Ghost Story

Published on March 31st, 2013 | by Chaz


The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 23

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.


If you know anything about Miss Ava O’Deary, dear readers, you’ll know that nothing was going to stop her from pursuing the secrets of her family’s history. Once Ava sets her mind to something, there is no stopping her. Her sisters knew that just as well as you or I. And it was for this reason that they finally agreed to go. It took a bit of convincing (actually, a lot of convincing), but Ava was going to solve this mystery with or without them. So, as good sisters do, they went along with it, determined to look after their reckless sibling.

And so it was that, in the end, Ava and her posse of sisters marched right out the front door of their house late one night. The stolen keys to their father’s library were tucked neatly into Ava’s pocket. It was time for an adventure!

The only one of them who didn’t have a bad feeling about all of this was Ava.

Ava’s plan was simple (perhaps too simple): if they explored the library thoroughly enough late at night, they’d find some clue that would lead them to solve the mystery of their haunted library. They would lock themselves in overnight and inspect every nook and cranny, searching for the truth.

The front door slid open with a terrible creaking noise. Asa, sure that somebody would hear them, begged Ava not to go any further with her plan. But Ava ignored her, tiptoeing into the library without a second thought. The rest of her sisters reluctantly followed.

To her sisters’ eternal horror, Ava insisted that they all split up. “You want to get out of here quicker, don’t you?” she asked them. “Well, the sooner we find something, the sooner we can pack it in and head home!”

And before they could respond, Ava was ordering each of them in a different direction. Moments later, she took off, leaving them alone. Terrified, Asa, Ada and Anna all huddled together before following suit, making their way down the deep, dark corridors of the library. None of them had ever stepped foot inside their family’s library this late at night before, and certainly never alone. The place was like a whole other world in the dark; nothing seemed recognizable, and they had soon lost themselves in the maze of book stacks.

Meanwhile, Ava headed straight for the Dora O’Deary section. She was certain that this was where the ghost would strike first, if anywhere, as she became more and more convinced that it was Dora herself who haunted these hallways. But when she stopped at the shelf where she had last seen the books, she was surprised to find that they were all gone! It wasn’t likely that they had all been checked out – after all, she had just seen them there that very afternoon. Where could they have gone?

Elsewhere in the library, the other O’Deary daughters were just trying to stay brave. But after what seemed like hours of searching, they became less afraid and more impatient. Even little Asa, the youngest and most frightened sibling, was getting tired of their little adventure. She met Ada and Anna at the center of the library, determined that they would be leaving that very minute, with or without their sister. She could get in all the trouble she wanted!

“Alright, Ava,” Asa called out as loud as she could, knowing for certain that there was nobody else but her sisters around to hear her, “it’s time to go home. There is no such thing as ghosts, and this library is not haunted. Let’s get home quick before – ”

But she never finished her sentence. Just then, a huge stack of books came flying off of the shelf and tumbled right on top of her!

Ada and Anna screamed, trying to free their sister from the endless pile of literature. As they flung them  off of her one by one, they began to notice that all of the books bore the same author on the cover: Dora O’Deary.

“Ava, help!” they cried. But no answer came. Ava was nowhere to be found.

A soft giggle came from somewhere behind them. Ada swung around, terrified, and found that there was nobody there. “That’s not funny, Ava!” she yelled, convinced it was her sister playing a joke. Spinning around, Ada tried desperately to figure out where the laugh had come from. Unable to identify the source, she returned to her sister and frantically succeeded in rescuing Asa from the pile of books.

“Ava!” they called. “Come out! This isn’t funny anymore!”

But there was still no answer. Ava seemed to have disappeared.

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