Mara’s sister and brother-in-law were out to attend someone’s wedding party and she had to babysit her four years old nephew, Eddie. Mara and Eddie were sitting in the living room and Eddie’s favourite cartoon show was playing on the T.V.
Mara looked at the wall clock and it was 11 p.m. It was late. Eddie had to go to school in the morning and she too had to get up early for college. So they should sleep now.
Mara turned off the T.V. She took Eddie to his room and tucked him in. She switched off the light and turned to him.
“Do you want me to tell you any bed time stories?” she asked him
“No, Aunt Mara,” he said, snuggling with his pillow. “Goodnight.”
“Good night, honey.” she said and turned to leave but he spoke again.
“And don’t worry about bed time stories. She tells me one every night.”
“Your mom?” She asked him. She could see the small smile on his face that was visible in the faint light coming from the hall through his room’s open door.
He gave his head a small shake. “My friend,” he said. “I don’t know her name but she’s a very good friend of mine.”
Mara didn’t understand what Eddie was saying. “What friend, honey? Does she come here often?” she asked him.
“She lives here, in my room,” he said.
Mara was confused. She didn’t know what to make of this. Eddie and his parents were the only ones who lived in this house.
Was he making this all up? Or…….
The thought turned her blood to ice and her heart started beating faster.
“And where is she now?” she asked, her voice sounded shaky.
He didn’t speak for a second and kept looking in her direction.
The hair on the back of her neck rose and a chill curled down her spine. With some effort she got herself to speak again.
The corners of his mouth turned up completely and he spoke in a small whisper.
“Right behind you.”
©sakshi~the escapist, 2017
Image: Courtesy of Pixabay
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