Grandma Knows

by Saad H.
(Rawalpindi, Pakistan)



There was once a woman who hated her husband’s mother. Her husband tried to calm her down, but it was no use. They had a four year old daughter named Minnie, but she loved her grandma and always kissed her good night, and she even listened to stories before going to sleep.

They always played with each other during the day, and that made the mother more and more angry. One day, the grandma died because of a terrible disease. Minnie was crying her eyes out, and no one could stop her. Her father wanted her to stop, but he was also crying. The mother was so happy, it was a day for her to celebrate, but she could not.

At the funeral, everyone was crying, because they were all grandmas’ old friends. Minnie cried the most, she couldn’t stand it. “Calm down Minnie, Calm down” Her father calmed her down. His eyes were also full of tears. But there was one thing; the mother didn’t come to the funeral. She was sleeping soundly in her bed. She opened her eyes to hear loud cries coming from downstairs. She knew it was the funeral. The room was darkened. Only dim daylight was coming through the curtains.

She thought she heard a cackle. “Just my imagination” She said this as the door burst open. “I need checking!” The police officer said as he entered the room. Suddenly the loud cries stopped. They checked all the places. The woman was scared, she was eager to ask what happened but no one would listen to her. At last, when all the police men ended, she asked, “What is it? What happened?!” “Miss, we just received phone calls from your house about someone torturing your daughter.” The woman got scared. “Torturing my daughter? What do you mean by that?” She asked as if she was suspicious. “We came to discover that her father’s not home, the daughter told us he had gone somewhere to work, and he will not come until tomorrow.”

The police officer did not want to alarm her, actually when coming back from the cemetery, the father cried so much that he didn’t look up, and a car killed him, tearing him apart from limb to limb. “Then who was on the phone, was it Minnie?” The mother asked. “No, it was a woman, we believe it was you.” The woman was scared to death. But she nodded anyway, in way of confusion. “You must have forgotten. Ha- ha.” The police officer said.

When the police went off, she went to check on Minnie. She was shocked by what she saw; Minnie was talking to someone. Small kids, she thought, they always fool around. “What’s my little princess doing?” She kissed Minnie; today she was acting like she loved her daughter, and didn’t scold her like before and even told her stories. She was just doing this because she was scared. But she didn’t have a clue of what life had in store for her.

That night she talked on the phone with her best friend while Minnie played with her dolls upstairs. Today she was free to back-bite the grandma. She even knew it was a sin, but she did it anyways. She told her friend everything against her. She was just talking when her daughter came downstairs, her face pale. She said very scared “Grandma knows” “Oh, she does, why you don’t tell your doll set about that thing?” She ignored her, thinking it was kids’ stuff.

After ten minutes the daughter came down again, this time paler. First she drank water, “Grandma knows” She said again in a crying voice. “Minnie, stop disturbing me! Can’t you see I’m talking on phone?” The mother was getting angrier at her daughter. Minnie just nodded hysterically and went off. Minnie was also making her scared.

Then, after ten minutes, the same thing happened, Minnie came, paler, drank water, even coughed five times, cleared her throat, and said “Grandma knows”. Now the mother was furious. She grabbed her daughter and took her upstairs to her room, and threw her on the bed. “Just shut up Minnie! What do you want? Why are you scaring me like that?” She shouted. “Grandma kn…” before she said it, the mother slapped on her face hard. She locked her in the room; she could hear crying and banging on the door, but she ignored it, and went downstairs. Minnie sat there, scared. She knew grandma will do something. She just slept there…

Two hours later, she was awakened by a startled cry. The door of her room stood open. She thought mother would have done it. She became thirsty and went downstairs to get a glass of water. She went to the kitchen to discover it was locked. She was scared. Why would her mother lock herself inside?

She heard a dripping sound from inside. She knocked on the door but no answer came. At last she went to the attic to get an extra key. When she opened the door, she saw a horrifying scene. Her mother was hanging from the ceiling fan; she was cut from limb to limb, stabbed and decapitated. Her head was on the kitchen sink. The dripping sound was of the blood. Minnie screamed. There was a note lying on the floor. “Come to grandma” and the last thing Minnie remembered was her head flying off.

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