Locked Away Memories

Locked Away Memories

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There was nothing more important today that the preparations for the festivities that would bring in a huge tourist crowd to Prosper Island. What was today you ask yourself? Why today is October 31, Halloween, Samhain, and the night that ghouls and goblins roamed the land and people were free to be everything they were afraid to be. You see Prosper Island was famous, at least as far as small towns go. It was famous because it was founded by the descendants of the Tompkins family. Adelaide Tompkins was born in 1674 in the tiny little town of Ipswich Massachusetts and died in 1692 at the age of eighteen, or did she?

Prosper Island, a grand total of thirty thousand square feet, which, isn’t that large if you think about it. With a population of only three hundred people, it relied on tourism as its main source of income. Perhaps that is why Halloween was so important to the small town, at least one who claimed to have been founded by the decedents of someone who was killed during the Salem Trials. So every year the tiny community bounded together and created a Fall Festival and Haunted House event that would start at seven in the evening and go until four in the morning.

This year the theme was simply Halloween: The Spirit of The Season. Lights were strewn in every tree that graced Withrow Park, blinking and sparkling as they warmed the night sky. Booths littered what space was available the more popular ones up front. Signs had been posted all along the mainland of Salem and Ipswich, hoping to lure people towards the island off the New England Coast. People in costumes set about finishing last-minute preparations and grills were fired up for the food and festivities.

Children seemed to love this event each year, but this year held special meaning one person in particular. For Rebecca Daughtry, Halloween was more than just a holiday it was her birthday as well. This year she would be turning fifteen, a milestone in her life. Rebecca was a fan of the holiday, always enjoyed dressing up and attending various events in her local community of Prosper Island. Her parents had other plans for her, however, they had no idea what their daughter was in for. For generations, Rebecca’s family lived and worked on the island.





This year she wouldn’t be alone when she attended the festivities, her twin cousins Diana and Isadora were going to be joining her. It took quite a bit of coercion to get her cousin’s away from their cell phones and computers and out into the crisp October air, but Rebecca was successful. Their three-man troop made an interesting appearance since their costumes were as different from each other as possible

Diana was dressed remarkably enough as Diana the Huntress from Greek Mythology, her long blonde hair flowing in graceful curls. Isadora, the drama queen of the bunch was aptly dressed as Princess Bride Barbie. The hot pink of her dress making her golden hair shone in the moonlight and her matching three hundred dollar shoes click across the pavement. Rebecca had made her outfit, instead of purchasing one from the store.

The emerald green silk was edged with white satin, and fit her amazingly well for a ball gown. She wasn’t used to showing a lot of skin but had opted to go for a strapless design with a corset laced back. The pins that held her black-brown curls up from her face were emerald and diamond butterflies, and they matched her necklace. On her back, hiding the laces of her dress were a pair of gossamer wings, making her look like a beautiful green fairy.

Magical and fantastical creatures had always been an attraction of Rebecca's and while her costume reflected her favorite she felt her cousin's far outshine her. She was an average girl, at least in her eyes. Average height, average weight, average looks. So it was not surprising that Diana and Isadora made sure to point out that little fact to her. Even as they drug her around from booth to booth.

For the locals, it only cost a measly five dollars to enter the festivities but for out-of-towners, it was ten dollars. With your ticket purchase, you were also awarded five dollars in food vouchers, redeemable at the kiosks with the golden star. Each booth handed out candy, and there was a prize location where tickets could be redeemed from the games.

Rebecca had not really been interested in any of the booths this year, which was unusual for her. No, this year she was drawn to the old abandoned house that sat at the edge of Withrow Park. It was the Tompkins house, and it was rumored to be haunted. The legend spoke of the ghost of a girl, a girl who was eighteen and had been falsely murdered during the trials. They say her family brought her body here, back to the place where she was born to lay her to rest. It was the anguish that she endured in her eighteen years that allowed her spirit to roam the halls.

Haunted houses always held an appeal, most it was the idea that they might, for once, get to encounter something extraordinary. For Rebecca, it was being able to be close to someone of historical importance, someone who gave their lives to keep a secret.

As a slight wind picked up, an omen of sorts. As she stood with her blue eyes focused on the house, Rebecca felt a whisper in her mind. Someone, or rather, something was telling her that she needed to pay a visit to the building. It was thoughts like these that made her oblivious to the actions of her cousins. If she had been paying attention she would have noticed their devious smirks and as the same idea popped into their head.

Every year among the teenagers it was popular to play a bit of truth or dare, and the dare was always to spend the night at Tompkins Manor. Most of the youth chickened out. In fact, only four had ever actually been brave enough to make it to the front door of the home, but none had managed to get inside. Rebecca was the kind of girl that would accept the dare, just to spite her vengeful cousins.

"Rebecca. REBECCA!" Diana yelled.

It was the harshness of her name that made Rebecca turn her gaze from the house and back to her cousins. The walk was only a few feet and she easily traversed it in her heels.

"What's the matter Diana?" she asked softly.

"Isadora and I were just talking with Jack and the others, and well they chose you to act out the dare. You know the one." Diana replied with a sneer on her lips.

Smoke filled the air, and Rebecca knew that it was her time to die. She couldn't breathe and as the smoke filled her lungs she made one final attempt to escape the burning building but failed. Passing out and being too weak to stop the voice, she was taken over by the spirit of Adelaide Tompkins, and whenever she woke a new journey would begin.





















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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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6 Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Or Apartment For The Holidays On A Budget

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As the holiday season approaches, it's easy to get sucked into the Pinterest vortex of holiday decorations, party favors, clothes and more. Unfortunately most of us college students don't have the money for all of this cute stuff so we have to watch for bargains or DIY it. Here are my six recommendations to get into the Christmas spirit:

1. String some festive lights in your room

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199565827208188172/

I have Christmas lights hanging up in my room all year around because I love them so much, but you can find some cheap lights at Target or Walmart. You can get snowflake lights, lantern lights, normal Christmas lights or anything else that you want. Use command strips to hang them up, and soon it'll feel more relaxing and you'll be more in the Christmas spirit.

2. Use window clings

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I love window clings! You stick them on from the inside (obviously) and then you can see them from the outside. I have different window clings for almost every season. If you have some old window clings that don't stick anymore, just put a little bit of water on the back of them and they'll stick like they're brand new.

3. Raid the Target dollar section

https://corporate.target.com/article/2015/11/bullseyes-playground

So, this depends on where you live and how often your local Target changes out their dollar section, but you would be surprised in what you could find there!

4. Hunt around for a mini tree (real or fake)

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I used to have a fake little green Christmas tree with cute little ornaments but sadly I don't have it anymore nor do I have room for it anywhere in my room. A little Christmas tree in your room or on your dresser just makes everything a little bit more festive. I used to have my little Christmas tree on my dresser until my cat found it. Yeah, you know where that is going.

5. Make easy DIY decorations

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Pinterest is the best website for this, well actually they're known for DIY projects. Why spend $50 on one Christmas decoration when you can do a DIY and spend only $20?

6. Use Winter themed candles

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