Thursday, July 16, 2015
A HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT
CHASING THE LEGACY
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***EXCERPT from CHASING THE LEGACY***
...when they pulled into the circular drive in front of the Victorian-style house, both Pop and Layla fell silent. The sight of this house always made Layla's breath catch in her throat. A three-storied turret framed each corner, connected by ornate white trim along the roofline. A wide porch perfect for sitting wrapped around two sides of this regal lady, and a curtain fluttered in an upstairs window where the ghost of Miss Stella kept watch.
"Still beautiful," Layla whispered in awe.
Silently, Pop's gaze moved from one corner of the house to another, up and down in a zigzag pattern, as if assessing each shingle and piece of molding. "That she is."
Some of the townspeople avoided the house because of its resident ghost. However, Layla and Pop considered Miss Stella one of the bonuses of this elegant old house, and welcomed her into their midst. They even displayed her portrait in the main entryway. Perhaps that was why few pranks occurred on Halloween or any other dark night.
(Excerpt copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel)