Ghost Story

Published on April 7th, 2013 | by Chaz


The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 24

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.


Terrified, the girls decided that they would wait for their sister no longer. They made a mad dash for the front door. But just as they did –


A book, which seemed to have come out of nowhere, landed at their feet. They stopped, scared to death.

BANG. Another book hit the far wall.

The sisters spun around, searching for the thrower of the books. They found nobody.


There were books flying from every direction!

“Stop it Ava!” Anna screamed, scared out of her senses. “Please!”

They ran for the door, but just before they could reach it, a cart came rolling out of the shadows and blocked their exit. Nobody seemed to have pushed it – it moved of its own accord.

Hugging each other, the girls backed away from the cart, not sure what to do. The entire library seemed to be shaking. Paintings fell off the walls. Shelves tumbled over.

And just then, Ava appeared.

“What happened?” she asked, seeming concerned. “What were all those noises?”

“Is this your idea of a joke?” demanded Ada. Asa was still whimpering just behind her. “Because if so, it’s not very funny!”

“Is what a joke?” asked Ava, genuinely confused.

Just then, the cart behind them was pushed aside – and in the doorway stood their father, alongside several police officers. They had been called by a few neighbors, who had heard strange noises coming from the library and assumed some delinquents had broken in again.

Aiden, initially relieved to find that the vandals were nothing more than his own daughters, soon looked past them to see the horrible state of his library. Books were everywhere, bookshelves knocked over, paintings on the floor. It was a total disaster.

“My god!” he cried. “What have you done to our library?”

“It was Ava!” Asa pleaded. “She was trying to scare us with ghost stories!”

“No, I…” stammered Ava, not sure what was happening. But before she could get a word in, all of her sisters had teamed up against her.

“Yeah, daddy!” agreed Anna. “She told us there was a ghost in the library. We tried to stop her, but she said she was going to come anyway! Then she pretended to be the ghost and scared us half to death!”

“That’s a lie!”

“That’s enough!” their father yelled. “All of you get home now. We’ll deal with this tomorrow.”

The girls obeyed, defeated. This would mean punishment again, just like all the other times. The sisters all threw Ava dirty looks – this would be the last time they let her get them into trouble.

And that was the last adventure the O’Deary daughters would ever share. The following day, they were all punished severely, confined to their rooms for weeks – no friends, no books, no fun. Only Ava was allowed to leave, as she had been ordered to clean up the library and put it back into shape. She fixed the broken cart, re-shelved the books and re-hung the paintings. Looking after the library became her only social life.

But her sisters were furious with her. They were so convinced that she had staged the ghost hoax – and that, as a result, she’d gotten them into trouble again – that the resulting argument divided the girls for the rest of their lives. It became a source of tension between all four of them as they grew up, and they never recovered from it. They became distrustful of one another, and spoke to each other as seldom as possible.

They would all live out the remainder of their lives without reconciling.

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