Fortune or Misfortune – Part 2

Part 2 - 01When Beth entered Entworld, she parked her car. From the hills the view was breathtaking.

Part 2 - 02She unfolded the map trying to find the easiest way to the mansion. Even though the mansion was marked on the map, it seemed it wouldn’t be so easy to find.

Part 2 - 03It took her some time, but finally she found the estate. She was really shocked when she saw the state it was in. Mister Trustmee had told her a housekeeper was taking care of everything, but that person wasn’t anywhere around… It was clear she hadn’t been here for some time now.

Part 2 - 04Bills had accumulated around the mailbox, and the mailbox itself was overflowing with more bills. She sighed… fortunately there was enough money to pay them. She only hoped that the power and the water supply hadn’t been cut off.

Part 2 - 05She wasn’t afraid of cleaning. She had done enough of that in the orphanage… but this was… incredible and the house was in desperate need of many major changes. Tomorrow she would start cleaning. Right now, after the journey she was just too tired.

Part 2 - 06She decided to explore the house…

Part 2 - 07…and went from one room to another. It was a bit confusing. It looked like a maze. There were several fireplaces and she wondered…

Part 2 - 08…if they could still be used. Probably the chimneys needed cleaning.

Part 2 - 09She chose one of the bedrooms on the first floor to be hers. It looked very dark and old but apparently this room had been used by the housekeeper and was slightly better than the other bedrooms.

Part 2 - 10She felt exhausted and she looked for the best available clean sheets to make the bed. Although she was very tired, she was so anxious that she couldn’t sleep. She read the book she had brought with her and after a while her eyelids became heavy.

Part 2 - 11She fell asleep… A restless sleep she woke up on several times during that night. The unknown noises of the house…, the sound of an owl near the window…. She wasn’t afraid but wasn’t happy either. With nostalgia she remembered the orphanage…. Finally she drifted off and slept through the rest of the night.

Part 2 - 12The next day she went to buy sandpaper, paint and new bedding. The local people looked at her with curiosity, but were nice.

Part 2 - 13Back at the mansion, she didn’t lose any time and started on the bedroom. There was a painting there that gave her the heebie-jeebies.

Part 2 - 14She removed it from the wall and put it outside her bedroom on the floor.

Part 2 - 15After a few hours, when she left the bedroom her heart skipped a beat when she noticed that the woman in the painting had disappeared. The painting was EMPTY! She swallowed and thought that she must be imagining things.

Part 2 - 16She walked to the kitchen, but strangely enough didn’t feel hungry anymore. She had to force herself to eat something.

Part 2 - 17When she went back to her room, the painting was back to normal again… so yes… it must have been because she was exhausted and that she had just imagined seeing the painting empty.

Part 2 - 18She took the painting and turned it facing the wall. She didn’t want any more scary moments. Tomorrow she would look for another place to store it.

That night she slept well without waking up, which really made sense after all the work she had done.

Part 2 - 19When she woke up she stayed in bed daydreaming a bit. She thought it would be a good idea to remove all the creepy paintings in the house. She wondered where she could store them all, because there were so many of them if she remembered well.

Part 2 - 20She got up and toured the house to look at all those paintings. She went from room to room again. She still hadn’t explored the attic, which turned out to be a very nice place. Although the wood needed painting, the walls were the only clear colored ones in the house. It appealed to her. It would make a nice office, she thought. She wanted to get her laptop out right away but, thinking it over, she decided not to because there were so many other things that had to be done.

Part 2 - 21There was a door to another room. She opened it and knew she had found the ideal place to store all the paintings.

Part 2 - 22She used the rest of the morning taking the paintings from the walls and bringing them up to the attic.

Then she continued with the bedroom and the en-suite bathroom. She was happily sandpapering, painting and refurbishing for the next few days.

Part 2 - 23Feeling pleased with herself that she had been able to clean and paint the bedroom and bathroom she decided on a homemade hamburger. After that she went to take a nice bubble bath and turned in for the night.

Part 2 - 24She woke up to a strange sound in the middle of the night…. It was the door handle! It was moving! Somebody wanted to come into her bedroom! She got up and quickly pushed the dresser in front of the door.

Part 2 - 25Her heart was pounding like crazy. Oh god…! She looked through the window but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. After a while she went to bed again and fell asleep.

Part 2 - 26Daylight made everything look very different and she pushed the dresser back in its place. Outside her room she noticed footsteps imprinted in the dust on the floor that hadn’t been there before. It scared her again.

Part 2 - 27She did her best to deny this. This is not happening… this cannot be happening. Her mood meter was below zero already, and besides that she felt very lonely. In the orphanage she had other kids around, but here…. Okay.., Mr. Trustmee had called her twice being very interested to know if she was accepting the house, which was quite strange in her opinion. Why would he be so interested? Well, perhaps he only wanted to make sure she was alright.

Part 2 - 28After this stressful night and the discovery of the footsteps, she knew she had to socialize to keep in touch with the real world outside. She dressed up and drove her car to one of the local places where she could get to know some of the locals.

Part 2 - 29She spent a big part of the day outside and became aware she hadn’t even explored the big garden. Well, there would be time to do that. Now she wanted to have a look on the other side of the stream.

Part 2 - 30She put her bathing suit on and swam to the other side.

Part 2 - 31There was a strange place. Like circles of rocks and stone, lots of wild reeds, and even a place to light a bonfire. It seemed to be a place for some kind of ritual, but she didn’t have a clue what for. She was tired enough to sleep through the night without waking up. She went home, made sure to close her bedroom and went to sleep.

Part 2 - 32She had lost all sense of time when she woke up! FOOTSTEPS! She clearly heard footsteps! She jumped out of bed and almost couldn’t breathe out of fear.

Part 2 - 33‘Will this ever end?’ One strange thing after another had happened. THIS drained all her resilience….. It was if though the people from the paintings wanted to tell her something but couldn’t find a way to communicate with her. She wanted to put an end to this… but how? She felt a shivering cold, not only on her skin but in her bones as well. The woman looked at her pensively. Beth couldn’t move. There was some strange force holding her down and making her stay. The woman said with an unearthly voice… “If you really want to, you can change all of this… I can tell you how….”

She was puzzled and wanted with all her heart to know how she could change things. She tried to talk and ask but it was like she was frozen… With every moment, she felt if though she was to be dragged back to… what? Where and when…?

Part 2 - 34She woke up at the orphanage.

Part 2 - 35At first she had lost her sense of orientation but then she knew she had woken up from a nightmare.

Part 2 - 36She remembered…. Yesterday had been her birthday and today a new life would start for her.

Part 2 - 37She felt relieved and went downstairs to help the younger children to get ready for school.

Part 2 - 38The director of the orphanage asked her to step inside her office.  “My dear Beth… I knew this day would come… I’ve grown very attached to you and the other orphans here… but I just have to accept that you all have to leave at a certain point. Here is an envelope with some money to start you with. I don’t doubt you will find a decent job soon. You are skilled enough…. Ah… and there’s one more thing. You will have to contact a lawyer… Here’s his card.”

Beth took the envelope, the business card and said goodbye.  Once outside she looked at the business card and when she saw the lawyers name on it, she felt like fainting… Mr. Trustmee…

Part 2 - 39She swallowed a few times and wondered what she should do….

What would YOU do?

The End (or not…)

















About margotoele

Geboren in Nederland en met een spanjaard getrouwd. Sinds 1971 wonende in Las Palmas op de Kanarische Eilanden. Ik ben beroeps gids en mijn hobby is verhaaltjes te schrijven, die op het spel De Sims zijn geïnspireerd. Nací en Holanda y me casé con un español. Desde 1971 vivimos en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Soy guía profesional y mi gran hobby es escribir historietas inspiradas en el juego de Los Sims.
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