It was a few days later, the morning of Halloween and Bridgett is talking with Kyle on the phone
'So what'd you want me to do, tonight' Kyle asked
Bridgett had a sly smile as she spoke into the phone and said 'Well, my dad is going to have Mr. Doyle stop by this evening. He's going to turn the power off and bang on the walls, and stuff like that'
'Why' Kyle asked
'Our dad wants to play a Halloween prank on us. What I want, is for you to come here tonight and do all of that'
'What about Mr. Doyle', Kyle asked
'Well take care of that, just be here later. And don't knock on the door or anything. Come to the back door and go to the basement. I'll leave the door unlocked' Bridgett instructed as she hung up
'Ok, so we have Kyle taken care of, now what about Mr. Doyle' her sister asked.
Right at that second the phone rang, as Kerry reached to answer it.
'Hello' she answered
'Hey, Kerry. I'm in a hurry as I have to work late today. Tell your father I won't be able to make it, okay'
A grin crossed her face and said she would let him know, as she hung up the phone.
'Well', her sister asked
'Mr Doyle said he had to work late and won't be coming over', she replied
'Are we telling dad', Rory asked
'No we're not telling dad. We're going to have a little Halloween fun of our own'
'And would you give me, to keep this little secret among us', he said with a devilish smile
Kerry reached out, took his hand and bent his thumb backwards and replied' If you don't tell dad, you get to keep your thumb'. She bent the thumb further back to illustrate her point
'Ok, Ok. I promise', Rory said, almost doubling over in pain
Kerry released her grip and shoved her little brother out of their room, and closed the door.
It was the Halloween evening, as the clock struck 9pm, and the last of the candy had just been handed out, as Paul brought the Jack-O-Lantern inside, closing and locking the door and turning off the front porch light. He dimmed the lights low and set the pumpkin on the counter and went and pulled out the Ouiji board from the closet.
'So who wants to (spooky voice) talk with the dead'
'Can we speak with Elvis' Bridgett asked
'Sure little mama', Paul replied in an Elvis voice
They all held hands, as Paul placed his hand on the Board and said 'If there are any other worldly spirits, make yourself known'
The lights quickly flickered on and off as Paul smiled and said 'I think they're here' as Bridgett and Kerry giggled
'If you can hear me, let me know', Paul said as a thumping sound was heard on the wall.
'Great, they can hear us', Paul said as Kerry in mock fear said 'I'm scared'
'Oh honey, there's nothing to be afraid of. It's just (spooky voice) a ghost'
'There are no such things as ghosts', Rory said. Right at that very second, the front door blew open as a cold wind rushed in, extinguishing the candles.
Paul went to close the door and said 'It must not have been closed all the way', before rejoining the others
The light fixture on the ceiling begin to lightly sway back and forth
'Wow, that's impressive. Paul, how did you do that', his wife asked
'Cool the ghosts are here with us in this very room', Rory said
'Nah it was just the wind, when the door blew opened' Paul reasoned
'Spirit if you can hear us, let yourself be known', Paul said as another loud thump was heard on the wall.
'How long do spirits usually hang around', Bridgett asked
'Who knows. Maybe (spooky voice) forever' Paul said
There was a knocking on the door as Paul went to answer it and invited Fred inside.
'Fred, I thought you were downstairs in the basement', he said
'Didn't Bridgett tell you? I had to work late tonight', Fred replied
Paul glared at his daughter who said 'Sorry, I must have forgotten'
'Then who's down in the basement', Paul wondered out loud
'Maybe it's the ghost', Kerry said as all three of the kids burst out laughing
'What's so funny', Cate asked?
'I guess it's safe to let the cat out of the bag. The other day, Rory overheard dad talk to Mr. Doyle. Dad was wanting him to hide out in the basement, acting like a 'ghost', to freak us out.
'Paul', his wife said, giving him a disapproving glance
'Oh come on, it's just a bit of fun', Paul defended.
'Sometimes these can go to far. You could have scared the kids', she insisted
'The kids are fine. So who'd you find to take Mr. Doyle's place' their father asked.
'Kyle is down there', Kerry said
'Well I was beat at my own game. Well played, kids', he said, secretly proud that they would pull a stunt like this
'Ok Kyle, you can come up now'. Kerry shouted.
They waited for a few minutes but there was no answer.
'Kyle, game over. I know it was you down there', Paul said.
There was still no answer as they went to investigate, but found the basement to be empty
'That's strange, I wonder where Kyle took off to', Bridgett said.
Suddenly her cell phone began to ring as she answered 'Hello'
'Hey baby' Kyle spoke on the other end
'Kyle you did a good job. But why'd you take off so quickly', she asked
'I never made it. My car got stranded and had to have it towed back home. I would have called you from my cell phone, but the battery was dead. So I had to walk about a mile down the road to call a tow truck. I just now made it back home'
They spoke for a few more seconds, before saying goodbye
'Kyle never made it. He had car problems and had to have his car towed back home'
'If Kyle was never here... then who was', Paul said as they each looked at each other strangely
'Get out of my way', Rory shouted as he ran back upstairs, as everybody else quickly followed
The End and Happy Halloween