Ebonie sat quietly on the white bed in her small room. Her right hand loosely clutched her cross necklace. The entire room smelt of burnt sage. A nurse timidly opened the door that led to Ebonie's room.
"It's time to go.''
Ebonie stared at the nurse unblinkingly with her large, obsidian brown eyes. The nurse took a nervous step back. Ebonie's presence was...unnerving to say the least. Some about her, mentally, had changed. She tied her black curls back, revealing her pale face. Ebonie picked up her suitcase and walked past the nurse only saying a single word.
Ebonie walked down the hall, following the small girl that offered to show her the exit. The two walked to the outside of the institution where her mother and Dr. Brooke stood.
"As I said, just make she takes her pills- Ebonie?'' Dr. Brooke looked at Ebonie in surprise.
"I saw my mother pull up," Ebonie said. She smiled and nodded at the young girl, and when she blinked, the girl disappeared. Paige walked over to her daughter and embraced her.
"It's going to rain soon," Ebonie said, not returning her mother's embrace. She politely pushed her mother away and walked to the car. As soon as Ebonie entered the car rain poured from the sky. Paige immediately ran into the car and started the engine.
"So, how does it feel to finally be going home?"
"It feels a bit saddening, leaving here. It's been my home for four years."
"Well, um, well I hope you like the new house."
"It's strange. We lived with so many spirits in that house. Yet we couldn't live with the spirit of Grandma."
Paige abruptly stopped on the side of the road. She took a deep breath.
"Your grandmother is in Heaven." She said calmly.
"Grandma didn't seem like the person to not become a spirit after death."
"Ebonie, Grandma is in Heaven. Nowhere else."
The rest of the drive continued in silence. Ebonie stared longingly out the window as fat raindrops fell onto it. The rain was soothing.
"Did someone die in this car?"
22 Years Earlier
"Drive, Paige.' Emmalyn's voice was surprisingly calm.
"Th-The ghost! He'll follow us!-"
Paige did as her mother instructed her and pulled out the driveway. She sped down the road, trying her best to obey the speed limit. The last thing the two of them needed to happen was for a cop to pull them over and for Paige to start babbling on about a ghost. The cop would probably think she was on something. Rain beat down on the car as the windshield wipers repeatedly pushed it away. Paige's migraine slowly became worse as she drove further.
A little girl appeared on the road.
Paige did as her mother instructed kept driving. The car went right through the little girl and when Paige looked into the rearview mirror, there was nothing there. A few minutes later, a sobbing woman ran onto the road. Paige slammed on the gas pedal. It wasn’t real and she knew that. Or at least she thought she did.
When she ran over the woman, she heard the sickening crunch of bones. She stopped the car and looked over at her mother. A look of pure horror was frozen on her face.
“Mom, she wasn’t real. Right?
Emmalyn stayed silent as she stepped out of the car. Paige watched as her mother pulled a garbage bag out of the trunk and put the mangled body inside.