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The Castle of Old Oak Chapter 9

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Rising From The Ashes



As Sir Crimson made his way out into the cemetery through the passageway he stopped for a moment to grab one of Amanda Rose's world famous rose's from behind the castle. He thought to himself this will be perfect for her as a tear rolled down his face. Ali with Miriah in tow finally make their way out of the small passage the door made an eerie creaking noise before shutting. Ali thinking to herself this is where it all started, the sweet smell, the doors eerie sound all of it is adding up. Though her mind was still questioning where Sir Crimson was going and why? Sir Crimson felt that he was being followed though continued on passed the work mans shed and into a small path beautifully adorned with flowers and lanterns. Across a small wooden bridge that he built himself into a small clearing where a gravestone along with a wooden bench sat. The grave was his daughters and this was the place in the portrait where Amanda, Emily and himself sat when it was painted a few months before. Sir Crimson knelt down and placed the rose on the grave, soon he said to his daughters stone we shall be together once more as another tear was shed.



Miriah over hearing this gasped and whispered to Ali what does he mean by that? Ali having nothing to say, just grabbed Miriah by the hand and they both ran back to the passageway. Pushing the door open and back down the small corridor they went. Into the main hall way slightly opening the hidden door to avoid suspicions seeing Shana standing there waiting for Sir Crimson to return.

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Behind The Mask



As the Black Ford Mustang rolled to a complete halt. Tony thought to himself 'what the hell just happened!' he tries to restart it but nothing, not even a flicker from the battery. With the car dead he would have to continue on foot but with all this equipment would be quite a hike to the castle. Mean while back at the castle in 1823, the ladies were getting ready, pulling and straightening their dresses before entering the ball room. Then Miss Amanda thought of a great idea "how about we all enter the ball room wearing masks so that not even the gentlemen would have a clue of who's who," as all the ladies agreed. Amanda reaches into a near by closet pulling out a rather large box which contained masks from previous parties. Amanda decided to wear the devil mistress mask for it matched her dress. Miss Sophie grabs the Ivory Unicorn mask and slips it on, "oh wont this be fun she replies". Miss Di and Rebecca each grab a different mask of feathers laced with glitter that tie at the back. Ali still a little on the drunk side grabs a masculine mask by mistake excusing herself to the outhouse.

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The Family Reunion



After Ali drank down the wine she felt a bit dizzy, as if the flowers were singing to her. Sophie and the other ladies asked Ali if she was alright, though no response passed Ali's lips. As Miriah walked into the garden she ran towards the table greeting Miss Sophie with a hug. "It's been forever since I last saw my Aunt Sophie she replied". Now, now there Miriah, its only been a year or so Sophie responds. Ali still in the effects of the wine she just chugged down.



Amanda refilled Miss Ali's glass and stood to say that she would like to propose a toast to this very special occasion. As Miss Amanda raised her glass she spoke, "finally we are all together once again to bring forth The Stones Of Power." Ali reached for her glass to join them, as they all drank to the cheers, Miss Miriah reached to the ground and picked up Miss Ali's good luck charm and put it into a lace pocket on the apron of her dress, for safekeeping. Shadows danced around them from the array of candlelight and Miss Ali was feeling much more relaxed, she asked if someone would like to join her to freshen up.



Miriah taking Ali's hand and up on her offer to freshen up. Though Miss Sophie abruptly said, there will be time for that later we have a ball to host. No doubt by now the guests were getting hungry from conversation and dancing. Gathering their handbags they begin their walk through the magically sealed glass doors of the garden. Along the hallway they pass the family room where Miriah and Ali were spooked by the disappearing man. Ali pauses to ask a question though, is once again abruptly rushed down the hallway. Entering through the cedar doors into the main hall they all paused to freshen and straighten themselves for the evening.

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Secrets Withheld



As Tony races to rescue Ali in his Black Mustang the ball has begun. Miriah and Ali arrive into the main hall they are greeted by who else but Sir Crimson himself. "Goodevening Miladies are we running a bit late for this eve." Ali noticing as Sir Crimson bends to kiss her hand in greeting that he holds the same mark on his neck as Miss Shana.



He is incredibly handsome and ever so charming she thinks to herself, blushing as he'd kissed her hand, its no wonder that Amanda Rose could not resist him, and then, he bears that same strange mark on his neck. She knows that it has some bearing on whatever mysterious things have went on here, it must.



Suddenly and abruptly, Miss Shana took Miss Miriah by the hand and spoke to say that they were to go for something to drink. Ali watched the two parting and felt a bit uneasy, she had not been without the young girl since she got here and felt a loss of comfort. Sir Crimson leaned down and gazed into her eyes and said 'fear not Milady, many pleasures await you here'.



Mesmerized by the way his eyes would change from green to black then back, when he spoke Ali felt something secretive about him. Though he was extremely handsome she knew she would not be safe if Miss Amanda caught her flirting with her lover. As they were about to enter the ballroom arm in arm Sir Crimson was called upon by two other ladies entering the castle. A Miss Di accompanied by Mistress Rebecca the driver had announced. Both ladies very highly enriched guests hand picked by Miss Amanda Rose personally.Yet they all had something holding them together Ali thought to herself reaching for the stone around her neck. This stone must be the key to the table in the family room. Though how does it work she thought to herself as the mystery starts to twist.

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The Ball Begins



As Ali and Miriah begin their way back to the main hall to the ball room, they both notice an odd looking man not dress for the occasion going into the room with the large round table in it. They both stopped looked at each other as Miriah says to Ali should we see what he's up to. As they both reach the door they notice a weird sound of chanting coming from inside, as they turned to look, there was a surprising sudden flash and the man was gone.



Then the sound of silence, Miss Ali took Miss Miriah by the hand and they entered the room slowly, Ali looking over her shoulder to see that the hallway was empty. Miriah whispers to Ali that shes never been inside this room and has never seen anyone else enter here, she is not sure of its purpose.



Ali leans down to study one of the paintings, it is of Amanda Rose and Sir Crimson, there is a 3rd person, a child, baring a striking resemblance to Miriah, but clearly not her. The silence is suddenly broken with an abrupt intro of Iron Maiden's 'Revelations', and Ali couldn't grab the phone from underneath her arm quickly enough to turn the sound off, before Miriah let out a shriek from across the room of what was that? ' I don't know' she told her, 'strange things are happening here in this room'. 'That man, he disappeared and there were voices, did you hear them'?, she asked her, and Miriah replied that she had.



Ali's heart was pounding so hard that she couldn't catch her breath. She knew it was Tony calling for her and she couldn't answer. She only could hope and pray that he is coming to help her.

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Family History



As Miriah lead Ali through the castle they passed a large room off to the left of the main hallway. Inside the room sat a large round table with black velvet chairs, and behind each seat sat a family painting. Each family had their own title within this great hall. Though of course they must investigate these names Ali thought to herself.



The room was lavishly decorated in black and red. She would need to get a closer look at this, perhaps upon their return. Mariah led her by the hand to the end of the hallway, humming along the way as they passed through two glass doors, into what seemed to be an indoor garden yet there were the sounds of birds chirping all around. They proceeded along a small marble pathway a little further and her senses were kissed by a breeze or warm fresh air filled with the sweet fragrance of flowers. She was a bit surprised as Mariah showed her to the small oak wood outhouse beyond some vines growing up the ironed staircase but laughed to herself for believing it would be a powder room. She went inside.



Miriah waited outside astonishingly as she looked at all the beautiful arrangements. Different and imported flowers that were growing up and down the stairway. At the top of the tarnished though well groomed balcony that over looked the back of the castle. A statue of Sir Crimson in armour stood in the middle of the balcony over looking the inside garden. Kind of creepy Miriah thought as she waited for Ali to finish refreshing herself. Another guest enters the garden looking for the same oak wood outhouse. She introduces herself as Miss Shana who lived not too far from the castle past the old graveyard within the woods, to Miriah and asks if she knows where it is. Miriah says to her that its located by the iron stairway though there is young woman inside.

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Reliving a Past



Ali looked ravishing, but she felt very faint upon stepping out of the carriage, she needed a moment to breathe and regain her thoughts, was she losing her mind, she wondered. She stumbled a bit from the carriage as the driver reached for Ali to help her with her balance. All of these questions in her mind colliding with definite fear. The little girl Mariah set to fetch her a drink of cool water from inside the carriage. She felt there was something odd about this little girl, she was extremely grown up for a girl of about 15. Ali took a deep breath and gazed her eyes upon this castle that she would soon enter at the hand of a child and a gentleman. It wasn't extremely large as she would imagine a castle to be, but exquisitely designed. Two large doors of red cedar combined with a rare red sandstone. There was something strangely familiar about the entrance.



Lady Mariah returned with her drink, as she went to take the crystal glass from her, she realized that she had so very tightly continued to hang on to the diary she'd found in the cemetery, it was at that moment, she realized she also held something else very tightly in her other hand. The little black leather bag that held her camera, also her cell phone. She quickly put the small bag underneath her armpit at her lacy gloves top edge, and took the drink from Mariah drinking it very thirstily. She suddenly felt much better, knowing that had her cell phone with her, but would it work? She must keep it hidden for now, as it seemed she had a masquerade ball to attend.

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The Castle of Old Oak Chapter 2

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Hidden Passages



These observations have been made that some have come to say. That somewhere near the town of Old Oak, Maine sits a cemetery and in the middle of its stone statues sits an Oak tree with names hand carved into its bark of the owners of Old Oak Castle. Some may even have seen that only way through to the castle is the hole that is in this tree.



Though this is not certain, it has become part of the hearsay surrounding the old oak tree, that there is a hidden hole in its bark, that is perhaps even a portal into time. Observation and photographs recently taken by a native young lady named Ali have never revealed such things. She contends though that several graves that have all but sank near and around it are those of servants, as personal belongings, mostly of ceramic and porcelain lay scattered about them. Extremely pleased to present this old story to her new ghost chasing friends and report on her visit and photos. Some time had passed before she noticed what appeared to be another name in the etchings on the tree in one of her photos that had not been there before.



The name Sir Crimson seemed to bleed through the film as if it was autographed after it was printed. A past worth searching though turned up nothing on this mysterious man not even a birth date. After looking at the oak tree Ali noticed a few stones that pointed away from the tree and deeper into the cemetery. Further searching of the grounds around the cemetery Ali, stumbles upon a diary kept by Amanda Rose. Within this diary the last few pages were ripped from the binding.

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An Old Oak Mystery

      

If ever to believe in a true love story then this shall be your ultimate scene of not only love and desire, but of true, lies, enchantments and death. Just beyond a little town not too far from where you might live. Sits a castle you would hardly recognize just from its name and where its located. Inside this castle many unusual events have occurred within the past, though this may be one of its many current occasional trips from within its walls.



The dark and mysterious tales of such a place, now legend, has been passed down through generations of time and nothing more than folklore to most. Investigative groups with their equipment have tread into the small woods near and around it from time to time in effort to discover its existence and secrets but, none succeeding as the one we are about to speak of. Asking the towns people of this "Old Oak" castle they would shudder and walk away scared of the curse that was placed on the castle back on a darkened day of October 13th, 1823.



It starts just outside with an old oak tree. Though on this oak tree there are a few names carved into its bark. Some might say these names belonged to a group of lovers and followers that once occupied the castle, though no one knew the truth on what happened to them. The first name was very clear, a name the towns people knew of though were scared of the awful curse that walked the halls of Old Oak, she was the mistress of these walls. Amanda Rose rang with pure clarity when talked through out this small town. There were many masquerade balls to attend in the 1800's though Amanda Rose's were the most important events to be invited to say the least. Many important people would attend the festivities as a religion or a cult of black magic.

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