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Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part XI

 
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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22 comments:

  1. Stumbled and fallen or pushed and struck? Another intriguing chapter.

    Click here to read my six!

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    1. We can't really be sure about that, can we? Catherine's father doesn't have a lot of tolerance for sinners.

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  2. Until there's forgiveness, there's no moving on.

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  3. Sometimes Tossing a drunk is the only way to deal with them.

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    1. There is no reasoning with someone when they are drunk, and if he can't abide by rules of decency Catherine's father was right to insist that he leave. His first priority is to protect his wife and daughter.

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  4. Wow, there's a lot of in-depth backstory here, Josie. Great writing, too.

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    1. Thanks! With only six sentences to use each week, some "chapters" need to be the backstory to make sense of action taking place.

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  5. what, is there like a spaceship or a truckload of uranium buried in the front yard of this place?!! (lol)
    to have characters and (their) qualities and actions be reprehensible, yet frame the story such that the reader (me, in this case) is still drawn in, is something I hope to eventually learn to do.
    very cool

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    1. LOL, Clark! I agree that this house certainly seems to have it's share of ghostly inhabitants, I suspect that many old houses do. If all of the characters were kindly and sweet it would make for pretty tedious reading, not to mention not being very grounded in reality. It's rather fun to create the contrast of a few nasty characters and show how strongly they impact both the living and the dead. (I have no writing skills, it's all flying by the seat of the pants ;-)

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  6. I can't wait until next week as I imagine our interest is going to be continually teased. (P.S. Josie, I think autocorrect has changed 'aloud' to 'allowed')

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    1. I had to use this six to set the stage for next week, but I promise there will be some interesting activity coming up! (Thank you for catching my typo, I always appreciate the help. My eyes tend to see what I meant to write, not what my fingers actually did.)

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  7. But, Alas, I will have to wait for XII. Enter Uncle Levi, a colorful character I am sure. I enjoy all the photos you find to go with your chapters.

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    1. Thank you Val, I felt we needed to know a bit about Uncle Levi before we could join Uncle Jake in his trip to the cellar. :-)

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  8. I gather there are both positive and negative energies at the old farmhouse. I wonder if they will all be displaced over time.

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    1. I suspect that Jill and Seth are open to the comfortable ones staying, but the troublemakers will surely need to be dealt with!

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  9. Well, at least if they venture into the basement to see if Levi is there, he won't be drunk this time, but he might still be someone they really don't won't to encounter even as a spirit. I still have no desire to enter that basement.

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    1. I think I'd take on a drunk before an evil spirit, but I agree, I'm not going down in to that basement, ever, period!

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  10. hhhmmmm, but did he "stumble?" Intriguing new twist!

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    1. This is an interesting question we can't be sure about, it just might come up again in the future!

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  11. I read all the parts at once. And now I wait.

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    1. Very cool, Cheryl, thank you for taking the time to do that! It would actually flow better than it does in such short pieces. Sometimes I want to accomplish more than can be done in six sentences, even with the run-on version I so freely employ! :-)

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