Janey Knew

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

A young girl has to put up with her mischievous brother’s pranks every night.

Janey knew that three after midnight David would come to her window and tap five times with his pointer finger. 


She knew that when the clock stuck twelve she would look at the red numbers on its cheap plastic screen and patiently watch the numbers flip one by one until they reached three. She would try to keep count in her head with them. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,” she would think to herself all the way up until she reached sixty. Sometimes she was right on. Sometimes she was off by a tick or two. 


When that red number on the screen flipped from 12:02 to 12:03 the tapping on the glass would begin. Janey knew that when she looked over at the window she would see David through her gauzy curtains lightly knocking and trying to get her attention. 


Sometimes she would sit up in her bed and look at her older brother, David, through the darkness. He would sit perched outside of her window, smiling, waving and tapping, trying to annoy her until she yelled at him and opened her window. 


Not once had she given him that satisfaction though. Janey knew if she gave him the slightest hint that he was getting to her he would never stop. So most of the time she pulled the blankets up over her head and laid there until he left. 


Most nights he would go on after a few minutes, but some nights he would stay for an hour or two, trying to get the better of her. She didn't get much sleep those nights, but he didn't either and it made her happy to think that he was going to be as tired as her the next day.


And she always seemed tired. Mrs. Morgan, her third grade teacher, told her  parents that she needed to get more rest. Her parents decided to send her to bed earlier. She didn't sleep though. She knew David would just come and wake her at 12:03. So she would let her mind drift and patiently await his arrival. It would ruin whatever sleep she was getting, so she figured she may as well stay awake until he was finished with his shenanigans.


Once she had told her mother and father that David was playing pranks on her and they told her to stop telling lies. Janey had so convincingly pleaded her case, though, that her mother did stay in her room with her once to try and catch David at his game. Her mother was snoring at 12:03 and didn't hear David’s first taps,  but Janey soon woke her up and sent her in his direction. 


David must have been too quick though, because when her mother got to the window she quickly turned away and looked very upset at Janey. She had told her to stop lying and go to sleep. Then she left the room. David came back when she was gone and pointed and laughed at her for a good hour.  Her mother didn't speak to her for an entire week.


Since then she knew she was on her own. Her parents weren't going to do anything about her brother. She just had to tolerate him. Janey knew that she was going to have to put up with his hijinks just like she did before he had fallen out of the tree in the front yard and died three years earlier.

Submitted: July 25, 2019

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Deliciously original and so real, TylerDoak!
I loved this!
HJ Furl

Thu, July 25th, 2019 7:00am


Thanks so much :)

Thu, July 25th, 2019 11:10am

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