TAJITI (FIRST PERSON POV)
That night something woke me up—an explosion of light in my room. It left no trace, except maybe the rays of moonlight that were already there, slipping in through the drapes. That's when I noticed it—a silhouette before the window.
It took a few steps toward me. I was terrified. I was prepared to make a run for the door but I froze. "Did I wake you up?" the silhouette asked. I recognised the voice though it gave a chill.
"What are you doing here, Arii!" I couldn't believe my senses. I sat up.
"I just wanted to talk to you." She sat on the bed beside me.
"Wait, did you climb up?" I thought was being funny but now I know I really wondered about it. She said she was here anyway and she was here to tell me something.
"Is everything okay?" I asked.
"No. But everything will be. Believe that and know that I loved you till I—" Her face remained pale, her eyes lifeless.
Ferin is talking to Dr Alam in his chamber.
"Have you read Tajiti's testimony?" Dr Alam enquires.
"I couldn't bear to go on."
"He claims to have had an encounter with Arii's spirit the night of Arii's death."
"And what do you think?"
"I don't think he is lying," Dr Alam takes out a file from a drawer. "His polygraph result seems to agree with me," Dr Alam hands the reports over to Ferin.
"Do all of these mean that he had a paranormal experience?" Ferin frowns at the reports.
"Not necessarily. He may have passed the test because he has convinced himself that that's how the experience went down or that an event of the sort really happened. Maybe it comformts him and present him with a form of closure."
"If that's the case, doesn't Tajiti deserve to know?"
"Perhaps, this false memory gives him a sparkle of hope. He knows that she is out there. Everyone is vulnerable to the allure of afterlife—specially, following the loss of a loved one. I doubt he will take you at face value if you do tell him."
"That sounds like a pseudo-scientific explanation, doctor" Ferin says. There is silence in the room for a moment. "But I'll take anything other than a paranormal one at this point," Ferin returns the file to Dr Alam.
"Or perhaps, we are all wrong." Dr Alam puts the file back in the drawer.
Moonlight is phasing through the drapes in Tajiti's room. There is an explosion of light. Tajiti wakes up sweating. He looks around. He is not quite sure what woke him up. He falls back to sleep.