The children playing by the river

Do you mind if I tell you a scary story?

This happened when I was in the second grade. At the time our family lived in an apartment next to a river. At nighttime we all slept in the same room.

One night my father was out, it was just me and my mother.

I just couldn’t get to sleep and when I looked at the clock it was already half past two in the morning. As the clock struck it made a “boooon” sound and any desire to sleep vanished. I got up to get a drink of water and then I heard some voices, like they were having fun.

When I looked out the window I saw a boy and a girl playing by the riverbed. The girl looked to be about my age, the boy a little younger. They were both wearing really nice clothes, like you might see had they been invited to a wedding.

‘That looks fun~’ I thought to myself. Then the girl looked my way and waved at me. I waved back.

“A friend~ Let’s play~” the boy said as I waved. I suddenly wanted to go really badly, so I said to my mother, “My friends are calling me so is it alright if I go out to the river and play?”

My mother, who was peacefully sleeping up until that point, suddenly shot up.

“You’re just seeing strange things because you don’t go to sleep right away!”

She got really angry and told me to get back into bed. When I turned back there was nobody by the riverbed.

There have been plenty of nights since then where I’ve been unable to sleep but I never saw those two kids again.

I hate to think what would have happened if I went to see them that night without telling my mother… when I think about it now it terrifies me.

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