The small girl ran away from ……………
The small girl ran away from the shadow sitting at the foot of her bed. She thumped down the hall and slammed into her parents’ room, waking them with a full-on fit of terror. The girl was so worked up that it took several minutes before her parents could coax out a cohesive explanation of what had scared her so.
When she told them about the shadow, the girl insisted that it looked like her own shadow, but fatter. It had been going out on its own the last few nights and having adventures without her, she told her parents, but the shadow always came back looking more or less the same.
Tonight, however, it had changed. The shadow had plumped up on something. The girl couldn’t explain how she knew, but she was pretty sure that something had been another child.
As the girl spoke, a boy shouted from somewhere in the house. It was her little brother’s voice, and he did not sound happy.
By then, the girl’s mother had already inspected the girl and noticed she cast no shadow. The mother moved quickly to the bedroom door and pulled it open. As she did so, she called out to the girl’s father, asking him to grab her bag. Without waiting for a response, she rushed out of the room. The father hurried out behind her, leaving the little girl with no shadow to cry softly into her father’s pillow.