It was a no moon that night, and amidst the eerie darkness and the howling winds, a beam of light was seen dispelling the darkness.
It was Jiah, rushing home .
‘ Mum must be tensed, at least I should inform her that I’m on the way home’ she thought.
She stopped the scooter to call home. All of a sudden, she heard a faint cry, It sounded something familiar yet mysterious. Then she heard it again.
” No, it doesn’t sound like a baby…it’s more like that of a big bird..like an ostrich or an emu..” She thought. She was amazed at the prospect of an ostrich at the mansion nearby, from which the sound seemed to emanate.
Lured to check it out, she started towards the gate of the mansion. She hadn’t seen such a huge and beautiful house all her life. As she was lost in the thoughts of the mansion and the cries, Suddenly, the gate slid open as if prompting her to enter.
” It’s the Wind, maybe.” Jiah thought.
The aura of the place seemed to beckon her. She stepped inside in a trance. Strong fragrance of roses hung in the air. Half consciously, she walked up to the front door. It was a huge wooden double door, intricately carved at the corners, with a mysterious knocker and a fascinating door handle.She especially liked the hand palm shaped door handle , open wide, reckoning her to hold it .
Then out of the blue, the sound came again, clear and distinct. But now the cry sounded more like that of a woman.She was pondering over this when the loud ringing of her phone broke her flow if thoughts. It was her tensed mother calling to inquire about her whereabout. Jiah, who was till now smitten by the aura of the mansion, got back to square one where she had to get back home.
“Sorry mom, I’ll be home in a jiffy.” She replied hurriedly and hung up the call. She had just started back towards the gate, when the door cracked open and someone pulled Jiah inside.
Jiah was thrown onto the floor. The person who pulled her was a middle-aged lady with a menacing face and evil glaring eyes. Her stare frightened Jiah at the core. The lady started laughing hysterically.
“Hahaa! Jigar dear, come here! See I have caught some fresh young blood.
Hahaah!!” the lady called out.
Mortified amidst the cacophony of laughter, Jiah was still digesting what had happened within seconds. Then she remembered her phone. Where was it?
There it was, lying near the door. Jiah rushed to pick it up but she slipped and fell back down.
From over the stairs,a tall dark figure descended. Reeking in pain, Jiah tried to get up but she couldn’t move. She felt fastened onto the floor with fear, her body just wasn’t obeying her orders. With her heart beating wildly, Jiah panicked.
As Jigar advanced towards her, she tried harder to get out of the freaking place, away from those horrid people. But her every effort was going futile. Anger and disappointment descended over her and she started screaming hysterically and then the hell broke loose.
Jiah was picked up and thrown into the dungeon. She landed hard on something. The door was locked from outside and Jiah was left to live her last breaths. Tired from crying and screaming madly, Jiah now tried to move aside the painful thing on which she had landed. It was then she realized what it was.. A BONE.
Appalled by the horrendous view, Jiah fainted.It was after full two hours Jiah woke up with a killing headache. Her head was still going dizzy when she saw Jigar standing beside her. She was about to scream again but her mouth was stuffed with cloth before she could react. Then Jigar started speaking hurriedly.
” Don’t be afraid. Take me as a friend..shh..calm down, I mean no harm.”
Dumbfounded, Jiah looked at his face. He continued:
“I’m Jigar. I’m really sorry about my mother’s behavior. she is not in her senses right now. She is a mental patient- she has delusion disorder. She thinks herself to be a cannibal. She wants to sacrifice you to please them…..I ..I’m so sorry…….Ok now, you need to get outta here before she gets here. Cooperate with me and please don’t scream when I take this cloth out.”
Jigar helped her to get up. Now, she saw skeletons all over the room. Horrified, She was about to scream again but Jigar muffled her. Once out of the dungeon, they entered the living room. The door to Jiah’s freedom was right in front of her. They tiptoed towards the door. Jigar handed Jiah her cellphone and was about to open the door, when they heard a blood curling scream.
Jigar’s mom had seen what was happening. She rushed towards them. Seeing her inching closer, Jiah furiously tugged at the door. It simply wouldn’t budge. She pushed harder and this time her efforts paid off. But before she could step out, the lady grabbed her hand and hauled her inside.
Jigar stood stunned, watching all this in utter guilt. He couldn’t save yet another victim.
The lady threw Jiah into a pentagonal pattern drawn with blood and lined with candles all over. It was filled with strange black coloured water, both sticky and slimy. Jiah got covered with this goo which restricted her movement but she was determined to save her life.
Now the lady turned to Jigar and started shouting at him wildly . Jigar tried to reason her , “Mom, this girl is not fit for it… I didn’t want it to go all wrong!”
While Jigar kept her busy in the argument, Jiah turned to her phone for help. Thinking wittily, she texted her location to her mother. It was then she noticed the dagger in the lady’s left hand. she Immediately , she grabbed a candle and threw it at the lady. It hit her on the head. Outraged, she turned back and advanced towards Jiah.
“what are you trying to do you stupid thing! Don’t you realize how lucky you are that I selected you to please the demons. I shall purify you and then..” she sneered, now at eye level with Jiah.
This was exactly what Jiah wanted. She wasted no time and jabbed her cellphone right in the lady’s eye and as the lady shrieked out in pain, she snatched the dagger .
Taking advantage of the opportunity, Jiah got up and ran towards the door. She grabbed the door knob and pushed with all her might but in vain. Then she realized that it was locked. Panic stricken, she called out to Jigar for help. “Jigar, bring the key!”
The lady looked up in shock and pushed her son away. Jigar hit his head in the mantelpiece and fainted.Oblivious of her son’s injury, the lady howled, ” You think you can go out so easily? Would I let that happen after your first try?!” The lady advanced towards Jiah.
“Dare you come near me..I’m warning you… I .. I ..I”ll stab you” Jiah warned.
“Hahahha…..oohh, I’m so scared.. someone save me..” the lady sneered again.
Suddenly, the police sirens were heard. The police had entered the main gate.
The lady panicked and ran to get hold of Jiah. She got hold of her arm and started dragging her back to the dungeon but Jiah stabbed her hand. But the lady was undeterred, she didn’t give up her efforts to put Jiah back in the dungeon.
On the other side, police threw open the door and entered the living room. They overpowered the lady and took her in their custody. Jiah was rescued and sent to her mother.
A few days later at the Rehab centre of the hospital:
“Jiah darling, the doctor has agreed to discharge you tomorrow… you can finally come home” said her mother, hugging her.
“Mom, what happened to them? Did they send her to asylum?” Jiah asked.
“Yes, dear that woman needs some serious medication.You stop thinking about them. Rest.” Her mom replied.
“And what about Jigar?” she asked again.
“Now, this should be your last question. Ok? Hmm..that poor guy is in coma. He hit his head real hard that day.You take these medicines and go to sleep.” her mother said kissing her forehead.
This time she really tried to forget and sleep.
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