Ghost Story

Published on January 27th, 2013 | by Chaz

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The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 14

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.

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And so comes the final part of the story of the O’Deary Sisters. Up until this point, we’ve taken a long, hard look at their parents’ lives, the founding of the library and their young life growing up. We’ve seen spooky and horrible things happen, and we’ve seen the terrible seeds of resentment between the siblings which would eventually grow to tragically affect all of their descendants. And all of this leading up to the terrible events we first examined in the first few chapters of this lengthy tale.

But, alas! We are once again getting too far ahead of ourselves. There is still one last gap in the tale of Dora and Dhalia O’Deary prior to their grisly death and disappearance.

After selling her first book (grimly titled The Untimely and Horrifying Demise of Larry the Librarian), Dora became more than just Devin and Mary’s star child; she became an out-and-out celebrity, and wherever she went, people followed. Many of her fans, who would approach looking for autographs, would bring dark and creepy souvenirs for her to sign: a voodoo doll, a supposedly haunted chest that was once owned by an accused witch and other disturbing memorabilia. Dora didn’t mind, however; she adored all of the attention she was receiving.

Of course, Dahlia and Dillon took to their older sister’s newfound celebrity – well, poorly. Very poorly, to say the least. The resentment that they had held against their sister for so many years had reached its tipping point. Each took it in turn to sabotage her (however minorly): destroying her fan-mail, forgetting to run errands for her and other nasty, jealous things. The O’Deary household was not a particularly happy one, if truth be told!

But Devin and Mary were blind to all of this malcontent between their children. They were much too proud to have even noticed such a thing. Indeed, Devin was known to walk with his chin held so high that he would occasionally run right into things without seeing them.

Then something interesting happened. Dora’s flair for gothic literature began to attract attention from the rest of the literary world: namely, one Gregory Gothika. Of course, you’ll remember Gregory from the beginning of this story – and how he met a tragic (or intentional?) end at the hands of a kite and a bolt of lightning. Nevertheless, at this point in the story, Dora met and soon fell in love with Gregory, who was a fellow writer of the genre.

But Dora’s love for Gregory was not returned in kind. In fact, and most curiously, Gregory had eyes for only one woman: Dhalia. Gregory begged for Dora to introduce him to her younger sister, proclaiming his love for her in a string of gothically-themed poetry (most of which is too dark and strange for this particular story).

Dora was furious. She refused Gregory’s wishes, and before long, Dahlia’s resentment for Dora’s success was now returned – even more so, in fact. In spite of all of Dora’s achievements, her success had left her alone and isolated from her siblings. The bitterness between them grew intense, reaching horrible levels of hatred.

In spite of Dora’s refusal, Gregory wooed and wed Dhalia. Dora would often throw wild accusations at her younger sister, saying that Dhalia had married somebody just like her because she was jealous. What a terrible thing to say! You can see how things were not going very well under the O’Deary household.  But Dora’s words rang hollow, and Dhalia and Gregory lived what seemed to be an incredibly happy life.

Dillon, meanwhile, had grown into adulthood and become an awkward and silent man. By the time he’d grown beyond his teenage years, he had severed ties with his family almost completely. As terrible as it might seem at first, it was quite smart of him in the long run! Distancing himself from his family may have been the only thing that saved him from the curse. Though he still met with his mother and father whenever he could, the young man never spoke another word to his sisters.

However, after the death of his sister and brother-in-law (and the mysterious disappearance of Dahlia) some years later, Dillon had had enough of the O’Deary family. He had begun to believe the curses he had heard people muttering about when he was a boy to be true, and wanted no part of it. He packed his things and left Toronto.

Dillon settled down and married, in a small town out West. He left Devin and Mary to deal with their grief over their children on their own. Truly, this was the lowest of the low points in all the history of the O’Deary family; a tragedy that is my unfortunate duty to relay to you.

With Dillon gone and his parents too grief-stricken to care anymore, the O’Deary Library fell into disrepair for many years.

That is, until the next chapter in the O’Deary tale began!

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