when I was a child I lived in a rented house. Both my parents worked so I
was often alone when I came heme from school.
line early evening when I came heme the house was still dark.
I called out, "Ilium?" and heard a voice say "'" from upstairs.
I called my mum again, and again got the same "'" reply.
I felt she was calling back at me and climbed up the stairs.
when I reached the first floor I called her once more and the voice "'"
came from the furthest room.
I felt both uneasy, but a strong urge to see my mother, and started to walk
towards the room.
But just that moment I heard the front door downstairs open and my mother come
in, carrying a lot of shopping bags.
Sweetie, are you home?" my mother called in a cheery voice.
Hearing her yoke made me feel instantly better and I turned back to go
downstairs at once... but not before I had a quick glance towards the room.
While I watched from the top of the stairs, the door to the room slowly opened a
For a brief moment, I saw something strange in there.
A pale face, staring at me.
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