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I'd been walking for miles then, exhausted and panting for breath I stood for a moment and gazed in disbelief at the sinister scene that lay around me.

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Story I'd been walking for miles then, exhausted and panting for breath I stood for a moment and gazed in disbelief at the sinister scene that lay around me. The hazy fog covered the sky like a thick sheet of dust. It was cold. My body was draped in sodden clothing and I shivered all over, not only from the frost but also from the immense fear that lingered in the atmosphere around me. In the distance I could just about make it out, the house. It loomed over the vast mass of eerie leaf-less winter trees that surrounded its four decrepit walls. It seemed to be calling out to me urging me like a spell towards it. I fought through the ghastly unkempt gardens as it pulled me in. Branches reached out and clawed my clothes like wild tigers. Roots and weeds tugged menacingly at my feet. I forced my way along the uneven winding path until I eventually reached the great door of the mansion and starred up at it. ...read more.

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I expect that is the reason for your dwelling on these parts also?" I gave a quiet sigh of relief and explained to the man how I had been walking in the woods and had lost my way. I made my way into the room where I had found the man, still in disarray wondering why I didn't hear his footsteps. In the corner there was a fireplace. Immediately I started to build up a fire wondering how long this man had been here, surely on such a cold night he would have had the sense to get a coal fire burning. I glanced over at him and from the dim light of the growing fire I could see that unlike myself he appeared to be quite warm, maybe even hot. Strange, I thought, as his garments were in much less abundance than my own. Abandoning the fire; I went to join him on the chair. Closer to him now I noticed that his clothes were scorched and charred all over as if the had been set alight. ...read more.

Conclusion

Thomas must have been gone for at least five hours. Was there something wrong? Without hesitation I grabbed my torch and headed for the front door. I pushed it open, the fog had cleared and the sun had begun to rise spreading light into the gardens that I had ran through so hastily the night before. Then I saw him. Thomas. He was sitting on the floor with his back turned. I called out but there was no reply. I stood in horror as slowly he reached to his head and took off his hat to reveal a scarred and deformed scalp. His hair was non-existent; replaced by gruesome burns. I ran over to him but as I got closer his outline became fainter and fainter. I reached the spot where he had sat but he was gone. In front of me all that was left was five small gravestones chocking in a mass of dead weeds. I tugged at the plants to uncover the inscription on the middle grave, "In loving memory of Mr Thomas Harvey 1919 RIP". Lucy Beatson 11A 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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