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.
Although tempted by the prospect of the side gate, you opt instead to knock on the front door.
You ascend the short set of stone steps that comprise the porch. You raise your hand to knock, only to notice that there is a thin sliver of light from between the doors. Uncurling your fist, you give one door a gentle shove. It swings inwards without a sound.
The first thing you notice is the wave of near-stifling heat that rushes out to meet you. It cuts through the Autumn night air in seconds leaving you almost sweltering with the night on your back. It prickles your cheeks and swamps the chill from you. You’re tempted to shed your coat. You fight the urge – it probably wouldn’t be polite to start stripping in a stranger’s front room. Much less invite yourself in, but we’ll ignore that for the time being.
You step inside. There’s no one there.
You’re able to firm up some of the insight you got from looking through the windows before. The room really is an Aladdin’s cave of stuff. Displaying some sort of genre awareness, you have a quick look around, even trying the three doors that leave the room. They’re all locked. Thanks to your earlier investigations you know that the one to the left opens into the library, and the one to the right leads to the lounge or parlour. The door opposite the main entrance is a mystery.
The paintings, although diverse in subject and size, share one thing which is apparent from a quick and even uneducated glance: They all seem to have been painted by the same person.
Up close the furniture is shabby and well worn. Still, you get the impression that any single piece is worth more than Nick’s poor car. Nonetheless, there isn’t a speck of dust to be found anywhere, not even on any of the many knick knacks displayed on every available surface. Whoever looks after the place cares a great deal. As further evidence of this there are many plants all of which are lush and well-tended. They seem to appreciate the heat.
You also discover something new that wasn’t visible from the window: There’s a small table with an old fashioned rotary phone sat on it against the far wall.
With newfound knowledge, you’re able to start building a mental map of the area. [click link to access map]
So, what would you like to do next?
- Examine the paintings?
- Try the telephone?
- Examine the knick knacks?
- Go back outside and 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 7th of October.