TITLE: MADMAN'S MANSION & THE LOST TUNNEL
GENRE: MG ADVENTURE
The old stone house looked like a location for a low-budget
horror flick. Some crazy person had built it ages ago up on a
cliff. The locals on Arbmu Island liked to joke the house had a
killer view of the ocean. Over the years, people had a funny
habit of toppling over the cliff edge, either by accident or on
purpose. The islanders thought the place was an eyesore. They
nicknamed it Madman’s Mansion, but Alice Morien thought
Morien’s Mansion was a much better name.
She stood on the beach and scanned the cliffs with her binoculars.
Morien’s Mansion. Why not? After all, no one knew who built the
place. It could have been one of her ancestors. That would
explain the weird connection—how she and the crumbling house
managed to be the only two things on the island that were not
completely ordinary. In the least. Alice loved its
shattered-glass windows, its gothic grimness.
Sam snorted nearby. He was swordfighting the dune grasses with an
old stick. The same thing he did every time they came to the
beach. Sam was happy being mediocre. He thrived on it.
Alice ignored her brother. She trained her binoculars on the house.
Dead leaves swirled past the front door. Morien’s Mansion. A little
rough on the outside, but probably brilliant on the inside. Like her.
Alice blinked. A shadow was creeping along the front of the house like
a shred of fog blown in off the horizon.