Love is in the air... and so is cyanide

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

I have no idea why I wrote this, I think I just got bored, but here you go have another story about a girl, a guy, and a basement

“He’s so cute!” Lacey whispered as she stared, maybe a little too intensely, across the library to the blonde haired boy, sitting alone reading a big fat book that she couldn’t quite see the title of.

“Who is?” hissed Eliza, trying to follow Lacey’s clouded gaze, before it turned to her with an expression of disbelief and wide eyes.

“Only the most beautiful boy on the planet!” Lacey replied, not loudly, but loud enough for the table next to her to hear and start giggling. She lowered her voice again, “Shae Bennet!” she said pointing across the tables. At that moment the boy lifted his head, just in time to see Lacey’s arm drop, as she and Eliza hastily pretended to continue writing. He shook his head, smiled, and went back to his book.

Shae was different from the other boys, he preferred to sit quietly with a book, rather than mess around in the yard with a football. He was also very rarely with other people, and tended to spend a lot of his time alone in the library. If he was ever seen with other people it was during class if the teacher asked them to have a group discussion, even then, he was always reluctant to choose a group. Even though he was so withdrawn from the world he still had masses of girls chasing after him, one of them being Lacey, of course. They weren’t even sure what drew them towards him, he was like a magnet. Lacey craned her neck to try and get a glimpse of the book’s title, to no avail, and whispered to Eliza, “What d’you think he’s reading?” to which she replied, “I don’t know, does it matter?”

Lacey glared at her, “If I knew I could read it and then I could like, talk to him about it. Duh.”

Later that day, Lacy and Eliza were packing up their lockers, ready to leave for the long weekend, when Shae walked past. Lacey thought she saw him glance in her direction but Eliza told her it was just a trick of her mind and to stop obsessing over it. She didn’t, of course, and kept going on all the way home, to which Eliza was most annoyed.  Every time Lacey opened her mouth to speak, Eliza knew what was coming.

“I’m sure he was looking at me! Didn’t you see? He, like, looked at me, y’know?” she said in between giggles.

“And I’m sure you’ve lost your mind.” Replied Eliza rolling her eyes.

A week went by and Lacey had almost forgotten about her excitement, she was nearly at a point where she was able to have a rational conversation with Eliza, without constantly finding her way back to the topic of Shae Bennet. But just when Eliza was beginning to think, maybe her friend was sane once again, along came the one and only Shae.

“Hello ladies.” He said, as he strolled calmly up to them. Eliza took a sideways glance at Lacy, who had already turned beetroot red and looked as if she had stopped breathing.

“Hi.” Replied Eliza cautiously, trying to work out why he was suddenly making conversation with Lacy and herself, of all people. It wasn’t like they were popular, and pretty much everyone in their grade saw them as the two weird girls who always spent way too much time talking in class but never got caught.

“Sorry to disturb you, but I think you are in my science class and I was just wondering if you wanted to work with me on my project. I wouldn’t usually ask but this one is way too big for me to do on my own.”

“I’d love to!” blurted Lacy, at the same time as Eliza began to explain that they had “a lot on their plates right now” and they “don’t really have enough time”. Lacy glared at her, “I mean yeah, that would be cool, I’ve actually finished most of what I need to do, if Eliza is busy we can still work together.”

Shae grinned, “Okay cool, I’ll meet you in the library at lunch time and we can get started.” He turned around quickly and walked away, clutching his book.

Eliza immediately turned to Lacy with a look of disbelief on her face, “why did you do that?” she demanded.

“do what?” Lacy retorted, “He was being friendly, and besides it’ll give me a chance to get to know him better.”

Eliza shook her head and frowned, “But it doesn’t make sense. He never talks to anyone, and suddenly he wants help with a science project that we don’t even have yet, also, don’t you think it’s a bit odd that he didn’t actually say what the project is on?”

“Maybe he asked the teacher for the assignment early so he would have more time to work on it, he did say it was a big project. Just leave it alone alright I’ll be fine.”

“Whatever, just be careful alright?”

What if she was right? Lacy found herself thinking as she walked down the hallway to the library. What if she had been too quick to jump into this? She dismissed the thought and decided it was just her nerves getting to her. Just as she arrived at the library she heard the bell sound for the beginning of lunch, and when she walked through the doorway she saw Shae already sitting comfortably in a seat and reading, it wasn’t his usual book though, Lacy assumed it must be for a class. He looked up and smiled as she strolled over. She blushed and grinned back. She suddenly realised, she didn’t have anything to say so she sat across from him and looked around for something to talk about.

“What’s the book?” she asked eventually.

Shae held it up so she could see the title, “Romeo and Juliet, I have to read it for English. You read it yet?”

“No we have to wait until next term, is it good?”

“Not the type of thing I would usually read but it’s alright I guess.”

“So what’s this project you need help with?” she said after another silence.

He grinned and turned slightly red, “There isn’t actually a project that I need help with, I sort of just wanted an excuse to hang out with you.” Lacy looked up with astonishment. “Try not to look so surprised.” Shae told her.

“What? Oh, no I’m not surprised, why would I be?” She spluttered, and once again became very red.

Shae laughed and then said, “It’s kind of obvious, but I’ll pretend I didn’t notice. So do you want to come to My place some time and we can, I don’t know, watch a movie or something?”

“Okay that sounds cool, when is a time that works for you?”

“Is tomorrow after school okay?”

“Tomorrow after school is Great.” Lacy grinned.

“Okay, I’ll see you then.” Shae smiled, just as the bell went. “bye.”


The rest of that day and the next day seemed to go so slowly, and Lacy obviously didn’t realise how much she was talking about Shae because she didn’t understand why Eliza was avoiding her. She was sitting in history, her final class of the day, and all she could think about was leaving with him and spending the whole afternoon watching movies together. It was going to be a perfect night, she thought. Each time she looked at the clock, it seemed to move slower and the sound of clicking keyboards as the class took notes, along with the teachers distant voice seemed to be nothing compared to the steady tick tock, each sound bringing her closer and closer to the bell.

“Lacy? Lacy!” She jumped as she heard the teacher calling her name. “What is your answer?”

“Answer to what, Miss?”

“The question you were supposed to write in your book.” The teacher replied with an annoyed look on her face. “What year was the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima?”

“Oh, um, Nineteen Forty Five?” Lacy said uncertainly.

“Hmm, thankyou.”

The teacher looked away and went back to talking about world war two, leaving Lacy to continue staring into space. There was still another half an hour until the class was due to finish, and every second was agonising, all Lacy could think about was Shae and his mysterious book.

Finally the bell rang out across the school, and Lacy was free. She rushed out of the classroom, and barely even stopped to check she had all that she needed from her locker before slamming it shut and walking over to the bench on the other side of the hallway. She sat down and waited for a few minutes before she saw Shae walking calmly towards her.

“You ready?” he asked, grinning.

“Yeah, lets go.” She replied, as she stood up.

They walked in silence until they were outside, then Shae said “so what movie do you want to watch?”

“I don’t really mind to be honest, whatever you want.”

On the way to Shae’s House they talked about school, friends, and then their families. His dad worked in law and was barely ever home and his mum was a flight attendant, so, often he had the house to himself. The house was very large for a family of three, two of whom were constantly away, but Lacy thought it rude to point this out, and kept her mouth shut.

“welcome,” said Shae, “to my humble abode.”

Lacy laughed, “you have such a nice house!” she exclaimed

“Thanks, you can just put your stuff by the shoe rack there.” said Shae gesturing towards the entrance. “do you want popcorn?”

“Popcorn sounds great” she nodded.

“okay, cool, I’ll make some. If you want you can just go down the stairs there, and pick out a movie from the cabinet.”

She walked over to the door he had pointed to and opened it to see a dark flight of stairs leading downwards. “its really dark down there.” She remarked.

“yeah sorry, the light switch is at the bottom of the stairs, I know its stupid.”

Cautiously, she began to make her way down the stairs, when she reached the bottom, she felt around on the wall looking for a switch. “I cant find it!” she called up to Shae, who didn’t reply. “Shae? I cant find the light switch!” he then appeared at the top of the stairs, but he didn’t say anything, and he didn’t walk down to her, instead, he reached to his side and closed the door, plunging Lacy into complete darkness. “Shae! This isn’t funny! Please let me out!” she searched frantically for the switch, and finally found it. The light was an unusual shade of green and only dimly lit the centre of the room, where a small table stood.

Lacy, now shaking and crying, forced herself towards the table. On it was a book, the book she had been wondering about for weeks. She turned it over to see the cover and was horrified that it read All you need to know about poisonous gasses. Still shaking, she turned to the contents page, where Cyanide was circled in red ink. Oh my god. She thought, Eliza was right, I shouldn’t have trusted him, what is he going to do to me? She felt the panic rising inside and her legs collapsed beneath her. She fell to the floor sobbing, her heart pounding and wishing she had just listened to her friend. Then she wouldn’t be in this mess.

After perhaps twenty minutes, Lacy had no tears left, and just sat on the floor, waiting for what came next. It was no surprise to her when the lights went out, and once again she was plunged into darkness. Soon she began to smell the poison, filling the room, she felt panicked at first, but as the gas slowly began to fill her lungs, her body and mind relaxed. The next half an hour was peaceful and then, as if falling asleep, she closed her eyes and everything went dark.

Submitted: November 20, 2018

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A well-written tale, with a good cautionary message.

Wed, November 21st, 2018 8:58pm

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