute. The girl cleared her throat, "Excuse me sir, can I help you?" Sir?! he thought incredulously.

    "Um, well, my name's Jake. I was just coming over to introduce myself, welcome you to the neighborhood," he stammered.

    "Well that's very kind of you, but if you'll excuse me, I must go."

    "I hope you don't find me rude for asking, but where? The entire time you've been here, I haven't seen you take a step out of this house!"

    "Why have you been watching me? What do you want?" she asked, almost hysterically.

    "I wouldn't say I've been watching you, I've just noticed you. And I wasn't trying to do anything but be a kind neighbor! But I can see that it's not welcome," he exclaimed, starting to storm off.

    "Wait! I didn't mean to be rude, I'm just nervous. I'm starting at a new school next week and it's a tad bit frightening."

    "Well that I can understand," he said sympathetically.

    "My name's Hannah," she said, smiling. She had a beautiful smile, he thought, and he hoped that he could be around to see it again.

    "Nice to meet you, Hannah," he said, also smiling.




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