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An unwelcome guest
They thought the house was an odd find, especially when their family had owned the land for several hundred years and not mentioned it once. It just seemed like the sort of thing to come up in conversation, you know?
Just a simple "Have you been to the old house to check for hornets this year?" or "When will you get around to knocking down that unused place and gutting it for firewood?" but no, not a single peep about it or any of the unusual features around it.
For instance all of the hand-carved deer statues that appeared to have been smothered in tar. They were all over the nearby grounds and scattered about the house too. This should have been seen as suspicious or at the very least, odd enough to warrant caution but the bright summer sun led them into blissful danger with its empty promise of adventure without trouble.
None of them noticed the extra statue that had appeared whilst they were deliberating how to best get inside the old house. Not one of them so much as spared a glance behind, though they all felt that something was watching them.
Unfortunately for them, it didn't make its move until they were all in the upper floor. Luckily one of them spotted a statue rear onto its hid legs and clumsily stumble towards the broken wall that they'd all entered through. Unluckily there were only two exits from the upper floor - the staircase it was heading towards and the window.
The jump was too high,even with the floors being as saggy and skewed as they were. Not to mention that it might just be waiting for them to try that. After several seconds of whispered, but furious, debate it was decided that one of them would go downstairs, sneaking over the crooked steps to see if it was actually down there.
The one that stayed behind made sure to hide herself by wedging between an upturned wardrobe and a wall. She didn't think to look below her at the missing floorboards. All she could do was hold her breath and wait for her siblings to return.
She jolted as she heard their screams echoing up from the ground floor, abruptly cut off with sickeningly wet crunches. Much as she hoped it was a prank she couldn't stop the tears from falling, muffling her sobbing into her sleeve and praying this nightmarish day would end soon and she'd wake up in her bed.
Something bellowed - it sounded close.
She felt warm breath on her legs and looked down.
Something bloodstained looked back up.
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List of audio files used:
- Woman sobbing by bulbastre +)
- 1840s Grandfather Clock by daveincamas from http://www.freesound.org/people/daveincamas/sounds/27077/ +)
- thunder by Erdie from http://freesound.org +)
- Anguish by ERH from http://freesound.org +)
- Wooden Floor Boots by Lex777 from http://freesound.org +)
- Fireplace_ by martats from http://www.freesound.org/ +)
- Shush by wicdz from http://freesound.org +)
- Rocking Chair by wingsofirony from https://freesound.org *)
*) Soundsnap.com license