PART 2: Restless Sleep (Cecillia/Quentin/Elizabeth)

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PART 2: Restless Sleep (Cecillia/Quentin/Elizabeth)

Post  Cecillia Collins on 5th December 2009, 21:33

Dinner had been quite satisfactory this night, as Collinwood had a guest, Mrs. Johnson's son Harry. Cecillia had only managed to run into him once, and that was at the dinner table. She knew right away that he was probably up to know good, and hoped that the dinner table was the only place she would have to run into him at ever again as long as he stayed.

It wasn't until after Cecillia had settled in the drawing room with her cousin Carolyn, that she came down with sudden drowsiness and a mild headache. Carolyn had thoughtfully suggested that she go upstairs and to bed, and for once, Cecillia actually didn't mind the idea of getting to bed before the rest of the household; something about this night was different, and it wasn't just the presence of Harry.

Falling quickly into a light sleep, unclear images flowed through her head; it was as if something was trying to communicate with Cecillia, but couldn't quite make a connection. As she tossed and turned a few times, pulling the covers up further to escape the sudden chill in the room, a loud thump came from the far corner of her room, causing her to wake.

As Cecillia sat up in her bed and looked wide eyed over to where the noise had occurred, she at first could see nothing; then, gradually, the shadowy figure of a tall man appeared, looking directly at her.

"Who's there," Cecillia called out into the darkness, full of curiosity and minor fright.


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Re: PART 2: Restless Sleep (Cecillia/Quentin/Elizabeth)

Post  Quentin Collins on 5th December 2009, 21:47

Quentin Collins had become semi satisfied at the progress that had taken place in the section of the house he had always claimed as his own, but he had noticed a gradual decline in motivation and productivity, and knew that if he didn't reinforce his wants, that they would eventually become forgotten.

Since the presence of a new member of the family, Quentin had grown a deeper interest in the current Collins members, especially his great granddaughter, Cecillia. He had secretly observed her from time to time, noting her distinctive qualities; from this, he had decided that on this night, it would be her that he would visit. If anyone was going to help expedite completion of his project, it would most certainly be her.

As he took a step out from the corner, he watched Cecillia's eyes grow wide out of curiosity and shock. As he stood looking at her, he observed the fact that unlike Carolyn, Cecillia didn't display the same signs of fright and distress. Closer and closer he walked towards her bed and all the while she hardly budged.

As Quentin stood beside Cecillia's bed, he glanced down at the ring that had once belonged to him, so very, very long ago. He looked Cecillia deep in the eyes, as if he knew that she would understand what he wanted her to do; as if he knew that she would know how to get things moving again.

Turning back from her view, Quentin walked satisfied back across the room. As he glanced back at Cecillia, he gradually disappeared back into the night, just as he had came.


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Post  Cecillia Collins on 5th December 2009, 21:54

Cecillia was completely mystified by the whole experience she had just undergone. All fear had seemingly left her body, as she knew, somehow, that Quentin didn't want to hurt her. However, she couldn't quite grasp the fact that she had just, in fact, been visited by the ghost of her great grandfather.

For the next few minutes, Cecillia sat, staring towards the corner, almost wishing that Quentin would come back again, wishing that she could talk to him. Not know what to think of it all, she sat, puzzled. Though, upon staring down at her very ring, the very ring that kept her in such close contact with her great grandfather, Cecillia suddenly realized her mission. Some reason, her cousin Elizabeth needed to know all of this . . . she needed to know that Quentin meant business.

Getting up from her bed and wrapping herself in a robe, Cecillia left her room and walked down the hall towards her cousin Elizabeth's room. Deciding at the last moment what she would say, Cecillia knocked on the door and waited.


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 5th December 2009, 22:27

Dinner had gone well enough but Elizabeth was preoccupied by her plans to dig up a skeleton with Julia Hoffman the next morning. The awkward part was mostly having Harry Johnson dining with the family. She didn't want to hurt his mother's feelings or offend Harry, but she also didn't like spending time with him.

I don't like the way he looks at Carolyn and Cecillia, she thought. Carolyn can put him in his place if necessary but Cecillia tends to be more polite. She casually mentioned her plans to walk around the grounds the next morning and no one seemed to pay attention except for Harry.

I wonder what he's up to? I'm glad Mrs. Johnson seems to be keeping an eye on him, she thought. She was pleased that her daughter showed some kind concern for Cecillia, who had a headache and looked tired.

Later that evening, she was trying to relax with some reading in her room. She didn't go to bed because she felt like something was going to happen, although she couldn't guess what.

When she heard a quiet knock at the door, she got up to open it and saw her young cousin Cecillia standing there. "Come in and sit down dear," she said. "What's on your mind?"


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Post  Cecillia Collins on 5th December 2009, 22:43

Cecillia made her way into Elizabeth's room and took a seat. Once again, her ring brought forth what she had to say and as she twisted it around on her finger, she glanced up at her cousin.

"I know you'll probably think I was dreaming, and for all I know I was . . . but for some reason I know it true," Cecillia realized that she wasn't making much since, and the look on Elizabeth's face was a sure signal. "Quentin Collins, my great grandfather, appeared in my bedroom tonight, cousin Elizabeth. I know . . . I might have just dreamed it up, but it just felt so real."

She stopped again, as she let the tension settle between the two of them . . . "Do you think I was just dreaming cousin Elizabeth?"


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 5th December 2009, 23:01

"No darling, you weren't dreaming," Elizabeth said. "Actually, Quentin has appeared to Carolyn and me recently. We had quite a problem with him awhile back, but he seems to be better.....ahh....behaved lately."

Elizabeth smiled at the young woman. "You seem to have handled it well. Carolyn is kind of afraid of him. I want you to feel free to come to me with anything that bothers you.....including anything regarding Harry Johnson. This is a strange old house and sometimes unusual things happen here. Will you tell me about your experience with Quentin?"


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Post  Cecillia Collins on 5th December 2009, 23:17

Cecillia smiled at the thought of Carolyn being scared of Quentin; "Carolyn must nearly overly dramatize the visits, cousin Elizabeth, unless he acted differently around me then he did around her . . . if you don't mind me saying." She knew that it wasn't polite to talk unkindly about people, especially a caring family member.

"It was sort of weird, as I almost knew that something was going to happen. Once he made his presence known in the room, I was at first, kind of scared. However, once he came by my side, I knew deep down that he didn't want to hurt me at all . . . I feel there is something else I should be telling you, something he wants me to tell you, but I don't know what."

Cecillia stopped, and then she thought of the memory of when all of these very strange events started happening . . . the memory of the very respected woman standing in front of her, in the woods, with a very questionable item. "Cousin Elizabeth, can I ask you something . . . what were you doing in the woods the other day with what appeared to be a bag filled with a skeleton." Cecillia's face flushed of color, as she tensed up inside, not knowing if it were correct to question and not knowing what answer she would receive, if any.


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 5th December 2009, 23:40

At first Elizabeth was shocked that she and Joe had been seen. She had believed that only she, Carolyn, Joe and Julia knew about the skeleton. Then it slowly began to dawn on her that Cecillia could only have seen it......when she and Kathryn had been walking to Collinwood for dinner.

"I can explain it, Cecillia. I'm sorry that you had to see that and I'm sorry if it worried you." She took a deep breath and began to slowly pace the room as she explained. "That was actually started by Quentin. The skeleton was found in his room, in the closed off portion of the house. He actually insisted that Carolyn and I go there and he seemed very angry. He demanded that we remove the skeleton. Oh, I knew it wasn't him....it isn't tall enough and wasn't dressed like he used to dress."

She looked carefully at Cecillia's face to see how her explanation was being received and then continued. "I guess I panicked. It had obviously been there a long time and had been long forgotten. Cecillia, if you had any idea of all the rumors and gossip and exaggerations that have told about this family and this house, well then you might understand why I didn't want to call in the authorities. It would be humiliating to have to tell the Sheriff about one more strange happening here. That's why I asked Joe to help me bury it. He has been good to me, Cecillia...it wasn't his fault."

Elizabeth sat down on the edge of her bed. "After I had it buried, it began to bother me. So, I've asked Julia Hoffman to help me determine why the person died. Also, I'm going to look into old records to see about missing persons. I don't even know if he was a Collins or not; I just can't bear for the living members of the Collins family to suffer because of this strange and unexplained thing that happened a long time ago. You do understand, don't you Cecillia? Did Quentin say or do anything else? He is the one who started this, you know."


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Post  Cecillia Collins on 5th December 2009, 23:59

The thought of her own great grandfather causing such crazy things around Collinwood quickly put Cecillia in her place; she was but a guest here, and in a way, an accessory to probably a century old mystery. Quentin had wanted this to happen to her more than likely; he had wanted her to know everything that was going on; he had wanted her to know, so that she could find the truth . . . or so Cecillia thought.

"I hope you don't think I was intentionally spying on you, cousin Elizabeth," Cecillia said, not capable of looking her cousin in the eyes. "It was completely accidental that Kathryn and I stumbled upon you and Joe, and we had both agreed that what we were seeing had to have a logical explanation . . . as unusual as it is, I can take your explanation as the truth, as puzzling as it may be."

Cecillia got up and walked over to the window to look out at the night sky before continuing. "Quentin said nothing verbally to me, Elizabeth, nothing at all. We had a weird type of communication . . . or understanding . . . by some other means though; his eyes are very powerful and captivating, as if they can control a persons every move and every thought." Cecillia turned to look at Elizabeth finally. "I do understand what you have said, but I just don't understand how Quentin would want to do this to everybody; you surely don't think he is actually cruel do you? There must be a real reason."


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 6th December 2009, 00:12

"No, I don't think he's cruel. He used to be; but I think he cares for his descendants now. For some reason he still spends time in this house. Not all his time, but enough of it that he cares about his surroundings. It was his room he led us to; it had his things in it. It is simply easier for us to physically clear it out which is what he seemed to want."

Elizabeth relaxed a bit. "For the time being, I want to be secretive about this until I learn more. I don't know if Quentin cares who the skeleton belongs to or if he even knows, I think he just wanted it gone from his room. I doubt if he's done with us. We might as well try to be on good terms with him. As mistress of this house I think I will try to get along with him just as I would anyone who lives here."

I wonder how much of the recent history I should tell her, Elizabeth thought. I don't want to worry or frighten her. Who knows what all David is going to tell her about this house.

"Cecillia, from time to time we have seen ghosts in this house. There has been a lot of history here; quite a few of your ancestors have lived at Collinwood during the last two centuries. If you haven't heard about Josette Collins yet, I'm sure you will at some point. There are others...Beth Chavez, a woman who used to work for the family and was a friend of Quentin's. I wouldn't worry about it now, if I were you. But Quentin has some interest in this house at this time and now it seems like he's taken an interest in you."


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Post  Cecillia Collins on 6th December 2009, 00:24

"In my time growing up, my grandfather told me many stories of this place, which was respectively passed down from his father, Quentin. All of the things that used to be just a bedtime story, I am now living in. I'm more curious than worried, although I doubt that Quentin would hurt me, thus I really don't need to worry about anything."

"As you might can imagine, this all intrigues me very much, as in a way, I feel even more close to Quentin, just by staying here. I don't know what you plan on doing about all of this, but . . . do you think it would be okay if I help you out with whatever it is?" Cecillia anticipated the answer, beginning to think about Kathryn in the back of her mind . . . she would surely want to hear about all of this.


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Post  Elizabeth Stoddard on 6th December 2009, 00:33

"Of course, dear," Elizabeth said. "You are a member of this family. I just didn't want to burden you with more than you could handle. You are still young. Carolyn and David have had to deal with things that most people haven't had to at such a young age too. I accept and welcome your help. I believe that Quentin cares about you. This skeleton is just a unique situation and we need to handle it in a discreet yet proper way....as well as we are able. Kathryn is a member of the family too, by her marriage, and it should be explained to her since she happened to witness it. I really appreciate her being so discreet too."

They could faintly hear the clock in the foyer chiming the hour. "It's getting late. I guess you know that my walk on the grounds tomorrow is really an investigation of the skeleton with Julia's help. We need to be careful that Harry Johnson doesn't find out about this; I'm sure he wouldn't understand."

She stood up and smiled at her cousin. "Now, try to get a good night's sleep dear."

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