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The Door part 2.........molly writes
By m j . hollingshead
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2003
Last edited: Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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"Odd," said Marc as he sat confused, unsure, in the midst of the broken treads. Dazed Marc surveyed the room.
INNERLAND/The Door


from Chapter 1


Picking up the flashlight the family kept in the attic for 'emergencies', Marc turned toward the doorway. A shiny clean space surrounded by a thick layer of dust appeared when the gadget was removed. "Been a while," muttered the teenager. Marc flicked the switch, grinned in satisfaction when he found the batteries were still strong, and stuck the instrument into the waistband of his pants.

With a last puzzled glance round the attic itself, Marc’s firm step trod on the rough wooden landing. After a moment Marc gave the floor a solid kick. Nothing. Seems steady enough he mused. Pulling the door closed behind himself, he locked it and put the key into his wallet.

Gaining his bearings, the young man stood motionless on the musty landing for a few moments. Hearing little else than the sounds of his own breathing, Marc strained to see through the murk. "Can't see a blame thing," me muttered. Hmm." The far off rumbling of trucks and cars on the busy highway a scant half mile from the house echoed faint and were difficult to hear. "Don't want to waste the batteries if I don't have too."

Before long Marc realized he did not need the flashlight. As his eyes adjusted to the dimness, the teen discovered, that although the dusty passageway was pretty gloomy and the flashlight did little to penetrate the gloom beyond a step or two, there was actually more than enough light for him to see where he was going. His heart pounding from excitement Marc began descending along the dusty corridor.

The air in the stair well was pretty musty, still though thought Marc, it was not too unpleasant. A heavy layer of fine dust covering over all of the smooth, carved, old balustrade gave proof that the railing had not been used, or cleaned, in a very long time.

Continuing his steady descent for several minutes Marc paused to glance upward. He was a mite surprised to find he could no longer see either the landing or the door leading into the attic. He strained to see the few treads above and below himself. In fact, Marc thought, murky as all get out. I can't see the barrier of the passageway at all.

His curiosity piqued Marc felt intrigued and more than a little baffled to be standing somewhere on a stairwell he never realized existed. "Odd," he muttered. Deep within the old house he was more puzzled than worried. A mystery stairwell to where, Marc pondered.

Marc reached a tentative hand toward the wall. The passageway was narrow, Marc was able to touch both sides of the hidden route when he held his arms straight out on either side of himself.

"Well,” he muttered, “its either up or down. I know what's up, so, I'm gonna' find out just what is down!"

Soon the fetid air was not so musty. Marc noticed the light was beginning to be a little brighter. Ah, he thought, I must be nearing the bottom of the passageway. Wonder where it will come out then. Maybe the basement?

Suddenly Marc realized he was no longer able to hear the noises of traffic, on the other hand he could now hear a faint rustling and soft sounds of running water and even now and again a quiet, melodious warble of birds.

"Intriguing.” Mumbled Marc, “This ‘mystery’ door and 'mystery' stairwell must open to the outside then, I reckon. But where?"
The enthusiastic young man quickened his pace.

An abrupt ominous 'crack' resounding loud in the narrow passageway as Marc trod upon the next tread filled Marc with sudden apprehension. Hurtling downward Marc was dismayed to find himself surrounded by large pieces of broken wood flying along beside and below himself as they all journeyed along the narrow route.

"Good Grief."

Chagrined Marc listened to the sounds of the wood pieces banging against the passageway walls. Noisy 'whumps' followed those clatterings as the scraps of broken staircase landed with loud thumps somewhere below.

Clutching without success at the smooth walls Marc gritted his teeth. Didn't take an expert to figure out that he too was going to land there below if he could not stop his fall.

There was just nothing to grab onto to slow, or stop, his downward sweeping journey. Grim faced, he pulled his flashlight to his chest, took a deep breath, and drew up his knees. Marc lowered his head as he resolutely prepared for the inevitable.

* * *

A nearby sound of voices and a loud, incessant banging sounded.

Marc was not positive how long he must have been laying on the floor amid the pieces of broken stair treads. Somewhat unsteady, the adolescent rolled over, sat up and surveyed the scene.

Marc found he was in an unfamiliar, dusty room. Furniture the teenager did not recognize filled the chamber where he presently sat dazed and somewhat the worse for it.

Looking upward the shaken youth saw the lower remnants of the staircase. The last few treads of IT lay in broken disarray all around him on the floor.

Good Grief, now what?

Blue sky and sunlight were visible through several small windows set high in the walls. Marc shook his head as if trying to clear it. The walls themselves were strange, solid from floor all the way up to those high windows.

"Odd," said Marc as he sat confused, unsure, in the midst of the broken treads. Dazed Marc surveyed the room.

There was NOTHING that looked in the least familiar.


PART 3


by Tomsdattar
A VanGoach Books Publication
ISBN 1-894618-01-7
     

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Reviewed by J Howard 11/19/2011
very interesting connection of a story....and now to part 3....
Reviewed by Mary Coe 10/2/2007
Enjoyed the read. I'll move on to part 3.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/22/2007
I do like this type of writing, Molly. This is captivating. Thank you. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 7/17/2006
I'm curious by nature myself, but I don't envy Mark and his mysterious advebture one bit! He seems to be quite calm, I must say. Brave boy! Intriguing chapter, Molly!

God bless,

Sandie.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/31/2005
I just love this Molly...it is so mysterious, and so much to keep me on the edge of mt seat. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and ber with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love inmy heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((HUGS))), Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/23/2005
M J,

Greatly enjoyed part 2 of "The Door" - exceptional!!

Best to you,

Robert
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 5/4/2003
You have aroused my curiosity. Can't wait to read the next chapter...

Sandie Angel :o) a.k.a. May Lu $*_*$
Reviewed by C. Burge 4/15/2003
hurry I want to read the rest!
Reviewed by Pam Potter (Reader) 4/3/2003
sounds like he travel back in time, love time travel stores...
Reviewed by Bruce Humphrey 3/19/2003
Keep it up! I think my teenage daughter would like this as well.
Reviewed by Lee Herald 3/7/2003
The mystery continues, Molly, making one wonder, "What's next?"
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/28/2003
nice write, m.j.! enjoyed! love, your friend, karen lynn in texas. (((HUGS))) :)
Reviewed by (Reader) 2/23/2003
I'm ready for more and from what I've read I know my grandson would love it too.


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