The Ghost of Suburbia

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
ghost story with a twist

Submitted: April 29, 2010

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The Ghost of Suburbia
 
It was a bright sunny June day when Valerie and Dave moved into their new home. This old house was perfect for them after living the first part of their married life in a small one-bedroom flat. The new house was built 500 years ago, had large spacious rooms and came complete with a nursery ready for their new-born baby.
 
Valerie and Dave soon settled and their neighbour’s gossip of ghosts was soon forgotten about during those long hot summer days. As the nights drew in Dave was working away from home more frequently but this did not bother Valerie until one night when the noises began. Initially Valerie put the noises down to the bats, that seem to frequent the house every evening.
 
Then one night Valerie was woken to here the baby crying and half-asleep made her way to the nursery. Just as she arrived the baby seem to stop crying by herself through this was rarely the case. As Valerie open the nursery door there seem to be a white figure standing just by the cradle which disappeared as she approached. Alarmed Valerie grabbed her baby now fast asleep and carried her into the main bedroom.
 
After a peaceful night and some teasing from Dave, Valerie convinced herself that the white figure was just a figment of her imagination at 2 in the morning. The following day Dave had to go away again and the first night Valerie was on her own the noises started again. This time they were more intense with banging of the doors and windows and someone walking on the stairs.
 
Valerie was frightened that night and after putting the baby to sleep she sat up and thoughts began to drift to her father who had died the previous year and how she wished he was still their to put his arms around her and protect her as he had done when she was a child. Her father had never believed in ghosts and soon would have laughed her fears away. Slowly sleep overcame Valerie and in her dreams her father appeared smiling and encouraging Valerie to go and explore the upper rooms in the house.
 
When Dave came home she told him of her dream. He still did not believe in ghosts but decided that as they had a few days off exploring the house would be a good idea. As they reached the third floor their seem to be a cold breeze and it was obvious that these rooms had not been touched for many years as they were empty of furniture.Finally Valerie and Dave reached the final room and were amazed to find it completely furnished. A door to the right led Dave into a bathroom though he soon returned when he heard Valerie scream. There in front of them sitting in a rocking chair were the remains of a person.Quickly the police were called and the remains were identified as an old lady who had lived in the house five years previously. When she became ill she took to that room which was near a bathroom. Alone and isolated the old lady had died having been forgotten about by the neighbours that had used to greet her every morning and evening. Once the remains had been removed and buried the noises soon stopped though the guilt of how that lady was neglected never was.


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