Fading Muddle: Secret Affair Part – 2

secret promise

‘You made a PROMISE, and then YOU broke it – but I AM BACK to repair it’

It was Sunday night when they heard a shrill so loud it could reach miles away in the valley and reverberated through the entire town. No one dared or bothered to come out and check who is behind this scream and the reason to it – as if this is business as usual. However, kids are good at asking unwarranted questions which elders avoid in the best way possible. ‘Mommy Daddy – who is that, is that the boogieman?’ ‘Shhhh…. nothing like that will ever come to us – go back to your bed kids, we all are protected.” that’s the promise.

Next morning town was back to normal routine, kids went to school talking under hushed tones – ‘Did you hear that cry yesterday night, it was boogieman & he’s back!’ hush shushhh and rest of the town’s elderly folk met at Church to ponder on something no one wanted to know about. Everyone knows everything here, but no one wish to talk about it – ever. What is stopping them? What is hidden behind these closed calm faces.

secret affair

At Clergy’s inner office there were worried faces discussing the recent incidents and troubled times with all that police investigation and press commotion. ‘No one is safe now, we have called it on us.’ Said one worried gentleman, when he was snubbed by heavy baritone of Mr. Smith the Town’s caretaker – ‘We will never be harmed, that’s the Pact a Promise never broke.’ Period (no one argues with him)

Cindy was at DA’s office when Tessie called her from the Crime Reporting Department of her office, to inform one more disappearance case has been reported in Ravencliff and again the victim is a young girl. Cindy was horrified with the news, all those days when she was in town with her whole camera crew not a single incident or mishap occurred. Nothing felt amiss, just a lazy quite town with oldies and homely folks. She was back in city to finish work on her other pending cases, and another girl disappears. Talking to townsfolk will yield no results, she tried that many times but all got in return –  some stares or look of oblivion.

Hence, she decided to meet with her IJ team at a local bar near office and discuss a new approach to handle this case. She reached the bar before time hence was fiddling with her files when she stumbled upon a written note – a note she never seen before. ‘I knew you will come back, but now it’s too late. You broke your promise.’ This note came as a brutal surprise, her folder only contained documents related to Ravencliff’s disappearances cases and nothing else – in fact she only keeps files & images in her folder. Her mind was racing a sprint on all directions – who could be behind this prank? When her team arrived they, all discussed the possible angles to investigate & approach the case afresh but her eyes were busy on scanning everyone’s handwriting.

She kept thinking about who could it be – her colleague Jared, from the legal department who approached her many times for a coffee and she refused stating various reasons. Or this could be the handy work of her neighbour who seems like a spy to her keeping track of her every move like-  when she comes in, when she goes out and with whom?

Next few days were filled with applying various permissions for investigations on administration levels with local authorities. She received two more notes with equally weird messages from anonymous, one with creepy personal details – ‘I love smell of your Skin’ and another with a warning – ‘Never come back here, again’. She ignored both the messages being an Investigative Journalist this is not new for her. However, to be safe from any unwanted encounter she installed a CCTV camera outside her house main and rear entrances. She shared these notes with Tessie (who also doubles as her best buddy) who went berserk seeing the messages. Tessie insisted her to register these scribblings as evidence to personal threat, however Cindy did not want to divert her attention from this mystical case of Ravencliff she named – Fading Muddle.

What happens next, keep watching this space for more….

You can read first part here: The Undisclosed Truth – Secret Affair.

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  1. Oh, to.yehan tak story aayi ,?

    1. Hehe.. ji Anita ji abhi aage aur hai ??

      1. #clickwithinstax

  2. It’s going on interesting !!1

    1. Yes it is.. thank you so much for reading di

  3. You are a great writer… so innovative ? I am looking forward to the next post

  4. Hooked to this story! Excited to know what happens next! Post soon! 😀

  5. Wow such a nice story I am so excited to know what’s next . Please reveal it it soon ?

    1. hehe.. yes coming to climax very soon. Thank You for being with me on this.

  6. So we have to wait for next installment to see what the scribblings mean for Cindy…Well you have in you the magic to build up suspense. Keep writing and we will keep reading

    1. Thank You so much Hena… means a lot to me. ❤

  7. Looking forward to next part, excited to read what happens next

  8. Wow, this is superb narration. I wish I could write like this.

    1. WOW, that’s a blow away compliment. Thank You so much . Glad you enjoying it.

  9. The story is getting interesting with every installment. ?

    1. Thanks Nisha 🙂 Glad you are enjoying it.

  10. The story is becoming quite mysterious.I am getting a strong vibe .If it turns into a horror story I might cry

    1. hehe.. Thank You for being with the story, How can I make you cry? Let us think more about this 🙂

  11. O m g.. i am just so glued to this! Please try to post the next part sooner.. ?

  12. Come on tell us what happens next ?
    It’s so interesting

  13. Wow! So interesting story to read. Waiting for the next part.

  14. It is making me addicted to the story, really interesting takes.

  15. Spellbinding !!

    1. Thank You so much dear

  16. Being a part-time fiction writer myself, I can absolutely vouch for your narration skills now. I started here, second part, but I’m hooked and will follow the series. How many parts are there? Have you charted them out? OR do you just go with the flow? Tell me everything!!!

  17. Oooohhhhh this is getting exciting! I love the pace you’re building up, Dipika! Waiting for more. Really sad about the little girls disappearing though.

    1. Thanks Mayuri for appreciating and reading it.

  18. I loved the way you have built up the suspense and taken me deep into the story. I shall check out the first part and will look out for the next in the series.

    1. Glad you like it Shalini 🙂

  19. This leaves me on tenterhooks… what happpens next?

  20. Finally, I get to read the next installment! By now I have more questions than answers to this mystery! looking forward to the next installment 🙂

    1. heheh.. yes coming up soon, last week gone down in illness new chapter coming out soon. Thank you for reading

  21. Please share next part, cannot wait.

    1. Thank You 🙂 will be up soon

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    discover. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and your kind words.

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