Ring Twice

The door is emerald green but it was painted a long time ago. The green is peeling and in some areas has chipped off completely. The centre of the door is of frosted glass, which I’m surprised at. Most people have a solid front door. I can see a curtain and it is tied in the middle, I haven’t seen anything like it since my grandmother passed. I pause and smile. Then, lifting my hand I ring the doorbell.

A tinkling echoes through the house and I think I see someone beyond the curtain, it is just a shadow that moves, but I know that there is someone there.

I ring again and cup a hand to the window. There is definitely a shadow.

“Go away,” a voice calls quietly from inside.

“I only want to ask some questions,” I say.

“Go away,” the voice repeats. It is high and has a slight shake. I think whoever is on the other side of the door is very old.

“Please open the door?” I ask, trying to sound non-threatening.

“Who are you?”

“My name is Bitsy and I was at Heathrow. We don’t know what is going on.”

“Heathrow!” The woman screeches and I see the shadow move further away.

“What’s wrong?” I ask.

“Leave. Please, just go.”

“What is wrong with Heathrow?”

“That’s how it came here. From Italy.”

My blood runs ice cold in my veins. “Italy?”

“Yes,” she says. “If you catch it you are gone in minutes.”

“Gone?” It has to be some sort of virus.

“Go away!” The voice calls and then the shadow darts further into the house and is gone. I think about yelling again, but if the situation was reversed I wouldn’t open the door.

I turn and walk back to the guys.

“Well?” Max says.

“She is too scared to open the door, especially once she found out that we were from Heathrow.”

“Why?” Colin asks.

“Some sort of virus has done this.” I gesture to the quiet street.

“What kind of virus?” Max asks.

I shrug. “She just said that once you get it then you are gone in minutes.”


“That’s what she said.”


About Kate

Kate Murray has recently completed her Masters in Creative Writing and is currently working as an illustrator and writer. Her first anthology of short stories ‘The Phantom Horse’ was published in December 2013 and she subsequently has had another anthology published by Raging Aardvark; “Love Just Is” looks at the truth of love, in all its guises from romantic to obsessive. She is currently working on an anthology of ghost stories which should be published at the end of October 2014 and is also writing her first novel. Kate runs two blogs, one is about her life as a writer (kate0murray.wordpress.com) and the other is a serialisation of a novel, “The Gone”; a disaster hits the world while Bitsy is on a flight from Italy. She lands to find that the world is completely altered and she must learn to survive in a place where everyone is not who they appear to be (thegone.wordpress.com). Kate has had short stories published in magazines and e-zines, including ‘The Lampeter Review’, ‘Jotter’s United’, and ‘What The Dickens’. She has had short stories included in the ‘Twisted Tales 2013’ anthology published by Raging Aardvark, and the ‘Busker Anthology’ and ‘Spooky Tales Anthology’ published by What the Dickens. Kate’s artwork has been exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art in Machynlleth where she was selected after entering the art competition and at Aberglasney Gardens as part of the Mid Wales Art group. Her artwork has been published by companies from Norway to Australia and her latest works will have illustrations in it. She has also had a series of line drawings published by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in their biodiversity action plan. Kate currently works in the foothill of the Cambrian Mountains where she has a purpose built workshop that she affectionately calls her ‘house’ as she spends far more time in there than anywhere else.
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3 Responses to Ring Twice

  1. Kate says:

    Reblogged this on Kate Murray and commented:

    The last of Chapter 3

  2. I’m really enjoying your serialization 🙂

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