It rained heavily that night, the night when 6 of Mary-Ann’s students went missing from the Redland sacred orphanage. It wasn’t like them to up and disappear or even leave the orphanage at that hour of the night but on 5th of July, Robby, Mindy, Saoirse, Jade, Eric and Taylor had
disappeared from their beds. Even after countless search parties and numerous
alerts on TV and radio there was no sign of them and then they were presumed
Weeks after their disappearance Marry-Ann was called into
different news channels to talk about the missing kids. In these TV shows
Marry-Ann would talk about the kids, their good behavior and how they were
always treated kindly, and given the best possible education available in her
Once, just 2 or 3 week after the disappearance Marry-Ann said on
live TV “Those children were the light of my life, I would play with them, make
them food, teach them, we would talk about their future and they would run to
me calling teacher Marry. I treated them with love and kindness as if they were
my own and I would just want to say if you can hear me kids please come back.”
It had moved the hearts of everyone until the trail went cold and the case
closed. Marry-Ann had closed down the orphanage after the last of kids
were adopted or transferred to foster homes.
21 YEARS LATER
Iris stands at the threshold of the main building taking in the
old wild trees, and the green freshly trimmed lawns and
the older buildings she walked past just a few minutes ago. She walks in and is
guided to the director’s office by a woman dressed in a fashionable plaid suit.
The woman looks almost the same age as Iris.
Inside of the office is different from the rest of the building;
with a darker colour palette, expensive paintings and the Victorian style
furniture it feels as if one is pulled into the Victorian era. But the rest of
the rooms Iris passed had a décor that gives a bit of a modern touch to the old
building. Iris stares at the woman by the window sipping tea, her silhouette
and posture of the woman present years of discipline.
“You must be Miss Iris Luritzen, you must excuse me if I
mispronounce your name it is a bit hard” the woman gestures to her to take a
seat opposite to her.
“I understand my parents were Danish you see and I would prefer if
you could call me Iris, Ma’am” Iris politely asks to take her.
“Call me Marry-Ann, Iris. Would you like some tea” Marry-Ann fills
another cup of tea and offers it, “Well I have gone through your resume and the
interview details and I must say you are an excellent candidate. Have you gone
through the details of your employment?”
“Yes I have and I’m satisfied with it and I was wondering if I
could take a tour of the campus before I start with classes”
“That is absolutely alright, Katharine will take you on the tour.
Just tell her I asked her too. Alright. May you have a wonderful time here
Iris walks out as soon as Marry-Ann, who she had noticed looked in
her sixties with grey hair and aging skin, had returned to her tea and
paperwork on her desk. Katherine, the plaid suit woman she had met earlier, had
given her the campus tour showing all the new buildings and the old ones as
“What about that one?” Iris had pointed to a red brick building
which was furthest from the rest.
“That used to be the orphanage residence building; teachers as
well as the younger orphans lived there. But after the incident 21 years ago
the director refused to renovate it for any use. She still harbors those
painful memories. Let’s move on shall we.”
After the tour Iris began teaching her classes and like that
months went by and summer turned to winter. With the winter break most of the
students left school and returned home but a few stayed. Iris decides to remain
as well since she has no one to return to, with no parents or siblings she felt
right to stay.
A WEEK INTO THE WINTER BREAK
Marry-Ann and Katherine walk up to Iris who had just left her room
and was heading to the mess hall.
“Iris, may we have a moment” Marry-Ann dressed in all black
stopped Iris at the door, “Since all the teachers have done home and there are
only a few students here we thought we might take them shopping for new-year
eve. Would you like to come along?”
“Thank you for the offer but I would have to decline and it’s not
because I don’t want to. I’m not feeling well and want to rest”
“You should have said so before. Hurry up and take your breakfast
and rest ok.”
An hour later Marry-Ann and Katherine had escorted the remaining
student out of campus leaving Iris alone. After breakfast when everyone had
left Iris bored out of her mind, decided to look around. She had ventured to
the closed building as if it was calling her. Inside was colder than outside
but Iris kept walking deeper inside inspecting each and every room. The ground
floor had a lobby and staircase that led upstairs and to the basement. Iris
walked upstairs, on the first floor left and right there were doors, each room
fitted for two individuals. The first Iris walks into is simple, there is
nothing special to show that says anyone once lived here. All other rooms were
the same, same décor giving out abandonment vibes. The last room on this floor
is by the window which has the view of the director’s building. Iris with shaking
hands opens the door and finds it different. This room had been ransacked,
papers were spread on the floor, and drawers were pulled out of the dresser.
Iris had reached down to grab one of the papers and found it was a child’s
“COME ON” Iris turned to face the door, a shadow passed by
it and Iris knew something was wrong. The voice she heard wasn’t above a
whisper which made her think one of the kids was playing a prank.
“Who’s there, you should know you are not allowed to be here” she
“Come” another whisper and Iris took the stairs up.
She stepped into the hallway similar to the previous one and out
of nowhere a book came flying at her.
“This is it show yourself this instant” no more whispers, no
answer, “Fine, then I’ll keep this” she picks up the book and walks out of the
building. Once back to her room she decides to rest until dinner time and lays
down on her bed.
Hours later when she wakes up due to the cold winds and
temperature drop she realizes she slept through dinner and while into the
night. She gets up to see her bedroom door ajar which was odd because she had
“Come on before she
finds us” the whispers came
again, Iris had leaped out of bed and ran to her door. She stepped outside to
see and found an empty hallway. She took a few steps into the hallway and then slammed, the
door of her room shut. The noise didn’t wake anyone since no one was there.
Iris headed back to her room, went inside and locked it firmly. She sat
on her bed visibly disturbed by the day’s events. While going over everything
that happened, her eyes shifted towards the book she brought back, it was open.
Out of curiosity she grabbed the book and turned to the first
page. The first page was unusual; rather than having the owners name it had names
of more than 15 people. She turned to the next page and then the next and
then the next, by the time she finished it a tiny droplet left her eyes.
The next few days went without any interaction with Marry-Ann or
Katherine but Iris would sometimes witness Marry-Ann walk into the abandoned
building late at night. And afterwards when Iris did see Marry-Ann here or
there she would look over her shoulders and act jumpy which made Iris very
On the day of New Years Eve while everyone on campus were having
their feast Iris had snuck into Marry-Ann’s office. She looked into drawers and
cabinets but only found papers with nothing incrementing. It was well into the
night and Iris was still in the office, she had taken a few minutes to rest and
take a look outside at the abandoned building. Iris kept staring and was about
to turn and leave when she saw a small figure appear at the window. Then another
figure appeared until there were five figures in total, and they all waved at
her. She raised her hand to wave back, she felt like every cell in her body was
telling her to go there. The figures stopped waving suddenly, and pointed to
their left, Iris’s gaze left the figure and looked where they pointed and saw
someone walking towards the building, when she looked back the figures had
Iris rushed towards the door of the office but before she could
leave the phone in the office rang. Iris picked it up and answered.
Marry-Ann walked in and rushed to the floor above.
“I know you’re here, show yourself you little brats” she announces
to the empty floor, “I want that book back.”
Murderer” the whispers grew
louder and louder.
“Shut up!! I didn’t do anything, you made me do it. I didn’t
murder you, I just…”
“What are you doing, director?” Iris called from behind Marry-Ann,
“Who didn’t you murder?”
“Ohh Iris, it’s nothing, I just come here sometimes…”
“How didn’t you murder Director?”
“Iris… I’m not obliged to answer any of your questions. Now if
you’ll excuse me…” Marry-Ann tries to walk past Iris and is almost at the stairs.
“You were always like that teacher Marry; never answering
questions instead you’d lock us in and starve us. So who did you not murder?”
Marry-Ann stopped in her tracks and said, “What did you say?” she
said with both anger and hesitation.
“I remember once you took us all out for a picnic…” Iris took tiny
steps towards Marry-Ann, “We were playing and you told us if we got dirty we
would be punished, and we were children we were going to get dirty. When we got
back you beat us up one at a time.”
“Admit it, you kept us around when you needed us and got rid of us
when you didn’t”
“Stop it Iris”
“And this” Iris brought forward the book, “You only reopened so
you could find this, the evidence to your crimes, the evidence that you
tormented us and killed us right here in this building.”
“It was an accident” Marry-Ann took steps back, “I didn’t mean to
kill them; they brought in money from the government. Just give me the book and
we can pretend this never happened. Iris, please bring the book here.” Suddenly
Mary-Ann went from scared to crazy, her face twitched, her eyes widened and she
leaped at Iris trying to claw off her face while snatching the
Once the book was in Marry-Ann’s hand she bolted out of the
building but didn’t run far. When she had existed the building she was
apprehended by police officers who had placed her under arrest for murder. Iris
exited the building next and with policy's permission went to Marry-Ann to say
the last few words.
“How did you know all this?” Marry-Ann asked in a voice barely
“That night you didn’t kill 6 kids, you killed 5. I, Jade,
survived and don’t worry I’ll find my friends who you killed and I’ll make sure
the world knows” after that Iris left and Marry-Ann was driven away in the
The night of the Murder 21 years ago
Jade was able to escape but the image of her dead friends drove
her to the point that she jumped in front of a car. Luckily the driver stopped
but Jade had fainted. When she woke up she was in the presence of a couple who
asked her who she was and her parents. Jade had told them everything through
her sobs; they took her in as their daughter and raised her with a new identity.