It was an old rickety house and no one in town liked it much, but it was home for me.
It was my ancestral home. Generations of my family had lived in it since it had been built back in 1890. In fact they still did in a way. Not living of course, but they weren’t quite gone either.
So what if it was haunted? It didn’t bother me at all. They weren’t just ghosts, they were family.
There was something so warm and comforting to be surrounded by your loved ones. My grandmother still sat in her rocking chair in the bay window knitting something that no one would ever wear and she will never finish. The moths had eaten away at the ball of wool that was still at the back of the wardrobe in Granny’s old bedroom.
My own Mother and Father still occasionally drifted past. I often bumped into my Mother in the kitchen, which is where she spent most of her life providing meals for the family. My father was usually in his comfy chair by the fire. You could hear the rustling noise of his newspaper.
My Grandfather was mostly seen in the potting shed out back. That was where he was found after his last heart attack.
The house had become a bit of a local landmark, you could see it from quite a distance, perched up on the hill at the top of the street. The old wooden boards were peeling, they could do with a lick of paint. Some of the roof tiles had blown off in last winters storms. The curtains at the windows were all moth-eaten and straggly with cobwebs hanging from the corners like it was always dressed for Halloween.
It was nice being left alone. No unwelcome guests or nosy neighbours trying to find out your business. We didn’t even get any ‘trick or treaters’ at Halloween anymore. Not after the last time. I think I scared those poor kids out of their wits; it must have been a shock seeing my old body lying at the foot of the stairs like that. The way they screamed and ran away down the hill was hilarious.
No, some people may not have wanted to live in that house with all its ghostly echoes of the past, but I was comfortable. I was one of them now.
Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 30/July/2018