Paint No Illusion/ A Suspense Short Story Aimed To Copy Edgar Allan Poe's Style

1353 words - 5 pages

Summer Watters was beautiful beyond imagination. Ravishing as she looked, what really set Summer apart was her academic and social status. She was very intelligent to the extent that she was 2 years ahead of her age group - already a senior and just approaching her 16th birthday. Not only was she the youngest in her class, but also the brightest and most serious about her studies. She didn't have to be serious, mind you, with looks such as hers, one could obtain anything, but she was serious and very much so. Summer was strong not just academically but in almost every other thing that one could imagine. She was the captain of the school's basketball and swimming teams, despite her age, the best at both of these fields. She was the president of the school's student council and also a distinguished member of both the science and community-service clubs. Most importantly, she was a polite and well-mannered girl, who everyone agreed exuded animation and delight everywhere she went.Her parents, John and Sylvia couldn't be prouder, but their happiness was stained by one flaw in Summer, she absolutely detested being alone. So much so, that it had developed almost to the level of a pathological phobia. During the day, Summer would have to be accompanied by a group of friends at school, and then would be picked up by her mother. At night, her parents would keep her company till late in the night whilst she made the final touches on her homework, and then her father would patiently wait until Summer fell asleep, before going to bed himself. Summer would be met first thing in the morning by her mother, ready to advise her on what to wear and other feminine subjects of matter.Nobody, not even Summer, could fathom this terror. Although it had been the cause of every melancholy in Summer's life, it was incomprehensible and puzzled even the best psychologists. The fright was as real as night and day, and as crippling to Summer as a physical illness or handicap. However, it was not the actual terror that worried Summer's parents and everybody else, it was the severe consequences it caused. Summer, if left alone for long, would start panicking, and her heart would race until it seized up in her chest. She would become nauseous and start to vomit, while slowly falling unconscious. According to most doctors, if she were left for too long, she could even die. The phobia had remained with her all her life and would probably not leave her until her death.Naturally, Summer's parents were desperately trying to solve this problem. John and Sylvia Watters had started to worry about their daughter. Summer was to leave school in less than two months, they had never thought about what would become of their daughter, and this responsibility had suddenly crept on to them. Certainly she deserved to go to college and make use of her creative mind, but she wouldn't last a day there. If she were left at home, someone would have to stay with her, and besides she would become bored...

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