House of Horrors
The Mansion’s Salvation
WARNING! THERE ARE MENTIONS OF SEXUAL CONTENT, VIOLENCE, DEATH, SUPERNATURAL THEMES AND RAPE. THIS IS A WARNING TO ALL READERS, THERE ARE TRIGGER WARNINGS IN THIS STORY!
Things had changed now that the two ghosts that had been trying to kill you were suddenly docile and asking for your forgiveness. Makoto and Haruka sat with you as you listened to the two tell you their story.
‘I’m so sorry for everything that’s happened. See, every full moon we lose control of our minds… She makes us lose them, she takes us over… She’s so incredibly spiteful and full of anger, we can’t escape her. She controls the house and sentences anyone who enters to death, whether it be sooner or later,’ explained the ghost of Satsuki. You listened as the ghost of their mother knelt down and gently ran her fingers through her hair.
“But… From what I saw, you two had gone insane and tried to kill Natsuki… How come you’re so nice now?” you asked, seeing the mother glance at you.
‘After being killed all those years ago, we were doomed to roam this house to atone for our sins… During that time, we’ve sent tons of innocent people to their deaths due to the curse… Satsuki and I want no more… When we retain our sanity, all we can do is weep for the innocent people we’ve killed, for all the blood soaking our hands… Please, you must help her! I know I was a terrible parent and a horrible mother, but I beg of you, save my daughters!’ pleaded the mother, looking at you with tears in her eyes. This side of her was pure, honest and had no hint of madness or deceit on her face. You thought over what they said.
“Wait… you said daughters… Where’s the other then?” Makoto asked, making you turn to glance at him. That was a good point. Where was Natsuki anyway? If the mother asked you to save both the daughters, and you were Natsuki, where was the Natsuki of old then?
‘Natsuki… My poor Natsuki… That man had poisoned her mind for too long… She’s down in the basement, in the deepest level… There’s a casket… Natsuki resides within it… She returned back with that thing, it wasn’t born yet… She took her own life there, but her hatred must’ve been too strong… She’s the one poisoning our minds every full moon’ the mother explained, making your eyes widen in shock. Natsuki was the one pulling all the strings?
“You said you wanted us to save Natsuki… How do we do that?” Haruka asked, looking at the two ghosts. Satsuki looked up at him with a grave look.
‘If you can make it down there… There are two ways to save her… One, you gather items hold a personal value to the true her, the inner her, and offer them to her… Or… You seal her away with a sacrifice…’ Satsuki explained, looking you straight in the eyes. Your eyes widened upon realization of exactly what she meant. You had to either appease Natsuki, or you had to sacrifice your own life to seal Natsuki away. You felt the hands on your shoulders tighten, making you turn to look at Makoto.
“No, we won’t let [Name]-chan die! We’ll find a way to appease Natsuki, there’s no way any of us are dying! Not today” Makoto declared, looking down at you with a small smile. You smiled back, seeing the ghosts smile at each other.
“What sort of items should we use?” Haruka asked, hoping to get some suggestions from the ghosts.
‘Things that remind her of her childhood, before my husband got to her… It will be difficult… I wish you luck… I only wish we could help you more… But the sunlight is beginning to shine, and we must return to the darkness… Good luck children’ stated the mother as both her and Satsuki began to fade away, disappearing entirely. You felt the hands on your shoulders grab your arms, pulling you up to your feet. Glancing behind you, you saw Makoto glancing at the ground. He looked like he was torn up about something. Haruka was looking at him worriedly, then glanced at you. You looked at Haruka, before turning and walking to Makoto.
“Makoto?” you asked, putting a hand on his arm before he suddenly grabbed you, wrapping you up in a tight hug. His shoulders were trembling violently as he hugged you, burying his face in your hair and shoulder.
“I was so scared. I thought you were dead… Please… don’t go down in the basement, ever again. Haruka and I will take care of it. It’s too dangerous for you to go down there, I’ve already experienced the feeling of thinking you were gone, I don’t want to actually lose you…” Makoto pleaded, gripping your jacket tightly in his hands. You blinked in shock, before wrapping your arms around his back, hugging him back gently.
“Makoto… I can’t just leave it to you and Haruka… What if something were to happen to the two of you? I couldn’t stand the thought of losing you either…” you reasoned, feeling him pull away from the hug. He gave you a disappointed look before smiling his usual smile, making your stomach tighten painfully. You hated his smile when it was like this, because you could tell it was so fake.
“Well, let’s get a move on and find these items… How many should we grab?” Haruka asked, turning to look at a photo of the whole family resting on the cabinet in the lounge room. You turned, seeing multiple photos resting in the room.
“I’m not sure… Enough for all of us to carry?” you suggested, finding a photo of just the twins. That would be a good one, so you took it and began looking for other ones.
“Would there be anything upstairs? Like a stuffed doll or something?” Haruka asked, pointing at the stairs. You glanced at the stairs, trying to recall what had been up there.
“I’m not sure… It’s worth a look… We might find something we missed” Makoto stated, offering to go upstairs with you. You nodded, following after him as you both walked up the steps.
“I’ll look in Satsuki’s room, you look in Natsuki’s” Makoto stated, entering the room that had the smashed mirror in it. You nodded, turning and entered the room with the strange stains on the bed. Entering the room, you looked underneath the desk for anything a little girl would’ve used. Having no luck, you walked to the bed and knelt down, peering under the bed. You couldn’t see much due to the cobwebs, but you could make out something small and black under the bed. Sitting up to try and wipe the cobwebs from your face, you felt a sudden sharp blow to the back of your neck. You froze, feeling your body give out on you as you collapsed to the ground. Looking up with the last of your strength, you saw Makoto kneeling by you, giving you an apologetic look.
“I’m sorry [Name]-chan… But I can’t risk you going in that basement…” he apologized, rolling you onto your back so you’d be more comfortable, just as your vision faded out completely. You weren’t sure how long you remained out cold, but when you finally came to, you had a pounding headache. It was a little colder than it was before. Sitting up, you grabbed your head as the headache came on stronger. What had happened? Oh, that’s right. Makoto had knocked you out to try and protect you. That meant they were probably in the basement right now, trying to appease Natsuki’s ghost. You gasped as the true meaning of those words hit you, and quickly turned, grabbing the black thing you’d seen under the bed. When you pulled it out, you saw it was a soft, little black cat doll. Standing, you ran out the room and down the stairs. The sun was beginning to set from what you could see out the window.
Opening the basement door, you jumped down the steps and looked around. There was a light on down here, meaning Haruka and Makoto had gone through here. You continued on the path, feeling the unstable ground beneath you. You looked around madly, searching for any sign of them.
“Makoto! Haruka!” you called out, looking around in a mad panic. You had to find them before they were hurt, or worse! You looked around, trying to find any trace of where they were. A figure began appearing, transparent in the room.
‘Sister, the boys ran off ahead! They’re approaching the bottom floor! You must hurry! They will be driven mad!’ said Satsuki as she ran to you, grabbing your wrist and pulling you behind her.
“Thanks Satsuki! We have to give them this! They missed this!” you called out, showing her the black cat doll. Satsuki’s eyes widened when she saw it, but she continued running ahead.
‘That doll was Natsuki’s favourite! Father gave it to her when she was born, it’s as old as her!’ Satsuki stated, continuing to pull you behind her. So you’d grabbed something Natsuki would like, that was good. It took a few minutes, but eventually you both entered a room. You gasped, seeing Makoto and Haruka kneeling on the ground in front of the casket.
“Makoto! Haruka!” you yelled, seeing them turn to look at you. Their eyes were blank, large and bloodshot. Your eyes widened as you froze, looking at them in terror.
“G-Guys?” you asked, your voice trembling as you backed up. They rose to their feet, turning to look at you.
“She’s returned, she’s finally returned…” Makoto mumbled, a grin on his face that almost stretched from ear to ear. Haruka had an equally creepy smile on his own face.
‘Natsuki’s here! You must offer the doll, hurry!’ Satsuki yelled, gasping suddenly as she held her head in agony, letting out a small scream.
“Satsuki!?” you questioned, turning to look at her. She was flashing between her white appearance and her light blue appearance. That couldn’t be good, that meant her mind was becoming corrupted again. Looking around, you saw a figure begin to appear between where Makoto and Haruka were standing. You gasped, recognizing the girl as a copy of you. The grin on her face was menacing.
“Natsuki! I come to appease you! Please, accept what my friends have given you, plus this” you pleaded, stepping forward and holding out the black cat doll. Natsuki’s expression faltered as she looked at the doll, her eyes widening open realization.
‘My… kitty?’ she asked, her crackling like it was filled with static. You beamed a small smile, stepping forward and offering her the cat doll. Natsuki looked up at you, then back down at the cat doll. Reaching out a shaky hand, she took the doll into her hands, cuddling it to her chest. The smile on her face was genuine, making you smile at just how adorable she was being, especially with the tears forming in her eyes.
“I’m glad I could bring this to you… You’ve been through so much, but it’s okay. You can rest now… Please, let everyone go…” you pleaded, smiling at her as she looked up, nodding gently.
‘Yes, I’m so sorry for everything I’ve done…’ Natsuki apologized, the tears beginning to fall down her cheeks. Satsuki lifted her head, no longer in agonizing pain as she stood. Another figure began forming in the room.
‘Satsuki… Mummy…’ Natsuki whimpered, sniffling a little before she wailed out, ‘MUMMY!!!’ The ghost of their mother smiled, walking to her and hugging her tightly in her arms.
‘I’m so sorry… I should’ve been there for you, but my mind had been poisoned by your father for so long, I was no longer myself… Can you ever forgive me?’ she asked, seeing Natsuki nod as she began bawling in her arms. Satsuki turned to smile at you.
‘Thank you… you saved my sister… Words cannot express how happy I am… We can finally move on, leave this place’ Satsuki thanked, seeing Makoto and Haruka both collapse onto the ground.
“Makoto! Haruka!” you yelled, running to them and kneeling by them. Groans eased your worries as you saw them both sit up, holding their heads in their hands.
“Ow… I feel like I’ve been run over by a bus…” Haruka grumbled, looking up at you. You sighed in relief, patting them both on the shoulders.
“It’s over now, we can go home…” you stated, seeing them both look at each other in confusion. Once you were all standing, you began the walk back to the stairs. Reaching the stairs, you saw two familiar faces peering into the basement.
“Nagisa! Rei!” you called out, smiling happily at them as they called out to you, waving and jumping around like mad. They were back to normal at least.
“Listen, [Name]-chan… I’m sorry about knocking you out and leaving you behind…” Makoto apologized, stepping close to you. You flashed him a smile.
“It’s alright. You were just trying to protect me, I understand that. I’m just sorry I didn’t arrive sooner to save you guys…” you reassured him, gently grabbing his hand and holding it in yours. You gave it a tight squeeze, seeing his cheeks flash pink.
Suddenly everything went black though as the door to the basement suddenly shut and the light went out. You gasped, looking around before Makoto’s hand that had been in yours suddenly vanished. You heard a loud cry of pain, trying to locate the source. The only thing you could make out was the blue glow of a familiar ghost, one you’d completely forgotten about. It was the father, and he had Makoto pinned to the wall, his hand around his throat.
“Makoto!” you yelled, seeing Haruka look at the situation in shock.
“Makoto!” he called out as well in unison with you, gritting his teeth tightly.
‘She’s mine! Mine alone! You can’t have her!’ called out your father in a deranged voice. You felt a sharp pain in your chest, making you clutch it tightly. What was this? Fear? You were terrified of the thought of Makoto dying at this guy’s hands.
‘Father!’ called out a familiar voice, making everyone turn to see Natsuki standing there, glaring at her father. The father released Makoto who fell to his knees, coughing to inhale air.
‘Natsuki… You came back to me after all!’ he called out in delight, but all she did was frown. Stepping closer to him, she wrapped her arms around him in a hug.
‘Father… we’ll go together… you don’t belong here either…’ she stated, beginning to glow brightly. You covered your eyes, being blinded by the light they were emitting. And just as quickly as it had appeared, it vanished, along with them. You looked around a little as Haruka helped Makoto up to his feet.
“Makoto, are you okay?” you asked, stepping towards him. He gave you a small smile.
“I’m alright… But I saw my life flash before my eyes though…” he answered, chuckling a little. You giggled.
“Alright Rei-chan! Break the door down!” you heard a voice call out. You turned to look at the door.
“It’s alright, it should open now!” you called out, hearing them pause before cautiously opening the door. In a matter of seconds you were all out the basement and back in the lounge room.
“What on earth happened….? All I remember was investigating the bottom floor…” Rei questioned, looking at you three in confusion. Nagisa pouted to himself as well.
“Yeah… I have a feeling I missed out on something really fun…” he pouted, making all three of you laugh.
“It’s a long story… We’ll tell you on the way back… But first, we have to drop by the police station first” you answered, seeing the two of them look at each other in confusion. Stepping out the mansion, you looking around as the cool night air hit your skin. It was almost just like the day you entered, but now it was calmer, a lot calmer, and you were finally free. You were all free, and the mansion had finally been given its salvation.