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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1. Chapter One

A loud, harsh tapping noise shook Alanna quickly out of her daydream. She couldn't stop the speed up of her heartbeat nor could she stop the slight tremble in her hands as the tapping noise continued. Tap. Tap. Tap. Growing louder with each hit. Where was it coming from? Alanna hesitantly glanced around her dimly lit bedroom looking for the culprit but she couldn't see anything out of the ordinary. Her stuffed bears were sat angelically on her rocking chair, her dressing table was as immaculate and organised as it always was and her door was wide open showing her the empty lit up hallway. 

Alanna tightened her grip on her copy of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' she held in her hands and she focused her gaze on the words on the page. 

Tap, tap, tap. Again louder than before. She clenched her eyes shut and opened them quickly expecting to see something in the room with her but there was nothing. Tap. Tap. Tap. Alanna threw the book down angrily and stood up from her bed. She paced around her room looking in her wardrobe, under her bed until her gaze caught on her curtains. The windows.

She nervously walked towards the closed purple curtains and gripped them tightly in both her fists. She took a deep breath and threw them open before she could stop herself. Her shoulders loosened and her breathing returned to it's normal pace. On the windowsill staring back at her was a blackbird. It's beak tapping harshly against the window.

"I hate birds..." Alanna whispered to herself before she gently opened the window a mere inch scaring the bird away. She watched as it spread it's wings and flew off into the sky then closed her window again. A cold shiver ran through Alanna, one she couldn't explain.

She closed her curtains and walked back over to her bed. She picked up her book and forced herself to read the words in front of her. She couldn't focus when she was nervous and although the bird had flown away she still felt on edge. It also didn't help that she didn't enjoy reading books she couldn't resonate with. She had tried so hard to get herself into the book but couldn't recognise any similarities between her and any of the characters. 

"Alanna, your father and I are heading out for dinner now. There's some left over pasta in the fridge if your hungry. At least try to eat some of it before you go for the snacks." Her mother smiled at her from the doorway. "You look beautiful." Alanna replied as she looked over her mothers outfit. She wore a long black, lace dress with a cute bow detail that rested on her stomach. She matched it with her faux-fur baby pink scarf and three inch black Lou-Boutins. 

"Thanks sweetie. I'll see you later." Her mom replied blowing her a kiss. Alanna watched as her mom walked off down the hallway and returned her focus to her homework. She listened as her parents shuffled around in the foyer before quickly rushing out of the house into the awaiting car. 

Alanna was often left alone in the house when her parents went out to private functions with their insanely rich business partners. These functions had a strict no kids allowed rule which meant Alanna couldn't go with her parents. Not that Alanna would have wanted to go to those parties. She hated dressing up and being polite to stuck up snobs. She much preferred to stay at home in comfy clothes with her ginger cat Oliver to keep her company. 

Alanna lay back on her bed holding the Harper Lee book above her face so she could read it. She had to finish it tonight and with only four chapters left it was possible but with Alanna's fading concentration sleep was more probable. She knew if she didn't finish the book tonight she'd be playing catch up in English which not only did she not like she knew her teacher, Mr Haige, would be extremely unimpressed with. 

A harsh gust of wind pulled Alanna from her concentration once more and she shot up on her bed. She knew the windows were closed and the curtains weren't moving. The windows were thick enough to keep any gust of wind out so where had the noise come from? Alanna dropped the book again and her fists clenched in fear and her palms began to sweat. She wondered if the blackbird had returned to torment her some more.

She jumped off her bed and ran over to the curtains. She whipped them open to see nothing. The windows were closed as she'd known and there was nothing on the sill that could've made that noise. 

Whoosh

She turned round and looked around her room where nothing was out of place. She wondered if the noise was coming from her own imagination. The bird had scared her and now she was making noises up.

Whoosh 

Again. Her heartbeat had increased to a point where it felt like it was vibrating in her chest. She could feel it all the way in her head. This isn't you Alanna, she told herself firmly. You're not scared of anything, she lied to herself. In fact Alanna was scared of almost everything. 

Whoosh 

The noise was louder this time but where was it coming from? Alanna rushed out of her room into the hallway and down the stairs. She stood in the foyer looking from left to right and right to left again. She couldn't see anything or anyone. 

Whoosh

The noise sent a chill down Alanna's spine almost as if the wind had gotten inside of her. She was definitely not making this up the noise was too loud to just be inside of her head. She gulped low in her throat and tried to steady her breathing. Her chest shook with fear as she failed to breath in and out at a normal pace. 

She was alone in her big house with a mysterious noise and no evidence of anyone here. What was happening? What was going on?

"Hello Alanna." She heard a whisper from behind her and as she spun round to see who was there everything went black.

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