02 | Domnhar Town
”Riss, Riss. ”
I slowly opened my eyes. My brother, who was lying between my arms, was quietly staring at me. I sighed when I remembered my dream about that night. Even though its been already four months since that night, Im still having nightmares.
I got some help from the police after those shadows disappeared. That night, we returned to that place to get my parents bodies, but we found nothing. Only the empty car remained. There was also no trace of Moms blood anywhere. I told them several times what had happened, but no one seemed to believe me. The Police are still trying to find my parents and the possible abductors. The doctors told me it was all in my head and it never happened. They even took me to a psychiatrist for check-ups, but I always say the same thing. They gave up on me after a few attempts.
Aunt Baranie in the drivers seat caught my attention when she called my name again. Aunt Baranie is Mommys younger sister, and she is now our guardian until I can manage to live on my own with my brother.
”Weve arrived. ”
I looked out the window of the car. We arrived in front of an old apartment building. I got out of the car with my brother to take a look around. Is this Domnhar town already? Its nearly 6:00 PM. Twilight is approaching.
”Heres the key if Sarah isn upstairs yet. Theres already food in the fridge. Can you deal with your brother? Sarah will look after you while Im away, ” she stated. I only nodded in response. Sarah is the nanny that will take care of us.
I knew she would not fulfill her role as our guardian. Shes going to leave us with a nanny and after that, well take care of ourselves. I know her career is more important than us, I know that better than anyone. I don care anyway, I can take care of my brother by myself.
We came to a halt on the third floor, where Aunt had instructed us to stay. I quickly knocked on the door. A girl opened the door a few moments later.
”Hello, ” I greeted. I expected to see an old woman, but it appears that her age is not far behind mine. She has tanned skin, a pair of hazel eyes, and black curly hair. She was wearing black leggings and a green sweatshirt.
”Hi! Are you Priscilla? ” She questioned. I nodded.
”He must be Bran, ” she added when she glanced at Brent. She snatched Bran away from me and went inside.
”Please come in. ” I followed them into the house.
”Are you the one who will look for us? ” I asked, looking around.
”No? Im just your neighbor. Sarah left you with me because she said she is going to buy something at the market. By the way, Im Lucinda, you can call me Lucy. ” She lowered Bran into the living room before facing me and extending her hand to me.
”Just Riss, ” I replied cheerfully.
”So friends? ” I was stunned by what she said. This was the first time someone offered me to be their friend.
”What? ” she laughed as I came back to my senses.
”You don find me weird? ” I asked. Her eyebrows furrowed before shaking her head.
”You look normal. ”
I smiled unconsciously. ”T-Thanks. ”
She laughed again, ”So friends? ”
Before I could shake her hand, we heard the weird sounds of the bell outside. She hurried to the windows and closed them.
”What are you doing? ” I asked her but she just glanced at me.
”Whats with that bell? ” I questioned again, bewildered. She grabbed Bran and led me into a room when she finally closed all windows and the door.
”Come here. I think this will be your room, ” she said as she placed Bran on the crib. I took a look around, the room almost looked like my old room. Everything is turquoise, which is my favorite color. Its a little smaller than my old room, but this is way better than sleeping on the side of the street. I have no right to complain just because we were financially stable before and living in an exclusive subdivision.
My father was working in a laboratory or something similar. Im not sure what he did for a living, but he always wore a lab coat, so I assumed he was a doctor when I was a kid. That, however, was not the case. I had already visited all of the hospitals and clinics in the nearest towns, but no one seemed to recognize him. It remains a mystery to me until now.
Bran and I are only half-siblings. My biological mother died before I could have any memories of her. Dad met Mom, Brans mother when I was six years old. She was kind to me and treated me as if I were her own. She was the best person I could ever have in my life. She always made me feel like I wasn alone and that she loved me.
I went back to reality when I was pushed into the bed. I heard Lucy giggle before she turned off the light and covered us with a blanket, leaving only our heads exposed. Only the light shade provides light all around.
”Do you really want to hear whats behind the story of that bell? ” She exhilaratingly asked. I nodded out of curiosity.
”That bell rings whenever the night falls, ” she whispered, adding some pressure inside the room.
”Why? ” I asked in return.
”No one knows why. It all started 200 years ago. The elders just instruct the people to lock every window and door when the sunset ends. It became part of the traditions and laws of this town. But do you know what creeps me the most? ”
I swallowed and carefully listen to her.
”Every single person who tried to solve the mystery behind this tradition and broke the law is nowhere to be found now. ”
My memories of that night resurfaced for some reason. I am filled with dread every time I recall those events. I could feel their presence or just my imagination at times. I couldn even feel safe every time the sunset ended.
For some reason, Id like to delve deeper into this conversation. I want to know the truth and prove that what happened that night was not a figment of my imagination and that there are other unknown creatures living on this planet besides humans.
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