Midnight Mystery

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A boy is trying to sleep when he sees a robbery going on across the street.

Submitted: January 08, 2012

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Midnight Mystery

I woke to the rhythmic bangs of someone's fist on my hollow door. Annoyed, I slowly dragged myself from under my comforter to see who could be making such a racket at this time of night. When I finally made it to the door, I opened it and walked out into the abandoned hall, the curtains above the window swaying eerily. This made me somewhat mad and suspicious, but I was too tired for any serious emotion. Right when my mind began to wonder back into the realm of dream, the dreaded pounding started once again. This time, I was annoyed. I had a big test the next day and I wasn't going to let some prankster bane my hopes of a good grade. Just as I had dragged myself to the door, I flung it open, determined to catch the culprit. \"Aha!\" I screamed as I threw open the door, triumph in my mind. All of my anger and annoyance faded when I saw that the one doing all of the knocking was my three year old sister, Katie, who immediately started bawling her eyes out. Afraid she would wake my irritable parents, I tried to calm her as best as I could. When she was finally calm enough to sling two words together, she said, \"I saw something out of my window!\" I maintained a stable expression, although I was somewhat chilled with fear on the inside. My detestation of the dark had been in my life ever since I could remember. \"Don't worry Katie, it was probably nothing. Now go back to bed,\" Unconvinced, she implored me to go check out what she saw. Because I love my sister with all of my heart, I wearily followed her to her room. Not wanting to see anything the slightest bit, I peered out the window into the cool night, the crisp air making the window cold beneath my fingertips. The distinct silhouette of the different trees and other growths made themselves clear in my front yard. As I scanned the line of bushes for the fifth time, I noticed something else in-between the well manicured hedges. the shape was very unclear, but i could obviously see the object rising and falling. \"you stay here Katie, I'll go check it out.\" probably more creeped out than Katie, I strode out on to my lawn. I slowly approached the bush where the silhouette was, but when I arrived, there was nothing to see. This did everything but set my mind on ease, but there was nothing more I could do. I set back for my front door. When I got to Katie in the hall outside my room, I told her about my discovering of nothing and convinced her to go back to bed. She was obviously calmed by what I had said, and went straight to bed looking considerably more relaxed. When I finally got back into my own comfortable bed, I found the image of the the dark object rising and falling in my yard hard to put out of my mind. I soon realized that my attempts at trying to sleep were feeble and resorted to studying for my upcoming math test. As I mindlessly flipped through my notes, hoping that the information would sink in by osmosis, an earsplitting noise surged through the night air like a knife. Any hope of sleep fled from my body as I sat frozen in my chair, not daring to move. Not wanting to do it but knowing I would have to eventually, I glanced out my window into the night. In my neighbor's porch-light I could see a tall figure wearing all black including a black mask and holding something long with a bend on one end, a crowbar. The doorknob of the front door was hanging on the hinges where the crowbar had apparently struck it with a great deal of force.The figure stuck the crowbar in-between the door and the wall and pushed, making the door swing open. As it did, the figure stepped inside. I sat in my swivel chair, my notes in front of me, frozen like ice. It took a full minute before what I had saw finally sunk in. A robbery was taking place. A robbery was going on in my neighbors house as I sat here. I had to do something, but what? The cops, of course! I scrambled clumsily over to my night stand where my cell phone sat charging. I hurriedly ripped the charging cord out of the phone and dialed 9-1-1. \"9-1-1 hotline, what is the state of your emergency?\" Said the calm voice on the other line. \"Hello? Hello? Theres a robbery taking place at 544 NW 18th court! Please come as soon as possible!\" I positively screamed into the receiver. \"Calm down sir, I have alerted the police and they are on their way. Please do not make any attempt to interfere in the robbery.\" \"Okay, thank you!\" I said as I pressed \"end\" on my phone. Now the only thing left to do was wait. I pressed my nose back to the window to look at the house, but I could see no movement. The door stood slightly ajar with the knob barely attached on one side. No sounds, nothing to see, it was all too normal. Minutes that felt like hours later, the sound of police sirens started growing gradually louder until the cars came flying down my street and stopped in front of my neighbor's house. My heart was pounding louder than anything I had ever heard. Two policemen jumped out of each care and pulled guns out of a holster and pointed them at the front door. One of them had a megaphone and started speaking into it. \"Come out with your hands up or we will search the house and find you!\" Some scrambling inside the house was shortly followed by the figure, now with the mask off and the crowbar which he threw to the ground. \"Put your hands on top of your head and get on the ground! Now!\" The policeman said forcefully. The thief reluctantly obeyed. Two of the cops flew out from behind one of the cars and cuffed the criminal then led him into the back of one of the cop cars. The cops went into the house and brought out my scared and confused looking neighbors, which were apparently ignorant of the robbery. After about ten minutes of talking, the neighbors went back into the house and the cops talked for a very short while. After they were done, they all went back into the separate cars and went back in the direction they came. Finally with my mind at ease, I laid down and let the ever so relaxing feeling of sleep wash over me.

Jimmy Kirk, The Alliance of Young Artists & Writers, Short story.


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