The Haunted

"Oh Lucinda, if you think this has a happy ending, then you haven't been paying attention." She smirked amused by Lucinda's sense of optimism.

Something has come back to Bishops Green. Something that wants to kill. Something unworldly.
Sixteen year old Lucinda Marcs is cute, fun and looking forward to the start of her Junior year of High School. But little does she know that something evil has made it's way into Bishop's Green, her quaint, seemingly normal town where nothing ever happened.
And when Lucinda finds herself caught up in the mess it's up to her to figure out how to get rid of this evil for good.
But what happens when her best friend becomes a target? Will she be able to save her? Or will she fall with her?

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18. Chapter Eighteen:

Noah had left Lucinda alone after she'd done her best to comfort him. He hadn't stopped crying and Lucinda was sure he had started shaking uncontrollable and not because he was cold. She hated seeing her brother like this, it wasn't normal. 

She paced around her room trying desperately to think of something that could help though she knew it was impossible. She was a teenager what could she do? 

Her phone buzzed from her bedside table and she walked over to see a text from Poppy. Flicking her phone open she read:

Gemma found in woods... So horrible! Police are opening an official investigation... Call me? xoxo

The message from Poppy read. Lucinda found Poppy's contact and pressed the call button. She needed to talk to somebody now before her head exploded.

"Hey!" Poppy's voice rang through the phone. Lucinda's heart pulled hearing the weight in her best friends normally light and cheerful voice.

"Hey, I got your text." Lucinda said although that was obvious.

"Yeah, my mom said the police had been able to connect the bodies and it is officially a serial killer investigation." Poppy told her. Hearing the words serial killer made bile rise in Lucinda's throat. Nothing ever happened in Bishop's Green and here they were talking about a murder. 

"I just don't understand." Lucinda repeated Noah's words from earlier.

"Me neither. Nothing ever happens in Bishop's Green. They found Gemma in almost exactly the same spot Kyle was found."

Where you found Kyle, Poppy wanted to say but chose otherwise. Lucinda didn't need reminding that she'd actually seen a dead body. Kyle's dead body. 

"What's going on Pop?" Lucinda sighed though she knew her best friend didn't have the answer.

"I don't know it seems quiet little Bishop's Green isn't as safe as we all once thought." Lucinda could hear the sigh in Poppy's voice and wished she could give her a hug through the phone. Though she wasn't sure if it was Poppy or her who needed the hug more. 

"How have the police connected the bodies?" Lucinda asked curiously. She'd heard Alanna's body had no wounds, no sign of struggle and no loss of blood so from the beginning it had seemed like a natural death. Until Kyle showed up dead in exactly the same condition. She wondered if Gemma's body was the same.

"The bodies were all found in the same condition. No wounds, no blood and Alanna and Kyle's toxicology report showed there was no signs of poison so I'm guessing Gemma's will show the same." Poppy explained. 

A small tear escaped Lucinda's eye as the severity of what was going on finally hit her. Three of her classmates were dead, one of whom she'd found and nobody had any idea as to what was actually going on. 

"This just doesn't make sense." Lucinda whimpered. She felt weak and helpless. 

"It doesn't" Poppy whispered back. "I know now's probably not the right time but I wanted to ask you something." Poppy said.

Lucinda wiped away the few fallen tears, sniffled and said, "it's ok what is it?" 

Poppy breathed out before saying, "I wanted to ask you about Brad and what happened in English? I know you didn't really want to talk about it earlier but I saw how much it bothered you. I just wondered why?" 

Lucinda hadn't really expected her friend to ask her this though she'd known eventually it would've come up in conversation. She couldn't avoid her behaviour towards Brad forever.

"I don't know. Something about him worries me. He's suspicious." Lucinda said.

"Why because you dreamt about him?" Poppy questioned. Lucinda laughed at this wishing that was all. She hadn't really been honest with her best friend and realised now was the time to tell her the truth.

"No it's not just that. I saw him lurking outside the woods when Noah and I found Kyle. Then in Gucci he just appeared from nowhere and he creeped me out. Plus the fact he's haunting my dreams as well as Alanna and Kyle and yes today in English he just... Ugh I don't know it's just weird." Lucinda said.

As she said it all out loud she realised it all sounded pretty pathetic. None of it gave her reason to behave the way she did towards him nor did it give her reason to give him the title of suspect. Maybe she was wrong. Maybe her bad dreams were clouding her judgement and she'd really overreacted.

"You saw him outside the woods?" Poppy said pulling Lucinda away from her own battles. 

"Yeah and not like just walking past he was watching." Lucinda explained. 

"That's weird but I don't think that makes him a killer." Poppy said. Lucinda didn't like the idea her subconscious was trying to tell her Brad was the killer and she wondered if she really was going crazy.

"Am I crazy?" Lucinda asked her friend. She heard Poppy giggle on the other end of the phone. "No, I don't think you are crazy. Just a little bit stressed." Poppy said. "It's probably not what you want to hear but I think you owe that gorgeous boy an apology." 

Lucinda had been waiting for Poppy to take his side though she couldn't blame her for doing so. She had been mean to him and if he wasn't the murderer he really didn't deserve it. Lucinda sighed heavily and said, "I know."

"I'm sure he'll forgive you. Once he looks into those eyes of yours and falls in love with you." Poppy laughed. It was comforting to hear Poppy happy though Lucinda didn't like the idea of Brad falling in love with her. "Yeah, okay cupid." Lucinda replied sarcastically. 

"Don't knock it till you try it." Poppy said. "I should go my moms dragging me to the supermarket. I think she's trying to distract me." 

Lucinda wished she had her parents here to distract her, they were good at pretending nothing was wrong. "Ok text me if you need me." Lucinda said before cutting the call. 

Poppy is right, Lucinda thought. She really needed to rationalise her thoughts. Brad probably had nothing to do with it and she was treating him like a killer. She needed to brush up on her people skills no matter how freaked out she may be.

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