By Jessy:

Sirens wailed and men dressed in uniforms went about securing the perimeter of the Hadley’s residence.

  “Mr Harley, may I ask who found the bodies sprawled on the floor?” The man in uniform asked.

  “It’s Hadley, actually.” Mr Hadley corrected. “Charlie Hadley.” He added. “And yeah, my kids were the ones who found ’em. We just moved in, not quite long though.” His eyes twitched.

  “Uh. I see.” The Inspector said, eyes locked on him. “Well, that’ll do…for now.” He said, getting up. “But I’ll have to warn you, Mr. This rez is quite an ugly one for townies like you, so I reckon you best be careful. Don’t want them kids getting hurt or anything.” He warned, stepping out.

  “Thank you, Inspector. Have a nice day.” He said.

  Daniel crawled out from under the stairs. “Father, are we moving again?” He asked innocently.

  “Son?” Mr Hadley turned. “Have you been eavesdropping all this while?” He gaped at him.

  “Ouch!” A groan came from behind the sofa by the window, as Mr Hadley’s eyes popped in the direction.


  “Sorry, Daddy. Didn’t mean for that.” She spoke, crawling out.

  “Oh, you two got a lot of explanation to do.” He frowned, eyeing them both.

  “Don’t look at us.” Jade shrugged, slumping onto the sofa.

  “But Dad, are we really moving?”

  “Ugh! Please tell me this isn’t happening again,” Jade chimed in, getting up.


  “Seriously, Dad? All our lives we’ve been moving, and just because we saw two bloody bodies upstairs, would make us want to move…again!” She ranted. “I mean, don’t you ever get it!? We’re always moving and it upsets me so much. I don’t even get a chance to decide or even say how I feel about it, or even Danny. And besides, it’s not like Mum’s always with us.” She complained. “You know what, I’ve had quite a long day, so I’ll be going upstairs now, away from you two!” She sighed, making for the stairs.

  “Jade! Oh, don’t you dare walk out on me, Miss, or you’ll be grounded!!” Her father threatened.

  “Like I haven’t experienced worse!?” She scoffed, walking out on him.

  Mr Hadley stood speechless, watching as she went out of sight. He looked back at Daniel, who gave a pity stare and scurried upstairs.

  He knew his daughter hated the fact that they had to move, but he was left with no option. Oh, Selena. How I wish you were here, he hoped, a sigh eluding his lips.

  “Say, Jade. Why’d you talk that way to Dad? It wasn’t really his fault…”

  “Oh, everything that’s happening right now is his!” Jade blurted out.

  “You gotta take it easy on him, sis. Dad’s going through a lot, you know and we’re the only people he’s got, with Mum away.” Daniel spoke.
  “Oh, you mean Mum who’s in Ireland having the best time of her life?” She asked rhetorically. “Look, Danny, I just wanna be left alone and  I certainly do not want you getting into my biz.”

  “You mean our business!?”

  She scowled, raising a brow at him. “You better get out. Get out, I say! Get out!!” She barked, grabbing his arm.

  “Ow, ow, ow!! Jaden….”

  “Just get out of my room. And don’t look back!” She yelled, slamming the door.

  Oh, God! She breathed, tossing herself on the bed, taking up her headphone, carefully placing them on the sides of her head, as she slowly drifted off to sleep.


  I awoke in the middle of nowhere, brush wood and bladed grasses crowding all around me. I rose up, looking down as my bosom stood in sight, surprising me. How am I bare? I asked, stunned.

  I tried to fathom out where I was, as I heard soft whispers in the wind. “Holy crap!”I shivered, goosebumps flushing over me.

  “Do not be afraid, Seed of Eve,” A pale blue eyes girl emerged from the bushes, her body clothed in white.

  I felt cold instantly, moving backwards.

  “Come. I won’t hurt you.” She said to me, stretching forth her hand.

  I swallowed hard, watching her move towards me, her hand clasping mine, as cold chills went up my spine. “Y-y-you’re bloody cold,” I shook.

  “You must come with me, Daughter of Eve,” She demanded.

  “Wh-why do you call me that?” I asked.

“You’ll see,” She smiled. “We must hurry. Hurry,” Her voice rang in my ears.

  I had no choice, but to follow her, as she led me deeper into the woods until we came upon an open field: A cottage emerging out of nowhere as we approached.

  I gasped, staring agape. “Where are we?”

  “Your worst nightmare!!” A loud laughter broke out

  I screamed so loud, the roaring wind enclosing my piercing cry, as sharp claws dug into my skin, erupting more screams.

  I stood helplessly, watching fiery eyeballs roll by themselves, my legs covered in blood, as water dripped from her skin onto the bloody ground. I cried, but to no avail, feeling hot, salty sweat roll down my face, as I struggled to be free from her grasp; my lids giving up and lips quivering without pause. 

  I breathed in, still wrestling with the demon, as sounds of forest birds hovered as though they were making mockery of me.

  “You belong to me, Daughter of Evelyn!” She laughed once more, vanishing into thin air.

  I breathed a sigh of relief, slumping to the ground, a word escaping my lips. “Help….”

  I muttered twice, panting for breath, as a hand gripped my neck so hard, eyes rolling upwards as I gagged, finally accepting my fate.


A student of the popular Nnamdi Azikiwe university. A Human Anatomy stud—and a passionate writer, with the hope of one day making the world a better place.
~Authoress Ciara

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