Parvale wasn’t a haunted house in the traditional sense. No spirit was tethered there, no crime unsolved. Instead it acted as a resonator: manifesting your guilt and sins as shades.
People came there, brought by word of mouth: the penitent, the defiant, the masochistic. Some fled screaming into the night. Few found what they were looking for. None came more than once.
I asked the caretaker, the only person who could stand to stay, what his secret was.
“First, you have to stand before your sins and beg forgiveness,” he said.
He smiled. “Then you have to forgive yourself.”
Amen! Well done.
Nicely written ?
A haunting tale…from beginning to end. I loved it.
I love that this reads like a myth. Reading about Parvale is enough to influence our moods, and we haven’t even been yet. Great story.
Mark Goolsby says
Thomas Minder says
Nice. Good and wise finish.
Christopher Ramsey says