It was for a dare that the youngsters agreed
to explore the derelict house
meeting outside on a Saturday afternoon
the eldest fourteen and a bit
he was thought of as big brother to the rest
not for much longer one of the best!
Wanting to probe the house others avoided
his idea not wanting to go alone
now the reluctant foursome stood together
sneaking through a hole
in the back garden fence next to wasteland
trying to be an intrepid band!
All they had was each other and their torches
it did not look inviting
downstairs the glass was broken or cracked
the outer door ripped off
inner one was half-open the older lad Lance
entering not afraid to advance!
The youngest Lilly did not want to go inside
but a growl and shaking bush
made her run and grab big sister Lee’s hand
surprised let out a loud yell
words in large red letters daubed on each wall
then saw movement in the hall!
Now bunched together feeling very frightened
the kitchen door slammed shut
training their torches could see nothing there
but Lance wanted to search more
little Leanne started crying asking to leave
a man was watching she did believe!
Moving on through the derelict lower floor
a dragging sound was heard
as if coming down the now collapsed stairs
but nothing could be seen
yet little Leanne said again about the man
as each viewed the floor plan!
The girls voices now rising to a petrified shrill
reluctantly Lance admitted
this was far too much for him to take anymore
as a plank of wood flew in the air
helping them through a glass less window frame
admitted it was a mistake they came!
Covered in dust quickly headed back to the fence
but felt compelled for a last look
everyone saw the figure of a girl staring at them
at this ran panic-stricken home
the parents were never told just what occurred
what the children had seen and heard!
They seemed to go their separate ways after that
the eldest Lance discovered girls
as for the other they stayed at home every night
the house was demolished
soon on the site several dwellings were erected
but in weeks bad things were detected!
The Foureyed Poet.