A Shade of Halloween

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Chapter Ten

I got back to my dorm after bidding my mom goodbye and realized I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t go back into my room alone. My mom had insisted on coming in with me but I turned her offer down, saying I could handle it. She asked if I was sure about that and I nodded convincingly. I really thought I could. Besides, I didn’t want anyone to be there when I got in, just in case the note I wrote was lying somewhere. I had no idea how deeply I was affected by the incident. I stopped in front of Trina Bayle’s door and knocked. Trina was the first person I met in college during registration. I wanted to ask her to come to my room with me because she had paid me a number of visits at the hospital but unfortunately, there was no response. The door was locked and I had no option but to go back to my room alone. I inserted the key and turned the knob. I wanted to walk right in but a silly thought popped up in my head, preventing me from doing so immediately.

What if I go in and the person who killed Alex jumps from behind the door and slits my throat?

It was a terrifying thought but I consoled myself with the fact that the police had searched everywhere around the dorm. There were no traces of a forced entry. Besides, with all the publicity going on with the case, I was doubtful the killer would lurk around. I waited outside for a couple of seconds, listening for any sounds that might emanate from inside the room. There was none. With shaky fingers, I pushed the door open and screamed in shock.

“Surprise!!!” My dorm mates screamed, with excited smiles on their faces.

They almost scared me out of my mind. I let out a sigh of relief and smiled at the many faces who welcomed me with smiles and hugs.

“Sorry!” Vanessa Bridges stated, making a cute face.

I was forced to laugh. It was much better to be surprised by them, than by a psycho killer. Trina Bayle came up to me and hugged me once everyone dispersed to drink.

“It’s so good to have you back.” She said, hugging me again.

“Thank you so much.” I managed a small smile.

“Thank all you guys!” I screamed at the crowd of students in my room.

It was thoughtful of them to do something so nice for me. I had no idea they loved me so much.

For every horrible person out there, there are tons of awesome ones.

I smiled at the thought in my head and blended in with the small crowd of college students in my room.

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