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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16. Chapter Sixteen:

"You really don't like me much do you?" Brad asked Lucinda as they walked down the hallway. Lucinda hadn't spoken to him much during their English class and as soon as the bell had rang she'd grabbed her things and ran out of the room. But he had managed to catch up with her of course.

"What have I done to make you dislike me so?" He sounded hurt but the smirk on his face said otherwise. Lucinda knew he really didn't care if she didn't like him. "Is it because I was checking you out in that shirt?" He winked. Lucinda felt repulsed at his need to flirt with her when she barely knew him. 

Not receiving a reply Bradley stepped in front of her and held his hands up the smirk still etched on his face. Lucinda was suddenly reminded of her dream, when he'd told her she couldn't leave, and she felt stuck. "What?" She shot out at him harsher than she'd meant to. His eyes widened realising he'd really pissed her off. "I'm sorry." He put his hands down, "I didn't mean to upset you." The smirk was gone and he genuinely looked sorry. For a mere second Lucinda felt bad for him and wanted to apologise for being so rude. Then she remembered the woods, Alanna and Kyle and how positive she was he had something to do with it.

"I have to get to class." Lucinda said moving around him and walking off. Brad was left standing there in disbelief. 

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Lucinda picked at her lunch as she sat at her usual table with her friends. Both Poppy and Hannah had begged Lucinda for details about her 'private' chat with Brad after English but Lucinda had nothing to say. Poppy knew Lucinda didn't like Brad and although he was a gorgeous specimen it concerned her. It seemed every girl in school and a handful of guys were already head over heels for him and yet Lucinda wasn't. Lucinda couldn't stand him. Poppy herself had wondered if she'd get a look in with Brad.

"I don't think we should get ahead of ourselves." Hannah said capturing Lucinda's attention. She'd missed most of the conversation thinking about Brad. "Huh?" Lucinda asked sitting up straighter to listen properly. "We're talking about Gemma, we knew you weren't listening." Rose laughed. 

"What about Gemma?" Lucinda questioned curious. Gemma wasn't in their circle of friends but Lucinda had spent many of her earlier years on play dates with her and her parents."She's missing." Poppy told her and Lucinda's entire body went cold. She hadn't even noticed that Gemma hadn't been in her Math class this morning, or French. "Missing? Lucinda repeated. Poppy nodded and said, "She ran off last night after arguing with her parents and they haven't seen her since. Her brother's been asking people all day if they've seen her." 

Lucinda felt a rush of cold run down her back and the hairs on the back of her neck stood up the way they did when she felt someone watching her. She slowly turned her head around to see Brad sat a few tables back by himself staring at her and her friends. Yup, this guy was definitely creepy, she thought. She turned back around rejoining the conversation. 

"Rose reckons she's dead." Hannah blurted out. Hannah never was the most tactful of the group but hearing it out loud it didn't seem that silly of and idea. Maybe she was dead. Maybe Brad had killed her, that niggling thought in Lucinda's mind pestered. She couldn't let herself believe that this guy had actually killed two of her classmates and potentially three. If it was true then she was in trouble. After all they were partners now in English. 

Rose's phone buzzed receiving a text message and a small gasp broke through her lips as she picked it up and read it. A few tears sprang in her eyes and it wasn't hard to guess why. She turned the phone around so the other three could read what it said.

OMG Gemma's dead! xoxo

"It's from Sophie." Rose told them. It was then Lucinda realised their friend Sophie wasn't with them when she normally was. Sophie was never one to skip out on lunch gossip so where was she? "I'm going to call her." Rose announced as she got up from the table. "I'll go with you." Hannah said following Rose out of the cafeteria. Poppy and Lucinda exchanged looks and they both stood up from the table. They grabbed their things and followed in Hannah and Rose's footsteps. 

Lucinda wasn't sure why she'd done it but she glanced back and looked over her shoulder at Brad. He was no longer staring at her but staring, eyebrows furrowed, at his phone. He hadn't even noticed her and her friends were leaving. Lucinda sighed relieved and continued to walk out the cafeteria. 

She followed quickly behind Poppy out of the cafeteria, down the hall passed the student council meeting room and towards the school entrance. Rose and Hannah were standing outside the reception leaning against the glass windows. Rose was on her phone talking. 

Hannah weakly smiled as Poppy and Lucinda approached, "Is she talking to Sophie?" Poppy asked though she knew the answer. That's why they'd all run out so fast. Hannah nodded, "it's not good." Lucinda clenched and flexed her fingers unsure of what to say. She could guess what Sophie was telling Rose. That Gemma's body had been found in exactly the same condition as Alanna and Kyle.

"Three's a pattern right?" Poppy whispered to Lucinda. Lucinda furrowed her brows confused and asked, "What?" Poppy rolled her eyes, "Ones an incident, twos a coincidence, threes a pattern. If Gemma was found in exactly the same way as Alanna and Kyle then there's a pattern." Poppy explained. Lucinda nodded knowing her friend was right. It was too much of a coincidence for their deaths to all be separate accidents. Something deadly was going on in Bishop's Green. "I know." Lucinda replied.

Lucinda zoned out as Rose spoke to Sophie and Hannah and Poppy hugged each other. There really was something going on in Bishop's Green but what it was they had no idea. Was it just a simple serial killer or was it more? Lucinda knew there was no way she could find out without getting hurt but she desperately wanted to know what the hell was going on.

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