The atmosphere in the room darkened. Even the air seemed denser, making the candle flicker in a peculiar way. Rain drops were drumming heavily on the windowsill. As on cue, a strong wind picked up, bending trees, and singing other worldly melodies in the chimneys.
“Come on guys, it’s only a thunderstorm!” laughed Gia, trying to lighten up the mood.
“No, it’s definitely a bad omen!” protested Leni.
“I agree, we shouldn’t mess with summoning a living person!” said Ozz.
“Yeah, what if we do it, and something happens to Peter, then what?”
“It’s just a game, nothing will happen.” said Gia. “We are not doing it right, anyway.”
“I am scared, guys, I think, I am gonna go to bed, it’s late.” said visibly shaken Leni.
“You are so boring guys, I am out of here too!” Gia got up.
“Can you give the glass to Peter, Gia?” asked Leni.
Gia grabbed the glass, and walked to the door. “Hey Ozz, have a good night…,here in your haunted room, with the ghosts!” she winked.
“Oh, shut up, Gia!” laughed Ozz.
Gia stopped by Peter’s to return the glass, and to see Lokie one more time, of course.
“What happened?” asked Peter.
“Have a guess! They got scared of the thunderstorm, and chickened out!”
“Especially Leni, she was hysterical! They refused point blank to summon your spirit, sorry.”
Peter made a face, and a hand gesture, as if saying that it doesn’t matter.
Lokie sat up on his bed, and gave Gia an evil look. It confused her momentarily, but then he flashed a smile, and got up.
“Give me a ciggie, Lokie, please!” Gia smiled pleadingly, then picked up a postcard from his night table, and pretended to study the depiction to hide her nervousness. She almost didn’t notice, when Lokie grabbed the cigarettes, and left the room.
“Gia, Luke just left, either lie down in his bed, or if you want to smoke, go after him.” said Peter.
Gia quickly got up. “Why does he keep telling me to lie in Lokie’s bed?” wondered Gia, as she walked out of the door.
Lokie was standing there in the darkness. Gia was slowly walking toward him, feeling very shy.
“Why are you calling me Lokie, Gianka?”
“Why are you calling me Gianka?”
“I asked first.” he took a few steps closer to Gia.
“Because you are crazy, I guess!”
Lokie was now uncomfortably close to Gia.
“I don’t mean, crazy, crazy-” she took a step back, heart pounding.
“Oh, yeah?” he quickly grabbed her wrist, and stared directly in her eyes.
“Lokie, please, it hurts.”
“Shh, Gia, what was that?”
They slipped into the girls’ bathroom, and listened for a few seconds in silence. It was quiet, except for a solitary tap dripping.
“There.” he handed her a cigarette, and started to walk away.
“Wait, you got a light?” Gia followed him into the boys’ toilets.
He laughed. “I have two matches, do you have a match box?”
“Here.” Lokie lit his cigarette, and put the other match into the box. He looked at Gia intently again, and slowly placed the box in her hand.
Rapidly approaching footsteps interrupted Lokie, and they were getting closer, fast. Gia panicked, and run to the door almost bumping into the teacher! He appeared too shocked to speak upon seeing Gia in the boys’ bathroom. He pointed to the picture of a boy sign on the door.
“Yeah, I know, silly me, wrong door.” whispered Gia. She didn’t wait for his reply, and rushed back to her room.
“Oh, shit!” I hope, we won’t be in trouble now, thought Gia. Jane wasn’t back yet, so Gia sat on the windowsill, lit Lokie’s cigarette, and watched the rain drops falling.
Pictures of Lokie in her head. Thoughts like a chain of beads around her neck.
How he was intriguing her, perplexing and confusing her, his eyes always burning into hers.
Her own ambivalent feelings confusing her.
She felt happy, and sad, and slightly annoyed. Annoyed at the teacher for spoiling the moment.
Million questions running through her head. What was Lokie going to tell her just before the teacher interrupted? What does Lokie think of her? Does he like her? Dislike her, love her, or hate her?
Nah, he is probably just messing around, he doesn’t care! Yeah, but why would he come to see her every day, when they were working? Why would he stare at her all the time? Why would he say some things to her? It might take a while to find out, because they were going home in the morning.
Gia’s head was hurting, feeling stupid for thinking like that. She was trying hard now to get the intrusive thoughts out of her head, as she laid down in her bed.
“Good night, Lokie, leave me alone now.” she whispered into the silence, and closed her eyes.
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It was almost dusk, when the classmates finally took off to the pub. Although Gia still couldn’t help feeling disappointed, that Lokie wasn’t coming with them, she was determined to have a good time.
It wasn’t very busy on Thursday evening, and they managed to secure their favourite table, in the bear garden, overlooking the canal. Almost everyone ordered a peach flavored vodka, apart from Gia.
She still remembered the first time she got very drunk on the vile spirit, and decided to stick to lager from then on. Time passed quickly, everyone enjoyed themselves, discussing the events of the past few days, as well as engaging in more philosofical topics of the human curious mind.
Ozz kept teasing Gia about Lokie, and althought Gia was not pleased that everyone now knew about Lokie, she felt safe and relaxed enough to laugh with her friends.
It didn’t take long before they run out of money, Gia bought the cigarettes she promised Lokie, and they returned back to the house.
“Hey Gia, where are you going, did you forget about the seance?” asked Ozz.
“I wouldn’t miss it, Ozz!.” said Gia. “I just have to sort something out first.”
“Oh, yeah, I forgot, she is going to see Luuukee!”
“Shut up, Ozz!” laughed Gia.
“Well, hurry up then!” urged Ozz, “you are coming back, aren’t you?”
“Yes! Jesus, Ozz, I told you I am!”
When Gia entered Lokie’s room, the boys were already in their beds, but they weren’t sleeping.
“Hey guys!” Gia smiled. “I’ve got your ciggies.” Gia walked closer to Lokie’s bed.
When Lokie heard that, he jumped up, and snatched the box out of Gia’s hand. “Thanks!”
Gia had to laugh.
“Oh, and I have some change for you.” she handed him a few coins. All of a sudden, they both noticed a large coin. Gia couldn’t understad how it came to her posession, it was Ozz’s. Lokie inspected the coin, and then threw it to Peter, but Gia was quick, and caught it mid air.
Then she took one of Lokie’s cigarettes, found a match on his night stand, and provocatively lit up.
“Great! Why don’t you just move in here? You could share Luke’s bed!” said exasperated Peter. Gia and Lokie looked at each other and laughed.
All of a sudden, Leni burst into the room like a whirlwind, looking for a glass. It didn’t take long before she found one. “I will bring it back later, okay Peter?”
“Yeah, take whatever you want, why don’t you?” said Peter.
“Are you coming Gia?”
“Yes, I am, after I finish this.” she pointed to her cigarette.
“Ok, but hurry up, we are gonna start in a minute!” and she was gone.
“What are you up to, Gianka?”
“We are holding a seance.” said Gia mysteriously.
“Oh, really?” said Peter.
“Yeah, it could be fun. Have you ever done it?”
“Who hasn’t? said Peter, “listen, can you summon up my spirit?”
“Sure, if you like.” Gia was surprised by Peter’s request. “It might not work though, if you are still alive.”
“I guess, we will find out.”
“Okay, guys I’ll see you later.” Gia got up.
“Yes?” she turned around to face Lokie.
“Come back, to tell Peter what happened, okay?”
“Sure.” smiled Gia, secretly pleased, that Lokie has asked her to come back.
She almost bumped into their teacher on the way out of their room.
“Ok, students, it’s your bed time now.” said the teacher, ushering Gia out of the room.
Gia quickly slipped into her own room next door, it was deserted. Jane must have gone to see the other girls. After a minute or two, she peeked out of the door, the teacher was gone. All was quiet. She was quietly creeping down the corridor to Anna’s room, when something made her turn around. An apparition-like Lokie, standing at the other end of the hall, eyes burning. Then he waved at her and smiled. Gia smiled back at him, and felt so happy, that she almost floated into Anna’s room.
She told her what just happened, Anna was happy for her, but she was in a funny mood. She missed her boyfriend, and Leni started to get on her nerves with her infantile emotional outbursts. Gia did all she could to cheer up her friend, but Anna couldn’t snap out of her melancholic mood.
It’s ok Gia, I know what you are trying to do, you are a good friend, but I want to be by myself now, I will be alright, you go to Ozz’s seance.”
“Really? Are you sure? I will stay.”
“It’s fine, honestly, you go, have fun, and tell me all about it in the morning, okay?”
“Well, alright then, if you are sure, I’ll see you in the morning.” Gia left Anna, still a little worried.
Ozz’s room was just opposite to Anna’s, and Gia decided to play a little prank on her friends. She pulled her dark hair over her face, and burst into Ozz’s room without knocking.
Then she fell about laughing, upon seeing everyone jump with terror on their faces.
“GIA!” shouted everyone.
“Oh no, I wet my panties, I swear, Gia, I am gonna kill you!” said Leni, in her typical uncensored fashion.
“Oh, please Leni, spare me the details!”
“So, any other ghostly apparition, besides me, tonight?”
“Not much, the girls are being silly.” said Ozz.
“Sit here, Gia.” Leni invited her into the circle.
There was a large, lit candle in the middle, a home made Ouija board, and Peter’s small glass in the middle.
“Okay, everyone, hold hands, I’ll switch the light off.” said Ozz.
“And stop the silliness!” he looked at Leni. She blushed.
Gia held Leni’s and Ozz’s hands, and tried to be serious, but everyone kept giggling.
“Stop it!” said Ozz.
“We got to take this seriously!”
“Yeah, guys, come on!” said Ozz’s henchman.
Everyone stilled for a brief moment, the room was dark, only the candle light illuminated the room with spooky shadows.
Ozz started to call for a spirit. “Is anybody here?” Nothing. “If there is any spirit present, please give us a sign.” Suddenly, a lightening flashed, briefly illuminating the room through the long curtains, followed by a very loud thunder.
Everyone started screaming. “Switch the light on! Switch the light on!” shouted visibly shaken Leni. Someone switched the light on, to Gia’s disappointment.
“Come on guys! It was a sign, we asked for, why are you freaking out?” said Gia.
“I bet Leni wet her panties again!” laughed Ozz.
“Oh, guys, Peter said, that we should summon his spirit.” remembered Gia.
“I think we should try it!”
“Are you insane, Gia?” said Ozz.
“No way, he is still alive!” said Leni.
“Come on guys, what could possibly happen?”
“Well, what if we call his spirit, and he dies?” as soon as Ozz finished the sentence, another lightening illuminated the room, followed by even a louder thunder.
The girls shrieked. They all looked at each other, fear and question marks in their eyes.
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