Gwen felt her mouth go dry. She held Harmony's hand as she led her daughter to her and Noah's bedroom. Once they were inside, she turned back to her Harmony, "Maria taught you that word?"
Harmony nodded as she plopped herself on her parents' bed.
"Did she tell you what it means?"
"I've never heard that word before. You were singing a song earlier too. Did...did Maria teach you that song?" Gwen dreaded her daughter's answer.
Harmony giggled, "Yes. She said it's to put the baby to sleep."
Caleb was nestled in her arms but she felt sick, "Harmony, is Maria here right now?"
Harmony stopped paying attention to her mother. Instead she was humming the lullaby Maria had taught her.
"Gwen!" Noah's voice called out from the hall before he opened the door. "I told you to lock the door."
"Did you find anything?" Gwen asked.
"No, but the police are on their way. Is everyone okay?"
Gwen stole a glance at Harmony who seemed focused on her doll. Was Maria really just an imaginary friend?
"Dammit," Noah cursed as he realized he was bleeding.
"What happened to you?" Gwen noticed four deep scratched on the back of her husband's neck.
"He did this," Noah touched the cuts and grimaced.
Gwen wasn't sure who "he" was, "Who are you talking about Noah?"
He made a sound of impatience, "The man in Caleb's nursery. It stings like Hell. Did you see his face?"
Prickles of fear spread over her flesh, making Gwen feel uncomfortable, "His face?"
"Yeah. Did you get a good look at him?" Noah asked.
"No, I didn't." It was the truth. She hadn't seen the face of whatever had knocked Noah down. He seemed to be insisting it was a human but Gwen knew...deep down in her gut...that it was some kind of phantom.
Twenty minutes later Officers Jiminez and Pritchett arrived at the Coleman's home. Both took information from Noah while Gwen and the children sat on the sofa, listening quietly.
After talking to Noah, Officer Jiminez turned his brown eyes on Gwen, "Ma'am, did you see the intruder as well?"
"She didn't see anything," Noah answered.
The two officers exchanged a look of annoyance before Officer Jiminez turned back to Gwen and asked, "Are you sure you didn't notice anything? Sometimes we remember more than we realize."
Gwen looked at Noah who slightly shook his head. Gwen understood his message. He didn't want her to mention ghosts again.
"No. I didn't get a good look at the image on the screen. For all I know it could have been a ghost. It was so scary," Gwen peeked at her husband whose mouth was set in a straight line of disapproval.
Officer Pritchett smiled causing his wrinkles to outline his face, "Well intruders are scary. You didn't notice anything missing, did you?"
"No," Noah answered. "I was worried that he might be hiding somewhere in the house. I checked but you can never be too cautious. I can't believe we moved here from the city thinking it would be safer."
"Did you need us to do a walk-thru of the home, sir?" Officer Jiminez asked.
"If it wouldn't be too much trouble," Noah gestured to the staircase and both officers began checking the house. Ten minutes later, Officer Pritchett advised the couple that there were no intruders hiding away. The officers were making their way to the door when Gwen stopped them.
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They say a picture can tell a thousand words...but what if it's sending you a message from the dead? Aspiring horror writer Gwen Coleman and her workaholic husband, Noah, have finally found their dream home and quickly move in with their young daugh...