“What is it that is stopping you?” she asked. “Come on in! I am sure the place isn’t haunted.”
He stepped in. His torch was slipping from his hands due to sweat. In the eerie silence of the house, the buzzing quiet of the night outside seemed favorable. All those stories he’s heard in his life of 19 years came back to haunt him.
“Will you even move?” his girlfriend whispered.
“How did she even manage to get the keys?” he wondered. He took his first step forward and his shoes clicked louder than ever. Coherent thoughts were giving way to fear again.
“Couldn’t you wear sports shoes or rubber slippers?” she whispered angrily.
“Well, you never told me you’re going house hunting today,” he retorted, scared of his own foot step.
“Take your shoes off,” she said, “or you’ll scare the ghosts away!”
“I am not going to do that,” he said.
“Fine. Then try and be less noisy,” she said with gritted teeth.
“If you could be less nosy,” he mumbled under his breath.
She held him by the wrist and walked around. The furniture was strewn all across the floor. Cobwebs shone into the torch light, dancing around him. The musty smell of the place was getting on to him. He spotted a cracked mirror hanging on the wall ahead. He averted his eyes lest he saw something he wasn’t meant to.
She kept talking to him but not one word got through to his conscious. His mind had its own set of defenses in place. His body was tense and alert. She stepped on to broken glass. His scared jump had a feline touch. She laughed at his reaction. Her laugh echoed in the house. It was scary. It wasn’t the laugh he had fallen in love with.
Soon he’d know why. She had stopped laughing but the house hadn’t.
Fear crept in her eyes too.
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