Nora’s Doll

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Horror
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Nora sat up abruptly as she woke up from the nightmare she was having. She looked around the room making sure that the clown wasn’t trying to find her. The blinds on the window were open just a crack, letting moonlight stream through and make a pattern on the floor. Her door was open showing a dark hallway right outside of her bedroom. The house creaked, making Nora swing her head back to the closet. Could there be something out there, she thought. She began to lie back down, trying not to think about it. As her head hit the pillow, she realized that she didn’t have her doll with her. She had fallen asleep on the way home from Grandma’s house, and her dad had carried her to her bed. But he had forgotten one of the most important things: Nora’s favorite doll Sally. She had been sleeping with her since she was two. There was no way that she was going to fall back asleep without it.
Still trying to not think about the window, she threw the covers aside and gingerly put her bare feet on the ground. The carpet in her bedroom was soft, making her more at ease. She began tip-toeing over to the door, trying not to make any noise. When she got to the door, she poked her head out just enough to see into the hallway. Nope, no clown there either. She stepped onto the cold hard-wood floor. From behind her, she heard the creaking sound again. She whirled around to only see the old grandfather clock sitting against the wall. It read 1:54. She had been sleeping for three whole hours.
She turned back to the matter at hand. She crept down the hallway, passing her parents room, the dining room, and her little brother’s room. Now there were only two closed doors left at the end of the hallway, the playroom and the storage room. Nora hated the storage room. It had all of the ugly forgotten things in it. Luckily she wouldn’t have to go in there; she would just have to run passed it. She stood about four feet in front of the storage room door, working up her courage and getting ready to run the rest of the way. A small creak behind her made up her mind. She bolted to the playroom, ran inside, and closed the door behind her.
As she caught her breath, she turned around to face the rest of the playroom. It’s very dark in here, she thought. She looked around, still trying to find the clown. Nothing there either. She spotted sally on the windowsill, a slits of moonlight shining on her through the open blinds. Another creak behind the door made Nora jump. She ran to the window-sill and grabbed Sally. As she hugged sally, she noticed that there was a small tear her beautiful green dress. She looked at the tear, wondering how it got there.
Nora heard the door began to open and immediately jumped behind a rocking horse to hide from the clown. She watched from in between the horse’s legs as the door opened more. When it had opened enough, somebody walked in. Nora started shaking. What do I do if the clown finds me? Where do I go? She started looking for an escape route. When she swung her head back to see where the clown was, she saw its feet standing right in front of the horse.
“Nora, what are you doing here? I thought that you were asleep.” Her mom’s voice rang through the darkness. “Why are you hiding behind a rocking horse?”
“Sorry Mom,” Nora responded. “I woke up and I couldn’t go back to sleep without Sally, I had to come get her. Then I thought you were the evil clown from my dream and I hid behind the rocking horse.” Nora started to stand up when there was a small thump from behind her. She turned to see another one of her dolls on the floor. Her mom walked over and put it back on the shelf, right in between her doll with the red dress, and her doll with a blue dress.
“Okay, well now you can go back to bed. I’ll see you in the morning.” Her mom began to walk towards the door.
“Wait, Mommy!” Nora cried, “Sally’s dress is ripped, can you fix it?” Her mom took the doll room her carefully and looked at the rip. She played with the fabric in between her thumb and forefinger.
“Yeah, I think I can, but it will have to wait till tomorrow. Now you go right to bed and I’ll see you and Sally at breakfast.” She gave back Sally and walked out of the room. Nora started to follow behind her and realized that she hadn’t said goodbye to the other dolls. She turned back around looking towards the dolls. The doll that had fallen had switched places with the doll in the blue dress. Hmmm . . . I swear that you were in the middle. She thought on it for a minute more and walked out of the room closing the door behind her. She had forgotten to say goodbye to the other dolls.
As the door closed, the doll with the blue dress blinked.


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