Ghost Story

Published on January 13th, 2013 | by Chaz


The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 12

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.


One day, while hiding in one of her secret rooms, Dora heard the unmistakeable sound of her little brother walking through the halls. He seemed to be talking loudly to someone – something which perplexed her, as Dillon was known to be a boy of few words, as adventurous and excitable as he was.

Peering out from behind the sliding door of her hidden room, she heard Dillon shuffle quietly into the back of the stacks. Dora slipped quietly behind him and followed, wondering what her “perfect” little brother was up to – and whether she might be able to get him in trouble for it. That would show him!

But what she found was not what she’d expected. Sneaking around a corner, Dora noticed the young Dillon O’Deary standing in a shadowy corner of the stacks, whispering to somebody who wasn’t there. Dora peeked around the corner, just to be sure. Sure enough, Dillon was there, alone, but he was talking as if somebody was standing right beside him!

Filled with suspicion, Dora tiptoed after him, determined to get to the root of this little game. Had Dillon seen her speaking to her friends in the library at night? Had he overheard her conversations with people who you could not see, but were somehow there? Or was this just some foolish baby’s game; something that other children used their imagination to play? She had to know for sure.

But she never found out. Tripping over a stack of books that had mysteriously placed themselves right in her way, Dora tumbled to the floor with a great crash. When she shook her head and rubbed the stars out of her eyes, her baby brother was long gone. Furious, Dora gave chase, but her brother was simply not there anymore. He’d disappeared – something she’d prided herself in being able to do. Was there nothing, she thought, that this brat could not take from her? Dora was growing angry, and she knew that something would have to be done.

So it was that Dora confronted her little brother a few days later.

Now, what exactly those two O’Deary siblings talked about that day is something which nobody, not even old Mugwort, knows. Whether the answer has been lost over the years or whether anybody ever really knew is unclear. It is certainly a fiercely debated topic amongst Canadian ghost historians – myself included!

As we have seen, Dora was not at all happy with her little brother. She was determined to do something about this “troublesome little brat”, as she called him. And though we may never know exactly what she said or did during that confrontation in the halls of the library, this much at least we do know: the young Dillon O’Deary came out of that meeting of siblings very frightened. Too frightened, in fact, to ever speak of it. Something had spooked that child down to his very bones, but neither he nor his sister would ever tell just what had happened!

The change in the youngest O’Deary happened almost immediately. It seemed as if he had become an entirely different person completely overnight. Though Devin and Mary saw the change in their son as clear as anybody else, they could never quite put their finger on what was bothering him. The adventurous, intelligent boy was gone, and in his place was one who didn’t even want to leave the house. He no longer studied or read, and he never, ever went into the library again.

If only we could have known just what had happened between Dora and Dillon that day! Then we might better understand why he would go on to do the things which he did. But alas – such things are lost to the sands of time.

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