Company: Chapter 2- The Dark Truth

Zac’s Mom’s POV

A million questions streamed through my mind as I stood in my apartment which resonated an aura of emptiness. After ringing the doorbell a few times, I’d opened the door with my spare key, only to find what I’d feared the most. I hadn’t bothered to call out his name because I knew nobody was there to answer. Just like nobody was there to answer my questions. Where was Zac? Was Mrs. Cooper right? Was he really in the Dark Alley?

I had called him but he hadn’t answered my call. I was about to call him again when the sound of the doorbell broke through my reverie.

Zac’s POV

I had known that Mom would have reached home before I could and after seeing her car in our apartment’s parking lot, I realized I was right. I just hoped she would be convinced by my lies, by the story I’d fabricated.

I rang the doorbell and Mom opened the door in less than a minute, her wide blue eyes and pale face showing her worry and anxiety through the cracks in the armor of her calm demeanor.

“Zac! I’d been wondering where you’d gone.”

“Well, I knew you’d be tired when you returned home so I went down the lane to the supermarket and bought some fresh bread and packed chicken sausages so that you don’t have to cook. Tonight’s dinner shall be prepared by MasterChef Zachary Andrews.

Mom chuckled. She loved it when I prepared dinner for her and as a reward, she would offer me her most beautiful smile. Just like she did now. Although it was a nervous smile and I could tell that she was still worried.

“What is it, Mom?”

“Oh! I’d been so worried while you were gone!”

Mom had gone from calm to hysteric and I felt terrible for making her feel so anxious about me. But why was she so troubled? It’s not like I don’t go down to buy things when necessary and she did not even know that I’d snuck off to that bad neighborhood in her absence.

“What’s the matter, Mom? Arch Lynn is the safest town we could live in. Why had you been so worried?”

“Arch Lynn is pretty safe but the Dark Alley isn’t.”

I froze. How did she know?

“Mrs. Cooper claimed that she’d seen you cycling towards the Alley! How could I not be worried after that?!”

Mrs. Cooper was the nosiest neighbor I’d ever known but in times like these, I realized how much I’d underestimated her true potential of being the nosy neighbor that I’d ever known. Mom’s face had turned as white as a mask. Though I knew that I was the one to be blamed for it, I couldn’t help but feel that Mrs. Cooper did deserve atleast some of my wrath.

“I’d parked my bike near the Dark Alley. I didn’t head towards it. The parking lot of the supermarket was quite full and so I’d no other option but to park it near the Alley.”

“Oh! I knew Mrs. Cooper was blabbering without knowing the whole truth.”

Mom hugged me tightly but the pressure of her arms was nothing compared to the pressure of the guilt which was ripping me apart, deep within.

That night, after having a scrumptious dinner of chicken sausage sandwiches, I massaged Mom’s legs and back and tucked myself in bed beside her. I usually slept in my own room but this night was different. This night was darker than usual and I felt like a six-year-old kid, who was scared of darkness and whose refuge had always been Mommy’s arms. Mom hugged me and sang the lullaby that she used to sing to me when I was younger.

“Sleep, my child

Just close your eyes,

While the Moon

Takes over the skies,

While I sing you to sleep

With my lullabies.”

“Sleep, my child

While the sky is dark blue,

For tomorrow shall bring

A chance to start anew,

Sleep, my child,

Your dreams are waiting for you…”

Mom’s lullaby always made me drowsy and while I closed my eyes, I knew that my guilt would soon get me. Mom’s song was no longer clearly audible to my ears.

All that was clear was darkness. Darkness followed by dreams.

My dreams were waiting for me, indeed. But they weren’t just dreams, they were nightmares.

Dark nightmares.

Of the Dark Alley.

Ragpicker’s POV

I’d been standing on the small balcony of my tiny apartment the whole afternoon and again,  I saw the boy come on his bicycle to meet Ben. He had come late yesterday and seeing the opportunity, I’d warned him of how dirty this neighborhood was. But he was a stubborn rock and he proved it by coming again, today. I’d been watching him come since quite a few days and I was, probably, the only one who knew about their little meetings excluding themselves.

The rest of the alley worked during the day. Such as selling tea, cigarette, grocery and other food items or waitering on the same. The night was when the alley woke to it’s true purpose. Trading drugs, plotting thefts and robbery, prostitution and the like went rampant in those dark hours. I, on the other hand, rested in the afternoons and spent the mornings and evenings, collecting garbage bags from the neighborhood.

Rumors spread like wildfire in the Alley and had anyone seen the boy come here before, the whole Alley would have known about him by now. So, the boy must be pretty cautious. I just wished he had listened and not come here. Ben’s uncle, Dusty was always involved in dirty activities like drugs and robbery and I was sure that Ben would follow suit. Kids usually did, in the Dark Alley. And if the boy got attached to Ben, he would get badly influenced by him.

I went downstairs with the hope of scaring away the boy but by the time I’d reached the old cobblestoned street, he was gone. I wondered if it would be wise to go to Dusty’s van and catch the two boys red-handed but when I reached there, the van was locked and the boys were nowhere to be seen. After pondering over the situation, I went to Old Henry’s to buy a cigarette. After all, Henry’s shack was just beside the main road which meant that I would be able to scare away the boy and tell him to never return when he is on his way home.

Henry and a few others were chattering in the cigarette shop and I joined them. Henry’s shack was located on the other side of the main road. so I was sure that I would be able to see the boy when he leaves because anyone in this neighborhood had to pass by Henry’s if they had to go up the main road to where most people lived.

An hour elapsed. It was the time around which the boy leaves. But instead of seeing him leave the Alley, I saw a lady in a car approaching it. The blonde parked her car near the Alley and as she got out, her worried eyes skimmed the place. Seeing the cigarette shop, she walked up to us and said,”I’ve been looking for my son, Zac. I’d come early today to surprise him but he wasn’t there at home and I suspect he is here, in the Alley. I’d called him and asked where he was but he’d lied, saying he was at home. He has taken his bicycle along with him. Did any of you see a boy cycling towards the Alley?”

She must have seen the look of realization on my face because her wide blue eyes had, suddenly, turned bold, cold and clear as she searched my face for the answer, for the truth she wished to seek.

For the unexpected truth.

The Dark Truth.

(To be continued…)


Image credits: Google Images

This is the second chapter of the Company and I’d suggest that you read the first one to understand this better.

The first chapter is Company: Chapter 1 -The Dark Alley

Will the ragpicker disclose the truth to Ms.  Andrews? Will she believe him? What are Zac’s nightmares about? Is Ben really mixed up in dirty work like his uncle? Read the next chapter to find out!

50 Comments Add yours

  1. Richi says:

    Read both the parts and loved it. You kept me engrossed with your words and it felt like I was watching a thriller movie. I really can’t wait to read further. Totally worth a reader’s time.❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, Richi! This brought such a huge smile on my face. It really means a lot to me. ❤

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  2. seejaystark says:

    I would like to recommend that you follow and participate in swimmersweek.wordpress.com
    Its a community that has a weekly ‘community pool’ where everyone links to their new content for advice and such. Great place for writers, new and old!

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    1. Actually, I had participated last Monday and then I came to know that a new pool has opened. But I’d participated in that one, too. Although, I hadn’t been actively involved in it. So, well, thank you for reminding me…You’ve been of great help.☺

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      1. seejaystark says:

        Happy to help 😀
        Yeah, the original community pool shut down. Last week was their last one, which is why this new one is available now, to keep the community going!
        It’s great that you’re on there! Get yourself out there!

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      2. I’ll surely visit the swimmersweek community pool! It feels great to read other blogs. I kinda grow as a writer by communicating with the other bloggers out there. 🙂

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  3. MANISHA SINGH says:

    Kept me engrossed the whole time!

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    1. Thank you for reading

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      1. MANISHA SINGH says:

        My pleasure☺

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  4. kutukamus says:

    Nice going, Rachel. I enjoy the ‘intermittent flow’ 🙂 🍸

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    1. Thank you! “Intermittent flow” I like that! 🙂

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  5. Experiment narrative. It’s great and not so easy, well done!

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  6. Kaycee says:

    Nice.. Great!!

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    1. Thank you for reading!

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  7. Sann says:

    Shit! badly addicted Rachel💞😧😱

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  8. floatinggold says:

    You’re doing a great job keeping our attention and making us want more as we near the end of every chapter.

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    1. Thank you for your words of appreciation. They are a huge motivation for me.

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      1. floatinggold says:

        So will there be chapter 3 now?

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      2. Rashi Singh says:

        Yes! In fact, I just re-posted it today. 🙂

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      3. floatinggold says:

        Will head on over there shortly.

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      4. Rashi Singh says:

        Take your time, Goldie!

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  9. The Pensieve says:

    Nice! You’ve indeed got a spark for creating an air of mystery for I loved the cliffhanger here as well.

    Just a tip:- Some of your sentences are somewhat poorly constructed and hence make them appear childish. There have been a couple small tense errors as well.

    Waiting for more! 😊✌️

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    1. Thank you for the tip. I’ll work on that. And thank you for reading. Your feedback and tips have helped me a lot. 🙂

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    2. Hey, could you please elaborate on how I can construct the sentences better…I’d really like to improve✌

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      1. The Pensieve says:

        Hi! Sure I can!

        Let me give you a couple of examples from your own post.

        1. (Original) Mom’s face was a white mask and I knew that I was the one to be blamed for it but Mrs. Cooper deserved my anger.

        (Modified):- Mom’s face had turned as white as a mask. Though I knew that I was the one to be blamed for it, I couldn’t help but feel that Mrs. Cooper did deserve atleast some of my wrath.

        2. (O) The rest of the alley did work during the day.

        Modified – The rest of the alley worked during the day.

        3. Original – Work like selling tea and street food, running cigarette and grocery shops, mending shoes or doing some waiter’s job. The alley went dark during the hours of the night. People exchanged and traded drugs, made plans of theft, worked as prostitutes and what not.

        Modified – Such as selling tea, cigarette, grocery and other food items or waitering on the same. The night was when the alley woke to it’s true purpose. Trading drugs, plotting thefts and robbery, prostitution and the like went rampant in those dark hours.

        There are some sentences where in a single word was what stuck me as odd. But I guess that’s enough for today! 😅

        I hope you find these changes acceptable. 🙂

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      2. Yes! I do. Now, when I take a look at the original sentences, they do seem kiddish. I’ll make the changes as soon as possible. Thanks a lot for helping me out. You are giving a big hand towards my improvement!😀🙂☺✌

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      3. The Pensieve says:

        You are welcome! Glad I could be of help! 🙂

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  10. Looking forward to the next part! Sorry it’s taken me forever to check out this story, I’ve had your page open on my computer for like a week or more! Life’s been hectic. I will be checking back though for future parts 🙂

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    1. Well…we should take our time. The next part will be uploaded ASAP. Thank you for reading!

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  11. Tom Burton says:

    Great read! You really draw the reader in & help them empathise with the characters well. Looking forward to more! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Your words have encouraged me a lot. The third part has been posted.
      https://fictivefinesseff.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/company-the-dark-times/
      Thank you once again!

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  12. Seriously loving this!! ❤ Onto the next chapter now!!!! ❤ ❤ Thank you for linking me to your story!

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    1. THANK YOU for motivating me with your words and for reading it…It has encouraged me a lot.♥️☺

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  13. rue202 says:

    This is really good! Scary and dark, but I am still enjoying the story. Wonder what has happened to Zac? Hope the mother finds him and that he is alright. Good cliffhanger. You have raised a lot of questions in my mind and you are a really good writer.

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    1. Thank you, Racheal! You’l soon find out whathas happened to him. I’m glad the ending made a good cliffhanger. Thank you so much. That means a lot to me.

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  14. Chetna says:

    An amazing piece!!
    You always succeed in keeping the reader engrossed thinking about what could be the next.🤔
    And the sudden twists you have put in complements the plot very well!
    Eager to know what’s next✨

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    1. Rashi Singh says:

      Thanks a lot, Chetna. Much appreciated.
      And the next chapter is already published. I’ve been republishing some of my old posts as I’ve not been getting enpugh time to wrote a new one.

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  15. Pia Majumdar says:

    This is simply amazing girl, read both parts in one go.
    If you use insta then let me know, would like to connect with you. 😍❤️

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    1. Rashi Singh says:

      Thank you so much, Pia! No, I don’t use Instagram. We can connect via email, though. 🙂

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      1. Pia Majumdar says:

        Absolutely girl 🙂 ❤

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  16. Winnie says:

    You’re a great storyteller.

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    1. Rashi Singh says:

      Thank you so much, Winnie!

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  17. Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

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