The Quarantine was finally over and the Chrisard students entered school on
Monday at eight in the morning.
Teachers were greeting them at the door with happy smiles and tight hugs. Students
were laughing and jumping, rushing to their classrooms, almost dancing of joy. They
were very excited to finally meet their friends and teachers in real life, and not only
through the screen.
The first English class went by very quickly. Soon, the bell ring invited students to
go out to the playground.
Suddenly, they heard an extraordinary noise. It was like a tearing sound of a
desperate cry. It was in the air surrounding them. They looked around to see where
it came from. Then, they saw it…
On the stairs above the lunchroom was the most spine-chilling figure they've ever
seen in any movie or book. It was shaped like a woman dressed in long, white, ripped
sheets with a hood covering her face. She was floating up the stairs, with desperate
movements, and emitting the sounds of a wounded animal, or a hungry vampire.
The children looked at the faces of their friends and noticed they were extremely pale,
almost translucent from fear. They wanted to scream and run, run very fast and very
far away. Run and never look back…
Then, something horrifying happened: the students couldn’t move at all. They were
paralyzed, some of them still held the snacks, books and cellphones in their hands.
Also, they couldn’t speak or scream, as they had no voice. It seemed that the White
Ghost Lady had bewitched them and kept them under her spell. They could just
observe what was happening around them, as if they were visitors in an unknown
The students looked at their teachers, who didn’t seem to notice the Ghost and didn't
realize something was wrong. It turns out that sometimes adults cannot see the same
things as children, especially when it comes to spirits…
The situation worsened every second as the White Lady's inhuman screams grew
louder and louder.
Then, one of the girls named Lara remembered that her grandmother once told her
a very mysterious story which happened in France hundreds of years ago. The scary
tale now came to Lara’s mind:
In the thirteenth century, there was a castle in the mountains of southern France
where a King and his family lived happily. One day, the King went to fight in the war,
and didn’t come back for many years. His wife and children missed him so much,
that they went looking for him all over the country. Fortunately, they found the King
and after the war ended, the family returned home safely. But when they arrived to
the castle, there was a Ghost there: a Weeping Lady dressed in white, ripped sheets
with a hood covering her face. She wouldn’t stop howling and emitting the most
inhuman sounds. The royal family was terrified and asked the Kingdom’s Magician
for help. The Wizard explained to them that this particular ghost always comes to
places that had been abandoned for a long period of time and cries because she
suffers from loneliness. As she is a spirit, the White Lady does not perceive things
the same way as the human beings and doesn’t realize when the inhabitants finally
return to their homes or castles. She thinks that she is still alone and keeps shedding
The King asked the old man:
- Magician, what can I do to break the spell and free my castle from this terrible
- There is something… a secret way to make her go away. – responded the
Wizard. – But you will have to follow my instructions very carefully and
- Yes Wizard, I will do as you say, please tell me this secret way! – begged the
- You have to call the Weeping Lady by her REAL name: “Margaux”. It is
necessary to pronounce this name with no mistakes, loudly and clearly, three
times in a row. After you do this, there is something else… In order to break
the spell, you and your family have to sing a song that comes directly from the
melody of your hearts.
- A song, which song? – the King was confused.
- I cannot tell you because the song doesn’t exist yet. You and your family will
have to create it during a magical moment. But I can tell you this: only your
own hearts know it… - the Magus responded enigmatically.
- We will do our best then... Thank you very much Wizard! –and as a token of
his gratitude, the King gave the old man three gold coins.
After remembering this story, Lara thought that maybe the same Lady Ghost from
her Grandmother’s legend had appeared in Chrisard school in 2020, since the
building was abandoned for many weeks because of the Quarantine. After all, the
spectres don’t have a physical body, so they do not age. The girl suspected that the
White Lady was only crying from loneliness and needed help to understand that the
students had already returned to school.
Lara wished that she and her friends could do something about this mystery. Then,
she had the most unbelievable idea! She concentrated intensely and tried to transmit
telepathically to other students all the things she knew about the Lady Ghost from
After few minutes, Lara realized that she was able to communicate with the other
children without words and explained her plan to them.
At noon, an unimaginable thing happened at Chrisard’s playground:
- Margaux, Margaux, Margaux … - all the students pronounced loudly and
clearly the White Lady’s name with an impeccable French accent.
Then, they began to sing the loveliest song to the rhythm of their hearts. The lyrics
spoke of solidarity, companionship, respect, joy, honesty, courage, learning, about
being true to yourself and loyal to your friends.
While listening to the song, the White Lady stopped moaning and crying. Very slowly, she took off her hood and showed a beautiful Angel face. She smiled gently at
everyone and waved goodbye, rising to heaven.
Little Detective Lara and her friends solved the mystery and saved Chrisard school.
Now that they had recovered the building after the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Ghost
invasion, nothing would stop them from enjoying it fully, studying, playing and just
(c) Anna Jozefowicz