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Mind games

Nova huffed and wiped down a sticky table. She had started working at a little coffee shop a couple of days ago and she loved it. The owners, a nice old lady named Margaret and her husband George, hired Nova right off the bat. Everyone in town knew them because of their delicious coffee and treats. They were the most nicest and caring people in town, unfortunately they lost their twenty year old daughter in a fire five years ago. Everyone in town mourned and prayed. Everyone believed the nicest people didn’t deserve a tragic loss.

Nova smiled at a little girl that was eyeing a chocolate cupcake on the other side of the glass. She squatted down and grabbed the cupcake, the little girl watching her movement.

Nova walked around the counter and kneeled in front of the girl.

“What’s your name?” She asked.

“Amy.” The little brown headed girl replied.

“I’m Nova. Do you want a chocolate cupcake?” Nova asked.

“Yes please.” Amy said.

Nova handed the grinning girl the cupcake with a soft smile. Her heart melted when the little girls grin turned to a full blown smile.

“Thank you.”

“No problem.” Nova replied and stood up, “where’s your parents?”

“In the bathroom. I have to go now bye.”

Nova watched the little girl run off to her mother and laughed softy.

“You remind me of my daughter Daisy. She loved children.” Nova turned her head and found Margaret who had a sad smile, “Your just like her, hard working and caring. And beautiful. Go home and rest Nova, you deserve it. Your the reason this little coffee shop is blooming again.”

“No it’s okay I can stay-“

“Go home.” Margarets tone left no room for an argument.

Nova nodded and thanked her.

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Nova walked up to her porch, dragging her tired feet. She stopped when she noticed a little silver box that was wrapped up with a red bow. She eyed the box and picked it up slowly. She shook the box and huffed when she heard nothing. She untied the bow and lifted the lid off the box. An envelope was the only thing inside.

She unlocked her front door and scurried inside. She ripped open the envelope and pulled a paper out. She unfolded the paper and scanned the words on the letter.

It’s been years since I’ve last seen you, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss you. The memories we created hopefully haunt you at night when I can’t physically be there to do it myself.

We are going to play a game. I like games, how bout you Nova? I do really hope your up for a good game. This is a good game I promise. This game will mess with your head. I’ve left you a clue somewhere in your house. You might know where it is if you think hard enough.

The clues will lead you to places far away from home. Once you go where the clues take you, you will be given a task. Complete the task and you’ll move onto the next round. Just a little heads up, these tasks are dangerous and require you to get your hands a little dirty if you know what I mean.

What’s the point of the game you may ask? Well, like I said it’s a mind game. Each task will reveal secrets that your loved ones kept hidden from you. Deep dark secrets that’ll have you questioning if they really even loved you. That’s all I can tell you for now.

Play the game Nova and I won’t harm the people you love. By the way, I left you a present inside the envelope.

Yours truly

Lily

Nova gulped and looked inside the envelope hesitantly, her breathing heavy and her hands clammy. She reached inside and pulled out a key like necklace.

She dropped everything and stood still. She knew where the clue was hidden

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