Published on December 9th, 2012 | by Chaz0
The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 10
The O’Deary Family history is filled with ghosts.
Hello there, fellow conspiracy nuts and surveyors of the supernatural!
I am Chaz, and if you’ve stumbled upon my little corner of the Internet, you’ve likely had at least a passing interest in that mysterious building we call the O’Deary Library.
Not all is right within the walls of this house of literature, as many of you have already guessed. What you may not realize, however, is just how deep the mystery of the library runs – and how deeply linked it is to the family who established it. Join me as I take you through the mountains of evidence I’ve uncovered which all leads back to the unnatural behavior of this curious family, spanning generations and generations.
Let’s dive in.
After many years of living and working in the library, the O’Deary family welcomed a third child: Dillon O’Deary. The youngest sibling and the only boy, Dillon sprouted at a young age and showed tremendous promise as an academic. Brimming with pride, Devin and the rest of the family soon realized just how like his grandmother the youngest O’Deary was: Dillon was more like Augusta than any other living O’Deary, and Devin was most proud of that fact. Bright, handsome and quick to learn, Dillon loved the library – almost as much his older sister Dora. Though not quite so obsessively, of course!
For things hadn’t quite settled down in the lives of the O’Dearys over the years, as much as they pretended to believe it was so. Though Devin slowly dealt with his intense fear of the library (and believe me, it took a very long time!), he was still wary. Mary chalked up his strange behaviour to his childhood paranoia creeping up on him again – coupled, of course, with Mad Mugwort’s stories, which Devin would still listen to whenever he could sneak away.
But Devin was not paranoid; he was simply afraid. After the impossible circumstances under which he discovered his daughter years earlier, Devin knew that there was something evil lurking in the halls of his library – something he wanted no part of. And try as he might, he could not prevent Mary from allowing Dora to continue her obsession with the library. “It’s good for her!” she would exclaim, whenever he protested. “She has a great love for learning and reading, and we would be bad parents to discourage that in a growing mind.”
Devin, of course, knew that she was right. And after years passing with no sign of any real issues amongst his family, he decided he would step foot inside his library once more. After all, if his youngest child and only son had no fear of this place, neither should he – right? (Wrong.)
And yet, had Devin been remained concerned for his daughter’s connection to the library, he might have not been so quick to return to its halls. You see, the strange attachment between the building and Dora had become downright unsettling. Creepy, even! Though others were quick to point this out (not least of all being old Mugwort, of course) it had become such a normal part of the family’s lives that nobody really noticed it anymore. Even Devin, who was suspicious of everything related to his library, slowly began to believe Mary’s stories about letting the kids be free to enjoy the library.
Once she’d reached her teenage years, Dora was often found wandering the library alone and talking loudly to herself. If that wasn’t enough, the girl would disappear and reappear without warning or explanation. When asked where she’d gone, she would grow very quiet and refuse to speak.
One day, when Mary tried to call Dora home for supper, she refused to leave the building. When her mother came to try and drag her home herself, Dora would be nowhere to be found. She’d disappear for hours, sometimes whole days. Sure enough, however, the O’Deary daughter would always turn up at some point, right where she’d been left: sitting in her favourite chair in the library.
Word had begun to grow around town that the curse had begun to rear its ugly head once again!