The Witche's Roof - A Short Story

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Don’t go into the jungle, they said. For a witch lives there. She hoodwinked people, made them follow her and they were never seen again. But kids are fearless. The tales of the village elders don’t scare them. So one day, when no one was looking, four boys went. And … (read more)

Don’t go into the jungle, they said. For a witch lives there. She hoodwinked people, made them follow her and they were never seen again. But kids are fearless. The tales of the village elders don’t scare them. So one day, when no one was looking, four boys went. And they were never seen again.

What happened to them?

They reached the dark and dense forest. With creepers all over, trees as tall as the hills themselves. The land was black as space and the air eerily silent. The four boys knew they had come too far. They wanted to return. And yet, they kept moving forward. Not knowing why and dreading every step they took, they kept moving forward. Until they saw the house. Ravi, one of the boys, remembered his grandma’s story. She would say, ‘if you reach the house, there is no return. The witch’s long, unending arm would come out and grab the unfortunate soul standing outside.’ Ravi tries to run, but his feet refused to move. He looked at his friends and it was evident they were going through the same thing. And then came the hand, except it wasn’t a hand. At least not like any hand Ravi had ever seen before. It was long and unending. The hut was almost 50 feet away and the hand, which had started coming out of the door was getting closer and closer, but was still continues… and one by one, it took them all. Once inside, the boys saw the ceiling. It was rotten and bloody, dripping blood. The hay wasn’t actually hay but veins, the wooden log not wood but bones. It was then that Ravi realized, that the witch didn’t live in the house. She was the house. And that was the last thought he ever had. For he was no more to think after that. The roof was the last thing he ever saw.

He probably should have listened to his grandma.


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Peyman Naderi
2021/08/05

Superb!

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