The tunnel shifted, the river of sewer water belched and dropped suddenly into a steaming waterfall, and the bioluminescence on the walls flared.
“Ruh-roh,” said Andrew as he let go of Joseph and swept the twins into his arms, herding them toward their mother, Bethany, and the gate that led to the relative safety of the mansion above.
Joseph stumbled and shook his head, his equilibrium stretched to breaking by too many changes in too short a time; he’d been half-way dead for over a decade, then brought back, then the ground is shaking, and a young woman is rushing to his side that could be his daughter (except grown up), followed by an achingly familiar but slightly older woman with her hands reaching out for his son and the two tow-headed identical twins who had unraveled the spell at the Mage’s instruction.
“C’mon, Shaggy, it’s time to skedaddle,” Eloise grabbed Joseph’s hand and gently pulled him along and over the gate and to the stairs that led up to the basement floor of the haunted mansion.
“Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you…” The twins belted out, their high voices shivering in the dark reaches of the tunnel as their tiny tennis shoes stomped up the stairs and into the basement level of the haunted mansion.
Bethany burst out laughing (a little hysterical) as the knot of fear and suspicion in her gut began to unfurl, because of course, this was indeed Joseph, and this was their family, the way it was always supposed to be…but maybe not getting here in a way anyone would have expected.
© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)
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