Dead Anyway

Emily Odell doesn't have the best life. When a hurricane hits and kills the family she loves, it's even worse. In the aftermath, the item left in the rubble she's most interested in is a business card. Weird much? Well, the card has the address of some crazy old gypsy lady on it, and Emily gets the idea that this woman might have something to do with the odd fact that everyone in the house but her died. Meeting the gypsy has a death curse involved, and Emily is determined to make the last days of her life the most memorable. But will she have enough time before death?

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7. Entry

I stare up at the house. It looked Victorian, Gothic almost. It was tall and rickety, and not needs-a-fresh-coat-of-paint rickety, it was about-to-fall-over rickety. It was black and wooden with collapsing stone steps. I tiptoe up the steps, wondering if Max would be worried about me if he saw this. You're being ridiculous!  I internally snap at myself. Your destiny possibly awaits behind this door, and you're thinking about a boy who's too old and no good for you! But I wish he wasn't. I wish he was good for me, because I love him. Furious with myself, I stomp up the stairs and bang my fist hard, too hard, on the door. "Go away," croaks the pathetic woman who opens the door. "You have the wrong address. No one wants to see me, ever." "But I do," I say, surprised at the acid in my tone. I lighten it. "I have your address written here." I hand her the slip. She scans it over her spectacles. Her eyebrows almost shoot off her forehead. "Stella," she whispers. A chill runs down my spine. "Yes, that's my mother's name," I say curiously. "You're Stella's girl," the woman smiles. "Come inside, girl."

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