Tick Tick Tick

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: January 18, 2020

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Tick Tick Tick

 

Chapter 1


 

The ticking of the clock never bothered Amberly, in fact, she found it relaxing. The constant tick keeping its pace like a beating heart. Tick... Tick... Tick… the clock chimes 8. Amberly shakes the daydreams from her head, grabs her bag and runs down the stairs of the hundred-year-old house her parents just inherited. Sprinting out the front door - not even stopping by the kitchen to say goodbye to her parents, who were screaming at each other again over something Amberly couldn’t be bothered with. She rolled her eyes and slammed the front door shut. Scrambling through her bag she pulls out her phone and headphones drowning away the gloomy world and fills it with the words of Billie Eilish.

Walking down the narrow damp cobblestone streets of St. Annes. Wondering what this new city will bring, looking through the shop windows she felt totally out of place. The fashion in London felt a decade behind the glamour of the LA boutiques. The gray jumpers the women wore made Amberly's heart feel hollow. Finally, Amberly stumbled into a small outdated cafe. Shaking off the rain she walked up to the counter. A tall, skinny, dark-haired boy with a blue apron greeted her at the counter and told her the daily specials. Dazing off she asked the barista for a large Pumpkin spice soy latte. He looked slightly confused by her request. “ You're not from here are you?” Totally thrown off by his question she quickly replied in a sharp voice “No, Why do you care?” The dark-haired boy looked about her age and she noticed a name tag that read Nathan. Looking down at the counter“ It's a small town, there is only one high school. I recognize most people from school, and I have never seen you before.” putting whipped cream on top of her steaming hot latte. 

“Thanks.” She said taking the warm cup from his hand. “I just moved here with my parents from LA.”Amberly paid Nathan for her Coffee. Taking a sip of her latte “We just moved into Fray Manor on Third St.” Nathans’s eyes went wide. He looked as if he was going to faint. He stuttered” yyyou live in the Fray house?”Not letting her speak “Do you know what happened in that house.” Amberly freaked out by his reaction grabbed her change from his hand, she turned to walk out. “Are you related to the Abigail Fray?” Nathan said so softly, maybe because he didn't want to know the answer. Amberly with tears building up quickly in her eyes slowly turned around. “ She was my grandmother, she passed away two years ago.” Nathan's face was expressionless. “What” She yelled. “Your grandmother had a daughter, she was killed in the house,” Nathan said with hesitation. “Killed what do you mean.” Amberly couldn't believe what she was hearing, she decided she had heard enough. Amberly looked back at Nathan's face he looked very pale and he was shaking. “I don't know the whole story, I just know that no one has lived in that house in the last 40 years, and no one has been in since. 

 


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