Lycée Group Ghost Stories 1

I asked my students who are in Première and Terminale to write a ghost story. For the next few weeks, I'll be publishing their stories. Here's the first two.

A sleepless night by Bénie

I woke up during the night at 3.33am, just like every night for the last few weeks. I had no idea of why I woke up nor why at 3.33 precisely, but something was sure – all this made me nervous, so I decided to go to the kitchen to get a drink of cold water. I walked in the hallway in the dark for a few seconds before opening the kitchen door and going in. I had barely gone five steps when my feet hit something which felt like a desk. But there was no desk here usually. I decided therefore to look for the switch to understand what had happened to me, but I couldn’t find it. Still in the dark, I was walking with my hands out in front of me and it was like I wasn’t in my kitchen at all. Everything seemed different and I started to panic. I wanted to turn round and go back to my room but it was impossible to find the door.

The atmosphere became heavy and it was at this moment that I heard the noise. It was the voice of a young woman. Then I saw her and my blood froze. She was staring at me with piercing eyes. She had white wavy hair and she was wearing a long white dress. On her wrist there was a watch which clearly showed the time: 3.33.

She walked towards me and I dared not move. When she arrived in front of me she handed me a brush and said, “Can you brush my hair?”
I didn’t answer, but I took the brush. She turned around and I started to brush her hair which was soft, but tangled. After a while, the apparition thanked me, took back her brush and disappeared. I forgot to have a drink. I walked back to my room mechanically, still in shock. Was this a dream? It had lasted nearly an hour.

I turned on my light and looked at myself in the mirror. That’s when I saw one white, wavy hair on my shoulder.

Never leave your children at home, by Solène

The story takes place in a house in a tiny town, next to a spooky forest. The family living in this house was a typical family consisting of mum, dad, a son and a daughter. One day, all of them left the house to go for a walk, except the lazy son who they left playing with his new toy outside, in front of the house.

After a while, he heard a noise coming from the forest. First he thought it was his family coming back, but the sound stopped. A few seconds later, it started again. It was like something was slowly coming towards him. Afraid, the boy went back into the house and double-locked himself inside. He let himself drop against the wall, overthinking what had made the noise.

After about 20 minutes, he decided to open the door. He got up slowly, put his hand on the handle, lowered it as softly as he could and abruptly opened the door. He stayed on the doorstep with his eyes closed for about a minute, but as nothing happened he carefully opened his eyes, fearing the worst. However, he found himself face to face with his smiling sister. She laughed at him, and the boy breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Sisters, eh!..... But what he didn’t see was the terrifying black shape disappearing at the edge of the spooky wood.