The Halloween Night

by Joy
Mrs. Cooper hated Halloween. If kids came to ask for treats she used to peep through her window and say, "Go away, you won't get any treats". The kids returned home sadly. Every year was the same. Eventually they stopped going to her house.
Mrs. Cooper was a cold and rude woman. She never left her house except for buying groceries. She always frowned and if someone did give her a smile she used to give such a scornful look as if that person had committed a crime. She remained isolated from the rest of her neighbours.

Once a family had shifted to this neighbourhood. They were Mr. and Mrs. Smith who had a son named Billy. Billy was a lovable boy and the other kids liked him. The entire neighbourhood welcomed the new family except for Mrs. Cooper.

Halloween approached and Billy was dressed in a wizard costume. Soon all the kids gathered together and went to every house to ask for treats. They were very happy to see the number of candy they had collected this year.

"There's still one house remaining", Billy said.
"It's no use, you won't get any candy there. Mrs. Cooper never gives us any candy", said another kid.
But Billy was determined to go to Mrs. Cooper's house."Don't say we didn't warn you", said the kids and they left.

He ran towards Mrs. Cooper's house and knocked on her door. She peeped through her window and was nostalgic to see Billy dressed as a wizard. She went down the memory lane and remembered her son Tim. Tim always used to dress as a wizard. How he loved that costume!

Billy again knocked on the door and Mrs. Cooper said, "Go away, you won't get any treats". Billy went towards her window and said, "I don't want any treats. I want to come in and have a chat with you".

Mrs. Cooper was taken aback with the reply and said, "What you wanna chat kid? Go home and leave me alone".

"Mrs. Cooper, I know you just pretend to be rude but you aren't".

Never before had anyone said something nice or had been emphatic to her. Mrs . Cooper went and opened the door. She felt some connection with this boy. Billy went in happily and sat on the couch.

Billy saw the pictures on the opposite wall and asked, "Who's that boy, Mrs. Cooper"?

Mrs. Cooper replied, "That's my son, Tim".

"Where is he now?"

"He died a few years ago in a road accident. He was just your age when it happened. He used to dress like a wizard every Halloween, no matter how much I pursuaded him to wear some other costume".

"So, that's why you don't celebrate Halloween anymore".

"It was the night of the Halloween when my son breathed his last". She paused for a moment and then went inside. She returned with a small plate with a muffin in one hand and an old box in the other.

She kept the plate on the table in Billy' s direction and said, "Have it". She opened the box and Billy asked, "What's that?"

"These are some collectibles my son used to treasure". Then she removed a wizard hat shaped brooch and gave it to Billy. "I want you to keep this".

Billy loved the brooch and said, "Thank you Mrs. Cooper for the brooch and for this delicious muffin". He got up and said, "I will have to go now or my parents will be worried".

Mrs.Cooper too got up from her chair and escorted Billy to the door. She said to him with a smile, "Do come again". Billy saw Mrs.Cooper and smiled, "Sure Mrs.Cooper, I'm glad we met."

Mrs.Cooper did not reply but the smile on her face still remained. She had not smiled ever since Tim has died. She saw a reflection of Tim in Billy. That explained the sudden change in her attitude.

Billy ran home and told his parents what had happened. They could not believe that Mrs.Cooper could be so hospitable.

Later that night, Billy went to bed but could not sleep. He took the brooch and began admiring it. He kept it under his pillow and slept. All of a sudden, there was a strong wind and the windows opened. Billy woke up and saw a boy standing near his bed. He rubbed his eyes to see if what he was seeing was true. It was Tim. Billy got scared. But Tim smiled and said, " Thanks Billy for making my mom smile. It's been years ever since she has smiled. Now I can go and live in peace". And saying this he disappeared.

Billy could not sleep the entire night. He had seen a ghost! He couldn't wait to tell Mrs. Cooper about it. But it was 3 am and he had to wait till morning.

The next day Billy woke up. After having breakfast he hurried towards Mrs.Cooper's house. Mrs.Cooper opened her door without peeping from her window. She smiled and said, "Good morning Billy, what brings you here the first thing in the morning"? She let him in and he sat on the couch.

"Mrs.Cooper you won't believe what happened yesterday night. I saw Tim. He said he was happy that you smiled after all these years and that now he can live in peace."

But instead of being horrified or surprised, Mrs.Cooper sat calmly as if what she heard happened every now and then.

Billy asked, "Mrs.Cooper, you are not shocked? I'm not lying. I really saw him yesterday."

Mrs.Cooper smiled and said, "I do believe you, my boy because you can still see me and talk to me. I died yesterday night in my sleep. Since nobody comes here, they still don't know." Having said this she disappeared from the couch where she was sitting.

Billy screamed and ran out of the house. He never spoke to anyone since then.
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Lea Ebio

Lea Ebio

October 21, 2015 - 07:51 that was omg! sweet but sad in the end. amazing how you could twists your story unexpectedly! great try and nice job!
Joy

Joy

October 21, 2015 - 08:05 Thank you so much ejay for ur comment and up vote. ..:)
Sharmishtha Shenoy

Sharmishtha Shenoy

October 21, 2015 - 08:46 Nice twist in the end - well written.
Joy

Joy

October 21, 2015 - 13:05 Thanks Sharmishtha for ur comment and up vote :)
sheelsdevi

sheelsdevi

October 21, 2015 - 09:59 good one .but a little childish. Still I felt Goosebumps reading it all...gripping
Joy

Joy

October 21, 2015 - 13:08 Thanks sheelsdevi for your comments and the up vote :)
The Veil of Midnight

The Veil of Midnight

October 21, 2015 - 13:41 Really well written. I loved the plot
Joy

Joy

October 21, 2015 - 13:43 Thanks the veil of midnight.... what a coincidence... i was also reading ur story right now...
The Veil of Midnight

The Veil of Midnight

October 21, 2015 - 13:51 That's really funny!
Velantra

Velantra

October 21, 2015 - 14:06 I was sitting here reading your story, waiting, to see, that Billy is actually Tim. I would not speak either again. I would faint anyway, hit my head and die as well and life happily ever after with mean Mrs. Cooper!!!
Joy

Joy

October 21, 2015 - 14:15 I will take it as a compliment since u imagined to be in the shoes of the character.... Thanks :)
Velantra

Velantra

October 21, 2015 - 14:57 a compliment indeed....
Velantra

Velantra

October 31, 2015 - 17:04 CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joy

Joy

October 31, 2015 - 18:04 Thanks :)
rekhanshiraghava

rekhanshiraghava

October 22, 2015 - 08:20 As I was reading it... U could feel to be part of it... Such an amazing writing... Scary...indeed... Remarkable writing... Super like
Joy

Joy

October 22, 2015 - 08:51 Thank u so much for ur lovely comment and up vote rekhanshiraghava... u really made my day :)
Manahill Naik

Manahill Naik

October 22, 2015 - 20:23 haahha enjoyed the rideeee and loooveddd the ending.. superbbb :D
Joy

Joy

October 23, 2015 - 04:48 Thanks manahil for ur comment and up vote. .. btw where were you all these days...I hoped to see some post frm u too....
Manahill Naik

Manahill Naik

October 23, 2015 - 12:03 hmm lemme tell u.. it is SCHOOOLLL gah since it started, i havent posted anythng :/ i hope i cud get some ideas for the competition though :D
Joy

Joy

October 23, 2015 - 14:53 Yeah... looking forward to read ur post... but hurry up only 7 days left :)
purpletears

purpletears

October 23, 2015 - 21:48 That was really an uexpected ending! Thanks a lot for sharing your story!
Joy

Joy

October 23, 2015 - 21:51 Thanks for ur comment and the up vote purple tears...
DavidBokolo

DavidBokolo

October 24, 2015 - 03:32 Hi Joy, I think there is a death spell on that wizard costume. I am afraid of Billy. He also must have lost the will to Smile. This is a good one J
Joy

Joy

October 24, 2015 - 03:47 David... i am sorry for Billy. ... poor thing he had seen 2 ghosts.... He can see ghosts :o... surely anybody on his place will lose the will to smile... also I like the way u thought the costume might be cursed. ...
LUIS KAY

LUIS KAY

October 24, 2015 - 09:52 Joy .. this story is actually sweet, it a great composition with peaceful lovely ghost.. it a nicely wrote piece. i enjoyed every bit to the end
Joy

Joy

October 24, 2015 - 11:26 Thank you so much Luis kay for ur lovely comments and the up vote
KayleeMumba

KayleeMumba

October 24, 2015 - 11:09 i loved it
Joy

Joy

October 24, 2015 - 11:27 Thank u kaylee mumba for ur comment and up vote :)
KayleeMumba

KayleeMumba

October 25, 2015 - 13:34 ur welcome
celestialmind

celestialmind

October 24, 2015 - 14:23 A sweet sorry with an unexpected end...kind of sad. I like it.
Joy

Joy

October 25, 2015 - 02:38 Thanks celestialmind for ur comment and up vote :)
Zyeke Daniels

Zyeke Daniels

October 25, 2015 - 02:06 Interesting. It was a nice, kind, short tale. Perhaps it could've used a tad bit more detail? Not sure, but it was good nonetheless.
Joy

Joy

October 25, 2015 - 02:41 As we had to write a very short story I was restricted to the no. Of words. But cud u be more specific as to what more details I cud have added as I have detailed it as much as I cud... This is just for my knowledge I am asking... :)
Zyeke Daniels

Zyeke Daniels

October 25, 2015 - 12:10 Ah, right xD. Sorry, I didn't take into acoount the word count. My bad. Forget what I said. Not used to reading writing with a limiter :P.
Joy

Joy

October 25, 2015 - 19:42 Haha. . It's ok u need not say sry... i like honest feedbacks and u said wht u felt...:)
aniketnikhade

aniketnikhade

October 25, 2015 - 05:02 Dreams, illusions, reflections are part of everyone's life. Happiness and sadness is also part of everyone's life. The plotting and story is good, except the end. In the end it can be something like no one knows where Mrs Cooper went away. If this happens then also the meaning will be the same that she has died. With the kind of energy and enthusiasm you have invested in this story, followed by the twists and turns, if in the end Mrs. Cooper does not die and disappers then it will make the readers read again the whole story. Of course in doing so there should be no confusion, since you have got a sharp edge to cover each and every detail. I liked reading this very well written short story, which is interesting and engrossing.
Joy

Joy

October 25, 2015 - 19:50 Thanks aniket for the feedback and for ur upvote. Many ppl have told me tht they did not like t h e ending. My motive was to create a twist and fear in the mind of the reader. In my opinion if the ending wud have been different then I don't think the story wud have created tht much of an impact. Usually even I don't like sad endings, but since this is a halloween theme I wanted the story to be creepy and gripping which was possible with an unpredictable twist.
Vishnumayaa

Vishnumayaa

October 26, 2015 - 10:57 Wooooow......quite scary ......and creepy.. But has A TWIST IN TALE
Joy

Joy

October 26, 2015 - 11:32 Thanks vishnumayaa for your comments and up vote :)
Vishnumayaa

Vishnumayaa

October 27, 2015 - 07:50 your WELCOME............................Its my pleasure... :P
misslyss

misslyss

October 27, 2015 - 09:46 Very sweet. I liked the twist at the end! Keep writing x
Joy

Joy

October 27, 2015 - 18:07 Thanks for ur lovely comment....
Susan Jacob

Susan Jacob

October 28, 2015 - 19:37 Joo....That was indeed a wonderful read..and the twist at the end!!! Just no words :) I have always loved illusions :D
Joy

Joy

October 28, 2015 - 19:40 Thank u so much for ur lovely comment :)
Susan Jacob

Susan Jacob

October 28, 2015 - 19:41 You are welcome :)
shivam maurya

shivam maurya

October 29, 2015 - 02:41 very good horror story...and the ending was very shocking and thrilling...
Joy

Joy

October 29, 2015 - 11:02 Thanks for ur comment :)
natsume1988

natsume1988

October 31, 2015 - 02:54 Just finished reading it.. Its pretty good, though I don't know why others don't like the ending, coz for me its the best part. And actually no joke, but that time when Mrs. Cooper said she already died gives me the chill... Oh man, that was so scary!
Joy

Joy

October 31, 2015 - 03:17 Thanks for ur comment and up vote. .. i guess some ppl just prefer happy endings. ..but it's not possible everytime. ..i am glad u liked it :)
AbdulSalaam

AbdulSalaam

October 31, 2015 - 03:55 Nice, Ending was good..keep writing!!
Joy

Joy

October 31, 2015 - 03:57 Thanks for ur comment and up vote :)
sheelsdevi

sheelsdevi

November 1, 2015 - 06:45 CONGRATULATIONS..FRIEND
Joy

Joy

November 1, 2015 - 07:37 Thanks and congrats to you too... :)
sheelsdevi

sheelsdevi

November 1, 2015 - 08:33 Thanks
Manahill Naik

Manahill Naik

November 1, 2015 - 10:50 joyyyy it was my fave <3 congratssss.. well deserved :-)
Joy

Joy

November 1, 2015 - 17:55 Thanks manahil :)
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Joy

Joy

November 5, 2015 - 11:31 Thanks MRR for ur comment and up vote :). .. Btw i'm not a guy :)
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puzzle

puzzle

November 14, 2015 - 12:00 That was cool! O love the twist at the end! So Halloween! Keep it up! :)
Joy

Joy

November 14, 2015 - 13:16 Thanks a lot for ur comments puzzle :)

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