Dolly, Say Your Name

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic


Alexandria McDonald never had many friends. Not even when she was still in school. Her parents pulled her out of school when she was only six years old due to bullying because of Alexandria’s, “special talents”, as her parents call it. Alexandria has, what her parents refer to as, imaginary friends. But to Alexandria, they feel, and they are, very much real. But one day, as Alexandria’s loneliness grows at an all time high, her parents decide to get her something to make her feel better. But, as if God read their minds, a mysterious package appeared at their front door. But they do not know that when they opened the package, their life will be changed forever. And not for the better. 

 

Today Alexandria is ten years old. 

She was sitting at her little table in her room with her mom, Olivia, having a little tea party before they start her lessons. “One lump of sugar or two, mommy?” Alexandria asked while holding up a sugar cube with her two little fingers. “One lump is good, sweetie” her mom said back. Alexandria plopped the sugar cube in her cup and they both sipped their tea. Then, Alexandria looked at the empty chair next to her and said “would you like some tea, Nibsy?” while holding up a plastic teapot. Her mom looked at her with concern. “Honey, there’s nobody there” she said. “Yes there is, he’s right here! He’s sitting right next to you!” Alexandria answered back. “Alexandria, we talked about this. They’re imaginary. They’re not really there.” Her mom said slowly and calmly. Alexandria teared up and got up from her chair and said “yes they are! I can see them and just because you can’t doesn’t mean they’re not real to me!” Then ran away, crying. This was an every day occurrence to Alexandria and her parents. You’d think things would get better...but they don’t. Just about the opposite. The lonelier Alexandria got, the more often she would see her imaginary friends. Her mom found her downstairs on the couch, sitting up, her arms around her legs. Her mom sat down next to her and pushed the hair out of her eyes. “I know I can be normal. I can feel it. But I’m just so lonely, and I have no friends. And talking to them...makes me feel normal...makes me feel loved.” Alexandria said with tears in her eyes. Her mom looked down, trying to fight back tears herself, and said “You are loved, Alexandria. And being different isn’t a bad thing. It just means you’re your own person. But having these imaginary friends will keep you from making real friends” Alexandria looked up at her mom, tears running down her cheeks, and said “then why can’t I go back to school?” “You know why you can’t go back!” Her mom quickly said with a raised voice. “I don’t care about that! I just wanna be around other people!” She said before she ran away, crying once again. “Alexandria!” Her mom called before she disappeared. She sighed and fell into the couch. “There’s gotta be something I can do” she said to herself. 

 

That night, they were all sitting around the table eating dinner. But every night, before each meal, they always have to prey. And each prayer was about Alexandria. “It’s as if God doesn’t care about us! And Alexandria...” her father said. “Bill, you know God hears our prayers” Olivia said. “Well then why doesn’t he answer them? Huh?!” He said, raising his voice. Olivia just gave him a sad look, as if to say, “I don’t know”, and continued eating. Alexandria didn’t eat much. She was just playing with her food, with a sad look. “Alexandria, why aren’t you eating your food?” Bill asked. “I’m not hungry” she answered back. “What’s wrong, sweetheart?” He asked. “Mommy yelled at me today” she said in a low voice. Her mom looked up at her with a sad but visibly annoyed look. “Really, Olivia? Like she doesn’t have enough problems?” He said with an annoyed look. “She was talking to her imaginary friends again” she said. “Oh, so what! She does that every day! Get used to it, Olivia! Our kid has problems, and God doesn’t want anything to do with it, or us, deal with it!” He yelled. Alexandria looked up at her parents with tears in her eyes, got up off her chair, and ran upstairs into her room. He turned to her and said “now you’ve done it” and got up off his chair. 

 

Alexandria was laying in bed, crying into her pillow. Her parents were in bed reading, but couldn’t find the concentration on their books. All they could think about was Alexandria. This was the usual, every night. Olivia sighed as she placed her book down on her lap and said “we have to do something about Alexandria”. Bill looked back at her and placed his book on his lap. “Like what?” He said. “I don’t know! We got to find something to keep her mind off of her imaginary friends. To keep her company. You know she only talks to her imaginary friends out of loneliness” she said. Neither of them said anything for a few seconds, then Bill just nodded his head and said “goodnight”, then turned off the light.

 

The next day, Alexandria was playing in her room. Her parents were downstairs making breakfast until they heard a knock on the door. Olivia quickly walked to the door. But once she opened it, nobody was there. She looked around, but she saw no sign of anyone. But once she was about to close the door, she saw a large package at her feet. She had a puzzled look, but she reluctantly picked it up and brought it inside. Alexandria walked downstairs and said “who was it, mommy?” She looked up and said “I don’t know, but they left this at the door”. “What is it?” Bill asked, walking in the room. “I don’t know, some package” she said, examining if there was any label to see who it was from. “Who is it from?” Bill asked. “It doesn’t say” she said with a puzzled look. Then, she started to open it. Then, once it was opened, it was overflown with foam. She started to push it around, then she saw the face of a beautiful, life sized doll. She took the doll out of the packaging, and it came with a vcr tape. “Something that had to do with the doll” her mother assumed. The doll really was beautiful. She had long flowing blonde hair, bright blue eyes, freckles on her cheeks, and wore a beautiful dark blue dress with a light blue undershirt with black dress shoes. Alexandria gasped and said “mommy oh my god she’s so beautiful!” as she ran over to the doll and said “thank you, thank you, thank you!” as she took it out of her arms. For the first time in a while, her mom and dad smiled. Her mom picked up a piece of paper that came with the package and said “this says that she talks! You just have to say, ‘hey dolly, say your name’. Try it out, sweetie!” Alexandria smiled and said “hey dolly, say your name!” Then, the doll blinked and said “hi! I’m dolly, and I’m your best friend!”. She smiled and said “wow, mommy, that’s amazing!” she laughed and said “and it came with this tape! I guess something that has to do with Dolly?” And handed her the tape. “Cool! I’m gonna watch it right now!” She said as she started to run away. “Wait!” Her mom said before she could run away. Alexandria stopped in her tracks and turned to face her mom. “Not until you eat your breakfast” she said. Alexandria groaned as she reluctantly walked into the kitchen and sat down to eat her breakfast, Dolly sitting next to her. 

 

Alexandria was playing in her room with Dolly. She and Dolly have been inseparable since this morning. And now it’s nighttime. She still hasn’t watched the tape. And now that she and Dolly finished playing tea party, she thought “I might as well watch the tape now!” And ran downstairs with Dolly and the tape in her hands. “Hey honey, where you going?” Olivia asked. “I’m going down to the basement to watch the tape!” Alexandria said holding up the tape. “Ok, but don’t be long” she said. Then Alexandria opened the basement door and walked downstairs with Dolly and the tape. Once she got down the stairs, she looked around the room trying to find the TV. Finally, she found the TV in the corner of the room and ran over to insert the tape into the vcr, and pressed play. Alexandria looked at the tv with a puzzled look, for the past few seconds was nothing but static, but then once she went to take out the tape, she jumped back as a loud ringing noise came from the TV with rapidly changing frightening images that followed. Alexandria’s eyes widened and her jaw dropped. Then the noises started to become louder and louder, and the images, scarier and scarier. She gasped, closed her eyes and covered her ears. “Dolly! Dolly make it stop!” She said. Then, the tape stopped. She gasped and opened her eyes, then slowly took her hands off her ears. The TV went black. Then, she slowly turned to look at Dolly, with her eyes wide and her jaw dropped. Dolly stood there just like she left her. Alexandria made a puzzled look and said “Dolly, say your name”. Suddenly, Dolly came to life. She didn’t look like a doll anymore. Alexandria’s jaw dropped. “Watch the tape” Dolly said in a creepy voice. Alexandria gasped. Dolly quickly grabbed her arm and said “I wanna play!” Then started to laugh evilly. Alexandria screamed. Then, almost instantly, Alexandria’s parents swung open the door and ran downstairs and said “Alexandria, Alexandria, are you alright?” Alexandria was crying. “No, I’m not! Dolly came to life and grabbed my arm!” She said, tears running down her cheeks. Her parents looked at each other with concerned looks on their faces. “Let’s get you upstairs” Olivia said. Bill grabbed Dolly as they all walked up the stairs. Once Alexandria was all tucked into bed, she reluctantly turned off the light as Dolly sat in the chair across from her. An hour passed, until Alexandria was suddenly awoken by the sound of whispers in her ear. She opened her eyes to find nothing. And the voices stopped. She fell back asleep, but then, she felt a small hand grab her by the arm and whisper “I wanna play a game”, kill mommy and daddy”, “you know you want to”, as the grip around her arm tightened. Alexandria opened her eyes and saw Dolly with her hand around Alexandria’s arm with an evil smile. Alexandria gasped and pulled her arm away and hid under the blankets. But once she looked up, Dolly was under the blankets with her, her evil smile not leaving her face as she started to laugh. But once she saw that Alexandria was about to scream, she pressed her finger to her lips and shushed her. Alexandria listened, in fear of what she would do if she didn’t. “I wanna play a game” she said in an evil voice. “It’s called, hurt mommy and daddy”. “No! I won’t!” Alexandria yelled, as she threw the blankets off of her to get off the bed and to the door. But before she could reach the door, Dolly appeared in front of it and said “oh no you don’t”. “You can’t escape me, Alexandria. And you won’t! You will listen to me or I will bring pain to you, and your family!” Alexandria became frozen in fear. Not only could she not move, but she was so scared she couldn’t even scream. Dolly gave an evil grin. Then she grabbed her arm, her grin never leaving her face, and said “now go! Don’t forget, I’ll be watching” And pushed her out the door. Reluctantly, Alexandria started to walk downstairs into the kitchen. She looked around the room and saw the knives. “Pick up the knife” Dolly whispered. Alexandria stared at the knives. Then she reluctantly picked up the sharpest, biggest knife, but almost instantly yelled “No! I won’t do it!” and threw it down on the counter and went to run away, but was caught in Dolly’s arms almost instantly. Dolly had a look of evil, a look of anger, and said “oh yes you will! Even if I have to make you myself!” then disappeared inside her body. Alexandria gasped as a green light glowed around her and her eyes turned a bright white. Then, as her eyes turned back to normal, she smiled evilly, and picked up the knife the real Alexandria threw on the counter and quickly walked up the stairs. Then, she slowly pushed open the door to find mom and dad sleeping soundly, unaware of the fate that is about to be ensued. 

 

Alexandria slowly walked towards her parent’s bed, then raised the knife in her hand, and went to stab her mother, until she suddenly sat up and gasped as she grabbed Alexandria’s wrist as the knife was inches from her heart. “Bill!” She screamed as Alexandria climbed onto her chest and raised her hand once again and kept trying to stab her, each attempt failed by her mother, then was grabbed by her arms as she wailed and flailed trying to get free. Then, her father held her against the wall as her mother grabbed the knife out of her hand. “Alexandria! Have you completely lost your mind?!” Her father screamed. Alexandria gasped as she closed her eyes, as Dolly appeared next to them. They gasped and looked at each other, then back at Dolly. “She’s mine!” Dolly yelled. The sound of lightning filled the room, and wind blew open the windows and the curtains. They both held Alexandria in their arms as the wind became stronger, and the lightning, louder. Dolly laughed evilly as the wind blew back her hair. “Olivia there must be a way to stop her! Maybe something in the instructions?” Bill asked. “Take a look!” He handed her the instructions. Olivia skimmed through the instructions and said “ok, so to turn her on it says “Dolly say your name’, but to turn her off, it says to say, ‘Dolly say goodbye’”. Then they turned to Dolly and they all said, “Dolly, say goodbye”. And Dolly’s smile instantly faded away, knife still in hand, and she dropped to the ground. Then, they quickly got up and grabbed Dolly, the instructions, and the tape, and drove to the dump and threw her away. You may think this was child’s play, but it was so much more then that. And now, they’re finally safe...Or are they?

 

 

 

 

THE END


Submitted: November 05, 2020

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