The Stone House Mystery – Part I

Italo Calvino said: “The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.”


Julie Ann moved into the big stone house with a lot of anticipations and excitement. The house, according to her, was her big life changing moment..something that would help her grow up and mature. Little did she know that the house was haunted and was supposed to be cursed. The stone house was built in the late 1940s by the rich landlord, Daniel Campbell who owned most of the estate in New Jersey, New York. Mr. Campbell’s family was found dead under mysterious circumstances. She had heard about the history of the house from the local residents but didn’t pay any heed to it. It seemed all Harry Potter-ish to Julie. It was a part of her nature. According to her childhood mates and family, Julie had been a free soul since the beginning, she was someone who had a broad vision and wanted to leave her mark in this world.

In the beginning, when started the house search, nothing seemed to go her way. Every home and apartment she saw, she had a problem with it. Some were too crappy, some out of her budget. She had almost given it up when she saw the rustic grey stoned house. It seemed perfect to her. In her mind, she thought that the house spoke to her. Jason Skylar, her Real Estate Agent was happy that after weeks of house searching, at least she liked one. Glad that he would finally make a commission out of this deal, he purposely didn’t tell her about the dark history of the house. She thought grilling him about the history was a waste of time.

But before the deal could finally be sealed, they stuck on the price. She thought 40 grands were too much for this old two rooms up and one room down house. She argued that she would have to get it in order before finally start living. She had a fair point but Jason as exasperated he was by all her coy and picky nature, he wouldn’t budge even a little. When she thought her arguing wouldn’t work a bit on that seedy guy, she thought to charm herself out of this situation and finally got of hold of that miser who took 7 grands of the quoted sum. She often had that effect on boys who seemed to get floored when they looked at her. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that she was the most desirable girl in her high school. Still, $33,000 was a hefty sum but Julie’s rich parents, who passed away when she was just nine, had set up a trust fund for her which helped her complete her education and maybe set up a small business as well. She was never a brat. In fact, Julie was much more mature than the girls of her age. She excelled at her school and was the Valedictorian of her batch. She got into NYU with a full ride and she never let the traumas of her past take over her emotions. Strong, Beautiful and Silent are the most appropriate words that would probably describe young and ambitious Julie Ann.

New Jersey seemed like a whole new world to Julie. Being from the slow and small town of Perryridge, the best city in the world was a challenge but the idea of new experiences, new adventures, exploring the world, meeting new people excited her. Moving to New York was the first big step she had taken in years . She knew that it was gonna be difficult but it seemed right to her at that time. She was excited to finally live alone and make progress. But would this prove to be a mistake for Julie?

Part II in the next Blog. Thanks for reading!

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