Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Mushroom House

Behind the stable block is a small brick outhouse. It runs partially underground for thirty yards or so with two raised mounds of earth running parallel along its length. It is dark and dry and overgrown by roses in the formal garden at one end and currant bushes in the kitchen garden at the other.

Lucy discovered it when she was six and allowed to roam the grounds without supervision. Whatever its original purpose – and she had found a stone declaring it built in 1876 – it had become Lucy’s special secret place. Here she kept her money box and her conkers and the tin she’d found in the cellar with the skull inside.

The skull liked it there. It told her secrets.


aims said...

And the tin she found with the skull inside? AND it told her secrets?


Leatherdykeuk said...

It is indeed. I wrote about the skull in 'Another Bloody love Story'

stephanie said...

:) I do like this one. You're handling Lucy so well.

Leatherdykeuk said...

You read them as I write them :)