Well, the universal vending machine forum game still seems to live on after two and a half years and 203(!) pages of posts, so I think I’ll risk another, slightly more challenging game in that category. I am hoping this will be accepted as nicely as the UVM game
Somewhere, there stands a huge haunted house, called Hollow House by locals (it is not apparently hollow, it was the original owner’s last name). And huge barely describes it! From its first stone laid in 1608, it has not only been built but continuously expanded upon, all the way until the present day. Owners feel compelled to add new rooms. Heck, strangers feel compelled to finance new rooms!
The game is this: Describe a room in the house! Each post must include one room, and only one (but you can post more posts with more rooms, if you like!). AND you may only post in the thread if your post includes a room! That means that even if you are just asking what someone means by a certain description, the price for posting is to write up a room. Comments like “Oh man, that’s just like this room in Hellraiser last night!” are more than welcome. But the post has to include a room… Hollow House wants you to build… always…
Rooms can include ghosts or even living people lost or secretly living in the house. The description can be short or long, elegant or to the point. But every post must contain… a room!
This post is no exception, so…
Along one of the southern walls, facing a lush and now overgrown garden, is a large room containing an indoor swimming pool. The pool is small by modern standards, no greater than what might be found in the better part of surburbia, but for its time, it was a great luxury. The water has no chlorine or filtering, and is thus not entirely clear, but it is surprisingly clear enough for a swim, provided one washes afterwards. The outer wall leading to the garden is as much glass as the period could handle (the room was added by a group of local contributors for no apparent reason in 1842). Two glass doors lead straight into the garden, allowing anyone to go from the pool into the garden or vice versa.
Three ghosts inhabit the room. Two are a brother and sister, the boy 13 and the girl 9. They do not remember their deaths, and simply play in the pool from early morning to early evening, then disappear until morning next. They are shy, and will only be seen by people who seem kind and safe, though anyone might hear them by chance from the garden or right outside one of the doors leading out. They are not very mature for their age, clearly having lived protected lives, but they are good kids, well-behaved and respectful (the boy calls everyone Sir or Ma’m).
The third ghost is an old man. He is found sitting in a flimsy garden chair, looking into the pool’s water. He only appears if there is a period of absolute silence, and never leaves the chair. He does not speak, and does not look at anyone, only at the water. In perfect silence, someone listening closely might hear him mumble softly in his long, white beard, repeating conversations with a woman of affection, perhaps his wife. He mutters only to himself, though, not to anyone else, including this unseen wife.