THE STRANGER

It was Friday 13 th.. For many people the combination of Friday and 13th is the unluckiest. Her mother never believed in superstitions. Seema came out of the house unwillingly and went to buy some vegetables.

As she has taken a few steps from her home. Suddenly she saw her puppy which was lost days ago in midst of the forest. She was happy at the sudden sight of the puppy. When she tried to approach the puppy it ran back to the forest swiftly…Seema felt desperate. She ran behind the puppy . She ran miles and miles through the deep forest but she was unable to find it. Later she understood she was amidst the deep darken woods. She was not able to recognize the path through which she had run. She trembled with fear. The deep woods and its ghostly appearance through the dark made her to scream. She passed through the forest in search of a helping hand…but in vain…..she screamed aloud….HELP…HELP…. But other than her own echo there was no sound to be heard…..Suddenly she saw a man in the forest . She ran towards that man with a lot of hope and faith.

Seema asked: Hey do you know the way to get out of the forest? I got trapped in this forest….please help me. The man replied :Ok I will help you .. Follow me…

She was so happy. She began to follow that man…. They went miles apart.. In between she tried to ask something to the man but he didn’t reply. They get out of the forest. She became much more relieved. She turned to her fellow guider to bid farewell.. But she was startled…he was not there… There were only the sound of rustling of leaves. She felt fear to even look back at the forest. She ran home. She didn’t tell to her mom about she being trapped in the forest.. Next day morning she wake up and went through the newspaper and her lips began to tremble with fear… In the newspaper there was the photograph of the man whom she met yesterday in the middle of the forest.. The news was about the discovery of his corpse from the forest… According to the news she realised he was dead 2 days ago…..Fear and anxiety began to grow in her mind…. She ran to the kitchen and narrated the whole incident to her mother. She was in a dilemma …not being able to understand the things around her. Mother hold her near to her and said : Dear don’t worry… Already you were suspicious to go outside as it was Friday and 13 th.. The ill thoughts made your mind to create such a story and encounter..don’t worry dear… These are just some superstitious thought which grew across your mind… Don’t worry…Go and have rest for some time… Seema felt relieved….with a decision to not believe in superstitions any more… She went to bed and slept soundly…

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