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The Forever House
by A.F. Stewart
It changed with every decade, the house that was never there.
The year I saw it, in 1910, it glittered in the sun as a stately mansion, the epitome of the riches I craved. Even the door frame gleamed in gold as I entered. By the 1940s it transformed to a cozy, inviting farmhouse promising shelter and security, and in the 1970s it had become a hotel welcoming the adventurous and the wandering. These days, it presented itself as an old abandoned warehouse building. Or maybe a former servant’s quarters. I couldn’t quite tell, and I stopped caring a long time ago. It had attracted a few curiosity seekers, though.
Not everyone could see it, of course, the house that was never there. Standing in-between time on an empty lot, the property always stayed vacant, owners never quite getting around to developing the land and eventually selling to the next unsuspecting fool. The house liked it that way. It made it easier to lure us in, the ones it wanted, the ones like me.
We were considered the special ones, the ones with power, all of us that could see the house. Whatever it truly was, it waited patiently, tempted everyone with whispered promises if we just came inside. It needed us, but not in a good way, for once we entered, we never left.
We were perpetually lost in our despair, trapped in our hopeless web of pain.
You see, every living thing must feed. Unfortunately, it feeds on us eternally…
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from A.F. Stewart:
Visions and Nightmares
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In the twilight shadows, secrets are revealed past the whispers of madness.
Wander into the realm of the old gods with Elenora, where humanity and marriage are a prison.
Step through a looking glass of dark horrors with an Alice you never knew.
Join with Zenna to seek the truth as her death by magic grows closer.
Journey with Olivia as she crosses paths with a monster of the forest and runs for her life.
Watch Isobel summon the faerie to solve her problem of an unwanted husband.
Shiver as Doctor Killbride experiments with corpses to create life from death.
All that and more await within the pages.
Ten stories. Ten women.
Who will survive? Who will fall? And who will succumb to their inner evil?
Find out in Visions and Nightmares.
Warning: This book contains disturbing scenes that may be upsetting to some readers.