the visitor

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic


While babysitting someone’s son, Hailey runs into a major problem.

Submitted: May 16, 2018

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The Visitor
“As of right now the witnesses are being questioned by the local P.D. in order to get a sketch or maybe even a name of whoever took the boy.”
Hailey sat on the couch on her phone, not paying any attention to the newscast currently on TV. The news never really interested her, so she continued to text on her phone.
Hailey came home from college about a week ago for her summer break. She had applied to many different jobs ahead of time but heard back from none of them. Luckily, her neighbors needed a babysitter for their 15 year-old son, Holden. She was confused why a 15 year-old needed a babysitter, but she didn’t bother to question them. While kids aren’t Hailey’s favorite, she needed the money, so she decided to take up the position. Before Holden’s parents left they went over some basic information that she needed to know, like where the bathroom was and what to make Holden for dinner. They said he was going to have a friend sleepover that night, Reggie, and that he would be there around 9:30 pm. It was almost 11 and he still hadn’t shown up.
Finally, there was a knock on the door. Hailey put her phone down and got up off the couch, dragging herself to the front door. She was too tired to find the lightswitch, so she just continued through the dark. Hailey first looked through the peephole to make sure it was the friend, and sure enough there stood a boy who, from what she could see, looked roughly Holden’s age. So, she opened the door.
“Hello,” he greeted her. She could only see the outline of his body, but she could still make out some of the features on his face. She smiled at him. “Uh, not to be rude or anything, Reggie, but you were supposed to come almost an hour and a half ago,” she complained. “What happened?”
Reggie looked down at his feet. “Yeah, sorry about that,” he apologized, “my parents came home a lot later than they were supposed to.” He began fiddling with his hands. “I’m really sorry.”
Hailey sighed. “It’s alright,” she replied.  She gestured upstairs. “Just to let you know, Holden crashed about half-hour ago, so don’t be surprised that he’s asleep when you go up there.”
He smiled and nodded, then quickly dashed upstairs. Hailey dragged herself back to the couch and threw herself down. She was exhausted.
Her phone began buzzing. It was Holden’s parents.
“Hello?” she answered. “Hi,” his mom replied, “I just wanted to let you know that Reggie won’t be coming over anymore, sorry to keep you waiting so long for him. He’s actually missing, I don’t know if you saw the news.”
Hailey’s heart stopped. Her hands started shaking. “What do you mean he’s missing?” she asked nervously. 
Holden’s mom paused for a little. “Hailey, is everything alright?” Hailey began to think about whether or not she actually let that boy in or if she had dreamt it. She was almost certain it was real. She began rambling nervously to his mother. “Uh, it’s just that a couple of minutes ago Reggie came to the door so I let him in and now he’s-”
She froze when she happened to glance over at the TV. A picture of the real Reggie, the one who was supposed to come over but was actually missing, flashed onto the screen with his name under it.  Alongside it was a picture of a young looking man with an unfamiliar name underneath it. It was the boy who came to the door and went inside, except he looked slightly older. His eyes were deep-set and looked tired, dark circles sitting underneath them. He had stubble on his chin and his face looked hollow and ghost-like. Underneath the picture, along with the man’s name, was his age. 35 years old. From what she could see of his face at the door, he did not look nearly that old. He looked, well, 15.
Hailey suddenly had a lump in her throat. Not only did she talk to a man wanted for child abduction, she let him into someone else’s house and was now upstairs with their son. She thought back to when he came to the door, trying to figure out how she had not noticed he was not a 15 year old boy. She tried coming up with excuses for her actions, like it was dark and that she couldn’t clearly see his face and he wasn’t very tall, but then she remembered that it was her decision not to turn the light on. Her heart began pounding hard against her chest.
Hailey could hear Holden’s mother’s panicked voice on the other side of the phone, but it was drowned out by her heart beating against her chest. 
Hailey abruptly hung up the phone without saying anything and crept to the bottom of the stairs. She didn’t want to make it obvious something was wrong, but she didn’t want that man anywhere near her. So she quietly tip-toed about ¾ of the way up the stairs and called out, “Holden, can you come downstairs real quick?”
No answer. Then she remembered he was asleep last time she went upstairs, so she called his name a little louder. “Holden!”
It was silent for a little, but then she heard his groggy voice respond, “Yeah?”
“Can you come downstairs real quick?” she spoke again. Hailey went up a couple more stairs to peek into Holden’s room. It was pitch black, meaning Holden could most likely not see the intruder’s face and that he probably thought it was his friend.. He was totally unaware who was really in his room.
She could just barely see the outline of Holden’s body moving out of his room and towards the stairs. Luckily there was no outline of another person following him. She began to scurry down the stairs, Holden right behind her. 
Hailey took him into the dark kitchen and began telling him everything. She explained that Reggie was actually missing and how his abductor came into the house posing as him. Even in the dark she could see the fear in Holden’s eyes. 
Hailey began instructing him on what to do. “Ok, I want you to go out the back door and run to your neighbor's house, got it? I’ll be right behind you. We’ll call the police there.”
Suddenly the light switched on right as she was finishing her sentence. Hailey and Holden whipped around to see the man standing in the doorway of the kitchen. Hailey could now clearly see his face since the light was on. He had makeup on that covered the dark circles under his eyes and a clean shave, making him appear different than the photo that was shown on the news. 
Fear was painted on both of their faces. The man smiled at them as they both shook in terror, slowly walking over.
No one actually knows what happened to everyone that night. Some people say that Holden escaped. They say he ran away and never looked back. They say Hailey, the babysitter, was abducted by him because she had not escaped fast enough. The parents, supposedly, came home to an empty house with broken windows and knocked-over furniture. After trying to reach both their son and Hailey, but got no response, they fled the home almost immediately, fearing they were in danger by being there. It seemed a little odd they didn’t try to stick around and wait for their son or even contact the police. But these are all just stories. The only thing everyone knows is nobody saw any of them after that night.

 


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