The Secrets of Dunharrow House

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  • Published: 14 May 2017
  • Updated: 20 Jun 2017
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When three siblings are called back by their eldest brother to their childhood home, a major family secret is revealed, and everyone is in danger.


7. James Can Figure Out Our Combined Heights But Not A Way Out

The passage, artfully and convincingly made of stone, slides to the side. 

"Woah!" exclaims Andrew. "Bea, how'd you know how to do that?!" I just purse my lips and walk into the corridor. My breath whooshes out of me. I thought it would smell like a decaying corpse, but luckily it isn't. Just dirt and stale air.

Michaela and James stumble to the area.

"There's no way I'm going in there," says Michaela. "We don't know where it leads."

"Apparently Bea does," says James. "She found it, of course."

"Was it just a hunch, or did you actually know?" asks James, curious. 

"Just a hunch," I half-lie. I knew what lied beneath the surface, but not exactly....

"It's our best chance out," says Andrew, sounding a bit relieved.

"Did no one try their phone?" asks Michaela. "I would have, but mine is in my car."

"In the car," I say.

Andrew pulls out his phone. "Dead."

James pulls out his phone, the screen cracked, but functioning. He carefully types in his password and hits the emergency number button. "No signal." We all groan. "So it look like this is the best shot."

"I mean, we could stack ourselves and try to get out," offers Michaela. 

"The height is twenty feet. I'm six feet, and Andrew is five feet nine. You're five feet seven and Bea is five feet four. While that would put us at roughly twenty-two and a half feet, I'm injured and you're not strong enough to lift Bea, so we're stuck down here. And, I'm assuming no one knows we're here?"

"Well, John does, but he thinks I'll be gone for several days," says Michaela. 

"Sierra is visiting her parents, and I didn't mention I was coming down," says Andrew, mentioning his on-and-off girlfriend.

"I was on vacation," I say.

"Yeah, because you're on welfare," mutters Michaela scornfully.

"I'm not on welfare anymore!" I yell at her. I just can't find work, truthfully.

"Let's make petty jabs at each other some other time," says Andrew, reminding me of Dad again. He tackles me into a hug, but I crane my neck to see into the mirror....

I shiver-and-seize again, swaying. And steadies me. "Are you okay, Bea?"

"Fine," I snap, pulling my arm out of his grasp. "Let's just get out of here." Before the levee break.

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