They went to bed late after watching a horror film. Hardly had they got some shut-eye when they became aware of a confused murmur of people gathering somewhere. At first they thought it’s triggered by the scary movie. But the buzz persisted.

Gingerly opening the door that led to the balcony, they found neighbouring households were all up on roof, and down in the street below. Scooters were parked on the road’s edge, their headlights blazing.

Presently they saw a hearse van approaching. The man who had visited them only the previous evening quite hale and hearty was lying inside.

First published in f3

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