The Missing Girl

You can meet the most interesting people in a child's treehouse . . . .

It all started when Joanne Camps, a daughter of a famous chainsaw artist, was unpacking some of her belongings in her new beautiful treehouse which her father had built for her with his famous chainsaw. The treehouse contained a television, a stereo system and a computer.

Joanne turned on the TV and walked to the treehouse stairs to dispose of some filthy garbage bags. She gasped as her eyes were caught on something she refused to believe. A little girl dressed in black was sitting on the bottom step, crying. It didn't take long for Joanne to find out that the little girl had half of a bloody leg! Joanne ran back into the treehouse, just in time to catch a special report on TV.

The reporter had a pale face and spoke in a grave tone.

"A 9 year-old child is missing. She was last seen in a playground wearing a black dress. A couple had witnessed a freshly cut leg on a swing seat in the playground. If you find this girl, your time has come so don't bother to run!"

The reporter burst into laughter and the TV began to spark.

Eager to run outside and prove that she had imagined the whole thing, Joanne raced to the treehouse stairway and tripped over the television cord. Something struck her. Her father hasn't bought the extension cord for her yet . The TV wasn't plugged in!

Hopelessly panicking, Joanne once more reached for the stairway of her treehouse and this time, she wished she hadn't.

The little girl was already halfway up the stairs and when Joanne appeared, she made full eye contact with her. Joanne leaned on to the treehouse door for support when she discovered that the little girl had no pupils. The little girl coughed up some blood which sprayed all over Joanne's shirt and laughed at her, pointing to her leg.

Before darkness consumed her, Joanne heard the little girl say: "He cut my leg off and now I have to take yours. After all, you are his daughter!"

© 1997, Florian Lim


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