I'm getting a head start on my essays for school and this was one of them, so I figured: Why not post it here?
Everything changed when the Man in Black arrived.
It was totally out of the ordinary too. They lived in the most quiet, peaceful – some could even say it was perfect – town, Airedale, Indiana. Nothing ever happened there.
That is…until he arrived.
It had been a normal day for Mikayla.
She had gone to school with her best friend, Levi Grayson – who was tall, with brown hair and piercing blue eyes that were kind of obscured by round glasses, and he was pretty much the smartest thirteen-year-old she knew (as he always had his nose in a book) – and gotten home to see a car in the driveway a home that had been empty since she moved in eight years ago.
“Levi,” she pointed towards the house. “Why is there a car there?”
He looked up from his book (Masterminds by Gordon Korman) and stared, puzzled at the house, “I’m not sure.”
Mikayla shivered, partly because it was November, and getting cold, and partly because she didn’t like the idea of someone’s car parked in the driveway of a house that had been empty for eight years.
“Come on, let’s get inside,” Levi led her into her house.
“You’ve been living in Airedale longer than I have,” Mikayla said, tapping her pencil against her paper. “You know more about that house than I do.”
She was seated on her bed trying to sketch, although she couldn’t really concentrate. All she could think about was the house across the street.
Levi looked up from his place at her desk, “Well, I know that what kids say at school that it’s haunted is a total lie. The family that lived there was pretty much the most squeaky clean family I’ve ever met in my life. The dad was the leader for a scout troop, the mom was a kindergarten teacher, the twin girls were girl scouts whom we would buy cookies from every year, and the boy played little league baseball. They moved out because they weren’t paying their rent and I guess nobody ever moved in.”
“Until now,” Mikayla finished.
“Mikayla, for all we know, it’s a neighbors car. Maybe it’s those teenage boys who toilet paper random houses and they’re just trying to mess with you.”
Mikayla shrugged and went back to attempting to draw something nice, but ended up drawing the house with the car parked in it, “Maybe.”
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