Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Breaking the Silence

Moving on with my series of stories behind the stories, I'd like to tell you about 'Breaking the Silence'. I'm quite an active member of the Old Students Association for the school I attended from the ages of eight to eighteen, and I know the old buildings very well, including some that were mostly out of bounds to pupils. Such as the attics...

I only went up in the attics once, with permission from one of my teachers, but I remember it being an eerie place full of forgotten items, stored there in case they ever came in useful. Years later, while helping one friend move into a Cambridge college in a very similar Victorian building, another friend and I sneaked up into the attics there to be confronted by locked doors and keyholes through which we spied even more mysterious items. He was going to go back later and try to break in; if he succeeded, he never told me what he found.

Back to the story... Whole-school reunions tend to attract the same group of ex-staff and former pupils year on year. Some come on alternate years, and some only come when a big group have a significant anniversary to settle. But what if one small group can't keep away, even though they want to, because of a secret they share? A secret about the school that's so terrifying none of them can remember exactly what happened? And what if one year their annual getogether has an extra member present? One who's determined that they pay for their past?

'Breaking the Silence' is one of my shorter stories, but writing it gave me nightmares. I hope it scares other people too, and I mean that in a good way.

Over to you. Do you attend school reunions? Do you have any dark school stories to share? Is there anything you want to ask me?

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