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Did you know that malls are haunted? It would have to be condemned first, but that’s just a technically. We’re not worried about those here. Not really. Who are we? That is a very good question. Who are we? For me to tell you that answer, we’ll need to go to the very beginning.
“Beginning of what?” You might ask.
That answer is simple. To the beginning of our story. When the mall was built and thrived for several months before it became condemned. That beginning. So, pull up a chair if you so desire and relax as I tell you this compelling story.
Let’s get something straight first. My name is Andover, but those in the Beyond call me Noble. Why? Because I was the first Living to enter the condemned mall that could actually interact with those there.They were in wonder that I could see, hear, and interact with them.
It was quite a shock to discover this gift of mine. Was I scared? What normal person wouldn’t be? But I wasn’t a normal person. I have been seeing spirits and creatures since I was a young boy.
You know when babies are born and they laugh and babble at what seems like nothing? It’s because they see people and things from the Beyond. Of course, as they grow older, that gift perishes and is lost forever. Why did my gift stay instead of perishing? That is a good question. I wish I had an answer for you. My grandmother think it’s because I grew closer to her as a child and just never grew out of it. WHich is possible I guess. That’s the answer I grew up believing, but little did I know then what the real the real answer was.
Anyways, back to the mall, the beginning of our story. It was built over the course of the spring on some questionable land. What do I mean by that? What I mean is that the land that the great Everett Company bought had an interesting history that made it hard to get the necessary votes and funding. It was once a Native American site, but a great sickness swept over them, leaving no one alive. Not even the animals.
Then a group of wayward settlers settled there. Some believe that the same sickness wiped them out. Others think that there was vengeance from the Natives from the Beyond. Those here at the mall tell me it was completely different. They won’t speak of the horror. After the settlers, there were more and more settlers until there was one survivor to spread the word of the cursed place. The place stood empty for generations. When the Everett Company wanted to build their mall, many people were against it, because it had been deeply rooted in their DNA that the place was curse. They couldn’t explain it however, so the committee ruled in the Company’s favor.This story begins on the day of groundbreaking. So without further ado, let’s begin..
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harry142018: This story was gripping and very professionally written. With lots of twists and slight of hand tricks, the author deceives the reader until finally showing their cards at the end. With several subplots all intertwining to create the main plot, this really is an interesting and engaging read.
Shweta Somwanshi: I just chose to read this out of nowhere and now I can't stop. Hats off to the author who made the reader swoon away with words so beautifully! I loved how I was able to imagine everything so explicitly because the writing was simple and easily comprehensive with a touch of complexity somewhere b...
borkarprasad: Story was overall a good experience. I liked that the truth unraveled slowly and kept me in edge every time I changed the chapter. I would love to read more volumes to this legacy and be glad to read it from a published book. Great work!!!!!!!!!
danijelstoilkovic: I really like this story. The characters, the mysteries, that bonding in the end, but I would really like to see what happened next. Is there a second part? And this would really be one cool horror movie and if I was the director, I wouldn't change a thing.It's awesome!
Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.
Deleted User: (A review in progress). I like this. It's sparse, gritty and atmospheric - reminiscent of the classic Golden Age of American detective fiction of the Thirties. I've only read the beginning, but I'll definitely be back. This writer knows their stuff and has done their homework on detective work. T...
Jacklyn Reynolds: As a mother of an Autistic child, I know how hard it can be. I love how beautiful you made everything. That's all I can say. I need to grab a tissue.
Alex Rushmer: I read the first chapter, and I'm not sure I can handle anymore, but I certainly liked what I read. The idea of the drug, Fortis, was very interesting, and I enjoyed how you conveyed its effects. The beginning is very intriguing. I think I'd like to see you do a little more with the main characte...