Mystery stories written by a teen. These stories are about various teens that come across different types of mysteries and their attempt to solve them. Will they be able to or will it remain a mystery?
The sky was dark and threatening and the pine trees were hovering over Loretta Sanborne. She looked around her and wondered where she was. Suddenly, at the corner of her eye, a white figure dashed behind a tree.
Loretta shrugged it off and walked a little farther watching her feet, making sure she didn’t step on anything other than the ground. When she looked up, she stopped dead in her tracks. A little girl in an old-fashioned dress stood in front of her. The little girl looked pale and had huge black eyes, and she was holding a small flag in her hand. It was all white with a black square in the middle. The girl looked at Loretta then started walking toward her and sang:
“Ring around the rosies, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down”
The little girl suddenly appeared directly in front of Loretta and said, "Loretta, Loretta." Loretta Sanborne woke up with a start and found her little brother on her bed.
“Come on Loretta! Mommy says you have to go to school.”
“Robbie, tell mom I’ll be down in a minute.”
Robbie ran out of the room to tell his mom and Loretta got changed. She ran downstairs to find her mom making coffee and her dad eating breakfast.
“Hey, honey!” her dad said.
He stopped before continuing as he had noticed the grim look that crossed her face, "what's wrong...Uh oh did you have another dream again?”
Loretta nodded and said, “Dad, I’ve been having these dreams for eight days now.”
Loretta’s parents looked at her with worried expressions.
Loretta acknowledged that and said, “Well at least I’m still doing good in school.”
Her parents nodded.
“Oh look at the time! I gotta go!”
Loretta dashed out the door and ran to school. When she got there she saw her boyfriend Jason and yelled, “Hey, Jay!”
Jason came over and said, “Hi Loretta! What’s up?”
Loretta pulled Jason aside and she told him her dream.
“Wow! That’s intense! Why don’t you go see a specialist?”
“Jay! It’s not that bad! It will go away. Let’s go we’re late for history.
Jason and Loretta sat down next to each other and their teacher came in. Loretta suddenly felt sleepy. Her eyes were getting heavier and heavier. She closed her eyes for a moment thinking she’d open them in a minute.
Loretta was standing on a dock and she saw several people get on board, including the little girl in the woods. The little girl appeared to be screaming.
“Mommy! Mommy!” the little girl screamed.
“Isabella, you must go on the ship!” cried her mother.
“Mommy why can’t you come too?!”
“It’s hard to explain, dear.”
Before Isabella could say anymore a guard grabbed her and pulled her toward the ship.
Isabella turned toward Loretta and cried, “Loretta! Loretta please…!”
Loretta woke up to find her boyfriend’s worried face staring at her.
"Loretta? You know very well not to sleep in class!" scolded her teacher.
“I’m sorry,” she replied.
“Well don’t let it happen again!” said her teacher.
The bell rang for lunch and everyone piled out the door. Jason and Loretta sat at an empty table.
“So what happened to you?” asked Jason.
“I don’t know. All I know is I had another weird dream, only this time it was different, much different. I was at a dock and there were people getting on a ship and some were staying on land. One of the people getting on the ship was the little girl. She was yelling to her mom. Her mom had to stay on land but the little girl, whose name was Isabella, had to go on the ship. Then Isabella turned toward me and called me. I think she needs my help!”
Jason looked scared and worried.
“I know what will get your mind off of this,” said Jason.
“What?” asked Loretta.
“How about a walk in the woods?” replied Jason.
After school Jason took Loretta to the woods behind his house. It was slightly dark and full of pine trees.
“See, this is nice,” said Jason.
Loretta nodded and replied, “Yeah, this is really …”
Suddenly, Loretta saw a white figure dash behind a tree.
“Loretta. Are you okay?” asked Jason.
Loretta looked pale and said, “Jason, my dream … its coming true. Look!”
Jason looked to where Loretta was pointing and saw a little girl wearing an old-fashioned dress. The little girl walked toward the couple and was holding the same flag. Then she sang:
“Ring around the rosies, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down”
The little girl appeared in front of Loretta and Jason. Then she said, “Loretta, Loretta, come with me!”
Loretta was stepping forward when Jason pulled her back. All of a sudden Loretta felt dizzy and weak.
“Loretta! Whatever you do don’t pass out!” exclaimed Jason.
“I… can’t make any promises!” said Loretta.
Jason was holding Loretta up when she passed out.
Loretta woke up and saw Jason and his mom hovering over her.
“Are you okay dear?” asked Jason’s mom.
“Yes, I … I think so,” said Loretta weakly.
“Jason said you hit your head on a rock. Are you sure you’re okay?” asked Jason’s mom.
“I’m positive,” said Loretta.
Jason helped Loretta up and then he brought her outside.
“Okay that was a little freaky. So that was your dream?” asked Jason.
“Yep, but it’s a whole lot scarier in real life. I have a feeling that I was supposed to follow her.”
“Loretta, are you crazy? There’s this unknown force that’s telling you to follow it. What do you think is the smartest thing to do?!”
“I don’t know what the smartest thing to do is, but I know that it’s the right thing to do.”
“What do you mean?”
“Come on, Jay! I want to get rid of these dreams. You’ve got to help me!” exclaimed Loretta.
“Okay, maybe we can look on the Internet or something,” suggested Loretta.
“Yeah, one problem with that, how do we know what to look for?” asked Jason.
Now that was a very good question. The teens decided to look up the song that Isabella sang to see if it had any meaning.
“Hey, look at this!!!!” exclaimed Loretta.
Jason looked at what Loretta was talking about and saw what the song meant.
“This song is based on the Black Plague. See, ring around the rosies, means that when people were plagued they’d have rings around their eyes. Pocket full of posies means that they’d put posies in the dead people’s pockets to make them smell better. Ashes, ashes means that they’d burn the bodies and then they’d all fall down.”
Jason stopped and there was silence.
“Maybe Isabella was struck by the plague,” suggested Loretta.
“Yeah, only one problem. Wasn’t the Black Plague over in Eastern Asia and Europe?” asked Jason.
“Maybe we should look up the Black Plague on the Internet. It might have some good information,” said Loretta.
“That’s a good idea,” said Jason.
Jason logged on to a website and found some startling information.
“It says here that little Isabella was the duchess of York. Isabella was taken away from her family, because the plague consumed them. She was sent to the orphanage in Ireland and she ran away. No one knows what happened to her,” said Loretta.
“The question is why is she contacting you?” asked Jason.
“Maybe we should go back to the woods,” suggested Loretta.
Jason was not to sure about this but reluctantly agreed to go. When they got to the woods, it all seemed quiet… a little too quiet.
Suddenly Isabella appeared ten feet in front of Jason and Loretta. They both stared at her in fear.
“Loretta! Please come with me! I must show you something.”
Loretta stepped forward and Jason grabbed her hand.
“Loretta, are you sure you should do this?” asked Jason.
Loretta nodded and said, “What other choice do I have to get rid of these dreams?”
Loretta pulled her hand from his grip and walked into the shadows with Isabella.
Loretta was being brought back into one of her dreams. What followed however, was stranger. She was in front of what looked to be a poor orphanage.
“Um… where am I, Isabella?” asked Loretta a little nervously.
Isabella grabbed Loretta’s hand and led her to a certain room. In there Loretta saw a girl and a boy. The girl was Isabella and she had an angry expression on her face.
“You don’t understand, Jonathan! It is something I must do.”
“All right, but just tell me where you are going,” replied Jonathan.
“Well, I’m going to …”
Someone shaking her woke Loretta up. It was Jason.
She looked up at Jason and said, “Jason! What the heck did you do that for? I was about to find out what’s going on!”
“Look, Loretta when you fell asleep you started having these weird expressions on your face. I got scared. I’m sorry.”
Loretta nodded and said it was okay.
Jason helped her up and suggested that they go to the ice-cream shop. Loretta agreed and they were on their way there pondering the question:
“What’s Isabella going to do next?!”