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Chimera - Chapter 3

A psychological thriller...
Okay Guys,

Here's another chapter and with this am starting a new contest. At the end of each chapter, there will be a new question. Those who get it right, their names will be used as characters in this story... So, how does it sound? Read the story and answer the question given at the end of the chapter.

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The next morning, Sally was sitting in her room reading a novel by Jessica Sorensen, when she heard a bark. She stood up and peeked from the balcony and saw Aaron standing on the other side of the fence with Ted. He waved at her and gestured her to come down. Sally smiled and mouthed, "In a minute."

Sally quickly checked herself in the mirror. She was wearing a tank top with a faded blue jeans and her blonde hair were pulled back in a ponytail. She nodded at her reflection in approval and chuckled. Then she went downstairs to head into the backyard.

"Sally, where are you going?" Her mother interrupted her as she was about to open the door.

"Backyard!" She replied quickly and then went into the backyard closing the door behind her.

"Hey, good morning," Aaron greeted her with a smile.

"Morning," Sally smiled back and went towards the fence.

"So?"

"So... you brought Ted here for the dog sitting job?"

"No," Aaron laughed, "he just wanted to meet you and invite you over to my house."

"Invite me?" Sally asked with an eyebrow arched at him.

"Yes! In fact your whole family."

"Is there any occasion or something..."

"Well no, not really. Actually, I just told my mother about our new neighbors..." he said with a wink, "and she asked me to invite you over."

"Oh, that's nice, but I don't think my parents will agree you know."

"But why?"

"Well, they're a bit busy and they both work so, I don't think it would be possible for them."

"Fine, I understand but you're not busy, are you?"

"Well, school's starting next week so I guess not."

"Fine then, you can come over."

"Um... Okay."

"Okay, then I'll see you in the evening."

"For sure... goodbye."

"Bye," Aaron smiled and waved and turned away. Sally stood by the fence with a smile plastered on her face as she saw Aaron walk towards his house with Ted leaping at his feet. She let out a deep sigh and went inside.

"What were you doing in the backyard?" Her mother questioned her as soon as she came in.

"Um... just sitting," she lied.

"Fine. Okay Sally, I have got to go, am already late for work. Please help yourself with breakfast sweetie!" She said as she planted a kiss on her forehead.

"Sure mom."

"Okay then, take care," her mother said as she grabbed the car keys and her purse and exited through the door.

Sally locked the door from inside and settled on the couch. She felt a pang of guilt hitting her for lying to her mother. But knowing how she was, Sally was sure that her mother would've never let her go to Aaron's house.

In the evening, Sally dressed herself in a nice pink summer dress and with her hair brushed nicely. She also applied a little mascara to accentuate her blue eyes. With one final look in the mirror, she headed to Aaron's house.

Aaron's house looked just like her own house from inside and so did all the other buildings in the neighborhood. The only difference was that his house was a little large and weathered off. With the paint cracking and green patches of algae visible on the pillar, Sally assumed that his family must've been living there for a long time. She raised her hand to reach the doorbell, but the door opened right at that moment.

"Hello," Aaron greeted her with a smile.

"Hey... how did you know I was here?"

"Magic!" Aaron laughed and welcomed her inside the house. "Don't worry, I saw you getting out of your house from the window."

"Oh! Okay."

Sally looked around and saw Aaron's house. It was rather old with some rugged furniture and some vintage paintings hanging on the walls. A large dining table was placed at the center with some couches and a center table lying in the corner. There were some photographs placed just beside the dining table where Aaron asked Sally to sit.

"You have a beautiful house," Sally said while sitting down and admiring the spread of food on the table.

"Thank you, we don't hear that very often," Aaron chuckled.

"No seriously."

"As you say," Aaron smiled and gestured her to have the food.

"The food looks lovely, but where's your mother?"

"Well, she had to go for some urgent work but she told me to be a nice host, so please let me know if I go wrong somewhere."

"Ya, sure," Sally rolled her eyes.

"So, school next week?"

"Yeah!" Sally said making a face.

"Why that face, miss?"

"Well, I am not feeling okay with the idea of walking into a bunch of strangers midterm."

"Yeah, I can understand, but don't worry you'll soon make friends."

"Um... I cannot say that for sure. Am not very good at it."

"Who told you so?"

"Well, that's what I feel."

"I don't think so. I mean, we became friends in a day or should I say in a few hours," Aaron said wiggling his eyebrows.

"Friends?"

"Yeah... so what else are we?"

"Not enemies for sure!" Sally grinned.

"So, we're friends then because in this world there's only two things - friends and enemies and I'd prefer to be the former."

"Me too," Sally smiled as she ate the food. She sighed in relief, she didn't know she'd make a friend so easily.

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Question 1

What do you think this psychological thriller can be about?

(Hint:- It's related to the title of the story.)

All guesses are welcomed along with appreciation and criticism!
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Published: 6/23/2015
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