The weather was gloomy that afternoon, it was bright outside but the sun had vanished, the clouds took over and damn it started raining. What is all this about? Could it mean something bad or what!
“Cherish, where are the car keys? Don’t forget we have a date today with the girls. Oh man, I cannot wait to eat at the Chinese; it has been awhile since we went to Sweeten Eat It All.” Chandelle continued.
“Look,” Cherish yelled. I’m not sure about this hanging out thing right now. I’m having doubts.”
“Come on Cherish, stop playing with me girl and grab your keys. We need to start going; please don’t spoil the day for me sweetheart.”
Just go in the room and take the keys. And to make things clear, you will be going alone, I am not leaving this house this minutes or the next. I am not leaving the house at all.
“Fine, fine I will go by myself. Thank you very much, you are extremely wonderful,” Chandelle said sarcastically. “You always have bad feelings or doubts when you are either broke or don’t want to go out. Bye miss I’M HAVING DOUBTS.”
“Bye stubborn,” Cherish replied as Chandelle walked out.
Chandelle and Cherish are two best friends who have been living together since college. They both decided few years back to rent an apartment in a small town called Collegeville. They live in a two bedrooms apartment with a little kitchen decorated with white walls, a table that could fit four people, a refrigerator designed with pictures of both of them. There’s a stainless steel wooden floor and hanging lights in the middle of both the kitchen and the living room.
Chandelle went to the backyard where the car was located and tried to start it a few times but it refused to start. So she tried the fifth time and it finally started and she began driving to the Sweeten Eat It All, a Chinese restaurant located at the other side of Collegeville. At the restaurant, Chandelle grabbed a fortune cookie and read the message: your life is in danger, say nothing to anyone, you must leave town as soon as possible and make sure you do not return. Repeat: you must leave town immediately and don’t say nothing.
“Wait what the hell is this; I must leave town immediately? What is that supposed to mean. And why should I leave without telling anyone and saying anything? Why is my life in danger? I have not for once offended anyone, murder anyone or picked a fight so why this? I think these Chinese people are trying to play me. So they want to ruin my day as well just like my friend Cherish.” Chandelle wonders to herself as she sits in the tiny wooden chair. No, no, no, and nooo…why am I even stressing about this stupid thing. It’s just a Chinese fortune cookie message,” she continued.
“Ma’am are you alright? Excuse me miss are you okay and your food is served.” One of the Chinese workers interrupted her thoughts.” If am not mistaken, you order Cheng Du Chicken, fried rice, ginger beef, shrimp salad and chicken Lo Mein?
“Yes I did” Chandelle responded with frustrations in her voice.
“Okay that will be thirty dollars and ninety-two cents Ms.”
Chandelle tossed the money on the counter, grabbed the food and ran toward the sign that says: “Parking Permitted to Customers who are willing to buy Chinese ONLY” where she parked the car. She sat in there for about fifteen to twenty minutes thinking about the previous message. She wonders about what should be done. “Should I Run as far away from Collegeville or ignore the stupid message.”
“You know what? I think I know exactly what to do. I am going back home where I belong and pretend none of this happened. I would be stupid to run out of my own town and go somewhere…God knows where. This is the worst day of my life. Rain, Cherish and this horrible message from a SO-CALLED fortune cookie,” Chandelle thought to herself.
After purchasing the Chinese food, and sitting in the car for awhile, Chandelle drove home as fast as she could, still terrified and confused about everything that has been going on in the last few hours. As soon as she got home, she ran straight into her bedroom and started crying. “OMG… oh God what am I going to do, if this is true. I don’t really know what’s going on anymore. Why would I be in danger without probable cause?”
“Chandelle; girl where are you? I have been waiting for you since you left. Someone brought you a letter.” Cherish yelled from her room on the left side of the kitchen. “Well… but the thing is, I don’t know who it is from…uhmm I think it’s from an anonymous but I would bring it for you to find that out yourself. Delle…where are you? Are you okay, why you came in and didn’t even bother to say hello? Hope you are not still mad at me for dissing you earlier. You know I really didn’t want to go. But if you are still pissed, then I am sorry sweetheart. I promise I will go with you next time; matter of fact the next time we go, it’d be my treat.” Cherish continued on talking and questioning Chandelle.
“Cherish I need you to do me a big favor for tonight, okay? Would you do it for me please, I’m begging you.’
“What is the favor?”
“I need you to shut up for once and stop asking me silly questions.” Delle screamed with anger as if she was going to pop out of her room and choke Cherish.
“Okay fine I will leave you alone. But here is your letter or should I say your little note from your secret admirer.”
She threw the note under Delle’s wooden door and walked back to her room.
Delle took the letter from the under the door, opened it and read: “I will take my revenge.” I have not forgotten who you are and what you have caused me. “I WILL TAKE MY REVENGE SOON…In big printed letters and the bottom of the paper; It continues saying. “I will do anything in my power to take revenge on you and anyone close to your heart.”
After reading the note/letter, Chandelle fell on the floor and starts crying and screaming…“NOOOOO.”
“What is it hun, why are you shedding tears. What is it Delle? …Talk to me. What did the letter say?”
“Cherish I have no idea why someone wants a revenge on me and hurt anyone close to me. I am so scared. I don’t want anything to happen to me, you and to us.”
Cherish was terrified to hear those words coming out of Delle’s mouth. She was shocked till she couldn’t swallow her spit.
“Wait…What? What are saying? Someone wants you dead and anyone close to you? No way… I don’t want to die Chandelle. Is this a joke? If it’s then stop okay because I am already tired of laughing.” Cherish was still scared, shocked, and confused but yet being sarcastic.
“No Cherish. Stop being sarcastic, I know you are as scared and horrified as I am. Let me tell you something. Do you remember few years ago when we were juniors in college?”
“Yes I remember. So what that got to do with everything that’s happening right now.”
“Would you shut up and listen to me, Cherish. Anyways during college there was this guy who used to like me a lot…actually love me. He died a few years back before we moved to Collegeville. I believe this letter is from Ryan, his best friend. I heard that he got frustrated and became a drug addict and I guess he thinks I have something to do with his friend’s death. Now he wants revenge because he thinks I murdered his boy for stalking me even thought I didn’t wanted him.”
“Oh no. OMG. But did you do it Delle. Did you murder his friend? So is that why we had to move to Collegeville in the first place. So what are we going to do now? What if he comes tomorrow? What if he comes tonight or the next few minutes,” Cherish falls on her kneels as tears flows down her eyes.
“I am scared, she said.
“God please help us, have mercy upon us. Chandelle please tell me the truth did you killed him. I promise I won’t be mad or leave you. We are best friends and we are supposed to tell each other everything.”
“I didn’t do it. I did not kill anyone. I made us move to this town because I was scared Bestie. I didn’t want us to be in danger or be in anyone’s way. I am sorry for putting you through all this trouble. I didn’t mean to I swear, I wouldn’t want you to be hurt because I love you Cherish. You’re the only close person I have left; you are my best friend, my sister and my other half. Please forgive me for everything. I thought leaving and moving to this town would’ve been better but I guess it’s worse. I am so sorry.”
“Well I guess we’re going to die right Delle? What option do we have left? You should have told me a long time ago. You never did; not once tell me about a guy loving you in college. All I heard from you was you had a crush and he’s crazy about you and the next thing I know he’s dead. Now we are supposed to pay for what we didn’t do.
“I’m sorry please, I am sorry.”
“It’s okay I forgive you. There’s nothing I can tell you now. It’s too late. But you are my sister and I love you too. If I have to die along with you, I will. But I don’t want to die. I forgive you sister. But all we need now is 911 to be on the dial.”
As soon Cherish got up to go get the phone from the living room, there was a knock on the back door. It was the lover’s best friend. He was knocking too hard, trying to break the backdoor.
“Who’s there?” Cherish questioned with fear. “If you don’t leave I will call the cops. Get away from here or I will shoot you.” She tried to scare him off with threats but that didn’t work.
“Umm Chandelle…Chandelle…Delle. There’s someone at the door call the cops right now…call.”
Before the two girls dialed the number, he broke into the house with no questions asked he grabbed onto Chandelle and stabbed her with the knife in his hand. He chopped her into her heart and then ran after Cherish to kill her as well. She was running so fast but fell on the muddy ground and found it hard to get back on her feet.
“You think you can escape from here huh? So you can run your mouth and tell the cops. Where are the cops you were threatened to call upon me honey bun? Ohh wait, they are nowhere to be found.” The stranger blah on as he walked toward Cherish. “I will kill you like your friend killed my friend. I’m going to cut you into piece like a child’s cutting the paper with a scissor. You guys murdered my boy back in the days and now you pay for the debt.”
“No please don’t kill me. I have nothing to do with the murder, I didn’t even know who your friend was and am sorry he was killed. And matter of fact my friend never killed him either. She didn’t have anything to do with the murder.” The stranger was about to stab Cherish when one of the police shot him on the arms. He fell on the ground and he was handcuffed and taken to prison for ten years.
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