I failed you son forgive me forgive me I.
Will let you down no longer forgive me.
Make me to walk in the path of their Commandments coward you betrayed your.
They fully clothed Gian me Mucha gavage.
Am fresh Gabba me leash you're too late.
You will not get him it'll work it must.
I do understand it was with great joy that I received your last letter know that you are missed if my calculations are correct and the International Postal Service is kind this letter will keep you company as you make the final leg of your journey to Scotland I hesitate to say anything for fear you'll think me foolish even hysterical your father made it his life's work to research his family's twisted history this and his obsession with the occult combined to unravel his poor mind John loved his family and his family home but he hated and mistrusted them in beware of the goldens blood is not always.
This countryside could be different to India.
Good sir how much longer until we reach the castle almost there's just like two hours the estate really does lie off the beaten track.
We have arrived sir.
Welcome mr. Gordon I'm Andrew Harrison mr. Harrison it's good to finally meet you from our correspondence I expected you to be older I thank you I lead the way it's quite dark already we can continue to talk inside he's arrived David.
Welcome to Sky on dual house Lady. Margaret how kind of you to welcome me in person at such a late hour an impressive building scarfin do the.
Unusual what is its meaning unusual only if you have not bothered to study Gaelic it means black mirror house many generations of the Gordon family have been master of this house it is a great responsibility perhaps the greatest a man could bear if I may I would like to.
Know more about my father's last days it is too late in the day for such morbid talk you do look so very much like John though Angus please show master David to his room yes ma'am I trust you doesn't journey this place is rather remote even for Scotland it was most pleasing Thank You I was fortunate enough to stop off in several fascinating places on my way here how long have you been practicing law I came to the bar a few years ago I'm a chambers in Edinburgh with lawyers who have served the Gordon family for generations I'm embarrassed to ask but it is my job have you proof of who you say you are you are David Gordon son of the late John Gordon please I quite understand here you are hmm what a curious object.
Isn't it it belonged to my father he posted it to me shortly before his death I'm not at all sure what it is perhaps it's something else returning home where it belongs like its new owner you have a good night master David I shall continue my studies please follow.
Me master David.
Your grandfather his lordship Edwards Gordon there is no denying it we are.
Family somebody still cares maybe he weren't as bad his mother believed grandfather Edward father never.
Spoke of him but mother never had a kind word to say you were the worst of the lot she said these are all family.
Members yes the Gordon's are one of the oldest families in Scotland magnificent.
That is the master study sir but there'll be plenty of time to examine it in the light tomorrow this way sir.
I suppose it's hard to keep things dry but with all the rain you get here a most amusing master David we do our best so none of us are as young as we used to be.
It does that sometimes sir a lady Gordon expects you for breakfast.
At 8:00 sir thank you lady Gordon called. You Angus pleased to meet you Angus yes.
Sir she did I am mr. McKinnon mr. McKinnon.
Yes I'd advise you not to leave the room.
Tonight ticking clocks are not the worst thing you may encounter in the house at night if you don't know your way around sleep well sir maybe he's more of a.
I doubt this place could ever be properly warm I got somewhat turned around flying.
Angus through the house I'm sorry mr. McKinnon but I think my room is probably around here somewhere.
Hold on this looks like wait a moment. This is a piece of a model.
Glad I don't have to carry you around anymore mr. McKinnon lifted you up with ease without some obscure local law that.
Require me being here in person I will probably never have come a pigeon amongst the cats sorry to inform you of death of John Gordon stop please return to Sky on due house stop Andrew Harrison lawyer stop I should get.
A new passport this one's filling up hmm not many.
Matches left this handsome cheery sober.
Man he's not the one I remember from my childhood.
Delighted to find my way about out there.
Pieces of some kind of drawing how would.
The candle is nearly gone but he should do for a while once lit ah just what I need.
In an old house like this one sooner or later no drawer stays empty.
Nc hold on what's this I will put your.
High praise of Scottish water to the test father later my faithful friend.
Insomnia owner if Andrews left the library yet.
We need to get old vote more pieces of.
The same drawing maybe I can make out what it shows if I had enough of them a.
Dumbwaiter big enough to fit your own weight and food into.
No this isn't right there should be a room here no this.
Isn't what I need either where is it.
Eavesdropping mr. Gordon that's hardly proper ghosts legends.
Ancient history why is the rest of them.
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. I started reading this though never got round to finishing it the gentle maid whose hapless tale these melancholy pages speak say gracious lady shall she fail to draw the terror down from that cheek despair by a man called Howard.
Phillips Lovecraft ghastly shades of bygone gladness cloying fiends of future sadness mingle in a cloud of madness ever on the soul to lie thus the living lone and sobbing in the throes of anguish throbbing with a loathsome Furies robbing night and noon of peace and rest but beyond the groans and grating of abhorrent life is waiting sweet oblivion.
Culminating all the years of fruitless quest the words of a troubled soul.
Is this what father meant by a family of snakes selected poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
Take this kiss upon the brow and in parting from you now thus much let me avow you are not wrong who deem that my days have been a dream yet if hope has flown away in a night or in a day in a vision or in none is it therefore the less gone all that we see or seem is but.
A dream within a dream a dream within a. Dream.
If you don't mind I have a system and don't want to mix things up lady Gordon is very keen on confidentiality of course hiding something are we that looks daunting a.
Daunting but rewarding and fascinating fascinating yes indeed the history of the Gordon family goes back a long way so it's true we are one of the oldest families in Scotland Oh much more than that the Gordon's have owned this land back into antiquity before records were even kept add to that some unique and unusual local laws well it can be a challenge but a welcome one did you know.
My father I was called to the house shortly after your father arrived why did that need a lawyer those complex local laws I spoke of were to blame your father left when Edward died so none of the required legal formalities to transfer the house were observed does that mean not at all there will be no issue with transferring the estate to your name if that is what you wish uh have you had a chance to examine my papers I have and I'm delighted to say that everything is in order I would not be doing my job if I didn't warn you that with Edward dead and your father absent the family fortune has somewhat diminished over the years however the real treasure is the castle in the grounds themselves I haven't spent as much time as I'd like here but it is a unique place I noticed that the door to. The master study is locked might I get a key for it of course I will see to it that you are supplied with one if there is one available no door should be locked of assumed to be owner after all well it's been a long day I bid you good night I'll get myself something to read and then head to bed - good night.
Exquisite craftsmanship I taught our family could afford a marvel such as this nowadays I can see the family.
Resemblance this one died very young and. This one none of them seem to have made it past middle age.
I didn't see there you gave me quite a.
Fright you are and the one who keeps.
This from being covered in weeds name's. Rory pleased to meet you I'm David Gordon I.
Attend you were coming today. Why are you sitting in the dark there is.
Enough light for a meal a day of your eyes but I'm sorry that I didn't realize I see more than most Oh some how long.
Have you worked for the Gordon's I've always been the gardener and I do some fishin the locks up on the place calms the nerves did you know my father not.
Dead I shameful what they did tame what do. You mean who is they hmm Oh.
Leave you to your supper then being a.
Gordon can be a curse laddie your father tend the hard way mind you dinner follow in his footsteps.
Blood not human I presume. Better safe than sorry.
This might come in handy.
Rory just disappeared into the darkness. The sella can wait till tomorrow.
Just how old is the Gordon plan for all I know he could stretch back to Roman times or even further.
An earring I doubt it was buried in the ashes on purpose someone must have lost it the coal doesn't seem to affect the residents of this house all the fires are fighting and losing battle against the draft.
Contrary to everything I've learned so far about grandfather Edward Lady Margaret still worships him.
Place to regale my Indian school friends with tales of knights in shining armor.
Must be hard to keep this place clean.
Lady Margaret and Edward have a young they look but who the others you really know very little about your own family David a peculiar place to spend the night by.
Best not wake her.
How dare you know I will never he's not.
True it's an impressive collection.
Grandmothers obviously a music lover I'll give that a spin later give that a spin later.
Who would tear up photographs given the painstaking process surrounding their creation it's too dark outside to. Speculate about the size of the estate.
Somewhere out there they found father or rather what was left of him what a cruel way to take your own life on the morrow I will explore the grounds as soon as the Sun is up.
Barging into someone's bedroom in the middle of the night is not how to earn their trust that was louder than I.
Her locked dear lady Gordon I write to.
You with utmost urgency I'm seeking information about my patient your son John Gordon during our conversations he makes allusions to his relationship with his father but will not expand when pressed you have failed to respond to my previous requests so I'm writing again to insist in strongest terms possible that you furnish me with the required answers your son's recovery depends on it yours faithfully dr. Lea Farber Bethlem Hospital London what secrets about my father is Lady Margaret concealing.
Let's see what father didn't even want his own family to find hmm now what are.
Here we go this side is done as far as I.
Can tell but there must be more what an intricate piece of furniture. Ah we're getting somewhere.
Yes that's to open.
That sounded like some desk moved a key and a note from father.
Someone is tampering with my work I know it I know it I hear them as they whisper and snicker they sneak in when I sleep this place isn't safe I have locked my work away in the study I am leaving now I will put an end to this terrible torment one way or another David if you.
Find this then I am dead the forces. Abroad here have got to me I am sorry you have been drawn into this tragedy the answers you seek are amongst the papers in the Masters study use them stay safe I love you son my god what.
Happened here what did they do to my father is this the key father spoke of.
Hi there you you startled me I'm sorry sorry I did me too hey wait.
Where did he go hmm.
It doesn't fit Open Sesame.
Someone's been searching here either they didn't have time to clean up or simply did not care if father hid the.
Key for me to find then this means nobody has been able to enter this room since his death.
Myths and legends of the highlands from. The library I'd wager.
Everything but the seal what a mess.
Letters about the day-to-day running of the estate these might be useful if I decide to live here the handwriting must be Edwards pay half what he asks for words or lawyers charming and this one your money won't protect you forever the hangman will catch up eventually a curse on you and your family seems you is as popular as he was pleasant I beg you to reconsider sir Atwood my.
Family has lived on this land for many generations and to be told we must leave our own home is too much to bear Alice my wife whom you have met is beside herself with grief we have nowhere else to go I beg you to look inside your heart and allow us to remain. Have them out by the end of the month the signs are there deny them at your peril the ancient evil of inhabit this land has seeped into the very stone of the castle walls and if you do not tread carefully it will infect your family.
Contact the constable how this witch locked up so she does not bother us again.
Just bits and bobs father wouldn't.
His papers somewhere as obvious as a desk drawer whoever did this would have searched the room after they looked in the desk maybe they didn't find what they were looking for.
Some sort of secret compartment.
A local girl goes missing the concerns.
Have been raised at the disappearance of Cora McKay a 17 year old local girl according to the police she was last seen leaving at a police of work the three kegs in two days ago she's the third person to disappear in the recent months but the second stances of each have been markedly different Cora is described as being 4 feet 10 with grey eyes and long dark hair anyone with information is urged to contact the Constabulary oh why all the fuss she is nothing but a peasant a tavern girl if you can't keep your blabber mouth shut don't be surprised if others make sure you get what's coming to you this sounds as if grandfather Edward was willing to take drastic measures to enforce his will.
This looks interesting.
Screw down tight someone didn't want it moved.
This castle sunny has its secrets.
It looks very precise accurate a lot of work went into this there's a bit miss hold on there wait.
The boy did you see it where did he go.
What did I tell you how to strolling me advice.
Are you alright sir what happened David the boy there was.
Blood hey he pushed him down who who do.
You think you saw him what did you just.
See sir it's alright you know like your father you can see them too can't you I've been babbling in.
My sleep since I was a child it's nothing to worry about poor girl is scared out of her wits of course sir sorry sir my father what did he think he saw it. Ain't my place to say sir but I go on.
Beggin your pardon sir you should go this place it drove your father mad drove him did he say what or whom he saw I'm sure I don't know sir let's not push you too hard she's scared enough of me already the sorry I didn't get your name it's a lie sir Elsa Cronin oh and master Andrew asks if you would join him in the library after breakfast of course thank you miss granite you get ahold of yourself David.
Were these apparitions what drove my father from the Khalsa when he was young where they were true him back he must have found something in the family chronicles he spoke off nobody else saw.
The boy or the old man who looked like my grandfather Edward but it felt real more even than the daydreams that plagued my childhood I don't remember.
Ever seeing that boy a faded memory perhaps as far as I know I'd never been to this castle before Elsa knows more.
Than she wants to tell me