|Visual Inspiration for the abandoned meeting place: Holy Cross Orphanage, Marquette, Michigan. Photo via "Weburbanist's 'Child's Place: 10 Eerie Abandoned Orphanages'."|
Teaser:We make our way up the debris covered staircase to the second floor. When we get to the landing we take in the empty hallway, disproving the homeless person theory. “Is someone there?” Keiran calls anyway.
The second floor looks much like the first, patient rooms lined the hall on either side. Thierry takes a tentative step towards the first one and I follow closely. I peer inside around Thierry’s shoulder. Two single beds with bare mattresses are pushed against the walls but otherwise the room is empty. Mold grows in the corners of the ceilings and there are crude drawings scattered on the walls.
“Did people actually live like this?” Thierry whispers sadly.
“I wonder how they live in the new building next door.” Keiran wonders aloud.
I shake my head sadly as I turn from the room. Suddenly a loud clanking comes from right behind us. Arianthe screams and we all turn toward the stairs. Sam shines his flashlight toward the stairs and we all relax when we see Delia standing on the landing.
She winces, “sorry. I was getting freaked out sitting down there alone.”
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