This is part of a text adventure series to celebrate the spookiest of months, October (and beyond!). Full information about what’s happening can be found here. It is free to read, but in order to vote on what happens next, you will need to be a Patron. To become a Patron, you can find my Patreon page here.
You opt to look through the ground floor windows before doing anything else.
The ground floor windows are on the same level as your forehead, so looking into them is tricky but not impossible.
Glancing around to make that sure no one is going to chance upon you looking like a would-be burglar, you step over the scrubby bushes that have been planted along the front of the house. You hook your fingers on each of the window sills in turn and awkwardly lift yourself up on tiptoes to peek in.
You discover that there are three rooms along the front of the pseudo-mansion at the ground floor level. Each of them is large with tall ceilings and the sort of square footage you could build a small house in. The windows themselves are appropriately large and multi-paned.
The leftmost room is unlit. The bright moon casts enough silvery-orange light through the large windows for you to pick out some details. From floor to vaulted ceiling there are shelves containing books and indistinct ornaments and objet d’arts. You can make out the shape of a large table or desk in the room’s centre. It’s clearly a library.
The next room – the middle one – is the room that the front doors open into. It is a smaller room, well lit by a roaring fire. The enormous fireplace it sits in dominates the space. The ceiling is high and the walls are covered with paintings that show various subjects. You can discern everything from portraits to landscapes, to ships and fruit bowls. There doesn’t seem to be a clear aesthetic beyond ‘in this house we like paintings’. Throughout the room is an eclectic mix of furniture. Couches and chairs are arranged haphazardly: Some are near the fireplace, others are clustered in small groups with tables between them. It looks cosy.
The final room is also well lit by a large fireplace. Like the middle room – what you can consider the reception room – this has a range of soft furnishings. This room is more like a lounge or parlour, with a more coherent aesthetic and finer dressing. It looks opulent, the sort of space reserved for more respected guests unlike the reception room where company is most likely vetted before being welcomed.
So, what would you like to do next?
- Knock on the front door?
- Try the side gate?
Vote for what happens next on my Patron page before 8pm GMT tomorrow. The next update will be 8pm GMT on the 5th of October.