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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4. Chapter Four:

As Lucinda sat opposite her brother and next to her father at the dining table her inability to think of anything good to say had rendered her speechless once more. Her parents were clearly finding it easy to keep up the conversation as they talked about non important things like the weather and the traffic into the office that morning. But it was clear Lucinda and her brother were thinking of one thing and one thing only. Alanna. 

Lucinda glanced up from her plate of macaroni and cheese to look at her brother who was merely playing with his food not actually eating it. Lucinda couldn't remember the last time she'd felt sorry for her brother but right now she just wanted to give him a hug which was a weird feeling for her.

"I'm not hungry I'm just gonna go upstairs." Noah, Lucinda's brother, announced to the table. No one stopped him as he got up off his chair and walked out of the dining room. Lucinda wondered if maybe he needed that hug. "Me, too." She rushed out and darted out of the dining room before her parents could stop her.

She heard Noah's bedroom door slam shut as she ascended the stairs. She hesitated at the top wondering whether to go left to her bedroom or right to her brothers. He's clearly upset, she thought. She turned right and walked across the hall and waited outside his door. Did she go straight in? Knock?

She took a deep breath before knocking three times on his door. "Yeah?" She heard quietly from inside and walked in to see Noah lying on his back spread out on his bed with his arm over his face. Lucinda wasn't sure but from her position it looked like he could be crying. Was he really that upset about Alanna?

"Noah?" Lucinda questioned shutting the door behind her. She stayed by the door not wanting to invade his privacy noticing he was clearly upset. Noah moved his arm away from his face and sat up on his bed. He weakly smiled at Lucinda and she could see the few tears that were escaping his eyes. He was crying.

Lucinda rushed over and sat next to her brother, she had never seen him looking so vulnerable. "Is it Alanna?" Lucinda asked knowing the answer was obvious. Noah sighed heavily and nodded at his one-year-younger-than-him sister. 

"I didn't know you knew her?" Lucinda questioned curiously. Lucinda knew mostly everyone her older brother hung out with as they regularly came round the house.

"I kept it a secret. I met her over the summer. We had a thing I guess." Noah admitted looking sheepish. Why hadn't he told me, Lucinda thought. Noticing her expression Noah said, "we wanted to keep it secret. We didn't want people getting involved. It was just a summer fling. Just some fun." Noah told her. To say she was surprised was an understatement. Lucinda would never have suspected her brother and Alanna in that way.

"When did you guys end it?" She asked. 

"A week ago. Neither of us wanted to end it but we thought it was the right thing to do as we were going back to school." Noah said. Lucinda rolled her eyes at her too proud brother. "You guys called it off because you were worried what people would think." Lucinda said surprised at her brother. Normally Noah was very vocal about the girls he hung out with and the things he got up to with them but maybe with Alanna it was different.

"Alanna wasn't exactly the most popular girl in school." Noah admitted.

"That doesn't matter. If you liked her you shouldn't have stopped seeing her." Lucinda scolded him.

"It doesn't matter now. She's gone." He cried. Tears fell heavily down his cheeks and all Lucinda could do was sit and listen to his cries. She cautiously put her arm around her brothers shoulders not quite reaching the other side due to her arms being too small. She listened to him cry trying to think of the last time she'd seen him crying but she came up with nothing. He was just like her, a non emotional person. 

"It's going to be ok Noah. It hurts at first but it'll get easier." Lucinda comforted. Noah smiled. He was grateful his sister was so understanding. He'd been afraid of what she'd say if she found out he was dating her unknown classmate. "Thanks." He whispered.

"Do mom and dad know?" Lucinda asked. Noah shook his head silently and said, "please don't tell them." Lucinda nodded promising to keep his secret. Though her and Noah never really got along she would never betray his trust and he needed her now more than ever.

"I know we don't normally get along but for tonight I think we can make an exception." Lucinda started receiving a smirk from Noah, "how about we watch a film? I can go make some popcorn and grab some drinks." She offered. Noah wiped the last few tears off his cheeks and nodded, "it might help distract my mind from the bad thoughts." 

Lucinda knew exactly what he meant. She hadn't even known Alanna and she couldn't escape the horrible images that kept entering her mind. "Sounds great. Sweet or salty?" Lucinda asked referring to the popcorn. "Sweet." Noah replied. Lucinda jumped off his bed and walked towards the door. She subtly glanced back to see her brother was lying back down on his bed silently crying. This was going to take him a while to get over, she thought.

She ran downstairs towards the kitchen to make their snacks. Her parents were still in the dining room eating their dinner and as she walked into the kitchen she saw Georgia their housemaid cleaning up. She jumped back nearly walking into the frail old woman and said, "Oh sorry Georgia I didn't realise you were here." Georgia didn't usually work nights as Lucinda's parents got her and Noah to help clean up but maybe they had their reason for asking the maid to work tonight. 

"No worries my dear. How are you? And Noah? Horrible news isn't it?" Georgia croaked her voice raspy from all the cigarettes she'd smoked throughout her lifetime. Georgia had been working as a housemaid for Lucinda's parents since she was born. She had always been there to make her breakfast before school, to clean up her mess and to look after her when she was sick. Georgia was like part of the family. "We're ok. Just trying to process it all." Lucinda answered not sure if she really was ok.

Georgia walked over to the teenager and embraced her in a tight hug. Lucinda wasn't a fan of a hug but as she was swept up in the old woman's arms it felt comforting and she let herself fall into the hug. She sighed heavily her head dropping to Georgia's shoulders as she breathed in the overwhelming scent of lavender that always seemed to follow the maid around.

"Thank you." Lucinda said as Georgia let go of her. The woman smiled before returning to her chores and said, "you're very welcome my dear." Lucinda felt a little bit better and wondered why she didn't indulge herself in hugs more often. She was an emotionally unavailable teenager as her mom said. She didn't cry, she rarely got angry and she detested hugs. But after having felt the relaxing powers of Georgia's hug she scolded herself for not enjoying them more often.

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