Published on March 17th, 2013 | by Chaz0
The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 21
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.
Now, as you might imagine, Ava was quite curious about this new development. Sitting there on the floor, alone in the middle of the library, she carefully flipped her way through “The Haunted Library“. It seemed to be a pretty standard scary story: tales of invisible creatures, disappearing children and the like.
Ava tried reading just a few pages, but she became so enraptured by the story that she couldn’t put the book down! Soon, she was several chapters in before she realized how long she’d been sitting there. It was getting late, and her father would not be happy if he knew she was still inside the library this long after closing.
She ran her fingers over the spine of the book, wondering who Dora O’Deary might be. They must, of course, be related! It could not be a coincidence that a writer named O’Deary would be kept in the O’Deary Library – not to Ava. And there was still the matter of who had thrown it at her to deal with…
Ava made up her mind. Lifting the book and tucking it under her arm, she left the library. Surely, with all of her father’s spooky stories about their family and the library, it seemed only natural that he would have all the answers to her questions. She would take the book to him, and he would almost certainly have a new (probably scary) story to tell her! She grinned at the very thought and took off towards her house.
Still, it seemed odd to little Ava O’Deary that her father would never have mentioned a writer in the family. Maybe it wasn’t a very interesting story, after all. But she had to know for sure.
Arriving home (and only getting a very minor scolding for being out so late), she questioned her father.
“Who is Dora O’Deary, father?” she asked politely.
Aiden froze. “Who told you that name, Ava?” he demanded. “Have the other children been telling stories about our family?”
“No, sir. I just saw her name on a book.”
Ava lifted “The Haunted Library” and handed it to him. He picked it up and eyed it suspiciously.
“Where did you find this, Ava?” he asked.
“Somebody threw it at me. I don’t know who or why,” she responded.
Her father was furious. Not in two generations had the O’Deary family discussed the events that had transpired with the O’Deary sisters, and he was not about to let some book open up that can of worms again!
“Ava, you are to go back to the library at once and return this book. Do you understand?” he said.
“Yes, but – ” she stammered.
“But who is she, father? Is she part of the family? You’ve never told me or Asa or Ada or Anna about any Dora in any of your stories. I want to know.”
“Never you mind!” he shouted. “Just go and put the book back, and we will never speak of this again. Under no circumstances are you to tell anybody about phantom books or long-lost relatives, especially your mother. And no more stories, either!”
Ava was crestfallen. She knew that her sisters would not be happy that she’d ruined story-time over some silly book. But she did as she was told and returned the book to the library, placing it alongside all of Dora’s other books on the shelf.
There were dozens of books, and Ava was utterly fascinated. Was Dora really her long-lost relative? Why did her name upset her father so much? What other secrets did the O’Deary family legacy contain?
The book would not be the end of this. Ava would read every last one of these books and get to the bottom of this mystery, even if it took her forever: the mystery of “The Haunted Library“!