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The Girl Who Grew Up in Midnight Castle    Oh the Absurdity!

Started 4/26/18 by Desertdruid (stillDruid); 38729 views.
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It was after supper that Dad sat us all down to tell us what was happening. He told us that he had a brother that he had not seen in many years, and that he had passed away. We felt sorry for Dad, but couldn't understand what that had to do with us going into town this morning. All I could think of was the castle. Since I was daydreaming about the castle, I nearly missed what he had to say. His brother had left the Midnight Castle to me! I did not understand why it should go to me and not my Dad. My Dad explained that the Midnight Castle is in trust for me and that when I turn 20, It will be all mine. Marty started in with "Why didn't he leave it to me?". My Mom said that Count Vesnik was a really strange person, and always did things his own way. Imagine that, a Count in our very own family! My mom said quietly, "Well, I don't know about that, but it is on the legal documents".  

What my Dad said next made my heart sing! We are moving to the Castle, no wait, we are moving to MY Midnight Castle. Marty's face turned several shades of white until he was nearly invisible. "I am NOT going to live in that HAUNTED CASTLE!" he screamed. "Now, calm down Marty," my dad told him. "We can't actually live in the castle until I get it repaired a bit. It has been quite run down and unoccupied for many years. We will live in the Inn in front of the castle until I can get things repaired enough to live in." I was so happy! I went to my Dad and hugged him and said that I will love my Midnight Castle. At that, Marty gave me the most evil look so that I was nearly afraid of him. "I am not living in that place", said Marty. "What's the matter Marty? Are you afraid?" I said. The minute I said it, I knew I should not have. He just gave me a dirty look and left the house, slamming the door behind him.
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For the next two weeks, Mom and I spent our days cleaning and dusting and mopping the floors of the abandoned inn. Marty and Dad were busy making repairs to the inn. There had been termites eating some of the wood that had to be replaced, and a leaky roof to be fixed. It was during this time that I actually met and spoke with my very first ghost. Yes, I had seen the beautiful lady and the handsome knight but had not spoken with them yet. 

This ghost introduced himself as Salty the bartender. Now, I didn't know what a bartender was, but since he seemed to be continually wiping drinking glasses, I thought that maybe he was the one who provided drinks for everybody. He told me that he had been there for a very long time. For some reason, I did not question the fact that not only could I see him, I could also hear him. Mom caught me talking to him one day and asked me who I was talking to. As she had never mentioned seeing or talking to anyone there, I did not think it was wise to mention old Salty. I just told her that I was wondering what we could use to put a shine on the ships wheels on the front of the counter. As she told me what to use, I caught her glancing up to where Salty stood, and I wondered if she could see him, but didn't want to say anything. 

I told Salty that my brother was afraid of the castle, and would he please not do anything to scare him here? Old Salty laughed and said that he would restrain himself and not scare Marty. Then I asked him about the two ghost skeletons in the corner and the one that seemed to be playing dice all by himself. Salty told me not to worry about them, they never bother anybody. He seemed a bit surprised that I could see them. "You are a special one, aren't you" Salty said. I didn't know what he meant by that so I just nodded my head.
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Today Mom was in town getting groceries, and Dad was in the castle making sure "that it didn't fall down around our ears". Marty was over at the castle, but I noticed that he didn't go in. I had been wondering about the pretty lady and the knight in the castle so I asked old Salty about them.  

"So you can see them too? Huh." said Salty. Well the pretty lady was actually a vampire but a very nice vampire. Her name was Anabel. She would be a good friend for you to have in the castle as I cannot leave the Inn. The knight was a werewolf but again a very nice werewolf. He was called The Iron Knight. There are some others in the castle that were not so nice. But you come and ask me about them as you meet them. You can trust both Anabel and the Iron Knight. I thanked him for the information, and sat and thought about the pretty lady, Anabel, and the nice looking man, the Iron Knight. 

Then I thought about Marty. What could he possibly have seen that would have scared him so much. Certainly the sight of a pretty lady and a man would not have provoked such a reaction in him. I have to find out what he saw.
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It was my 7th birthday, and we invited many of my friends to the Chunk and Cheese for the party. We had a great time eating pizza and playing games for several hours. At one point I noticed that a few of Marty's friends were over in a corner and seemed to be scaring some of the girls. I decided to go over and see what they were saying. As I did, I noticed that some of the girls gave me a strange look, as if I had two heads or something. When I listened to what the boys were saying, I understood why. They were telling the girls that the castle was haunted and that if you went inside it, as they did, they would see a great big monster with fire coming from its eyes, and really big, sharp pointy teeth. I told them to stop telling monster stories, and that they were scaring my friends. When I looked at Marty for help, he merely shrugged his shoulders and walked away.  

I had told him that I had seen the pretty lady Anabel and the Iron Knight when I went into the castle, and how pretty the castle looked then. He looked at me as if I was crazy and just mumbled, "that isn't what I saw". I am going to make him tell me what he actually saw that day. He has to tell me tonight. 

The rest of the day was so much fun, opening presents and playing games with some of the kids from my class that I had not seen since school got out more than a month ago. I went to bed that night happy that the party had been such a success and totally forgot about Marty.
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The next day, I was with Dad in castle when he broke through a false wall in the castle entry. Behind that wall was the really big door. It was locked with 8 chains and the biggest lock I had ever seen in my life. That lock would take 7 keys to open it and we only had 4. As I looked around for other keys, I saw an entryway into what I thought was an ice world. There, I was startled to see a very large man, well he was sort of a man, with big pointed teeth that went not down, but up. That made me think of Marty and the stories that his friends were scaring the girls with, at my birthday party yesterday. I decided that this man, or whatever he was, was not large enough, or scary enough, to make Marty, and those friends of his, look so white and totally freaked out. Then I thought about the huge door with its chains and many keys and wondered if his monster was behind that door. But. if that was where it was, how did it get out of it's locked space? I decided that I needed to talk to Marty, but I wanted to check with Old Salty first. 
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Salty told me that the man-thing was actually the Mountain Troll Rustle. "A Troll? Aren't they small and mean looking and live under a bridge?", I asked Salty. "No, not all trolls are like that.", he said after he recovered from a huge belly laugh. He told me that Rustle was a Mountain Troll, and that the "room" that Dad had broken through to, was actually called Ice Rock. Although, he told me, it wasn't always cold. I was an addition to the castle that my Uncle had made. "You will see many strange additions, Caroline. And your uncle also had a spell put on the castle, so that no teenage boys would come in and destroy the castle. It is like the castle is protecting itself." he explained. "As far as what Marty saw, I believe I know what it is, but you will have to get a description from Marty, before I can say for sure." At that, Old Salty disappeared as my Mom came into the room. "Marty is looking for you outside, Caroline. And don't go far, dinner will be ready soon.", said Mom. So I went outside looking for Marty, and a description of what he saw.
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I joined Marty at the picnic table on the side of the Inn. As I sat down, Marty said that he would tell me what he saw, as long as I did not laugh at him or call him crazy. I promised that I would do neither. 

His voice got very low, and I had to lean toward him in order to hear him. He said that when he opened the door and walked in, at first he did not see anything. It was too dark. But all of a sudden a great big monster appeared directly in front of him. The first thing he saw was a huge gaping mouth with giant sharp pointed teeth. There was fire coming from both of its eyes, and its mouth. The roar that accompanied the fiery eyes and mouth was deafening. "But that was not the worst part." he said quietly. And with the fear of remembering in his eyes, he told me that the monster had giant tentacles, like an octopus only much, much larger. It was when that thing rapped one tentacle around him, and pulled him towards the monster's mouth, that he really lost it. He started screaming and didn't think he would ever stop. I told him that none of this was heard outside the castle and for that he was grateful. He told me that even now, after several baths, and scrubbings, he could still feel the cold slime of those tentacles on his body. As he told me what he had seen, I thought that had I seen what he did, I would have been very afraid also. I did not comment on his tale, as I remembered what Salty had said about the castle protecting itself. We sat there together, both of us silent, until Mom called us in for dinner.
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After dinner, I kept trying to get a word with Old Salty, but as my parents were both around, we could not speak to each other. Sometimes I could see Salty standing there behind the counter, polishing his glasses, when my Mom or Dad would almost walk right through him. I was dying to tell him what Marty saw, so I could find out what it was. I also wanted to know where it was, because that was something I did not want to run into unexpectedly. 

I could not talk to Salty all night, so I went to bed and thought about Marty's monster. I fell asleep and dreamed that I could talk to this thing. How anyone could talk to a monster like that, I thought, I just don't know.  

In the morning, I went to the castle vicinity and talked with Anabel for the first time. She was not only very pretty, but also, very nice. Anabel showed me a spot on the huge statues of the castle guards legs that would make them stamp their weapons on the ground. The first time I did that, my Dad came running out of the castle thinking that the walls were falling down around us. After I showed him where to activate the statues, he laughed, but told me not to do that anymore. He said that some of the walls inside the castle were not very safe yet, as there was more work to be done on them. 

As I talked with Anabel, she told me where to find the stones for the magic cupboard inside the castle entry. She also sent me on a scavenger hunt for items that she wanted. Some items were inside that scary coffin that must have been left over from a Halloween from long ago. Then she sent me to the overturned carriage for some other items. One of them was this stone with strange markings on it. She told me to hold onto that for the magic cupboard. 

I had not seen Old Salty all day as Mom has been inside the Inn, getting more of it cleaned out. I thought I heard her talking to someone and looked inside but could not see anyone but Mom. When I asked her who she was talking to, she merely responded, "No one dear. I have been checking off my list of things to do". That struck me as odd since I could not see a list anywhere.
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I was finally able to talk to Old Salty about Marty seeing that horrible monster. When I described it to Salty, he kept nodding his head. He told me that there was a lake deep inside the castle, Mirror Lake he called it. That is where Marty's monster lives, he told me. My eyes grew wide with horror to know that the monster not only is real, but lives in the castle. When Salty saw me shiver, he told me that it would be quite a while before I would actually see this monster, a Kraken he called it. I would be ready for it long before that time came, he said. "Ready for a Kraken," I thought," how can you get ready for a Kraken?" He laughed and cryptically said, "You will see". "Go see Anabel", he said. "She wants to introduce you to her Knight." With that, Salty disappeared. 

So off I went to see Anabel. I was going to ask her about the Kraken, but before I could, she had introduced me to the Iron Knight. He was very nice, but all he could talk about was Anabel. "Would you go find this item for Anabel", he said. Then it was go find another item and another and another until I was ready to leave the Knight. I think I found him a bit boring, even though he was pleasant and good looking. 

The day was totally brightened up when Dad put lights in what I thought was a magic cupboard on one side of a doorway. It was a cupboard of sorts, only shaped like a gargoyle. Dad put the lights in his eyes, so it looked like it was staring at you. Marty was a little creeped out by this, until I put the special stone in the spot on the gargoyle's stomach. That's when the stone disappeared, the doors opened, and a different item was inside. Marty tried it with a stone from the driveway and it did not work. I showed him the overturned carriage, because that is where the stones with the special markings were. He was delighted when the gargoyle worked for him too. Dad is now putting lights in that lantern on the other side of the doorway. I can't wait to see that all lit up.
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I was just poking around that scary casket with the Halloween skeleton in it and saw the most beautiful statue of a cat. It was dirty, but I wanted to take it for my bedroom. I know that Mom can help me clean it up. Then I decided to look at some of the items in the broken well. There was an identical statue! Cleaned up, they will make beautiful bookends in my room. 

After Mom and I cleaned and polished the statues, I put them in my room and then wanted to go to the castle to see how Dad was doing with the lighting project he was doing. The first thing I saw was this beautiful lantern all lit up. As I was looking at it, a butterfly came and landed on the lantern. Oh no! The lantern ate the butterfly! After it ate the butterfly, it opened and gave me an item just like the magic gargoyle cupboard did. But it ate a real butterfly to do it! I just sat down and cried for the butterfly. The Iron Knight knelt beside me, trying to comfort me. He told me that my Mom or my Dad could either make a spray that would keep the real butterflies away, or a screen that would serve the same purpose. Then he told me of what he called a winged amulet. It was in the shape of the butterfly and I could find some of them in the overturned carriage. I think I may have to change my opinion of the Iron Knight. He was very kind to me, and understood why I was so sad over the loss of the butterfly. 

I ran to the overturned carriage and found the winged amulet and brought it back to the lantern. It did just as the magic gargoyle and took the amulet and gave me a different item