One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet
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Characters: (Mark,Emily) (Robert, Catholine) (Otter,Bethany) (James,Polly), (Lisa) , (George, Martha) (Charles,Michelle)
Saharika, Jessica, Sophie, Lily, Sam, Leo,William,Rogger, David.
Background: Spooky -10 tsp, Mystery -15tsp, Fictional -100 tsp.
Emotions: Fear- 3 cups , Fast-pace - 6 cups.
Genre: Mystery + Horror = Fiction.
Topographic Point: Palazzo Vecchio, Italy.
Are you a believer of spirits? Have you ever helped a spirit on its “Voyage” on the Earth? Have you ever travelled many miles to help a Spirit?
May or may not have!!! Here is a story how a group of Teenagers help a spirit on its revenge, laugh when it laughs, play while it plays, help when it needs. Spooky, right??? Let’s travel to Italy to hear this Spooky Tale of “A WILL TO LIVE”
Wait, Wait!! This is not a real story! It is a fictional recipe made of Horror 50 tsp Thriller 15 tsp and Mystery 67 tsp.
Mark is a 17 year old boy who lives with his parents in Texas. He is a very active and a very smart boy. He has many friends who visit him often to ask doubts and to clarify homework. And moreover he is not a believer of Spirits. He has a mentality that they do not survive while god is there. But we know that can’t be the case; when there is good, there is bad. When there White, there is Black. He is active in sports too. His favorite sport is Baseball. He behaves well with everyone. From teachers to grandparents. Oh! I totally forgot about the grandparents. His grandparents are Robert and Nonna.
His Semester is over. So, obviously the exams must be over. Summer Vacation began. His mom asks him to pay a visit his grandparents. And spend his time with them. She also asks him to take his friends with him for the visit.
The friends agreed to the visit. At last, the time came. On 13 of December, they began their trip. They reached the grandparent’s home. It was a huge mansion. The neighbors believed that spooky Paranormal Activities took place in the huge mansion. This happened without the knowledge of the old couple. Whenever they explained it to them, they would just say “It is nothing. I think you guys are blind.”
Indeed there were paranormal activities happening in the mansion. Actually, there was a curse upon this mansion. The teenagers found it out through the neighbors’ rumors. One of the kind, very old neighbor explained them with the help of one old book which was dusty because it was given to her in the 17thCentury by the kind sorceress.
She addressed the book as “THE WILL TO LIVE”. This book had the story of the grandma’s twin sister named Bethany. “In 1940, Bethany was a charming and sweet little girl who had lost her parents (Michelle and Charles) and was raised by her elder twin sister Catholine (Nonna). Bethany suffered from pneumonia because she was distressed about her parents’ loss. Somehow, Nonna manged to cure her from the deadly disease. She was merely 7 when she had lost her parents. They passed away due to air accident which was actually a well planned murder carried out by her father’s cousin brother James because he wanted to claim his father’s property. But his father George gave the property to Charles instead. So, this was the reason for his rivalry towards James and Michelle. The tragic part is that Bethany does not know that her Uncle James had killed her parents. She started revenging for the murder of her parents. She married her Rival Uncle’s son, Otter unknowingly.
Two days later, her house maid Lisa told her that her Father-in-law James put her parents to death by planning strategically an airplane crash. She also told Bethany that she saw James calling up the pilot to get ready for the air crash in the plane in which her parents travelled. Hearing about the tragic incident, Bethany fainted. When she gained conscious, she saw her husband Otter. She became furious and began yelling at Otter “Why did you guys kill my parents? What sin did they perform against you in their lives? You guys put my parents to death and made me and my sister alone. Now let me see how you guys live!!!” Then, she picked up the rifle and shot Otter. Watching all this James became furious. He roared like a tiger. He completely was blinded with anger. Immediately, he took his dagger and stabbed her. She cried “MY PHYSICAL BODY MAY HAVE DEPARTED FROM THIS MATERIAL WORLD. BUT MY SOUL IS DETERMINED TO BE ALIVE.” Confirmed that she is dead, he covered the carcass of Bethany with a white cloth and drove to Verona which is 231 km away from the mansion and buried her there. This happened on 14 of April. From that day onwards Bethany haunts the people who were the reason for her and parent’s murder. 20 years later i.e. in 1960, the third son of the Uncle James, Robert married Catholine, the twin sister of Bethany.” The neighbor narrated. She concluded that when you see a coffin with a phrase “THE WILL TO LIVE”, try to lift the curse, calm Bethany and most important of all, “BEGIN TO VOYAGE”. The teenagers felt as if a huge road roller ran over them. They promised “WE THE TEENAGERS, WILL PROMISE TO CALM BETHANY AND MAKE HER SOUL PLAY AND ENJOY IN THE HEAVENLY GARDENS.” The neighbor also gave them the map to find the way to the coffin where Bethany was buried. After guiding them in a proper and clean way, the neighbor instantly vanished. The teenagers began their VOYAGE. When they reached Verona, they asked the locals about the only Coffin to be buried in the soil without any rituals. Everyone refused. Some even ran away hearing this. At last they found an active teenage researcher Emily. They introduced themselves and the reason for their visit. She was shocked to hear this. She agreed to guide them but under one condition. The condition is that she would also join them in the voyage. The teenagers happily agreed. After taking rest in under a tree, Emily took them to an area called Bovo. She explained “This is the only region in Italy which always remains dark.”Mark became more curious and asked her “Why is it so?” she chuckled “You guys are searching for a spirit who is haunting this region for some unknown reason, you must have the information packed with your luggage. There was silence everywhere. Everyone felt as if they were burnt in fire alive. Why? Because of her harsh words. Emily saw the teenagers’ face was hung down. She tried to calm them but all went in vain. She asked a question “Now tell me guys about this place? Why it is always dark?” There was silence everywhere.” Teenagers began to answer. It went like a quizzing section. At last she was relieved that the teenagers were back to normal again. When Leo went to take the luggage from the place where they had rested, he saw somebody passing from one side to another. Dear readers do you know what it is? Yes, it was indeed “THE SPIRIT”. He trembled with fear. He called out to everyone. Everyone except Mark and Emily trembled with fear.
The Spirit asked “Who are you guys? You look like researchers. What work do you have here?” Mark came forward and said “I am Mark from Palazzo Vecchio. I have come here to meet my grandma Bethany who is a spirit avenging her parent’s death.” Tears flowed from the spirit’s eyes. It didn’t know what to do!!! It had mixed feelings. To kill him and his grandfather for their sin? Or to forgive them and depart from the Earth??? It chose the wrong and wicked one. It decided to kill Mark for his sin.
Do you know by which way? The old Spirit Style, By Choking…..
Before it could even hold his neck and started choke him, he acted as if he fainted. Mark is a good actor too.
I forgot to add it in his talent list.
When the others panicked, Emily calmed them by telling them the plan which Mark and she had discussed already. She and others planned instantly. She would be acting as a nurse. And the others play an important role in “KIDNAPPING THE SPIRIT”.
Have you heard of ‘Spirit Kidnapping?’ No, Let us see more about it in the story….
The others called up the ambulance. The PRETEND Nurse came and started diagnosing the patient Mark. When the Spirit became nervous, the others took a huge sack and captured the Spirit. The pretend ambulance with the Spirit went to a beautiful garden filled with flowers, butterflies and song birds.
Even I feel like visting that place. I know everyone would want to…Now Let us see how the spirit reacts when it visits the paradise….
In the next part of the Story, No Horror, No Mystery, No Sadness. Do you know what is next?
There is going to be Happy Ending!!
You know the Spirit slept. This is so weird because Spirits won’t sleep until they finish their revenge. This spirit in the story is a Total Fictional Character. This spirit had travelled nights to haunt the people. It became too tired that it slept with a snore….
Hearing the spirit’s snoring, Mark got up and everyone shouted with joy. Mark calmed them saying “Shh!! The spirit will wake up!!” Leo asked “Where are we going?” Mark took the book which they have read about this Spirit, The Will To Live… Leo asked “do you still have this scary book?? I thought you had left it there only…” Everyone including Mark chuckled.
The Time Has Come. To Leave The Spirit Where It Belongs…..
Mark read “If you head north at 77 km beyond the Coffin, you will find the way to the Paradise. Make the Spirit climb the stairway within 9 minutes after your arrival there, then it will attain salvation or, it will be a total devastation to the World.”
Everyone except Mark became numb. Emily found a great idea to accomplish this risky task. Everyone discussed very fast. The spirit shouldn’t know what is going on there. The spirit woke up in an instant. Mark took up his position of being as an unconscious person. It said “What is going on over here? Why did I land up over here? Why am I in an ambulance? What is this garden? Where am I? Did Mark die or did he survive? How did I sleep?” Everyone got annoyed of the spirit’s uninterrupted questions.
Suddenly, the nurse told “If someone climbs the stairway and gets the medicinal herb from there, Mark can be surely cured soon.” When the spirit saw the friends one by one, Leo said “I will go but the stairway is way too steep and seems to be too long. And moreover I have Acrophobia.” Emily said “I can climb the Stairway but if I go who will take care of Mark? He is in an unconscious state. If something happens to Mark while I go? You guys will get panicked and do something to him which is not medically advisable” The spirit said “Everybody in your set are irresponsible. Let me itself go to fetch the so-called Golden Star.” When the spirit went angrily, an oracle was heard saying “6 minutes more. Beware, only 6 minutes…. ” The spirit heard it and asked “What voice was that?” Everyone panicked.
What about Mark?? What can he do?? He is in unconscious state.
Mark kept calm and quiet as if nothing happened.
What else can he do??? Say my dear readers….
The spirit heard the voice and began questioning everyone. The others managed to calm it down but all went in Vain Bin again. The Oracle addressed “Only 5 min more.
Make the spirit reach the Golden Star or else you will repent for your actions!” The Spirit was shocked. It realized that These Teenagers were not going to help it, they are going to send it to the Paradise instead. It became furious. It started asking the truth from the Teenagers. It told “I am not going to believe you guys. If I ask like this the truth will not come. I will ask you in a very different and wicked way” when the moment it uttered the word, Catholine came with her husband Robert. This was previously planned by Mark and his friends. While everyone was out, making sure that everyone is inaudible what he is doing inside the ambulance, he immediately rang his Nonna. He told about her sister’s state and his state in the current situation. When she heard it, the news disturbed her a lot in fact, it deeply affected that her dear sister was tortured a lot and she is taking a lot of pain in torturing others. She promised that she would straightaway come there to meet her sister. When the spirit saw her dear loving sister, her expression changed. She changed from a wicked lady to a dear and sweet lady. They both hugged and cried. Nonna asked “why did you choose to be a wicked and haunting spirit instead of being my loving and sweet sister?”
All in a while, Mark got up from the ‘Unconscious’ state. The spirit was astonished how the ‘Unconscious’ person became conscious. Now Nonna looking at Bethany “My dear, stop being haunting creature and just listen to these teenagers and climb the stairway”
THE SPIRITS ARE NOT THE CREATURES WHO WILL LISTEN EASILY TO OTHERS.
LET’S SEE IN THIS STORY HOW THIS SPIRIT REACTS WHEN IT HEARS THE WORD ‘LISTEN’.
Hearing this advice the spirit starting sobbing saying “I have taken an Oath which I am working for a very long time that I will kill all the people who murdered our parents. Now easily you are ordering me to stop the revenge and leave from this Material World. Easily I will not budge even an inch.” Everyone was shocked hearing these harsh words. Again the Oracle came addressing “3 min more. Leave or repent” There was silence everywhere. Nonna said something which changed the Earth’s history.
LET US HEAR WHAT SHE SAID WHICH CHANGED THE WORLD.
“My dear, remember our mother used to tell us that mistakes are made by Evil Creatures and if we forgive that mistakes, we become Godly Creatures. Our uncle murdered our parents because of property dispute, he died because he had performed a sin by killing our parents, if you kill more than this, Almighty will not even forgive a bit. If you go on performing sin, you will not get peace even when you rebirth 7 times.”
The spirit became emotional and said
“Sorry it was my mistake to kill everyone. From hereafter I will vow to reach the Paradise as soon as I can and find peace with the Almighty itself.” The spirit began climbing the Stairway. It slowly started feeling closer to GOD. Everyone cheered Good Luck for it. It was praised for its wit for choosing to find Peace. Nonna said “Now l love you because you listened to my words for the first time.” Everyone including the Spirit laughed. The spirit then replied with a smile “I also love you sister. This is the first time you are being happy with me. I am very happy. Now my soul will rest in Peace and Joy.”
The spirit then waved Goodbye to everyone and then vanished into the air and rose petals began fluttering in the air representing Happiness and Joy.
The Oracle then transformed into a messenger and he came and told “You sent Bethany at the right time. Her soul is playing in the Peaceful Gardens of the EDEN. Thank you so much. You saved the world. I knew you guys could do it.”
Now it is the Happy Ending!!!
Everyone travelled in their car and on the way suddenly Nona stopped the way saying “Stop, Stop I will arrive in a moment.” Everyone got down from the car and saw her performing rituals to the Coffin of Bethany. She kept a bunch of fragrant flowers on the top. She said “I love you my dear Bethany”
Then on to Palazzo Vecchio, staying there for a few days. And then to Texas filled with bags of various stories.
Hope You Loved The Story.
Enjoy The Read. Lead in Life.
This is Thusharaa Prasanna From Grade 8th
Jain Public School
School for Leaders