THE DOOMED ALLEY
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The story of the doomed alley.
The neighborhood of
Pisach has always been ground for much controversy and ‘chill
thrills’. The spooky and deserted ally is enough to imagine the
worst, while shadows play truant on your eyes. However, not all this
fear comes from just the way the ally looks or the number of people
who keep moving to other localities. Pisach has a house number ‘31’
that is most avoided and has a history that lives on even as the
tenants never stay longer than a fortnight.
Number ‘31’ used to be
home to the Welsits’ who moved in for peace and quite. The home was
designed for them, even before they moved in. While Mr. and Mrs.
Welsits loved the garden and patio, Sam, their eighteen-year-old
adopted son, preferred the attic. He spent hours there with his
paintings and fresh canvas that kept being painted upon. Sam loved
the attic for the peace and quiet it offered him.
All was well, till the
6th of June ’66. Sam came up to the attic to find the fresh canvas
that he had set up the previous evening with a portrait of himself!
He stared at the features and except for a scar that ran on the
forehead of the portrait on the canvas, it was him alright. First,
Sam thought that his father had attempted the portrait, Mr. Welsits
being a good artist himself. He did question his father but found
out that his guess was wrong! Sam felt that this was all part of a
big surprise on the 13th of the month and so he decided to probe no
The following night, the Welsits ere awakened in the middle of the
night with sounds of someone moving in the attic. First, Mrs.
Welsits heard the sound and woke her husband and son. On walking up
to the attic, they were met with a frightful sight. Every painting
that Sam had completed had his portrait etched out boldly and
superimposed on his work! This had the Welsits completely freaked
out. The next morning they called on the parish priest and invited
him over. The parish priest visited the Welsits’ home with an
assistant, who showed signs of recognition on seeing Sam. However,
the assistant could not remember where he had seen Sam before. The
priest blessed the home and the attic and led the Welsits’ in
Two days later, during Mrs. Welsits visit to the community clinic
for her treatment of rheumatism, a nurse looked at Sam with fright.
The Welsits felt something was amiss and took the nurse Ms. Koe into
confidence. She revealed that she had seen the bodies of Sam with
his wife in the hospital morgue a few years back and the reason she
remembered was that the couple were said to have planned the
suicidal car accident they were in. Sam, she said was known to have
had debts that he could not get rid of, even as his wife was with
child and turned to alcohol for escape. The media coverage of the
accident revealed that tired of life, on one sober day, Sam took his
wife out on one last drive. As violent as he was, he loved her too
much to let her survive the ordeal and debt.
Of course, Ms. Koe had
no idea that Sam was not the Mark Svelt she was referring to. On
being told the truth, she jumped out of her skin. This also
explained to the Welsits why people in Pisach seemed to avoid too
much of association with them and just let them be. The grocer, the
mailman…. suddenly made sense. They organized a sťance with a local
medium that further revealed that Mark’s wife Maria’s soul was in a
state of unrest on losing her baby because of Mark’s folly and she
identified with Sam’s presence strongly.
The Welsits did move
away, but only after a car accident that claimed Sam’s life. The
people of Pisach still swear to the voices and figures heard and
seen in Number ‘31’.
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