We promised each other that we would be inseparable, that we would always be together. Whether we scheduled a doctor’s appointment for the same day and time, went clothes shopping together, or even got caught sneaking out of class together, we always made sure we did it as a duo.
If Evalyn got caught coming home late, I would make sure to call her house to say that she was with me all day, even if she was visiting her boyfriend. If my parents were calling my cellphone, and I didn’t bother answering, she would call them and say that my phone died. We made sure we had a solution for everything, and that was how we rolled on a daily basis.
Why would it change if we decided to check out an old abandoned house? We had the perfect answer for every situation.
That is, if we both made it out alive.
I kept my flashlight pointed to the top of the stairs as we carefully stepped on the few planks that remained, each one cracking under our weight. When I got to the top step I peaked my head around the corner to see if somebody was there.
“See anything?” Evalyn whispered from behind.
I shook my head. “Hallway’s empty.” I inched a bit further to get a better look.
The hallway was completely empty, the bright moonlight beaming down through the collapsed ceiling toward the back. Basking in the moon’s glow was a small red box.
“Wait… I see it.”
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