"I told you I'm scared of school." Marie said as her mother put her jacket on and zipped it up.
She had gotten tired of the 5 year old speaking of ridiculous things like ghosts and monsters at her school. "You're going, and not another word of this nonsense.
Marie groaned as her and her mother, Jeanette got her things together for school. As she dropped Marie off she thought of the rumors going around the town and her daughter's elementary school.
Their town was known for random tragedy and chaos, but one recent story stood out to Jeanette the most.
One year ago one of the teachers tragically died of "natural causes," but she was a young woman and there was no reason for her to die.
But there were no drugs or alcohol found in her toxicology report, she just mysteriously died.
And ever since there have been weird things going on with the students, whispering in their ears, shadows seen in the hallways, and Marie has been one of the kids reporting these incidents.
But administration or parents have not done anything about it considering they're just children.
Jeanette wanted to believe her child as she was terrified of this "ghost" but she was a realist who did not believe in anything particular like the afterlife, ghosts, or demons.
She rushed these thoughts out of her head as she headed to her job. Marie asked for the bathroom pass in the middle of class.
She sped walked because she didn't want to hear anything or see any apparitions, so she kept her head down and walked inside. While washing her hands she heard the faint voice of a woman.
"Marie...come inside." Marie refused to look up, she kept her head down and out of childish fear squeezed her eyes shut. "Marie....get inside, your teacher is calling you.
" The little girl looked up to see the disheveled corpse of her teacher staring at her in the mirror. Her eyes widened and lips quivered. "Ms. Samuels?" The teacher's smile disappeared.
"Get inside now!" Her voice turned deep and demonic, Marie tried to run, but before she knew it she felt Ms. Samuel's arms filled with rot and decay pull her into the mirror.
Flyers scattered over Jeannette's desk, missing posters everywhere of the daughter she hadn't seen in two years.
She would be 7 years old, the only thing everyone could think of is she was taken away by a stranger hanging by the school as she was too young to run away from home.
Tragedy after tragedy follows their town, child after child seems to go missing, younger and older. Adults just seem to think the town has a kidnapper they haven't caught on their hands.
Jeanette's full time job is to now find her daughter and preach about how important it is to keep your children safe.
Not knowing that one by one they become the whispering in the other children's ears, the playful laughter they hear when no one is there. and the shadows in the hallways.