Clues to Happiness-2

by Prakhya Bhageria

The story so far (see Clues to Happiness-1): Fred, eleven, and Lucy, fifteen, are orphans in Oakland, California, being reared by their mother’s friend Neatrice Glynn with the help of a young nanny, Julie. Beatrice gives them a beautiful wooden statue with red eyes as a New Year present. One evening, when Fred is alone in the house, there is a power cut. As Fred is looking for a torch in the dark, he sees an eerie red light and turns to see two red eyes watching him …

“L-Lucy, i-is it y-you?” stammered Fred, his heart hammering loudly in his ears. “I-I know it’s just you” … He could feel chills down his spine! Suddenly the door flew open. His heart started beating faster than ever. The torch dropped from his nerveless fingers. As he backed away from the door, he slipped on the torch.

Someone entered the house. It was too dark for him to see who it was. “Fred?” a familiar voice called.

“Lucy” Fred sighed, relived. “Thank goodness, it’s you”. Lucy was carrying a torch too. She flashed it towards him and asked, “What are you doing down there? And don’t worry there’s a power cut in our area.”

“I just fell on the floor,” Fred assured her. “Oh! And did you -” Lucy began to say, but stopped as she saw the red light flashing.

“Oh my God! How did you do this?” she asked, amused.

“But I didn’t do it,” protested Fred. “I thought you did!” They both looked at each other. As they had from early childhood, each understood what the other wanted to say.

“If you don’t know what this is and I don’t know what it is, then what in the world IS it,” said Lucy’s expression, but Fred’s face only showed fear. Lucy flashed her torch towards the red eyes and saw that it was the wooden statue.

“Please take that away; my eyes hurt”, a soft male voice begged.

“Who i-is it?” Fred stuttered. They looked around the room but could not see anyone.

“Its me, here,” the voice replied. They both turned in the direction of the voice as saw the statue’s mouth moving.

To be continued …

Prakhya Bhageria is 11 years old and a student of class VII in New Delhi, India. She  loves reading, music and arts & crafts.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Upasana Pahwa
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 17:30:05

    your story is coming along very well. waiting for the next chapter …

    Reply

  2. Shuchi
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 15:03:35

    Want to know what happens next

    Reply

  3. tarun
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 11:19:30

    is it ur own imagination or u got frm any source…? anyway the story is really good…:-):-)

    Reply

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