|The black tree (standard:horror, 2472 words)|
|Author: Lev821||Added: Jun 13 2015||Views/Reads: 782/603||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|What will he discover the more he investigates his family tree?|
Eccentric, was a word that could easily be leveled at Leopold. Perhaps if you looked it up in the dictionary, there would be his picture. He was 57 years old, and most of the time when he was out in public wore a white suit and carried a cane he clearly didn't need. He had long hair he was always flicking out of his eyes and sported a designer stubble. Leopold wasn't actually his original name. That was Michael Burns, and he had changed it by deed poll in his teens. The path of life most people take had passed him by without his even noticing. He never married and never had any children, and never seemed to have any inclination to do so. He was his own man, and anyone getting to know him certainly in an intimate way would have had to accept his mannerisms and foibles, such as having half a spoonful of sugar in his weak tea, two dunkable biscuits, and honey in his morning porridge at exactly 8.15am. Although his parents had left everything to him in their wills, the 3-bedroomed mid-terrace and all their assets, he still liked to keep himself busy and worked for a small solicitors firm. He was liked by his colleagues for the most part but they never really knew him well and hardly ever invited him anywhere, despite having worked with some of them for many years. He didn't pay any attention to it because to him it didn't matter. One or two work colleagues were still strangers. Yet, he was happy enough, and liked things in their place, in order, and when things weren't he would despair and fret until it was. As things were now though, everything was fine. He was off for the week, and knew exactly what he was going to do. The current trend at the moment was family history. Tracing your family tree. There were television programmes about it. Books had appeared, and magazines featured articles, all of which piqued the interest of Leopold, and he thought he would like to try and see how far he could get. He was sat in green striped pyjamas at his mother's old dressing table mirror in the bedroom that belonged to his parents which he now used himself, pondering. He knew something of his grandfather, but beyond, he wasn't sure, and would decide in the morning. He always slept with the light on, and never with any sheets covering him, having adapted through choice. He climbed into the bed and curled up into a foetus position, as he had always done. With the house being pretty much as his parents had left it 34 years ago, all their belongings practically in the same place, dusted weekly by him, he knew that what was in the loft had been untouched for a few years. It was more paraphenalia of his grandparents that was kept for sentimentality rather than anything else. Whilst his parents were not necessarily horders, they could be mistaken for that as they were fairly reluctant to throw anything away, especially if it could have some kind of use, and sometimes not. Most information on his grandfather he knew would be in the loft, so he changed into some old clothes and used his father's old step-ladders to help him up into the musty attic, motes of asbestos drifting lazily. The bulb was still working and it lit the place up rather starkly. It was pretty much as he'd remembered, a chaotic jumble of half-full suitcases, plastic bags of papers, bills, books strewn around, ornaments, all thick with dust. One particular old suitcase he was looking for he found fairly easily and opened it to find it contained his grandfather's possessions. There were quite few photographs which he picked up to rifle through, and they were mostly standard fare, but he noticed that the photographs that featured his grandfather were rather similar. He was always wearing the same clothes and the backgrounds were of the same place. His mother and father were featured in some of the photographs and he came to realise that he must be in some sort of institution, or hospital. He rifled through the rest of the suitcase and came across a booklet and sheets of information which must have been for his father after his grand-father Henry Burns was instituionalised. The booklet was headed 'Bockford mount institution for the criminally insane'. He had never heard of the place, but the address was fairly local, so he thought perhaps a trip there may be in order. Click here to read the rest of this story (165 more lines)
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