Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part X

 
Jill didn't like going down into the cellar of the old farmhouse, she told Seth something about it made her feel uneasy, not to mention the rank odor of something decomposing with no identifiable source.  Jill remembered her grandmother saying that disturbed spirits tend to inhabit the highest or lowest areas of a home, and she wondered if that's what she was sensing in the cellar.
 
"I've been told that Catherine never wanted to go down there either," Uncle Jake told Seth and Jill. "She said she always felt like someone was watching her.  After she told her mother that she felt something brush against her leg as bent over to get some potatoes from the bin they never sent her to the cellar alone again."
 
"We need to get to the bottom of this," Seth declared, "I won't have Jill feeling uncomfortable in our house."
 
(To be continued) 
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24 comments:

  1. Cellar, basement, crawl space - no thanks!

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    1. Agreed, Paul. We have none of those, and I am fine with that. Although they do come in mighty handy in tornadoes. I have been in some that were downright creepy.

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  2. Only with a floodlight and a lot of prayer would i want to go in a place like that!

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    1. That's me... cast a bright light on the darkness. There has been more than one place I would never venture without turning on lights!

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  3. There were very strange goings on in the cellar of ancient pub I used to own. It was, centuries ago, a court house and several criminals were hung down there, infact the hanging post is still in place. One such villain, Jasper is supposed to still live down there in spirit form. I lived alone there and he never troubled me, but my dog used to sometimes get very stressed. Jasper did however have an annoying habit of upturning tables and chairs in the bar at night. And no, this is not one of my bits of flash fiction!

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  4. Great continuing story, Josie...I wonder if I could have remained in the house, curious about the mystery; I suspect I'd have wanted to move :)

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    1. I am fine with ghostly visitors and/or occupants, but not dark ones that seek to cause upset and harm! In that case, it's a house cleansing or I'm leaving!!

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  5. Further to the above, I just remembered I wrote a piece about the pub in 2007. If you are interested it's here -
    Things that go bump in the night!

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    1. Definitely interested, thanks for sharing the link! I'm headed that way now!!

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  6. cool. no, serially, it had never occurred to me that "...disturbed spirits tend to inhabit the highest or lowest areas of a home"
    I mean, I always known (as we learn) cellars and attic, if a part of a house is going to be scary, they are it.
    huh! fun these stories

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    1. The first time I heard that it resonated as true, Clark. If you are wanting to hide, you will go where people don't bother you as often. I am glad you are enjoying my stories of the farmhouse. It's certainly got a lot of activity!

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  7. As is sometimes true of old houses, it appears this one is home to more spirits than physical occupants!

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  8. I lived with a nice ghost once, so I didn't mind. After awhile you get used to feeling watched. I like your ghostly sixes!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah! We have had spirits visiting our house from time to time too, and we welcome them as long as they behave. For the most part it seemed to be family that had passed.

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  9. Something brushing against her leg! I wouldn't be going down to get any more potatoes. I remember seeing a rat sitting on the top of a pile of potatoes in a cellar kind of room in our barn once. It creeped me out. I hated to open that door after that. I was always afraid I'd see another rat.

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    1. Nor would I, you wouldn't get me down those stairs again! I do not like mice or rats, especially when surprised by them. I am not sure I would have accompanied you to the barn for more potatoes either!

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  10. Noooooo don't go!!! Ha.
    This seriously reminds me so much of the "haunted" house that was in my area growing up. The basement... oh my gosh I don't know how we struck up the nerve to go there, but I have never felt anything like that cold presence, and YES even a smell down there ever in my life since. And it's funny because the only other strange spot in the house was the daughter's bedroom that was up in the attic. And especially her closet. Creepy!!!

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    1. That is creepy Rory Bore, and I totally believe there was something not at rest in that house!

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  11. In a way, I am so happy I am reading this late, because now I can jump over to Part XI in a minute. Love this. I was thinking Catherine was the ghost but apparently the old farmhouse had some pre-secrets as well.

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    1. You may have to wait a bit longer for resolution of problems in the cellar, Val. :-) The old farmhouse is apparently rife with the spirits of generations past.

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