Published on March 3rd, 2013 | by Chaz0
The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 19
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.
And so, fellow readers, we at long last reach the part of the story that I know you have all been dying to hear: the story of the last generation of O’Dearys, of Ava O’Deary and her sisters. Soon, you will know all that there is to know about the history of this creepy library. You’ll have to go out and participate in the story yourself from here on out!
But I am once again rushing to the end of the story, as I am so inclined to do. There are still some pretty large holes in our story! Those of you who know Miss O’Deary will, no doubt, be curious about her personal life and early years. It is not my part to tell any tale other than that which concerns the family, but I have done my best.
At this point in our story, Aiden and Liza O’Deary are the current owners of the O’Deary Library. They are the very last in a long line of O’Deary descendants – a family who traces their roots far, far back. And Aiden and Liza played that role well, fulfilling all of their duties as up-keepers of the O’Deary estate. Though Aiden did not particularly relish his ownership of the library, he also did not find it difficult to manage. The library operated just as it had under his father, and his father before that, and so on and on, down since the days of Devin and Mary O’Deary’s founding of it.
As I have mentioned, the existence of ghostly apparitions in the library was well-documented at this point. Nobody really bothered about it anymore; it was simply understood that the place was considered “haunted”. You see, all of the curiosity and fear over hauntings and ghosts had died out at the turn of the 19th century. Nobody was concerned. Nobody was worried. Nobody cared or believed – not even Aiden and Liza. If it had affected business, things might have gone differently, but it didn’t, so it was easy to turn a blind eye.
Over the next few years, Aiden and Liza became the parents of four delightful little girls: Ava, Anna, Ada and Asa. They were the first girls to be born with the O’Deary name in generations – ever since the troublesome events of the original Sisters.
Truth be told, I have heard speculation from many a person that this was no accident! An old wives-tale and nothing more, perhaps, but it was widely believed at the time that O’Dearys were only capable of birthing sons. As the old story goes, the curse that was brought on by the O’Deary Sisters meant that the O’Deary line could and would not ever end. Only boys could be born under that curse, as to continue the family’s legacy! (This being a different time, it was not at all common for women to keep their own names after marriage.)
But I know you, dear reader, are smart enough to make a few assumptions of your own. Indeed, you may have already guessed what the birth of four O’Deary girls might mean. That’s right: the end of the curse!
That’s how people around town were talking, anyway. After Ava, the eldest, was born, people became very excited. A female O’Deary had not been born in generations, and many could feel the winds of change on the air. Could this be the end of the curse – the end of the O’Deary line? No one was holding their breath.
Until Anna was born. Followed by Ada. And Asa.
Four girls in a row; no boys. People were definitely whispering now. And when Aiden and Liza announced (to a few select friends) that they intended to have no more children, the whispers grew louder.
The end of the O’Deary line! Could it really, truly be? None thought they’d live to see it.