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.
Everything seemed to have calmed down. Cautious, I turned back around. The entire house fell silent again, the hallway was dark with only the natural moonlight coming through the ceiling, and the smell of ash was prominent again.
With my regained sight I peered down the empty hallway, the bodies of the man and Evalyn no where to be seen. In the palm of my hand was a small pile of black ash where the box once was. A small breeze took the ash and blew it away.
“I have to think of a lie about what happened to Evalyn…”
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