by Jaydeep Shah
(Cops Planet #1)
Publication date: June 15th 2020
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When a couple celebrates their eleventh marriage anniversary at their old mansion far from the city of Naples, Florida, they begin experiencing paranormal events. While trying to find out the truth of what’s happening, they encounter a girl wandering in the mansion. She is the girl whom the couple never wanted to see again in their life. Surrounded by their sinful past and the girl’s deathly traps, the couple tries hard to escape the mansion. But they are stuck. There is no way out of the mansion. Every second, they approach their end. There are many secrets buried in the mansion—about the girl, about the couple, and about their past. Tribulation is a masterpiece of suspense, a thriller with some mild elements of horror from the imagination of Jaydeep Shah.
As the car passed through the open fields approaching the mansion, Casie’s heart throbbed faster and faster. She was quaking with fear and worry, incredible thoughts drifting through her head.If she’s returned, I’ll kill her. I’ll take vengeance on Alex’s death. She can’t kill me. With every thought, the blood boiled harder inside her, and her beautiful face turned pale, eyes red with fury.
The rain had stopped, yet the lightning was still rolling over the dark clouds, roaring its thunder. Within a few minutes though, beautiful, cotton-like clouds appeared, surrounded by clear blue sky. It was already late afternoon when Casie saw the mansion up ahead.
Seeing Casie’s car racing toward the mansion, the athletic security guard standing at the twelve-foot-high gate opened the barrier in a rush, and Casie flashed past him, squealing up the mansion’s circular brick driveway.
From afar, the mansion looked small, its true beauty concealed. But now, right up close, the mansion was entrancing—on a reserved eleven-acre parcel of land, surrounded by gorgeous, towering trees and an array of small plants in the garden.
As Casie accelerated up the drive, she almost lost control, narrowly avoiding crashing into the fountain—as the afternoon faded, the fountain’s own lights switched on, casting colorful ribbons across the wall of the mansion.
When Casie finally braked in front of the mansion’s door, the tires blew out, screeching savagely against the driveway.The sound scared everyone present: the security guard at the gate, some servants inside the mansion, and a man with a burned face hiding behind the window curtains in one of the rooms on the second floor, peeking outside at the car, holding the slightly parted fabric in his fingers.
Casie exited the car, her gaze fixed on the mansion’s front door and only there, never shifting to anything around.But the man in the room swiftly ducked away fromthe windowanyway, just in case.
She dashed into the mansion, pushing the door open hard, and looked around, panting. As she took a few more steps into the foyer, a vision of her last visit to the mansion flashed through her head.
Almost everything was the same in the room as it had been then. Two tables, each with unlit lamps, stood quiet to either side of the entrance door. A beautiful Fresco painting hung on the wall to her right. A gleaming chandelier sparkled from the ceiling in the center of the room, and below it, a beautiful white wool sofa set rested, facing the TV on the wall beside her, next to the front doors.Behind the sofa, a set of stairs led up to the second floor, their shadows reminding her, again as vivid as if it were playing in front of her: a girl rolling down to the floor, screaming for help.
The only difference between now and six years ago was that then, the floor had been stained with someone’s blood, while in the present, it was covered with beautiful flowers. Last time, the room had been suffused with the awful iron scent of that gore. Now, the fragrance of beautiful red and pink roses filled the air, wiping out all other scents.
She was sweating profusely in trepidation.The man who called me;he’ll appear and lead me to Alex’s dead body.If she’s returned though,if she actually has, she might pop out of nowhere and kill me, too, the same way she killed my lifeline.
“Alex!” shouted Casie, finally burying her fright. She stood near the stairs, holding the edge of the railing. “If this is some kind of joke, believe me, it’s not funny.” She looked around, but not even a servant had appeared in her sight since her arrival. Investigating carefully once more, she saw a man’s silhouette on the second floor; he appeared to be trying to hide behind a pillar.
“Who’s there?” shouted Casie, staring at the silhouette while tightening her grip on the railing.
The silhouette didn’t react; the man remained steady. Perhaps he wasn’t trying to hide at all.
Casie’s heart throbbed as she walked up the stairs slowly and carefully, her vision shifting rapidly from the pillar to the silhouette and back to the pillar.
Suddenly, the stocky man popped out from behind the column, screaming. Casie screamed and stumbled backward, closing her eyes to avoid looking at the man’s burned face. The man rushed down the stairs, catching up to her quickly and grabbing her by the shoulders.
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Jaydeep Shah is the author of gripping romance, horror, and thriller stories. He also writes non-fiction pieces about inspirational topics related to social issues. He is the author of more than half a dozen books. In addition to those books, Jaydeep releases young adult fiction stories under a pen name, JD Shah. The Shape-Shifting Serpents' Choice is his first young adult flash fiction written under that pseudo name and published online by Scarlet Leaf Review in their July 2019 issue. When Shah is not writing, he wanders around Jersey City, spends quality time with friends and family, and cooks delicious food. Author links: https://www.jaydeepshah.com/
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