The Cougar Painting

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Sometimes art can be very deadly

Submitted: June 13, 2016

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Submitted: June 13, 2016





Chapter 1:

After wandering around the old Cougar mansion for about an hour

Troy Anderson walked over to his girlfriend Wendy Adams and asked

“Wendy, can we please get out of here?”

 This place is starting to creep me out.”

But Wendy didn’t answer him.

 She seemed to be lost in some sort of faraway trance

While staring at a picture of Betty Cougar, which was hanging on the wall

Above the fire place


In the picture Betty was sitting in a rocking chair on the mansion front porch

Standing next to her was a small child who seemed to be pointing at something

But all Troy could make out from looking at it. was some strange blurry outline

That looked like another small child


“Hello, Wendy?” earth to Wendy, come on in!”

He cried out snapping his fingers in her face

“What’s the matter?”

 She asked snapping out of her trance

“Nothing’s the matter.

I just want to get out of her before old Betty, asks me out!”

 He laughed

“Ha!” Don’t flatter yourself.” Wendy snorted

“Well, I got you to go out with me. Didn’t I?”

 Troy proudly smiled

“Yah, but I only agreed because Brad Pitt, was already taken!”

She laughed as she picked up her bag off from the floor

“Very funny,”

Troy frowned taking her hand and leading her to the front door


“I wonder why nobody else showed up.

 I mean this place has been closed for almost twenty years or so

“You’d think that there would be a line of people waiting to go in.”

Wendy told him once they were outside.

 Troy didn’t answer her, he just started to walk faster

He wanted to get far away from the old mansion as soon as possible.

He didn’t know why but covering this story about the re-opening didn’t feel right

“Troy?” Who is in la-la land now?” Wendy smiled

“Huh?” Oh, sorry.

 Maybe they didn’t hear about it yet, but for now let’s go get something to eat

“I’m starving.” He shrugged


Chapter 2:

They went to a local pizza shop and ordered

“Well, we’re off to a good start.”

 Wendy sighed while picking at her salad

“Don’t worry about it Wen, after we finish eating we’ll head out to the library.

 I’m sure we’ll find something that we can use.” Troy told her

“Here, I got you something.” He added smiling.

 He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small black box and handed it to her

“Oh, Troy you shouldn’t have!”

 Wendy cried out happily before she opened it.

 inside was a small whistle tied to a long black cord


Wendy put it around her neck and added

“How does it look?”

“Just for your information the guy at the gift shop told me that the artist who made it.

was one of the best artist in the world.” Troy pouted

“Oh yah, right, maybe in whistle world. He’s!”

 Wendy laughed before flicking her pickle in his direction

“Oh, real mature.

 Aren’t we just a bit too old to be playing with our food?”

 Troy frowned

“I’m very mature Troy, but then I started dating you and well.”

 Wendy shrugged

“Cute, come on let’s get out of here.” Troy frowned


A few minutes later they walked inside the Bay Hills Library.

 Wendy walked up to the old lady who was sitting behind the front desk

“Excuse me, my friend and I are from the Havens newspaper and.”

“Never heard of you.” The old lady frowned

“Oh, we’re an out of town newspaper.

 Sort of a ghost hunters but instead of a tv show we write about it.”

 Wendy explained

The old lady didn’t answer she just gave Wendy a weird look

“Any way we were sent out to cover the story of the Cougar mansion re-opening.”

 Wendy began

“That place has been closed for the last twenty years.”

 The old lady snorted

“I know.

 But I’m sure that you’ve heard that they’ve re-opened it again.”

 Wendy answered

“No, I haven’t.

 besides why in the world would they want to reopen that old place again for?”

 Is this some kind of joke?” The old lady scowled


“Listen miss, I’m not interested in anything that has to do with that place.

 I’m afraid that I can’t help you, now if you’d excuse me I’ve a lot of work to do.”

The old lady frowned.

 She then picked up her papers and went inside her office behind the counter


“Gee. Thanks lady, you were very helpful.”

 Wendy muttered to herself then went to look for Troy


“So what did you find out?” He asked looking up from the computer screen

“Nothing, the old lady just looked at me like I suddenly grew another head.

 As soon as I mentioned the Cougar mansion.” Wendy sighed

“Oh, maybe you scared her you do some times have that effect on people.”

 Troy smiled

“Not funny. So what did you come up with computer boy?”

Wendy smirked

“Well, I tried looking for any headlines announcing the re-opening.

But I couldn’t find anything which I thought was strange

“I would’ve thought that whoever planned this

 would at least have a web page or something.” Troy explained

“I don’t know Troy; I’m starting to get a funny feeling about this whole thing.

 I thought we’d come out here take a few pictures, talk to a few people,

 and we’d have the rest of the weekend for ourselves

“But now every time we even mention the word Cougar,

 these people look at us like we’ve just killed their first born child or something.”

 Wendy sighed

“I know. I got the same feeling so I did a quick google search on the Cougars.”

 Troy answered her


“It seems that old Fred Cougar, build that place for his lovely bride Betty- “

“I guess they didn’t have whistles back then!” Wendy interrupted laughing

“Funny, any ways thing seemed to be going good for the love birds,

 until her forty birthday.” Troy started to explain

“Why? What happened on her birthday?” Wendy asked

“Well, according to what I read Fred, threw her one hell of a birthday party.

The whole town was there having a grand time

until one of the banker’s daughter disappeared into thin air.”

Troy answered her

“Oh wow!” Wendy cried out

“Oh wow, is right.

 Of course the police did they’re thing but they didn’t find her,

 a few months later Fred threw another party.”

“And let me guess another girl disappeared.” Wendy interrupted


 And it happened four more times before the cops began to suspect old Fred of foul play

“Since all the girls went missing while visiting his house.

But they couldn’t pin anything on him, Freddy,

 himself, was so disturb by the whole thing

“That he ordered Betty, to pack up their stuff and they moved out of the mansion.”

Troy explained

“Did they ever find out what happened to the girls?” Wendy asked

“Relax there Nancy Drew, I was just looking into that when you showed up.”

Troy stated


Chapter 3:

Troy typed in a new google search

“Hey, check it out!” He cried. “It says here:

That Betty Cougar, was brought in to be questioned about the missing girls.

 After reading some more he cried out again

“Holy crap!”

 After a few hours she confessed on murdering the girls, after finding out that they had been having an affair with her husband

“What a naughty boy you were Freddy boy!” Troy laughed

Wendy shot him a dirty look before asking

“What happened to her?”


Troy scrolled down the page and answered

“Umm, she was charged with six counts of first degree.

But instead of serving any jail time, everyone involved decided that it’d be better

“If she serves her time locked up in some private mental hospital.

 I guess money talked even back then.” Troy shrugged

“Figures, and Fred, what happened to him? Wendy frowned

“He disappeared for a while. And whoa!”

a year later when he suddenly appeared again.

 He moved back in with Betty!”

Troy cried out  

“What?” No way!” How did that happen?” Wendy yelled

“According to this Fred, paid some mad money and threatened that he had magical powers

And would put a curse on the whole town. If they didn’t release her to him.”

Troy read

“And they really believed that stupid story?” Wendy snorted

“Not only did they believe it.

 but according to this Fred,

 became so obsessive with the occult that he never left his house.

“The few people that he did allow inside told strange tales of how

 Fred went on and on of how

He’d hear the voices of the dead girls calling out to him.” Troy answer

“Until one he totally snapped and drowned Betty, and then set the mansion on fire.

 Some of the town’s people say that only Betty died that night

“That Fred escaped through one of the secret tunnels.” He added

“Oh wow, no wonder no one will talk to us.

But if the mansion burnt down who rebuild it and why.” Wendy asked frowning

“That babe is the six-million-dollar question.

Maybe Freddy did it!” Troy laughed.

And before she had a chance to answer him back

The old lady that Wendy had talked to before walked up from behind them and cried out


“We’re closing now!”


“Wow, lady!” You just scared the hell out of me!” Wendy cried out

“Sorry, but we’re about to close. And you’ll have to leave now.”

The old lady frowned

“Fine. We’re going and thanks for all your help.”

 Wendy smirked before she and Troy gathered up their stuff


Chapter 4:

A few minutes later they were walking pass the old mansion.

When Wendy suddenly stopped then started walking up the mansion drive way

“Hey, where are you going?” Troy called after her

“I just want to check out something really quick.” She answered him

“You want me to go with you?” Troy asked

“No, I’ll be right back.” Wendy smiled.

 And before he could stop her she vanished through the front doors


A couple of minutes passed and there was no sign of Wendy

“I wonder what’s taking her so long?” Troy asked himself.

 He slowly went inside and was about to call out for Wendy.

But the sound of laughter coming from one of the upstairs room interrupted him


“Oh great, she must’ve found someone to interview.”

Troy decided to give her a few more minutes before interrupting.

 But after ten minutes went by Troy began to get a funny feeling


“That’s it. I’m not going to wait inside this creepy place all night.”


He started to go up the stairs when something caught his eye

“Hey, I don’t remember seeing this picture before.”


He went to get a closer look at it

It was the picture of Betty Cougar that was hanging above the fire place

But this time it looked completely different


“Holy shit!” There’s no freaking way!”


Troy started to run up the stairs calling out Wendy’s name.

but she didn’t answer

When he reached to the top of the stairs the first thing he noticed was that Wendy’s bag was lying on the floor

And the sound of laughter suddenly grew louder

 as he ran from room to room yelling out for Wendy


Chapter 5:

When the cops found Troy a couple hours later.

They found him crawled up crying hysterically

When they finally got him to calm down to asked what happened


All Troy would say was that the house had just murdered his girlfriend Wendy

Then hid her body inside the painting that was hanging by the fire place


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