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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9. Chapter Nine:

Lucinda's stomach churned. Bobby had been having nightmares too. But surely that wasn't uncommon, everyone had nightmares. She was sure she was just overreacting.

"Did he say what the nightmares were about?" Lucinda asked Poppy. Poppy shook her head, making her light blonde waves move around her face. "He just said he'd been having nightmares about Alanna." 

Lucinda tried to rationalise the thoughts that were churning through her mind, of course people would be having nightmares about Alanna. She was so young and she had died so unexpectedly. But was Bobby having the same nightmares she was?

"Hey guys!" Noah's voice shouted through the house. Lucinda hadn't even heard the front door opening. She glared at Poppy and said, "No more Alanna." Poppy nodded understanding. Lucinda had avoided all mention of Alanna around Noah after he'd told her they had spent some time together in summer.

"In the kitchen!" Lucinda shouted back. Normally her brother wouldn't even acknowledge her existence but Lucinda figured he needed comfort these days. After what had happened with Alanna Noah had gone into himself more than Lucinda had ever seen him do before.

Noah wandered into the kitchen throwing his backpack on the floor and taking one of the seats opposite the girls. He picked up the bag of cookies retrieving one from the packet and munched on the chewy goodness. "What are you up to this afternoon then?" Noah asked. Lucinda forced a smile on her face before saying, "watching movies and eating junk food." Noah raised his eyebrow a smirk etched onto his face, "aren't you supposed to be ill?" 

"I'm feeling better now." Lucinda lied. In truth she hadn't exactly felt sick that was just an excuse to get her home but she was a wreck. After not sleeping for more than four hours the past few nights she couldn't keep her concentration on anything. She had tried to sleep when she'd come home but every time she closed her eyes she kept seeing Alanna.

"Sure you are." Noah winked mischievously. "What do you want in return for your silence?" Lucinda rolled her eyes. She knew Noah would tell their parents she wasn't actually sick and then she'd be in trouble. "Nothing, it's just fun to wind you up." He replied. "You want nothing?" Lucinda asked surprised. Noah always had an agenda. He shrugged his shoulders and nodded his head, he genuinely didn't want anything this time.

"Well you guys enjoy your movies, I have homework to do." He picked up his bag and walked out of the kitchen quietly. Lucinda stared after him in amazement unsure if that had really just happened. "You saw that right?" She asked Poppy. "Do you think it has something to do with Alanna?" Poppy asked. Lucinda's eyes widened confused, "What do you mean?" She asked. 

"Well you and Noah have always kind of hated each other right, like despised each other and now he's being nice. Seems like your little heart to heart has softened his mean exterior." Poppy explained. Lucinda couldn't deny it made sense. He hadn't been mean to her or bullied her since they'd had their talk. "I guess..." Lucinda replied unsure of what else there was to say.

"Maybe she softened his heart somehow, I mean no offence but he's never exactly been the nicest guy." Poppy said. Lucinda laughed, "No offence taken. It's true he has always been a jerk." 

Noah had always been a jerk to Lucinda. No matter what she did or how she tried to avoid him he always found a way to ruin her day. He was always finding ways to trip her up down the stairs, throw food at her or embarrass her at school. They fought like animals and yet now it had all ceased. The past few days had felt like bliss and he'd even comforted her when she'd had a nightmare. Maybe something had changed in him since Alanna or maybe it was her death that made him realise how mortal we all are.

"So what movie are we going to watch?" Poppy asked noticing her friend was going off into her own mind. Poppy was usually the day dreamer of the two but lately she couldn't help but see how trapped Lucinda was in her own mind.

"The Fault in Our Stars?" Lucinda suggested their favourite movie. They both adored Hazel and Gus and their unfortunate love story. "Definitely." Poppy agreed smiling. Lucinda jumped off her chair and opened the door to the pantry. She pulled out the king size bag of sea salted popcorn and closed the door. She followed Poppy into their living room and switched on the flat screen. 

The girls got comfy on the sofa and watched the trailers excited for the film. They had lost count of the times they had watched this movie but they both loved it so. Lucinda settled the huge bag of popcorn in between her and Poppy and kept her eyes focused on the television. She could feel herself miming the words as they were being said on the screen, she really did watch this film too much.

"I want a Gus." Poppy said munching on popcorn. "Just someone cute, loving and fun. That's my kind of guy." Lucinda smirked, "Well you may have to wait a while I don't think there are any guys like that in Bishop's Green." Lucinda had never thought much about dating or boyfriends, she'd always been so focused on school work. Plus she wasn't sure any of the guys her age were mature enough to date, if she was going to date she wanted it to be serious not a quickie behind the bike sheds.

"I'm totally going to college out of town, not only do I get to experience life outside of Bishop's Green I get to meet hot, mature college guys who can show me the world." Poppy winked. Lucinda giggled at her friend. Poppy was always the adventurous one and though Lucinda desperately wanted out of her small little town the idea scared her to death.

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