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Hope

By NellaMari Herbst

Drama / Horror

Chapter 1

1993

Tate Langdon poked his head into the library. The usual crowd hung out in their usual places. He slipped in and silently crossed over to the back. At the reference books, rarely used by any other students, he dropped his bag and sat down on the floor. He reached to his previous book and continued on reading. At that moment the world could explode, and he wouldn't even know. He was in his happy place.

2011

Tate strolled around the house. He was avoiding everyone. After he and Violet had gotten close enough to a normal conversation, Hayden came along and screwed the whole thing up. Now he was mad at Hayden, Violet was mad at him again, and he was just waiting for time to go by. He walked up to the attic to play with Beau and ignored the Real Estate agent Marcy, preparing the house for another showing.

It was a dry day, as usual. Hardly anyone wanted the house. At noon, a family came to look at the house. It was Jennifer and Peter Arts and their teen son and daughter, Sam and Rory.

Vivian, Violet, Moira and Ben stood on the top of the stairs, watching the possible buyers as they wondered around the house. Hayden watched them from the basement door. Rory walked into the kitchen, and Moira followed her. Violet raised an eyebrow and followed Sam upstairs. Vivian followed Jennifer and Marcy and Ben stayed at Peter's heals.

Rory stared at the pasta arm and rolled her eyes. She took a cookie from the agent's display and took a bite. She looked up and looked straight at Moira. Moira gasped only to realize that Jennifer, Marcy and Vivian walked in behind her.

"You like it honey?" Jennifer asked.

"It's okay." Rory scanned the room and swiftly laid eyes on Vivian. "It has a lot of history."

"Are all the stories of the house true?" Jennifer asked.

"What stories are you referring to?" Marcy composed her panic.

"Well, we researched the house history, and there's a lot of information that could be found in archives and on the internet." Rory said.

Marcy sighed. She didn't want to just give the house away. But it seemed like it was becoming her only option.

"Well, I believe that some are true. But I don't believe the house is haunted." Marcy tried.

"I do." Rory said.

"Me too." Sam walked in with Violet at his side. Rory glanced at Violet and then back at Sam. "Where's dad?"

"Right behind you." Peter and Ben came in. Rory looked around at all the faces, including those of the spirits. Violet frowned, wondering whether Rory was perhaps a medium. "This house is even better than all the stories. I want it."

"You want to live in a haunted house?" Marcy asked surprised.

"We're not afraid of anything." Sam stated and Hayden laughed from the front hall.

Rory looked up towards Hayden and laid eyes on Tate as he descended the stairs. Tate threw Hayden a glance as he walked past her and froze midway. He looked up into the kitchen and saw Rory staring at him. He frowned.

"I want it." Rory said and looked at her dad. "We should take it."

"Let's get the papers then." Marcy said most excitedly.

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