Fiction on Odyssey: Neighborhood Supersitions
Start writing a post
Nature Animals

Fiction on Odyssey: Neighborhood Superstitions

A fiction piece about a neighborhood that became more known for its stories rather than its residents.

125
Flickr / Linus Leijon
https://flic.kr/p/P2xMfD

The neighborhood next to the one I once lived in was often renowned for its exterior glamor — the flashy cars, the over-the-top architecture, the paved driveways that seem a little bit too perfect for people to even step foot on — but ask any of the locals and they'll tell you stories that seem ripped from a subpar horror movie. Almost all of the interwoven whispers and mumbled secrets about the community pointed to the seventh house in the neighborhood, one that the middle-schoolers call haunted, the one that carries burdens higher than the spire that adorns the top of the mulberry-black roof.

The rumors are partly true: yes, the house did catch fire half a decade prior, but it wasn't from a spiteful housewife with a taste for arson as much of the uninformed love to claim; the boiler had exploded while a classmate of mine still lived there. It was a miracle, spat the newspaper the following day, that the family just so happened to be out of town that very day.

They never mention the fact that the boiler exploded on Christmas Eve and the only reason the blackened house is still standing is because the December snow muffled the blast.

They never mention the fact that the family's dog still yelps out in terror in the dead of night because the ten-thousand scent receptors on its little terrier nose sometimes pick up the faintest smell of charred wood and burnt metal and being abandoned in a burning home.

They never mention how the wind still speaks about how much it misses the family, trembling the trees like the tremble of its aching heart, with a whispered: "come back, come back".

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Adulting

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

932404
Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

108184
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses
Pinterest

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

51561
​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments