Walking Shoes... Chapter 5
Eliza began to cry. She looked down at Caroline and Sandi's bodies. She wanted, she Needed them to be alive. Why couldn't she make Ms. Lance understand that. It was the only way she could ever know rest. She moved closer to the girls. They appeared to be dead, but... they couldn't be, she thought with excitement. She turned towards Ms. Lance.
"They aren't dead you know. If they were, we would see them, at least for a second or two."
"I am very aware of that, Eliza! I told you that sometimes people give up slowly. It takes them a little time to die and to realize they are dead."
"I don't want them to be dead! I told you that already! I don't want to stay in this body any longer. I want to go where my mom and dad are!"
Ms. Lance's voice softened for a moment. She moved next to Eliza, placing her arm around her shoulders. Eliza moved a little. She was not use to Ms. Lance being kind. It made her a bit uncomfortable.
"Eliza, I know you want to go to be with your mom and dad. I want to go to rest also. We can't until we finish what needs to be done here. We can not do that until you remember why the bad man hurt us. I know it is scary to go back there, but I need you too. Joshua needs you to also."
"Why... why do I have to go back? Why can't we just go to heaven, Ms. Lance?"
"Because you were a naughty girl, Lizzy! Because of You, I am stuck in this stupid attic with you!"
Eliza turned to face Joshua. He looked angry and she hated when he was angry. HE was always mean when he was in this mood.
"Joshua, you know it wasn't my fault! You took my new shoes and hid them. I had to wear my old shoes that creaked. I would have been alive then if you hadn't taken them! You are the blame, not me."
Ms. Lance looked at Joshua. "You did take her shoes, Joshua. You took them and hid them from Eliza. Why would you do such a thing?"
Suddenly, the attic door opened. Caroline's father climbed in to the attic. He stared at the three figures that stood before him. He looked down and saw Caroline and Sandi, lying under the debri from the attic. As he walked towards them, Ms. Lance glided in front of them.
"I can not let you help them. I need them to be companions for Eliza. I don't want her to be lonely anymore."
"I won't just stand here and watch my daughter and niece die. You need to let me help them. Why are you even here?"
"We are here because Eliza disobeyed me and Joshua took her walking shoes. The man heard them squeak and then she was dead."
"What man???? What are you talking about?"
"In 1936, a man came into this house and murdered everyone. He killed five people that night."
"Why are there only three of you?"
"Because Joshua's mom and dad got to go to rest. We did not. I have already told you why."
"Why did this man kill all of you?"
"We don't know. He just did it."
Joshua began to cry softly. They all turned to look at him.
"Joshua, do you know something we don't? If you do, if you have hidden something that might have sent us home, I want to know!" Ms. Lance's voice was now harsh and threatening.
"I never told you because I didn't want you to go to rest and leave me alone."
Windows began to shake and the attic floor creaked as if 10,000 pounds had just been set on it. Shards of glass flew through the air and impaled themselves in the wooden walls. Carolin's father layed on top of the girls to shield them from the glass.
"Tell me what you know, young man, or you will wish you had gone to heaven that day!"
Joshua sobbed into his hands. His head was jerked back and he stared in to the furious eyes of Ms. Lance.
"I did take the shoes. I took Lizzy's walking shoes earlier that day, but he lied to me."
"Who, who lied to you, Joshua! Tell me right now!" Ms. Lance shook his body hard. He pulled away from her and stood near the loft.
"The man that killed us! He lied to me that day. He said he just wanted to see Lizzy's shoes so that he could play a trick on her. When I took the shoes to him, he told me he was going to buy her a new pair as a gift. It made me mad and so I grabbed the shoes and ran. He yelled that he would get them back. He was so angry. I didn't know he was going to hurt everyone! I swear I didn't."
"You are the reason we are here, Joshua. Your jealousy left us in this state for nearly 80 years! That man was a bad man. He killed us to get to Eliza. He was sick in his mind!"
There was a sound behind them. Caroline's father bent down and lifted the window frames off of the two girls. He knelt down and cuddle Caroline in his arms. She hugged him as they stood up. Sandi got off of the floor and tried to brush all of the glass from her clothing. The shards cut in to her hands and she cried out in pain. Ms. Lance looked at the two girls. She moved so quickly, no one had a chance to defend themselves from the slap. Sandi's was knocked against the wall. She held her face where she had been struck.
Caroline's father stepped between Sandi and Ms. Lance. "No more!!! This is the end of your hurting these girls! We need to find a way to send you three to where-ever it is ghosts go! What do we need to do?"
Ms. Lance stood in front of him for a moment. Her feature's softened. "We need for Eliza to go back. She needs to remember what happened after the man grabbed her, outside. If she can remember and get her walking shoes on, we can go home."
"How do you know this?"
"We just do. Eliza won't go back and remember, so here we stay."
Caroline walked over to Eliza. She was amazed that her arm did not simply pass through her form. "We are mostly solid when we appear here, Caroline. Don't ask me why because there is much that in unknown about being in this state."
"Eliza, I know you are scared. I would be too. But I know that you want to go to your mom and dad. The only way is for you to go back to that night. You have to remember how you died so that you will go to heaven. Please, Lizzy, we can not get out of this attic until you let us out. We will die up here if we stay. I don't want to die."
Eliza's expression turned to a look of pure anger. Windows began to move across the room again. They moved slowly this time, making it easy to move out of their path. They crashed against the walls and shattered into pieces. Eliza stared at Caroline.
"I didn't want to die either! I wanted to run away and live! That man was so mean!"
The attic began to darken. The sound of thunder rumbled through the attic. Clouds filled the sky where there had been Sunshine only seconds before. Rain began to pour in through the open windows, soaking Caroline and her father.
"That's it baby girl... go back! You are going back to that night! Don't stop Eliza, you are almost there!" Ms. Lance's voice was filled with excitement.
"I am scared Ms. Lance. I can hear the man screaming! He is so close now. I can smell his odor, hear his voice, angry, frightening. Oh, I am so very scared."
"It's ok, Eliza, I am here this time. I will help you like I should have 80 years ago. Run, Eliza, run little girl!"
"Ms. Lance... Ms. La-a-a-a-a-a-ance, help me, please. He is going to hurt me..."