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Topic: EERIE (07/28/16)
TITLE: Scary Moments
By Rachel Varghese
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Our family had to move to the big bungalow from the teachers' quarters as my Dad became the Principal of the residential Christian school. It was the first building in the campus and there was a big well and the pump house right next to it. Water was pumped to the houses hostels and the gardens from this well, while water for the paddy fields came from a small river outside the campus. There were so many stories of eerie scenes told by the watchmen who were also students of the tenth grade. The school was in the middle of forty acres surrounded by paddy fields and vegetable gardens in which the students worked in the mornings and some evenings. This helped them to pay for a part of their fees.
The school compound looked beautiful with lots of flowering bushes, banana, papaya and coconut trees. There were rumors that evil spirits were seen in various parts of the campus in the night because the place was a crematorium before the Christians bought it and built the school and the houses for teachers and students. There were two huge trees near the well that had small white flowers that gave out a very strong fragrance in the night. There were stories that a beautiful lady would be seen sitting on the side of the well and when the night watch boys flashed their torch lights she would jump inside the well with a big, loud splash.When they went and looked inside they wouldn't see anything except the moving water.
The previous principal's children told us when they went to church on Friday evenings and came back home all the curtains from the windows will be pulled down. In the the nights when their parents were out someone would come and bang on the windows as soon as they turned off the lights in their rooms. They had to keep the lights on in order to sleep. We told these stories to our parents and they told us, "The angel of the Lord encampeth us," and we had nothing to fear when the Lord and His angels are watching over us.
One Friday night we went to the church for vesper service, my mother started coughing. She called me and told me to run home and get her cough drops. I being the eldest had to do this. I was so scared and all the rumors about the well which was right next to the house came to my mind and I began to tremble. I tried to give excuses, but my my mother was firm that I should go and I had no other option. The bible verse about the angels came to my mind and I walked briskly looking all around. I opened the back door and entered the house and screamed when I heard the piano make a noise as if somebody was playing the scales. I switched the light and a big fat rat was running on top of the open piano. I always left the piano open and the rat used it.
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