Shannon O'Reilly (Chapter 1, page 2 of 11)


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Chapter 1

To the rear of the house stood a well, a small brick smoke house and a large old carriage house. The carriage house had long since been turned into a warehouse for the O'Reilly family's antique business and the smoke house was used as a tool shed. The well should have been capped off long ago but it stood resolutely in the backyard waiting to be pressed back into use.

The home was a popular tourist stop for one other reason as well. The home was the site of the most famous murder in the tri-county history - the Edmondson double murder. Annabelle and her daughter Lily were killed in cold blood during the summer of 1883. Murders were pretty uncommon in the late 1800's, and even more so in small rural towns. The trial had consumed the town when it had occurred, and talk continued to this day. While not a hot topic of conversation anymore, it still was remembered around Halloween when the anniversary of the tragedy occurred.

Shannon lived with her parents, Victoria and Brendan and her orange tabby cat, Ralph. Victoria was a very intense woman with vivid green eyes and light blonde hair. She was tall and rather thin, but that was because she worked very hard all hours of the day and into the night, working on ways to improve the business. Her number one priority in life was turning a buck, but she would never admit it to anyone, not even herself. Some people called her driven, but Shannon knew her mother was just nervous most of the time, probably because of all the lattes she drank.

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