The House in Po­plar Wood

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section - By K.E. Orms­bee

For as long as the Vick­ery twins can re­mem­ber, they’ve only ever been able to leave the house to­gether once a year, on Hal­loween. The rest of the year, Lee and his mother serve Me­mory, while Felix and his fa­ther as­sist Death. This is the Agree­ment.

But one Hal­loween, Gretchen Whip­ple smashes her way into their lives. Her bar­gain is sim­ple: If the twins help her solve the mur­der of lo­cal girl Essie Hast­ing, she’ll help them break the Agree­ment. The more the three in­ves­ti­gate, how­ever, the more they re­al­ize that some­thing’s gone ter­ri­bly wrong in their town. Death is on the loose, and if his­tory re­peats it­self, Essie’s might not be the last mur­der in Po­plar Wood.

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