Monday, October 19, 2015

Return to Autumn House--A Halloween Serial--Chapter One--Lenora Worth


Return to Autumn House

(A Halloween Serial)


Chapter One—Lenora Worth


     She’d never planned to return to this house. But Hallie Cyder didn’t have a choice. She’d received the letter three days ago:

     You have inherited a piece of property located on Autumn Road. Immediate attention needed. Property could be condemned.


     There was more to the letter. Her great-uncle Macintosh Appleton had left her his summer home, located on the coast of Marshmallow, Maine. She was now the reluctant owner of Autumn House.

     The letter had been signed Kane Cornelison.

     Kane was a lawyer now. Her great-uncle’s lawyer. Obviously successful and settled here in this quaint coastal town. Probably married with children.

     As the thunder clashed, Hallie caught sight of the dark mansion hanging along the high bluff like a broken box. Autumn  House had once been a lovely Victorian house with wraparound porches and lush gardens.

     Now it stood abandoned and lost, the wind and rain pushing at it with a strength that could make the whole thing topple into the crashing sea below.

     “What am I doing here?” she asked.

     Too late to turn back now. She didn’t have anywhere else to go. So she drove her pumpkin orange roadster up the curving drive and stopped in front of the house. Kane had indicated she’d find a key underneath the fake rock by the front door.

     But there were a lot of rocks surrounding what was left of the flower bed. When she reached down to the first rock, a hand grabbed hers.

     Hallie screamed and tried to get away but the man tugged her down and she toppled over him, her eyes meeting his.

     “Don’t move.”

     Lightning clashed and spears of cold rain slashed across her skin. “Kane?”

     Blood dripped down his temple. But beyond that, he still was the best looking man in the world. Reddish-brown hair as rich as cider and eyes as icy as the ocean. He was more tempting than candy corn. She couldn’t believe he was here and hurt.

     “What happened?” she asked as she stared down at him, memories of candied apples and hayrides flashing through her mind.

     He held her wrist. “Hallie? We have to get out of here. It’s not safe.”

     Then he passed out.

     Hallie heard a crash from inside the house.

     Someone was coming for them.



18 comments:

barb phinney said...

I love it!! Thank you so much. And as usual, Lenora hits the target with her sit, not to mention her names.

Jolene Navarro said...

What happens next!! Great start.

Jill Kemerer said...

This is the perfect lead up to the end of October! I love it!!

Louise M. Gouge said...

Great introduction to this story. I'm hooked!

Pamela Tracy said...

A pumpkin orange car. How cool. I have a dull blue mini-van. I'm reading to read an adventure!

Lorraine Beatty said...

I love it. It's like an Nancy Drew Mystery. But really, a pumpkin colored car.LOL Too perfect.

Christine Johnson said...

So fun! Can't wait to see what happens next.

Lenora said...

Thanks, Ladies. I have to admit this distracted me in a good way. I had fun with it and it made me smile. :) Hope our readers enjoy it!

Christina said...

This is so much fun! I'm hooked. I'm hooked so I'll have to get back here to see what happens next!

Lenora said...

Chistina, we love hearing that! So come on back. Things are going to get very scary, I think!

Missy Tippens said...

Great opening, Lenora! So fun.

Lenora said...

Thanks, Missy. I can't wait to see what Teri does tomorrow. :)

Terri Reed said...

Such a fun opening. Lenora you are so witty.

Deb Kastner said...

Totally hooked, Lenora. Well done!

Cate Nolan said...

Great opening, Lenora. I'm looking forward to seeing where we go with this!

Evelyn said...

This is awesome. I'm looking forward the next.

Lenora said...

Thanks, ladies. Evelyn, I'm so glad you enjoyed the first chapter :)

Teri Wilson, author said...

This was awesome, Lenora! I was so happy to get the spot right after you. Such fun. xoxo