Kelly Melvin

Meg... or Lily?

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It was raining outside, and it was dark. All I could hear was the raindrops and the rustling of the leaves — nothing else. Yet I was sure I had heard something; a burglar, maybe, or the giant tarantula I’d read about just before bedtime.

Again: a creak, just outside the window. Then, a muffled scream — or was it a yowl? I shivered in my bed and tucked my head under the pillow.

By the way, my name’s Meg Arnold. I don’t go to school because my parents insist on home-schooling. A minor detail: my house is haunted.

Even when I shut the door tightly, it swings open with a scary groan. The floorboards creak like somebody is walking on them. I especially dread the nights, the nights filled with creaks, groans, screams, yowls and howls. I’ve gotten used to it, but it’s still not a lullaby.

I have talked to my parents, but they think I’m crazy — “I’ve booked you Saturday with the psychologist,” Mom announced gently.

“Honey, are you feeling all right? Want some hot chocolate?” Dad offered.

I don’t know who to tell, who would understand.


Okay, I’ll get out of bed. I have to see what that is. I’m sleepwalking to the window...
Falling down in shock, I roll on the cold, wooden floor.

Wait a minute, our house is made of stone!!

Lily Hanne woke up on the hard stone floor of her mansion.

“What a funny dream I had,” she murmured.

Suddenly she heard a creak near the window.


Oola on 3 July, 2020

Wow– You should definitely write a sequel! It's almost like this book I really liked called "The Art of the Swap". Keep on writing!

Reihaneh on 31 May, 2020

I like it

Grace on 25 October, 2018

Nice one! (if this doesn't work - sorry). heart

Emma on 17 May, 2017


Emma on 17 May, 2017

Creepy story, but very exiting!

Meghan N. on 15 January, 2017

Kinda creepy story and that it has my nickname but awesome job!!!!!

Livi on 3 June, 2016

A creepy story...... but quite admirable.

Danica Colombick on 2 November, 2015

Very creepy, but cool.

BallerinaRose on 19 May, 2015


Lauren Taylor on 7 May, 2015