S: The Locket
FC: The Locket | By: Emily Longacre
1: “Mom, Mom” screamed Emma, “I found a little locket in the shape of a heart." "Please, can I keep it, Please?” Emma begged. Her mother, Margaret, thought it would be fine for Emma to keep the locket. Emma was thrilled with the locket and realized that it opened to show a picture of a young girl about her age.
2: Emma says happily, “The locket has a cute little girl inside just like me and it looks really old!" Margaret was occupied with remodeling their very old house into a cozy place for her daughter. She was happy to see Emma distracted with her new treasure, the locket, and reminded her to care for her treasure by placing it in her jewelry box. Margaret did not know that this small distraction would be the start of many intriguing experiences.
3: Emma bounded to her jewelry box the next morning to have another look at the locket. She opened the jewelry box and the locket was in the middle of her jewelry box open, but she thought it was closed when she put it in the jewelry box. Emma runs to her mother and she screams, "The girl keeps looking at me!" Margaret questions her daughter and realizes that the alarm is due to an open locket when Emma was sure she snapped it closed. Margaret thinks her daughter's imagination is in control, but soon she realizes that someone or something is in control.
4: Margaret started to realize that things seem to be out of place in the house. Furniture is slightly moved and sometimes the rocking chair in Emma's bedroom even seems to rock in the evening. Margaret placed dishes in the new kitchen cabinets, but when she looked for them they are moved to another place in the kitchen.
5: The family dog, Champ, also realizes that something is not normal in this old house. He barks uncontrollably at movements when nothing is apparently happening in the house. He always slept with Emma, but now he avoids her room. Everyone is starting to understand that the house may not only be inhabited by them. | Grrr,Grrr
6: Emma started to put an extra plate at the table every time she set the table. After many days of this action her mother inquired about the extra plate. Emma said "It is for the man that visits me and tells me stories at night." Margaret was absolutely stunned. She would have normally considered this revelation Emma's imagination, but with all of the strange happenings in the house Margaret needed to listen to her daughter.
7: Emma explained that for the last few nights a kind old man had been sitting in her rocking chair and telling her stories. The man told her that she reminded him of his daughter, and he was going to watch over her and keep her safe. Emma described the man as old, with muddy boots, overalls, straw hat and a long white beard. Emma proclaimed, "He is a nice man and I like him to visit me!"
8: Margaret knew that something was not normal about their new home, but Emma's tale of her evening visitor was the ultimate incidence. She made a decision to sleep with her daughter for a few evenings to keep her safe and explore her story. Emma was very angry at her mother, because when she stayed in the room the nice old man would not visit and tell her stories. Margaret did hear sounds outside of Emma's room that seemed like someone or something was waiting to come into Emma's room. Margaret knew that she had to find an answer to the mysterious happening in the house!
9: With many hours of research Margaret finally knew some things about the house and the people that had lived in it. A man, his wife and their daughter were the original owners of the house, and it was built in 1815. The father was a farmer and all of the pictures of the family show the father with a beard, wearing overalls and a straw hat. The wife and daughter were killed in a tragic carriage accident. The father could not cope with the loose of his family and became a hermit speaking to none of his neighbors. He eventually died in the house clutching the open locket with the picture of his beloved daughter.
10: Margaret was certain that the house was not big enough for all three of them, so she decided to move out. When she was looking for houses she did complete research on every house, so they would not have the same thing happen to them again. She finally purchased a new house with no history of sadness or death. On their moving day you could almost hear a faint sobbing of a man who would never again be able to visit with Emma. Margaret was happy to leave the ghost behind, but Emma never forgot the old man that talked to her nicely and told her stories.