Hide And Seek

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Adina and her family have just moved into a new house. When a harmless game of Hide and Seek turns scary.

This was written for BUnique's flash fiction contest where the theme was 'Ghosts'. Hope you all enjoy - Rose Burg xx

Submitted: July 09, 2013

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Hide and Seek

Adina

The car rolled into the loose gravel driveway at about five in the afternoon. It was trailing a sealed trailer and slowly making its way up the hill towards the house. I sat on a window seat and watched the car while my breath fogged up the glass; James was behind me trying to get the ancient fire place to light. It was late autumn and the air was biting at my toes and fingers and threatening to chop them off. I tucked my knees up to my chest and watched my father and my two twin sisters clamber out of the car excitedly.
“Dad just pulled in. The girls are with him. Looks like the last of the furniture as well.” I said quietly to James. He huffed and leant back from the fireplace and sat on his knees.
“Maybe he can get this thing to work!” James exclaimed. I looked back out of the window to see Dad hauling boxes out of the trailer. My mother walked out and picked up one of the lighter boxes that had been placed on the ground. She looked up at me and waved. I leant away from the window and walked out of the upstairs living room and along the wooden balcony. The new house was old and filled with crevasses and places to hide. I sauntered down the grand staircase and flinched as the wooden slats let out loud shrieks. The inside of the house was made from old brown wood that had rotted away in some places; Dad wanted to restore the house, it was his new ‘project’. I passed Mum on the way out of the house and collected another box of items and walked back inside out of the cold. I put the box to the side of the door and let it down with a thud. My twin sisters stood in front of me.
“Will you play hide and seek with us?” They said in unison. They were identical and for five-year-olds knew how to scare me into playing.
“Sure, I’ll play. I’ll count to fifty, ok?” They both did one single nod and I covered my eyes and began to count. 1...2...3...There was a squeal from one of the girls and footsteps as they ran around the house. It was a big house and they were probably going to get lost but at least it gave me a chance to explore. 29...30...31...Dad always gets these ‘ideas’ and makes us go along with him to live in these places but it meant never really settling down in one place. 48...49...50! “I’m coming to get you!” I called out. The house was silent and I waded across the foyer towards the downstairs living room – no one there. I checked all of upstairs and they were nowhere to be found. I came into the dining room but I couldn’t find them so I walked into the kitchen. They had disappeared. I spun around on the kitchen tiles until my eyes landed on a door in between the kitchen and the dining room. Cheeky girls - hiding in the cupboard. I swung open the door. “Bo- what the hell?” There was a single staircase that led downstairs into darkness. “Girls? Come back up here.” There was a sound coming from down the stairs. ‘Ting. Ting. Ting. Ting.’ It was the sound of metal connected with metal. “Is anyone down there?” The ‘ting’ stopped and I put my foot down on the first step. “Hello?” There was a deep, baritone moan and the sound of a metal object being dropped. There was a slow shuffling sound and the moan grew louder. “He-hello?” I stammered. A hand was placed on my shoulder and I screamed and turned around. James stood smiling at me. “James, what the fuck are you doing?” I punched him. “Have you seen the girls?” James frowned and pointed down the stairs behind me.
“They’re right there, Adina.” I turned and saw the twins standing beside each other a couple of steps down.
“Oh, there you are girls. I didn’t see you.” James walked away and I put my other foot down on the step. “You girls coming?” I asked them. They didn’t move and instead smiled evilly. I frowned and stepped down again. There was a warm chill and I shifted my shoulders. “Come on, girls.” I pleaded. They still didn’t move. The door slammed shut behind me and I jumped. “Girls? Where are you?” The warm chill moved behind me and I felt it circle around my neck. “Girls?” I screamed. Their faces came into view and I could see the wicked smile on their cheeks.
“I’m coming for you,” A gruff voice said beside my ear. I burst into tears and the ‘Ting. Ting. Ting. Ting.” started again. The moaning got closer and closer until I couldn’t take it anymore. I screamed.

James

The scream had echoed outside and I rushed inside to find the house silent. Mum and Dad were close behind me. The scream sounded like Adina’s and I rushed over to the basement door. I ripped it open and saw a long single staircase leading to darkness. I bounded down the steps and searched the room for a light. Mum and Dad stayed at the top of the staircase. I found the single metal chain hanging from the ceiling and heard this faint dripping noise. I tugged on the chain and was greeted with a dull glow. The twins stood in front of a swaying object that was hanging from the ceiling. My eyes adjusted to the light and saw it was Adina. A warm breeze was cast over me and I shivered.
“Will you play hide and seek with us?” They said in unison. Adina was hanging from the ceiling and her throat was cut. I gagged silently and couldn’t speak. The warm breeze circled around my throat.
“I’m coming for you.” A gruff voice whispered into my ear. The door slammed shut and the lights blacked out. I screamed.

 

**Author’s Note: This is under 1000 words, 999 to be exact, and was written for BUnique’s flash fiction ghost short story competition. Feel free to leave your opinion. P.s. When I think of ghosts, this is what I think they would be like. So no, they are not the stereotyped ghosts most people perceive. Thanks – Rose Burg xx**


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