Talking with Jill and Seth about previous inhabitants of the old farmhouse, Uncle Jake recalled that Catherine's Uncle Levi, her father's brother, had stayed with them awhile but had a drinking problem. He made Catherine and her mother Naomi very uncomfortable, following them around the house and making crude remarks at every turn.
One night an intoxicated Levi had put his arms around Naomi as she was cooking supper, enraging Catherine's father, who threw him out of the house and told him never to return. The next morning they found his body a short distance from the farmhouse where he had apparently stumbled and fallen, smashing his head against a large rock. Catherine's father, still angry, had declared that he was better off dead.
Uncle Jake wondered aloud if Levi's unsettled spirit could be causing the disturbance in the cellar, and on a cloudy, moonless night he headed down the stairs with Jill and Seth, determined to find out.
(To be continued)
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