My attention was focused on mom as she scolded me for the encounter I had with my friends. I couldn't help but get irritated because they did nothing but lecture me and mention my failures in life. "What the hell, Shanelle, won't you be sober?! You're enjoying your life while your daddy and I are scrambling to give you a good life, you're ashamed of us!" I secretly rolled my eyes at it.
This is not new to me because as soon as I wake up in the morning, mom's sermon will open for me. Sometimes, I just ignore it but not all the time like now.
"We weren't the first Ma, why am I always the one who's wrong in your eyes?!" I couldn't help raising my voice at mom. His eyebrows meet more. He only massaged his forehead because of his consumption.
"You know Shanelle, you can't be blamed if you didn't do anything and don't raise your voice at me because I'm still your mother, understand?!" he said but I didn't move. I stood up from my seat and walked away from mom. He called me but I didn't look at him and just went straight up the stairs until I got to the room. When I got to the room, the previously suppressed tears fell from my eyes as I clenched my fists remembering what mom told me.
I am the only child of my parents Rosa and Javier Jacinto. I live a luxurious and abundant life with them but even though I have material things, I can't help but feel sad because they are always there to take care of their company. And that's what they don't understand. The only thing I want is for my parents to notice my depression towards them but they always notice my mistakes. After a long time of paying attention, I got tired and stopped doing it. My life was sad but that changed when I met my friends. Sophia, Karen, Loyd, Steve, Pamella, Reinx and Gretchen became my new joy. To them I pour out the sadness I feel towards my parents. I had a new life since I met them.
I wiped the dried tears from his cheeks and took the phone from my pocket to call my best friend Loyd. I waited a few moments before Loyd answered the call. "What does my best friend need of all?" Loyd asked him sarcastically. I couldn't help but smile because of what he said. "I was going to ask if you have a roommate in your condo that you can sleep with," I gently asked Loyd.
The person on the other line was silent for a moment but after a few seconds, I heard a sigh. "Did you and Tita wave again?" Loyd asked me. My tears seemed to fall one after the other from my eyes. I couldn't help but sob while my friend was on the other line.
"W-Why am I always the one who's wrong Loyd! B-Why can't they see my worth, Why do they H-Don't they love me?!" I asked her sobbing.
Loyd was just listening to me but I knew he could feel the pain in my heart. On the other hand, Loyd feels sorry for his friend because of what happened here but he can't do anything to ease his heart. All he could do was sympathize with Shanelle.
"Everything will be fine, shh...stay put," Loyd calmed him down. I wiped my tears again and again but they didn't stop. So instead of wiping them off, I let out my anger by crying while Loyd listened on the other line, sharing the pain I was feeling.
I put some clothes in the bag before facing the mirror and looked at my swollen eyes. After Loyd and I talked, I decided that's where I would sleep tonight. I can't stomach sleeping here now, so I'll make myself feel better before coming back here tomorrow. I took the make-up kit from a dresser and began to dab the sore eye. I don't want Loyd to see them swell because I know that only worries me. When I finished, I took the bag containing my clothes and went to the window of my room. I opened it wide. First I took a deep breath and jumped into it without a second thought. This task is not new to me because I always do it every time I want to leave our house. When I got down, I quietly walked out the gate and when I got out, I saw Loyd's car parked not far from our house. I walked there with a smile on my face.
"You're so fast, we just finished talking," I gave him a sly smile while he just tormented me.
"Yes. I'm ashamed of you, Oh hey come in so we can rest together!" I just laughed at this and was about to open the car door when I saw Sophia and Pamella also inside and talking quietly.
"What are you two doing here?" I asked them. They turned to me and smiled. I struggled and went inside.
"Why are they here Loyd?" I asked Loyd who was busy driving.
"We were about to go to sleep when you suddenly called. They don't want to be left behind and you're supposed to have a ghost show up, Oh come on!"
I couldn't help but laugh because of the tone of Loyd's speech. I nodded at what he said. Pamella and Sophia have always been afraid of ghosts. They don't want to be in dark places because that's where ghosts often appear, which makes them shake their heads. I don't know why they are so afraid of that thing that has no truth but I just respect their belief. I only looked outside while Pam and Sophia still didn't stop talking in the back seat. I was deep in thought while looking at the scenery outside when something caught my eye. A woman in a black dress walking down the street. it was quite dark in the area we were passing by because the light pole there was broken and has not been repaired yet. I couldn't help but wonder why that lady was walking at this time of night. I just ignored it and just looked at the scenery again but after a few minutes we passed the lady in the black dress again. I couldn't help but panic because it was impossible for us to pass because we were in a car. I rubbed my eyes hoping that the lady wasn't there but when I looked out the window again, I was surprised to see that the lady was already in the window while the car was moving. I was horrified and couldn't help but fall back in my seat.
"Are you okay Shanelle?" Loyd asked me noticing that I was restless in my seat. I just nodded and didn't look out the window again. In my mind, what I saw was just a hallucination. I'm in bed while deep in thought. It was around eleven o'clock at night, so Loyd was probably asleep in his room. I can't sleep because I'm still thinking about the words mom said to me. Do I really have a headache? I'm feeling a little guilty for turning my back on it. Even though my parents are like that, I still love them very much and I don't want them to be hurt because of me, so I thought I would apologize to them tomorrow as soon as he got home. I can't help but think about what happened earlier. I will never forget the woman in the black dress because what happened earlier made my body tremble. Maybe I was just too carried away by what Loyd said about the ghost so that's how I reacted to the naive lady. I felt thirsty so I decided to leave my room to go to the kitchen to get some water. When I came out, darkness dawned on me. I suddenly remembered what Sophia and Pamella said so I couldn't help but be scared but also laughed at the end. After all, who is stupid enough to believe in a ghost or soul that is only imaginary. I just scratched my head and walked to the kitchen. After I arrived, I went straight to the fridge to get some water. While I was drinking, something crossed the corner of my eye. I stopped drinking first and walked aroundthe vision all around but I only saw darkness because I didn't turn on a single light. I couldn't help but panic so I hurried to drink water and when I finished, I took big steps back to my room. I immediately covered myself with a blanket as soon as I reached the room and forced myself to help immediately.
I DON'T KNOW where I am. There were only tall trees around me so I couldn't help but be afraid. I don't know what is happening or why I came to this place but only one thing caught my attention, there was a hut in front of me. It is obvious that you have been staying in that place for a long time because it looks like time has passed. I looked at the hut when a woman in a black dress and obviously old came out of the door with a candle in her hand. The lady went straight to one side and looked like she was praying. It was whispering in a strange language that I couldn't understand. I was about to step back when the lady took out a knife and without a second thought she sliced the wrist and said a word. I can't help but be afraid. I'm confused by what's happening when people in black suddenly come and they're up to something. They put down the lead and started talking. I didn't know what to do so I slowly retreated so as not to make any noise but I also failed to step on a branch. They all turned towards me and because of the panic, my feet moved spontaneously to run. I just run and don't pay attention to where I end up as long as I can get away from those people. I landed in a forest. I don't know where I am but what makes me nervous is what I saw earlier. Maybe they were doing something and he seemed disturbed. I couldn't help but feel fear for myself. I looked around, trying to ask for help, but it looked blurry because of where I was standing. I was looking around when I noticed a statue of a person in a tree not far from where I was. The lady! I couldn't move my body because of so much fear. It came closer and closer to me but I couldn't do anything but stare at it and blink my eyes. I was shaking with so much fear. I really want to run but my body doesn't want to go with me. When it got close, I almost fainted when I saw its appearance.
I was so out of breath that I fell back on the bed. I catch my breath as I look around, I can't help but be scared. I only saw a dark surrounding in the entire corner of my room that made my body feel comfortable. It was just a dream, I thought while still calming myself down from a nightmare.…