The Vacant House is a story about a girl who explores an abandoned building on her street. She suspects it may have been the site of a horrible mass murder that happened years before.
One day, a girl named Samantha was riding her bike down the street when she saw a vacant house. There was a sign on the front gate that read: “House For Rent”. Even though she lived only a few blocks away, she had never noticed the house before. The house was very dilapidated and was practically falling apart. The wood was breaking off the windows, the tiles were falling off the roof and the front door was hanging off its hinges. Peering through the windows, she could see what appeared to be red stains on the walls. It looked like blood.
Just then, she remembered a story she had read in the local newspaper a few years ago. There had been a horrible murder in her neighborhood. A father went insane because he found out his wife loved someone else. He pushed his wife down the stairs and she broke her neck. Then he chopped her body to bit. After that, the crazed father stabbed his son 37 times. But his murderous rampage was not yet over. The father proceeded to drown the family dog in the bathtub. He also suffocated their pet cat. After he came to his senses and realized what he had done, he tied a rope to the ceiling and hung himself.
Samantha wondered if this could be the house where the murders were committed. She was frightened, but also a little intrigued. Being a curious 13-year old girl, she wanted to explore the old place, but she didn’t have time. She had to go home for dinner. Her parents were very protective of her and rarely let her do anything fun. She decided that if she wanted to take a look inside the vacant house, she would have to sneak out while her parents were asleep.
She waited until midnight, then quietly creeped down the stairs of her house and out the front door. In the moonlight, she rode her bike down the road until she came to the vacant house.
As soon as she set foot inside the old house, she saw broken plates and toys lying on the floor. The walls were covered in bloodstains. The whole thing was extremely eerie. She tried to turn on her flashlight, but there was something wrong with the bulb. It wouldn’t work. She was sure she had put new batteries in it a few days before. Samantha tried the light switches in the house, but the electricity must have been cut off. She had to walk through the house in the dark.
Suddenly, Samantha heard a strange sound upstairs, so she decided to search up there. She saw a large bag in the son’s bedroom. She unzipped the bag and was horrified by what she saw. A dead boy lay curled up inside, his face as pale as a ghost and multiple stab wounds in his torso. She was so grossed out, she vomited on the floor.
Wiping her mouth, she backed away and took refuge in the bathroom. There, she saw a dog sprawled over the side of the bathtub. Its head was hanging limply in the bright red water. There was a dead cat lying on the floor under the sink.
Then, Samantha heard a loud moan coming from downstairs. Standing at the top of the stairs, she looked down, but saw nothing in the darkness. Suddenly, she felt something push her from behind. She lost her footing and tumbled down the stairs. She landed at the bottom with a sickening crack. To her horror she realized that she couldn’t move her arms or legs. She had broken her neck.
At the top of the flight of stairs, there stood a woman with a pale face. She was laughing hysterically. In the gloom, another figure slowly walked out and joined her on the stairs. It was a man with an angry look on his face. There was a rope wrapped tightly around his neck and a bloody axe in his hand.