Ghost Story

Published on March 24th, 2013 | by Chaz

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The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 22

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 it was that Ava began to dig deeper into her family’s sordid past. She started, of course, by reading every book that Dora O’Deary had written. This didn’t help much. After all, Dora’s stories were all (supposed to be) fiction – she wouldn’t get any details of her actual life there!

Ava turned to asking around town. She hit the streets, asking any and everybody she knew who had had any dealings with the library if they were familiar with Dora O’Deary. Her quest brought her to the granddaughter of Mrs. Pennybottom, who recalled the story of her grandmother’s hasty, wigless exit from the library. It was from her that Ava learned of her own great-grandfather’s death. She found it most fascinating. Her investigation continued.

Soon enough, Ava was getting news from every corner of the town. It seemed as if some of the older townsfolk had been holding their breath, waiting for any excuse to talk about the haunted library. What with their children and grandchildren’s lack of interest in ghosts and other spooky stories, they were all too eager to pass down the legends of her family. It wasn’t long before Ava had gotten more than her fill of O’Deary family history (most of which was exaggerated, I’m sure!).

But Ava had only one story on her mind, and only one name that she cared about: Dora O’Deary. It seemed that everywhere she went, the townsfolk were reluctant to talk about her. When Ava would ask about her, the older townspeople’s faces would go white and they’d refuse to speak any more to her. It was very frustrating for poor little Ava O’Deary!

But slowly, piece by piece, day by day, she strung together the story of the first O’Deary Sisters and their terrible end. Nobody could (or would) tell her the whole story, but Ava was a very smart girl – she managed to put it all together, and what she found was not what she had expected. It was a terrible, terrible story (as you readers will know well enough), and Ava shuddered to think of it.

But it did not frighten her – not in the way that her father had expected or feared. Rather, it awoke an even bolder curiosity in the young O’Deary girl. This was better than she ever could have imagined! It seemed that she, being of O’Deary birth, was caught up in a generations-long, scary story, and that she had a chance to write her own chapter in it. Moments like this come along only once in a lifetime (or sometimes not at all), and Ava knew it well. It would mean disobeying her father, but it was a risk she’d have to take.

All those scary stories that her father had told Ava and her sisters now loomed up in her mind. The library – her library, the one whose halls she’d wandered all her young life – had become a place of mystery. Maybe it really was haunted. Maybe all those stories weren’t just silly, superstitious nonsense, as so many believed.

And so, the young O’Deary daughter did what she always did when she had the urge to go on an adventure: she decided to gather up her three sisters and form a plan of action. They had a mystery to solve!

But Asa, Ada and Anna were less keen than Ava had hoped. They had not reacted well at all to their father’s decision to stop telling them stories, nor Ava’s meddling, which had caused it. They were not happy with their sister – not at all. And they were scared, frankly; the stories that she came home to report to them were getting increasingly frightening, and none of them liked the idea of landing slap dab in the middle of one of them!

Besides – their last few adventures had not turned out well.  It seemed that Ava had a knack for getting the group of sisters into trouble, and she somehow managed to weasel her way out of being punished every single time. Using all her wits, Ava was able to talk her way out of almost any situation; which, unfortunately, left her sisters to fend for themselves and ultimately deal with the consequences of her actions.

But that wouldn’t happen this time, Ava told them. She was sure of it!

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