Although with a few cracks and chipped off paint, the dull pink walls were adorned with movie posters and few photo frames. The small white bedside table displayed books stacked up unsystematically with a laptop that played a pop love song and a mobile phone that flickered at intervals denoting unread notifications. A fictional horror novel lay open on the undone bed.
This room belonged to Viola, a girl of sixteen. Humming to the song that played, Viola was enjoying her evening coffee. While humming, a change in the tune made her realize that her phone was ringing.
Her heart leapt and she caught herself flushing as she saw the phone display ‘Ryan calling’. She cheerfully picked up and said “Hello” ……… “umm… Yeah I am free, why?” she flushed a little more …… “Sure. Could you come pick me up” “what? The red dress? But why are we going somewhere? …… “Okay. Meet you in 15”
As much as Viola was happy receiving Ryan’s call, she was equally perplexed. ‘Sure Ryan likes that dress on me, but why does he want me to wear it now? He never made such requests before’ Knowing that she could trust Ryan wholeheartedly she chucked her doubts and hurried off to get dressed. She took one quick glance at herself in the mirror on her way out and being satisfied with the way she looked, she left the house. Outside she found herself facing Ryan at the opposite end of the lane.
Ryan and Viola had been friends for more than four years now. They enjoyed each other’s company and often spent their time going to the movies or took a stroll in the park. “Hey there! You look pretty” Ryan waved at her as he walked towards her. “Thanks. What’s up with the dress anyway, I hope you aren’t crushing on me” Viola asked trying to keep her tone as casually as she could while she nudged at him. “Not a chance!” said Ryan with a nod trying hard to conceal his blush. They both laughed at their stupidity and walked together down the lane. Ironically enough they were unaware of the mutual feelings of love they shared.
“So what’s up. Where are we headed?” asked Viola. “I have a surprise for you” smiled Ryan. “And since when did you start giving surprises!” she asked him bewildered. “Hold on a second! Ryan if this turns out to be one of your stupid pranks I am going to kick you. You better not kid with me “. Ignoring her threat, “You’ll see. And you will love it” he said rather cheerfully. Viola looked at him with a raised eyebrow and her expressions such as demanding an answer. “Okay fine! It’s a place.” He paused and looked at her, when she didn’t show any amusement to the answer he continued “an abandoned place”.
A smile grew on Viola’s face and her excitement was clear. Viola found eerie things and places quite amusing for her liking to horror movies and novels had led her to believe in paranormal entities. Thus she was almost always in a quest to discover more about the unknown dimension. “And you sure no one would chuck us out from this place?” she asked. “I don’t think so. No one really dares to go there, not at this time at least. It is supposed to be haunted.” he smiled at her knowing that such things interested her. “That’s great! How did you find it?” she asked quite impressed by him. “I was with my brother when his car broke down near the woods. I went to see if I could get some help and came across this place. I didn’t quite know at the time that it was abandoned. I just thought it was empty because kids no longer played in parks. Then a man who came that way warned me to stay back and said that the place was cursed.” “So it’s an abandoned park!” Viola cried in amusement. “Oh shoot! I spoiled the fun!” Ryan said in a tone of disappointment. “Look we are nearing the woods. Where’s the park now?” asked Viola, her excitement growing with each step she took. “Over there. Come quick. “said Ryan pointing towards a bush.
The place was now filled with a bluish tinge and they realized that the sun was setting. “It’s going to be dark soon. We should hurry” said Ryan with concern. “Oh! Don’t act like a kid. It would be fun when it gets darker.” said Viola assuring him. “As you wish” sighed Ryan. Having walked for about a few minutes into the woods, they found themselves at the entrance of the park. The cool dark ambience of the place had an eeriness to it as they saw their surroundings under the pale moonlight. Most of their surrounding was visible as a silhouettes while a few portions being highlighted by the moon light. Few benches appeared to be broken and the slides and swings remained still at children play area. As they moved further, they noticed that their steps produced a rustling sound for the ground was filled with dries leaves and they were forced to walk slow with caution.
Although the aura of the entire place was spooky and unearthly, Viola hadn’t fret a bit. On the contrary she was exhilarated. She looked around trying to figure out the silhouettes she saw. Then something caught her eye, a house like silhouette. With a feeling as to finding a treasure she turned back to look at Ryan. Ryan, she noticed was walking funny and his face looked much paler even under the moonlight. “What’s wrong? Are you scared?” Viola asked him surprised. “errr no, I need to find a washroom soon. I can’t hold any longer” he said embarrassed. “Oh go find a bush and get back soon” chuckled Viola. “You see that house there? Meet me there. I’m going in” she said happily. “I am not sure you should go alone. It won’t be safe. Wait here until I come back.” Ryan said sounding more worried. “Don’t you worry! I’ll be alright. Now go on soon before you create a mess here” with that said Viola headed towards the house.
As she neared the door of the house, she noticed something scrawled on the door. The shadows of the branches from a nearby tree was cast upon the door and she couldn’t quite make out what was written. She took out her phone and clicked on the flash, under the light she could read ‘Mirror house’. While she was reading she heard a rustling noise and she instinctively turned back. “Ryan is that you?” she spoke and aimed her flash light at the source of the sound but she found nothing. The rustling had stopped and she didn’t hear anyone retort back. To her own surprise she now felt afraid. Yet her curiosity won over her feeling of fright and she entered the house. She was welcomed by a female figure, average height, short black hair and who wore a red dress. Viola was startled a bit and realizing it quickly, she laughed ‘I was scared by my own reflection! How silly of me’ she thought. But her laughter died the next instant as she heard the rustling sound again. She now did not call Ryan nor did she move her light for she thought if it really was Ryan he would call for her and she would know. Making herself vigilant she walked inside the house guiding herself the way with the help of the small light source she had. Few mirrors in the house were shattered and the pieces lay on the ground. While few though intact had been covered with spider webs.
Exploring her way in the house she found a door and she approached it. As she came closer she saw that the words ‘magic mirror’ dug out with some sharp object on the wooden door. She grew anxious and pushed the door. As soon as she threw the door open, she found herself again in front of the exact same figure as before, female, average height, short black hair and who wore a red dress. Only now she wasn’t startled by the figure nor was she afraid. She simply stood there watching.
Viola now had a huge smile drawn to her face and she cried in happiness “You are back!”. The figure that stood in front of her also had a smile mimicking that of Viola and it replied, “Well, surprise! The magic mirror works doesn’t it? Come out Ryan. You have failed. She knows” Ryan entered the room, stood near Viola and said to her “I almost had you. You know!” and he punched his fist on his other palm. Viola laughed at him and said “Another stupid prank of yours! You really thought I wouldn’t know my own sister?”