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     Gina had been teased for her jumpiness since she stepped foot in the town of Whatville, located next to Whyville, and thankfully far away from Whoville (its residents seemed like weirdos). At this point, she responded to “Scaredy-cat” as if it was her actual name. However, most of the kids at her new school had no idea why she was so jumpy. The thing is, Gina wasn’t always so afraid of everything. Her paranoia started after an incident when she was little. When Gina was still a young child, she had almost been killed because she had no sense of fear, as she wandered outside at night and fell down a small cliff/ditch. Luckily, her parents rescued her, but since then she had been left feeling unsafe in her old home in Whereville. Eager for a fresh start, Gina loved Whatville and the sense of security that came with it. There was only one problem. The house Gina’s parents had purchased was rather big and empty, making for an ominous abode. Gina was usually fine staying inside it despite the numerous eerie creaks it made, as long as someone else was with her. So when Gina’s parents told her that they had to leave her home alone for the first time, she dreaded what was to come. Gina’s clammy hands shut the front door after she watched her parents drive away. She looked down to see a fuzzy white furball by her leg. Gina smiled. At least she had her dog Bubble with her. With that, Gina ran up the stairs as fast as she could (having the irrational fear that someone was following her). Hearing every little noise around her, Gina decided to watch some TV, however it was not long before she became terribly bored. She stared at the ceiling for a bit, then ordered a pizza, stared at the ceiling a bit more, all whilst thinking Don’t do it Gina, you know it won’t help. Gina could not resist any longer, hastily dragging a basket out from under her bed. Inside the basket was a rather large collection of scary movies on DVD. You might blame Gina’s jumpiness on her past, but another large factor was how many scary movies she watched. For an enthusiast, you would think she wouldn’t be that scared, however Gina was often left scarred for weeks at a time after watching a single film. Soon enough, Gina was sat on the ground, her eyes glued to the TV screen.

     Several hours passed and it had become late, however the whole time Gina had noticed a sporadic and rather peculiar scratching noise. She dismissed it as part of the movie, but when the noise reached a very loud level, she suddenly realized that the noise had persisted throughout 3 different movies. Gina, nervous, decided to go investigate, doing exactly what got everyone in horror movies killed, but she didn’t realize that. As she cautiously crept down the stairs, she heard the noise get much louder. Gina walked throughout the whole house, eventually realizing that the noise was coming from the pantry. She grabbed a rolling pin from the kitchen drawer for defense and swung the door open. Nothing. Gina looked puzzled, but before she could sigh with relief the noise appeared again, this time coming from behind her. Gina ran around the house frantically, as the noise came from different places each time she got close. Adrenaline rushing through her, Gina threw her rolling pin at the closet door, making it swing open. She walked up to the door only to find her dog Bubble scratching at the door. “Oh, Bubble!” she exclaimed. “You gave me quite the scare!” Gina sighed with relief and laughed as the little dog licked her. She picked Bubble up and begin to walk down the hallway towards her room. Suddenly, she heard the scratching noise again. She stopped walking abruptly. Gina heard a laugh. “You really thought that was the dog?” a voice asked behind her.

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