Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Locked Room

The Locked Room

Landlord rented to tenants with a locked room in memory of their dead son.

Roger Ling rented a shared bedroom with Anand in Sungai Petani in the state of Kedah. The master bedroom was rented to a married couple but the third room was locked. The uncle and aunty (Mr  & Mrs Lee)  told that room was securely locked and it was their dead son’s room. The tenants were told that room had many sweet memories for them and were warned that they under no circumstances would they be allow from going to that room.  

Mr & Mrs Lee also mentioned that their daughter has been persistent that they should stay with her. Their daughter argued that with them there it will be easier to look after them especially if they are sick.

Over the next few months nothing really happened except Roger and other tenants heard faint shuffling & squeaking sounds especially at nights. They thought it must be rats or some rodents in the house.

 One day Roger woke up in the late morning and as expected all tenants have left for work. As Roger is a student in a local college and that day he had afternoon classes. Roger went to the bathroom to brush his teeth and followed up with a quick shower.

As he was walking to his bedroom his mobile phone started to ring with his usual ring tone. He turned and looked down to mobile phone with the charger connected to it. The charger with its wires was there but the mobile phone was not there. Thinking he must have left the mobile phone in the bathroom, he rushed to the bathroom.

Typical Mobile Phone

As Roger was walking to the bathroom he suddenly realized the ring tones was coming in the side. He turned his head….the ring tones was coming from the locked bedroom!

Robin phoned the landlord couple to inform of the latest incident about his mobile phone.  The landlord sounded annoyed and said that Robin was mistaken. However the couple could not come until their daughter gets back from work.

Robin & all his roommates were there that night when the older couple and their daughter finally arrived. The locked bedroom was not just locked by the usual key method but it was securely bolted with a steel chain with a combination lockset.

They were waiting patiently while Mr Lee “sudah bising”(angry nagging) while busy unlocking the bedroom. As it was late the bedroom light was turned on, everything seemed normal but….the mobile phone was sitting on the bed!

1 comment:

  1. What's scary is that a good story can be spoiled by lousy attention to details and carelessness.

    Please lah. If you wish to be a good storyteller, at least do get the names right k.

    First it was Roger, then it was Robin. Different characters is it?

    And 'Roommates' and 'housemates' are different. Please google to check on the difference.

    That said, it's just criticism on your writing, not on you.

    Do continue to write. It's interesting to read the articles.


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