Last prompt of my month of mysteries! I chose a photo that could inspire a Halloween mystery, either a straight whodunit or a mystery with a supernatural twist.
What’s the mystery? Here’s my take:
“Okay, we’ve been in every room.” My cousin Made hurried to the front door, gathering her long skirt in her hands. “Now can we please go before the cops catch us in here?”
“We haven’t been in the basement.” Ava adjusted her gray-streaked wig.
“That’s not a room.” Made had her hand on the doorknob. “It’s a floor. The dare just said every room.”
“Oh, come on.” I started down the stairs, my flashlight highlighting every gross cobweb and dirt-caked corner. “It’ll take only one more minute, and then I can shove Erin’s dare in her face.”
The stairs creaked behind me as Madi and Ava followed. At the bottom was one closed door. I stopped, my breath coming short. I’d thought the basement would be open, like mine at home. I didn’t expect a separate room.
“What are you waiting for?” Ava said in my ear.
“Nothing.” The word was hoarse, but I took another step.
A thud reached us, and Ava and I jerked like it was a punch that had landed on each of us. Madi screamed.
Another thud, this time with wood cracking under it, and the door at the bottom of the stairs shook.