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‘The Midnight Visitor’ by Rafia Sajjad


Marlene went for a sleepover at her friend’s, Kylie, at the end of the week. Two of her other comrades, Sasha and Lily, were there as well. They had a whole plan set out for the weekend. For the first time, Marlene got a chance to loosen up, forgetting about the pressures of her job. She felt as if she deserved a break after all.

Sasha came over to pick her as Marlene did not have a car of her own yet. The assiduous damsel and they sat for a little while, talking about past memories, flashbacks clouding their thoughts. In the evening, they got dressed for dinner, arranged by Lily and departed.

As they reached the restaurant, they found their friends. Once finished with the lip smacking chow, they did some shopping, devoured homemade Turkish ice cream then set off for home.

The next thing on their agenda was to watch a movie. Kylie had picked out the best ones she had and they all ended up opting for “The Conjuring”. They made popcorns, took out chilled fizzy drinks from the refrigerator, multifarious chocolate bars and other snacks. Lily, the electronic expert, set up the theatre and they all sat in comfortable, soft sofas. As the movie began, nothing seemed scary but as the second half was reached, eye popping scenes that gave the jump scares began to screen.

It was about twelve o’clock, when the bell rang and the sharp, edgy “dinging” sound filled the room. That was when Marlene realized that she was the only one awake as she had been too engrossed in the film. Her face turned hard because of the tension and worry, and at that moment she regretted watching the horrendous silver screen.

She decided not to wake up her companions and started towards the door with vigilant, light footsteps. She carefully peeked through the eyehole first but did not see anyone!

Marlene reluctantly opened the door, hands shaking convulsively, and as soon as she did, she heard knocking on the kitchen window. Shivers crawling up her spine, the poor girl finally decided to arouse Kylie from her deep sleep. However when she spun around to stride to call her friends, a bulky man who was sheathed in black cloth, stood inside the house.

Marlene’s skin became as white as snow and her whole body as stiff as cardboard after the mysterious sight. She heard the words “I had been living in the basement……” before fear caught up to her and she blacked out.