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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15. Chapter Fifteen:

Lucinda walked through the school hallways alone first thing on Monday morning. Poppy had an early morning Netball game and so Lucinda had walked to school by herself. Lucinda wasn't really into sports which meant she mainly sat on the sidelines while Poppy kicked ass. 

"Hey, Luce how are you feeling?" Rose asked as she approached Lucinda. Pretty much everyone had heard how Lucinda and her brother Noah had found Kyle Moore's body in the woods. Though no one knew they had found it while trying to exorcise Lucinda's bad dreams from her subconscious. Lucinda smiled sweetly and nodded, "Yeah I'm good thanks," Lucinda was becoming good at pretending everything was ok when in reality she wanted to crumble to the floor and breakdown. But she didn't.

She didn't tell Rose that since she'd found out their classmate Alanna had died she'd been having nightmares. And that they'd gradually got worse over the past few days and now she was seeing her two dead classmates in these dreams. Or that now she was seeing Brad, the new guy at school, in these dreams too and she'd ultimately decided he'd killed both Kyle and Alanna. 

She simply smiled brightly looping her arm through Rose's and walked off towards their home room, room B16. 

Lucinda listened as Rose talked about how her parents were practically keeping her on lock down and how the police had issued a full statement claiming it was murder that had killed both Alanna and Kyle. She listened intently giving a few hmm's and yeah's here and there but didn't say much in response. Rose was in such a confused state that she hardly noticed Lucinda's reluctance to talk. 

The girls walked into their home room class, taking their usual seats. Lucinda's heart smiled as she saw Miss Johnson standing in front of them hands on hips, her usual frown plastered on her face. Lucinda had feared the worse when her form tutor had been absent from school for a couple of days last week but here she was fine. 

The second bell rang and Miss Johnson picked up a piece of paper from her desk and began reading aloud to the class, "Right morning everyone. Just a short note today, there is to be a fire alarm test mid morning so please be aware that this is a test and you will need to behave accordingly to the procedures. Anyone misbehaving will be reprimanded. Understood." Miss Johnson received nods and yeah's from the class before she returned the paper to her desk. 

The teacher took attendance then let the class talk amongst themselves. Miss Johnson sat behind her desk and began typing on her laptop. Lucinda kept her gaze on the teacher in a world of her own. 

"Hey," Rose said nudging Lucinda on the arm. Lucinda quickly turned to her friend and said, "yeah?" Rose rolled her eyes, "I was talking to you and you were completely ignoring me." Rose laughed. Lucinda's eyes widened, "Sorry I didn't hear you." 

Rose laughed at her friend before saying, "I was asking if you'd done Mr Haige's homework?" Lucinda nodded her head remembering how she'd frantically spent most of last night writing her short essay. She'd completely forgotten about her school work over the weekend due to what had happened. She knew the essay she'd written wasn't her best but it was the best she could do in her current state.

"I wasn't sure whether to write mine from the perspective of Atticus or Scout. I like both of them but felt they were the obvious choice." Rose said as she played with the ends of her dark blonde hair. Lucinda nodded in agreement and said, "I used Scout, I felt like she was a good place to go from as she was the narrator. Obvious choice but safe one." 

"I chose Atticus in the end." Rose said smiling. The bell rang loudly through the room and the entire class jumped out of their seats. Lucinda picked up her bag and walked out of the classroom as quickly as she could. She walked into a swarm of students also desperate to get to their first class of the day as quickly as possible. 

Lucinda weaved her way around the slow walkers and ran down the steps out of the science block. The sun was shining brightly glowing onto the pavement and keeping Lucinda warm as she walked through the schools courtyard. She hated that her first class was so far from her home room and most of the time she always got there just before the second bell rang.

Lucinda walked through the doors of the English block and through the hallway towards room E3. Most of her classmates had already arrived but her usual seat was still vacant. Hannah, her friend, was already in her seat as Lucinda slipped in next to her. "Hey," Lucinda smiled as she tucked a loose strand of hair back behind her ear.

Hannah opened her mouth to say something before she quickly closed it and nodded to whatever was behind Lucinda. Lucinda carefully turned around to see Brad taking the seat next to her. He pulled his chair in closer to the desk and threw a copy of the book they were currently reading in front of him. Lucinda's heart was beating like crazy as she watched him carefully. What was he doing?

"I see you bought the shirt." He said looking at the black tailored shirt from Gucci Lucinda was wearing. Lucinda nodded unsure of what to say before she turned back around to look at Hannah. Hannah's eyes were wide and she had a wicked grin on her face. She winked at Lucinda trying not to laugh. Lucinda desperately wished she could've been anywhere but here right now.

She turned back around to look at Brad and saw Poppy walking into the room behind him. Poppy stared in confusion when she saw Brad sitting in her usual seat. Lucinda was hoping she'd put up a fight and make him move but she didn't. Instead she walked passed Lucinda and took the vacant seat next to Hannah. Lucinda slid back into her chair sulking, why did this have to happen to her, she thought. 

Then she thought of something, "Hang on, you're not in this class." She said sitting up and looking at him. He smirked and said, "guess I was just too clever." He'd been moved up, Lucinda told herself. Great! Lucinda braced her arms on her desk trying to ignore the guy next to her. 

"Good morning class." Mr Haige said as he stood at the front of the room by the whiteboard. Behind him was a blown up picture of the front cover of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. "Today I will take in your essays for marking and I will be handing out your next book." Haige told the class. Lucinda pulled out her essay from her bag and placed it on the desk in front of her. It wasn't her proudest moment as she handed her teacher the three stapled together pieces of paper that she knew was complete and utter rubbish. She just hoped Mr Haige would go easy on her after all he was bound to know what had happened over the weekend. 

Once Mr Haige had collected in all his students essays he then walked around the class again to hand out their next book. "For this book I am giving you an easy way to earn your grade." Mr Haige began as he resumed his position at the front of the class. "You will be working in pairs." He told the class and a few voices could be heard cheering excited at the opportunity to split the work load. Lucinda looked down at the book in front of her, The Giver. Lucinda had read this book before and seen the movie so she knew what it was about. It wasn't her favourite book and truth be told she'd only seen the film because Taylor Swift was in it but she was confident she could make something good out of this.

"I have picked your pairings based on previous grades." Haige told them, "and you will be working with your partner for the next four weeks." Lucinda wondered who he'd possibly teamed her up with. Maybe Poppy, maybe Hannah.

"Hannah and Poppy, Lucas and Jacob." Haige began reading out the pairings. "Bethany and Chloe, Reece and Lucy, Lucinda and Bradley," Lucinda's stomach churned as she heard her name being called with his. She looked over at Poppy and Hannah who were merely smirking at her, they thought it was funny. They didn't realise how much this kid truly freaked her out. But she couldn't make a scene. 

Lucinda slowly turned back around and looked at her new partner. She would have to work with him for the next four weeks and she knew she couldn't just keep it to in school. She picked up her copy of the book and opened it to the first chapter. 

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