It was the first time ever that Riya was home alone. Even being a University student, she has always been under the supervision of her parents. Her grandfather fell critically ill and her parents had to rush to another city where he resides. They went off for few days. However, it was just a matter of one night that she had to spend alone. Her aunt was supposed to be there the next day and stay with her till they came back.
Riya studied, Facetimed her friends and parents on and off, watched some Netflix, ate her meals and did her assignments all on time. She spent her day with quite ease and excitement as she had the big house all to herself. But as the night fell, her happiness seemed to disappear. At night she thought of keeping the lights on and sleep but that didn’t help. Clearly, she had to console herself on and off whenever the rustling leaves tapped from the outside on the windows of her bedroom. “It’s just the breeze, summer breeze,” she would say to herself.
“Great, now I forgot to keep the bottle of water in the room!”
She mustered up enough courage to go to the kitchen and get herself a glass of water.
There was a loud noise behind her. She saw a man all masked!
To her disbelief, she did not pay any attention to her and went straight to her parents’ room and locked the door. She screamed and kicked and punched the door but to no avail.
She woke up in the morning to find herself in the hallway. The parent’s room was unlocked. It was just like how her parents had left it. She got back to her complete sense when she realized that someone broke into the house. The police and the neighbors had arrived.
And there she lied, still in a pool of blood.
It was the intruder who shot her and dragged her into the room. He stole a few things but most of all;
She was not one of us anymore…..