“Come closer, Bailey. Only a few more steps…” chirped a voice creepily, scaring me. Suddenly incapable of using my brain, I dumbly did as the voice said and as if it was listening to my thoughts, it chuckled.
The voice had led me to a corridor, at the end of which a closed-door was waiting. I tiptoed towards the door and convinced myself that if I walked like that, the owner of the voice will not hear me and my arrival at the door would be unexpected and they will be caught off guard.
“Time for you to open the door, and step inside,” I shivered from how eerily close the voice sounded and managed to stutter out a question, “Why are you doing this to me?” The voice broke into a fit of laughter and didn’t answer so I simply continued to do as the voice said, and opened the door.
“Surprise!” screamed my best friends together as I stood at the door, frozen in shock.
I somehow managed to put on a smile and pretended that I wasn’t just led to the door by some creepy voice that had scared me. I squealed happily as my best friends, Aaron and Lana, quickly walked over to me to wrap me up in a tight hug before ushering me towards the kitchen, where a tall figure clad in a black leather jacket was waiting.
“Joshua?” I gasped, as the figure turned around to face me. We walked towards each other as fast as we could and it wasn’t long before I was engulfed in a bone-crushing hug. Joshua is my older brother, who I hadn’t seen or heard from in four long years after he left our family home back in Charleston in search of his ‘soul’.
As soon as that thought came across my mind, I pulled away and started hitting him wherever I could reach but just as I was to slap his face, he grabbed hold of my hand and interlocked our fingers, pulling me into another hug.
“I missed you too, Bay Leaf.” He smiled guiltily, and I smiled back, not being able to resist the nickname he gave me when we were just kids. Suddenly reminded of the creepy voice outside, I turned around to ask my best friends which one of them was responsible for the voice that scared me.
“We know, we know – you must be wondering why we planned this surprise and by the look of your face, you must have completely forgotten that it is your birthday today since you were so busy working on your new assignment,” I giggled nervously and nodded, knowing that Lana was right and I couldn’t argue with her on this – I had become a workaholic, and didn’t spend as much time on myself as I used to.
By the end of the party, I had almost completely forgotten about the creepy voice until I had stepped out the door with Joshua and my best friends by my side. “Wait, I need to ask you guys – who was responsible for the creepy voice outside?” Joshua shrugged, but Aaron replied, “What voice are you talking about? It couldn’t have been us, we were all waiting inside to surprise you.”
I nodded silently and we stepped into the elevator as one last thought lingered across my mind – if it wasn’t any of them, then who was it? I can almost imagine the creepy voice laughing right now, mocking me for not figuring out his identity already.
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