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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10. Chapter Ten:

The wind howled loudly causing her hair to whip harshly across her face. The sun was still shining above her but with the heavy wind she felt cold. She wasn't sure whether it was a good idea or not to venture into the woods but she felt it necessary. After all her dreams were being plagued by images of her dead classmate in these woods so she figured maybe being awake in here would give her some answers. Or at least help.

She'd hoped that seeing the empty woods as they always were would prove to her subconsciousness that there was nothing to be afraid of. Hopefully then the dreams would stop.

Snap

The sound of a twig breaking behind her made her spin around frantically expecting the unknown woman haunting her dreams to be there. Her shoulders relaxed and she sighed heavily as she saw the person in front of her. What the hell was he doing he?

"Noah, you scared the life out of me." She exclaimed her heart still beating wildly in her chest. "What are you doing out here?" She asked him.

"Luce, I could ask you the same question." He argued back. "You were acting really weird this morning so I followed you and find out you're trekking through the woods. Why?" His voice was laced with concern, he was worried about her.

"I'm just trying to figure something out." She sighed. "I want to know why I keep dreaming about this place." Noah sighed and walked towards her. He cautiously embraced his sister in a hug an squeezed her tightly. "Come on you're not going to find answers here, let's go." He told her. Lucinda shook her head, "No I need to at least walk around and convince myself there's nothing here."

Seeing the look in her eyes Noah knew she wasn't going to be told no and he'd have no other choice but to join her. "Ok, fine." He reluctantly agreed holding his hands up in surrender. 

Lucinda smiled triumphantly and turned around to continue walking through the woods. Noah kept his pace with hers as they silently and slowly walked forward. The leaves crunched underneath their feet rustling under the weight of their shoes. The sound usually comforted Lucinda but now all she could think about was her dream. How she'd walked barefoot through the woods and the leaves had crunched under her feet. The sound made shivers run up and down her spine, maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all.

"I can't remember the last time I came in here. Other than in my dreams." Lucinda cut into the silence. Noah smiled and said, "I used to bring Alanna in here." His smile quickly vanished and Lucinda knew he'd just remembered their happy memories together. Now all he had was their memories and the reality that he was never going to see her again. She still hadn't told him about seeing Alanna in her nightmares and had decided she probably never would. 

"It's a cute place to bring a date." Lucinda added. She didn't want to talk about Alanna but figured maybe her brother needed to. After all everyone grieved differently and talking about it could help him. "She loved these woods. She used to chase after the squirrels and the rabbits trying to catch them like a little kid." He chuckled remembering the loving girl flailing her arms in front of her and crouching between bushes desperate to cuddle the furry creatures. "Did she ever catch them?" Lucinda asked already knowing the answer. All the creatures in these woods hid from people, her mother called them wild vermin and though in some ways they were but they were still adorable. 

"No, but it was funny to watch." Noah replied chuckling. Lucinda had never seen Noah like this, he was usually a one date kind of guy. He wasn't exactly relationship material but it seemed he'd spent a lot of time with Alanna and maybe he'd even fallen for her. 

"I never really spoke to her in school. She was always really quiet." Lucinda admitted feeling guilty for not making more of an effort with her. "She was very private. But she liked you. She said you were nice." Noah told his sister. The thought comforted Lucinda and she was glad that she hadn't left a bad impression on the innocent girl. "She was hesitant to talk to me at first after she'd overheard you talking about me in class once." Noah laughed. Lucinda's eyes widened worried what Alanna could've possibly overheard. She always spoke badly about her brother to her friends and never thought someone else could be listening.

"What did she say?" Lucinda asked.

"She'd overheard you talking about how I tried to suffocate you on that trip to Paris." Noah giggled remembering his tiny sister squirming underneath his weight. He was never going to really suffocate her. "And she still dated you after that?" Lucinda mocked. "Well she wasn't sure." Noah winked. Noah was famously known in school for being a womaniser and all his friends called him 'The Lad' but seeing the way he talked about Alanna Lucinda wondered if maybe he was like that because he hadn't met the right girl. And the right girl had just died.

"I would've approved," Lucinda stated smiling. Lucinda never approved of any of the girls that her brother dated. They were all hoping to be the one to change him and be his girlfriend but it never worked. Apart from Alanna, she thought.

"I know." Noah smiled. He had known Lucinda hated his ways with woman and often scolded him for being such a jerk but he knew she would've like Alanna. 

The pair fell into a soft, secure silence as they reached the end of the woods. Any further and they'd cross over into the next town. Lucinda stopped walking and glanced around, there was nothing here just as she'd expected. Maybe now she could finally get some sleep. "Come on then, we can go home now." Lucinda announced turning around to walk back.

"Hang on, what's that?" Noah stopped her. Lucinda's shoulders tightened, scared to turn around. Noah didn't wait for her as he walked off to the right of him to see what it was. Lucinda sighed heavily before following. Noah's long legs gave him the advantage of walking faster which meant he saw it before Lucinda did. But that didn't make it any easier.

Lucinda had always struggled with a bad gag reflex and as her eyes caught onto what Noah had seen she couldn't hold it back. She turned around, bent over and vomited all over the floor. She couldn't bear to look again in fear of being sick again. She clutched her stomach and leant herself against a nearby oak tree. 

"Omg," She said.

"I'm gonna call the cops." Noah told her pulling his cell phone from his jeans pocket. Lucinda listened as he phoned the police and relayed what had just happened. She wanted to glance back and see it again to believe it was really there but she couldn't bring herself to do it.

"They're on their way." Noah said putting an arm around his frightened sister. He pulled her close to his chest and squeezed her tightly. He couldn't blame her for being sick it wasn't often you saw a dead body. Especially not one you knew.

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