Victor helped me remove the drapes.
Neither of us spoke of our night time adventures. Yet, they clearly haunted our thoughts.
Oh, but it was such a relief to pull those horrid drapes down. There is so much light in the house now.
I can almost feel the house breathe.
Victor’s fears and fearful thoughts dissipated with each drape that came down. The knowledge that he didn’t need to be dainty about it made him enjoy the project so much more.
And another one down.
“Are we going to put up any new drapes?”
“Not for some time. I want to enjoy all of this delicious, delirious light.”
But his mother was right.
The daylight was delicious and exhilarating. He wanted to roll around in it as a dog rolls in snow.
“There! I think we ought to take a break.”
Victor followed me into the kitchen.
I set the tea kettle on the stove as he washed his hands.
“After our break, we’ll tackle the upstairs rooms.”
Victor shut the water off. “Mother.”
I busied myself making us cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches.
“About what I saw last night.”
Again, I felt that cold arm wrap around my waist. But I kept myself calm. My voice remained steady. “Yes?”
“It wasn’t a dream. How could it be when I still heard them after I woke up?”
I put extra cream cheese on my sandwich. “I don’t know what to say. I can’t explain it. I wish I could.” I plated our sandwiches and carried them to the table.
“Mother. Are they ghosts?”
I picked up my sandwich and took a bite.
He didn’t touch his food. He sat there, waiting for my response.
I swallowed. “I don’t know.”
“Have you…Have you seen anything?”
“No. But I’ve thought I…I imagined I heard some distant voice. It was too distant to understand what they were even saying. And last night.”
Did I really want to tell him my side? Surely, it would accomplish nothing more than increase his fears.
I surely couldn’t leave it at that.
I told him.
Yet, with the light shining through the windows, my tale of terror didn’t seem so frightening.
Victor picked up his sandwich and took a bite. “So, what do we do?”
I contemplated my sandwich. “We will finish taking down the drapes. Then, I will call an old friend of mine who may be able to answer our questions.”