Harvest Moon, pt 12

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.

Map of the known area [click here]

Your inventory:

  • A small flashlight with dead batteries
  • Nick’s car-related paperwork
  • A generic fast food straw
  • A napkin containing some mushed-up sausage rolls
  • A lighter
  • Half a packet of mints
  • A pen

You choose to look into the dining room.

There are three doors leaving this room: one is the door you enter through from the corridor, one goes to the kitchen on your right, and the other to the gamesroom on your left. They are all openable. Your map of the area is updated.

It is dark in here, lit only by silver-orange moonlight streaming in from the windows at the back of the room.

The room itself is dominated by a table the size of a limo. It is lavished with the sort of archetypal ephemera you might expect to see in a dining room of this size. A walk around the table sees you counting up: 3 very large and ornate silver dishes that you can imagine might be filled with fruit at some point (they are currently empty); 20 elaborate place settings featuring more types of silverware than you ever thought existed, plus three different varieties of glassware; empty crystalline jugs; several covered platters (also empty); and five weighty-looking candelabra. It would be a magnificent place to hold a banquet of some form!

Everything is spotless – as you might expect when a household has a dedicated maid – and there isn’t a speck of dust or grime to be seen. Nonetheless, the place feels… empty. Ill-used, almost.

One place setting seems different than the rest. It is at the head of the table closest to the kitchen door. For one thing, there are half-used candles in the closest candelabra, there are fewer items of cutlery, and only a single water glass. 

There isn’t much else to see in here.

The dining room does, however, offer you your first view of the garden.

The garden is extensive. Closest to the house there are a vast array of individual growing plots separated out by gravel paths in an orderly grid formation. Despite the time of year, they’re filled with lush greenery. You suspect they might be herb or vegetable patches. There must be at least 8 rows of them stretching along the back of the property – an appropriate number to sustain a household of this size in the days before supermarkets. In the centre of the grid is a shed with a substantial glass greenhouse stood beside it. There is a light on in the shed.

You can’t see any further than that, although the moonlight does hint at a rolling lawn and something further still.

What would you like to do next?

  1. Light the candelabra (using the lighter)?
  2. Go back into the corridor?
  3. Go to the gamesroom?
  4. Go to the kitchen?

Vote for what happens next on my Patron page before 8pm GMT tomorrow. The next update will be 8pm GMT on the 25th of October.

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